1. Are simple tasks emotionally overwhelming? Does it seem like they will never end?
2. Is it hard to pick out a conversation from all the other noises and activities going on?
3. Do you have trouble connecting to people (making friends) because you miss so much of what is being said that people think you're strange? Does this make you feel anxious around people?
4. Do your moods change a lot during a day?
5. Does it seem like what feels good is good? Do your choices disappoint or hurt other people (or you)?
6. Can you only focus on the things you love? Do you often lose focus, even on a test?
7. Do you lie a lot because you ALWAYS forget something and don't want to get in trouble or disappoint people?
8. Is it almost impossible to do something before you have to? Do you tend to work out of fear?
9. Do you find that the thing you're doing and the thing you're thinking about are rarely the same thing?
10. Do people often come at you with reminders, lists, and help getting ready?
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ADULT ADHD is a SERIOUS PROBLEM:
Of the estimated 9,000,000 ADULTS with ADHD:
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A NOTE FROM ROBERT AND LORRIE TO YOU:
The point of most ADHD meds is to stimulate your brain because it lacks dopamine (a neurotransmitter that creates focus and satisfaction). Most people with ADHD only have access to 65% of the dopamine they need to do the things that other people do.
The main problem with ADHD meds is that they will make you emotionally numb. Like a robot. You become a goal-seeking automaton. So you don't care how other people are doing, or what they feel. This makes you even more of an outsider. Social anxiety increases.
The other side-effect is anger. Speed can make you hyper-critical of yourself and of everyone around you. Sometimes it may get physical, so that you want to hit things or do things that harm you.
Speed also messes up appetite and sleep. Of course.
Some people deal with these side-effects with street drugs. Lots of people think weed makes them happier and more likable. The problem with this is that weed will shut down the parts of your brain that are already underperforming. Street drugs make ADHD worse, so then you get more behind, people come after you more, and you feel like you need more street drugs to deal with that. So your prescription meds can become the gateway to other drugs.
Plus 35% of kids with prescriptions are pressured to share them (or sell them). Since it feels good to make any connection, and this is a way to get people to talk to you, it can be really tempting.
If you've been using other types of substances to feel better, it isn't your personality. Your brain was pushing you to find a solution to its neurochemical dysregulation. Your brain wants to function better. It needs to. This is our biology.
So many "experts" say that drugging is "self-destructive" -- but that isn't the INTENTION of your brain. It wants to calm you down or speed you up so that IT will be functioning better. This is science.
That doesn't mean that using substances is good, just that it's your brain seeking biochemical correction.
Once your brain gets trained by drug reward, other neurochemical issues happen. This is why drugs are addicting. Neurofeedback can help correct the brain's urging to seek drugs. It can also allow you to automatically see long term consequences and set long term goals, so the impulsivity dies down. And you may even be able to see and cope with the mess in your room!
By the way, your sense of humor or creativity isn't due to ADHD. I was scared that if I lost ADHD, I'd become boring. Your sense of humor and creativity is something that your brain doesn't need to regulate better (unless it does). In fact, the ADHD makes people lose focus and connection. What your brain does right, your brain doing neurofeedback will ignore.
ADHD ADULTS STRUGGLE NEEDLESSLY: