I do know that mine has progressively gotten worse as the years have gone by, the last 20 for sure. I just started medication this past week though. Maybe it's like pain medication that you have to keep taking more as your body gets used to it? I hope not. Have a you tried a different medication?
I wish we had a separate community for just Adult ADD although we do start out as children I think we deal with different issues and problems?
You know what, that's a great idea! I think you should bring that up to the MH suggestion forum. I think having a separate forum for adults is a good idea!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. I too, was diagnosed with ADD as a child, only they called it something different in the 70's. They called it Minimal Brain Dysfunction. It wasn't till I was an adult and saw my old medical records and saw that and it all made sense. I've never tried medication. I've never seen anyone for it. All I know is it bugs me. I think I get more easily distracted and forgetful as I've gotten older. I can't seem to get organized, either! I hate it.
I'm personally trying natural methods and am always open to trying something new. I've been taking Omega 3's fish oil because I heard that's good for the brain. I also take other vitamins.
It's nice to meet others out there with this. :)
I almost started crying when I saw this discussion; the years I've tried to manage my Adult ADD without medication have taken such a toll that I recently decided to try once again to seek professional help. I was diagnosed after extensive testing/consultations with both a psychiatrist and psychologist...but absolutely NO medical doctor has ever told me they believe in the diagnosis - one told me bums in the street are ADD, not intelligent, well-groomed women.
One psychiatrist all but called me a dope addict without even listening to my symptoms or looking at my test results. He was so rude that I reported him to the major hospital he was associated with and they sent me an apology - but he didn't. I take NO prescription medication, I am a hardworking 62-year old woman with no criminal history whatsoever - but medical doctors act like I am trying to get amphetimines the minute I say "Adult ADD".
I live in what I would describe as a small city and there are few psychiatrists here to choose from. The one who diagnosed my ADD closed his private practice a couple of years after I became a patient and went to work at a VA hospital.
I would dearly love to share ideas and experiences with other ADD patients. I "manage" to portray myself as what I consider a "normal" person but few know what my private life is really like - Sari Solden's "Women with ADD" could literally be the story of my life.
For the two years I took Adderal, I was happier, calmer, wonderfully more organized and could stay on task - now my personal life, in all honesty, is pitifully frustrating. I can deal with it but I know it could be much better and maybe reading what others have experienced will give me the courage to try again to find a good psychiatrist.