Everyone Thinks They are ADD – Featuring Laura Muggli, M.D, Margaret Weiss, M.D. , PhD

Everyone Thinks They’re ADD – Video

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ADHD is an issue with how we process and filter information. With millions of bits of input from our senses, sorting through it all is already a challenge. When you are short of key chemicals, the neurotransmitters that allow messages to flow, then sorting is more difficult. Filtering is impaired. Information overload. But nowadays, with the internet, the media, and the pace of life, who isn’t overwhelmed and overloaded? ADHD is different. It’s there 24/7. Making it hard to focus and plan, regardless of how far ahead or behind you are.

Partial Transcript.

DR. MUGGLI:  Well, people are more distracted because of things going on, but it’s still different, you know.  When you have ADHD it interferes with your ability to get things done, and that’s really important that people know that.

Yes, a lot of people, especially in Manhattan, you know, where I live, are running around like crazy people all the time, but it’s not… they still get everything done, they’re organized.  They don’t stay up all night doing things because they lost some piece of paper that they needed to finish the assignment and found it, you know, three hours before they had to complete it.

Margaret D. Weiss MD PhD: I think that if you go on Facebook or any other probe, you’re going to find that the concept of ADHD is being integrated into our social language and our conceptualization.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s being de-stigmatized and it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s being adequately understood.

Patrick McKenna: It’s funny, when you list off the symptoms of ADD, because everybody thinks they have ADD.  Everybody has symptoms of ADD, but do they have six of the ten components that kind of put them over the line that they might want to get diagnosed?  Usually not.  But it shows how people can easily be confused between ADD and depression, ADD and overwhelmed, ADD and a stressful day.

Dr Annick Vincent: A lot of people who don’t have ADHD look like they have ADHD because they want to do so much in so many shorter period of time that they end up in our office saying I may have ADHD, and when you look at it, they’re trying too much at the same time and they get disorganized.

PATRICK MCKENNA:  It’s no wonder the skeptics dismiss it.  I mean, that’s why self‑diagnosis is so dangerous, because being ADD is not about being occasionally overwhelmed or occasionally confused; this is ongoing.

5 Replies to “Everyone Thinks They are ADD – Featuring Laura Muggli, M.D, Margaret Weiss, M.D. , PhD”

  1. If I had a nickel (0.0483 USD) for every person who after hearing me describe what ADHD is, say they must be ADHD also, why I’d be…. I asking for a nickel from now on!!!

  2. Dennis, by collecting nickels we could actually make up the shortfall in income that ADHD/ADD folks have. Studies figure we make between $4,000 to $10,000 less than our Non-ADHD/ADD peers.

  3. Even though I scored very high other online assessment this site offers and even though my Dad and sister have both been diagnosed, this is the one thing that keeps me from going to an actual Dr to be evaluated. It would make a lot of sense if it is what has been wrong with me all these years, but if this is really what is wrong with me then why has anyone else not noticed? So while I keep doing my research and take one online assessment after another…always getting the same result. I am truly afraid to really get evaluated for fear that I’m just trying to make excuses for all the years of being lazy and making so many mistakes. Maybe one day I will find the courage to go…

    1. trhauck, I felt the exact same way you do. I wondered my whole life what was wrong with me. I would look into ADHD but not see myself perfectly represented there and would then chastise myself for seeking excuses for my laziness and weakness. I just needed to work harder and be more organized, disciplined and serious about my life, damn it!!! What was more, I knew a couple of people with very severe ADHD and their own unique mix of anxiety, depression, and addiction and whose lives are a total wreck- divorces, ruined finances, serially unemployed. So that couldn’t be me- I have a great job, a happy family, a house! Never mind that my life has been a low-intensity hell since about age 10. Never mind that I have two lives: the entire world sees a successful, charismatic person, while I live a secret life of chaos and exhaustion where only my wife sees (some of) how I really am. Never
      mind that my wife has told me for 21 years that she thinks I have ADHD, anxiety and depression; I could not possibly have ADHD!!! But then I had a horrible, stressful, embarrasing talk with my boss a few weeks ago where he told me he was completely flummoxed because I am somehow both the absolute most stellar performer and the schockingly biggest screw up he has ever dealt with and he doesn’t know whether to make me a VP or fire me (literally). At the end, all he could do is repeatedly ask “What is wrong?”. I finally decided that if a very sharp person like him thinks there is something wrong with me, I better believe it, too. So I researched deeply, allowing myself to accept connections that I had previously dismissed, and I found descriptions of ADHD that fit me and it hit me like a ton of bricks. This website was very instrumental. So I went to a fantastic team of professionals and was diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and depression. They encouraged me to try medication, saying that I would likely be shocked with the immediate, drastic improvement based on my symptoms and struggles. I started medication a week ago, and at 47 years old I experienced feeling normal for the first time in my life. I was absolutely overwhelmed. I felt nothing physically, I could not “feel” the medication at all, really. But all the sudden my brain worked! I could think! I could prioritize, work on things and finish them, and pull myself away from distractions! I wasn’t afraid. I wasnt anxious. I did not feel grinding dread. I didn’t feel like I needed to hide because I am an idiot and a fake. In fact, it was the first time I realized I was constantly feeling all those things, since it was the first time I did not feel them. If this sounds at all familiar, drop what you are doing and find a good ADHD doctor. Now.

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