ADHD

Question
Posted by: Patricia | 2011/07/10

Q.

Wondering

Is it possible for a child with this disorder to do well in school and to graduate from university?

During my entire childhood my favourite activity was daydreaming. I remember in school, my teacher would slap me to " wake me up" . And at home I often locked myself in my room to lie on my bed and just daydream. It bothered me when someone woke me up from that state of mind. I feel it was a choice, but it was like a foce pulling me and I could barely resist. I even learned to not see anything. I''d be looking at something but I''d blur that vision out and enter the daydreaming mode. This happened a lot even during my teenager years and only decreased significantly after I got a boyfriend.

I am asking this now because I feel I still have trouble concentrating sometimes. Often, when reading, I read a page only to get to the end without having paid any attention to it. So I tell myself I''ll read it carefully the next time but the same happens again and again until I finally manage to pay attention the whole time. It doesn''t happen all the time and not with all books. Sometimes I''m really interested and can focus for an hour or more.

I usually find it hard to concentrate when many people speak. But again, it''s like a force preventing me from concentrating. I want to, I try my best, but I always end up losing focus.

One funny thing that happens too is that sometimes I think best when I barely think at all. Let''s say I want to know how much 467 + 67737 is. Often I''m thinking about something entirely different and I know the answer to that immediately, while other times I only focus on the numbers and it takes a lot more time to calculate it right. Same thing with speeches in a foreign language. If I''m not concentrating too much, I understand more of it, but then I often forget if it was my language or not or what words they used to say something.

I know these days everybody thinks they may have this or that disorder, so I wonder if I''m seeing a problem where there''s no problem at all.

Could you please advise on this?

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Patricia,

Yes it is possible for someone with ADHD - inattentive or hyperactive type - to succeed.

If you are concerned you may have ADHD and would like to receive treatment for it, please contact your GP for a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or neurologist who specialises in ADHD for a consultation.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: Thena | 2011/09/01

Yeah, that''s the tieckt, sir or ma''am

Reply to Thena
Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/07/14

Dear Patricia,

Yes it is possible for someone with ADHD - inattentive or hyperactive type - to succeed.

If you are concerned you may have ADHD and would like to receive treatment for it, please contact your GP for a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or neurologist who specialises in ADHD for a consultation.

Kind regards,
Delia

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