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Re: I now “Know” what I've always suspected

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Patte Rosebank
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@msgrizz, researchers now believe that ADHD and Aspergers may be related. At least, they share many of the same characteristics.

You are NEVER too old for a proper diagnosis to do you much good! I was diagnosed at the age of 41. There are some people here who were in their 60s or 70s when they were first diagnosed. And ADHD is often misdiagnosed as something else. Maybe your symptoms which were diagnosed as Asperger’s are actually due to ADHD. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out?

A proper diagnosis enables you to take action, to do something about it. There are some excellent books out there, about techniques for living better with ADHD. Your doctor can refer you to a specialist (and you must shop around for one who specializes in adult ADHD, or at the very least, is a recent enough graduate to have received the most up-to-date information on it), who can help you to properly treat your condition. A condition which has a huge effect on the quality of life for the person who has it, and for those around them.

Walking and meditation are excellent techniques for improving focus, but please don’t rule out medication as a possible tool, just because you feel it’s “unnatural”. If you were suddenly diagnosed with Diabetes, would you refuse to take insulin or Metformin, because they were “unnatural”? ADHD is no different. It’s simply a case of the chemicals in your brain being out of whack.

The right medicine(s), given at the right dose(s), under medical supervision, can help you to make the necessary lifestyle changes to help you to function properly. Some people master the changes so well that they eventually no longer need the meds. Others need to continue taking them for the rest of their lives. Each person is different.

As for your family fearing they may “catch” your cognitive disability, they may already have it. ADHD and other cognitive disabilities are genetic. If you have it in your genetic makeup, then you inherited it from one or both of your parents’ genetics. And your siblings and children may have also inherited those same genes. Perhaps, if you get diagnosed and treated, it will encourage them to do the same. Many of us have discovered our own ADHD after a family member was diagnosed, and we recognized the same symptoms in ourselves.

So get the diagnosis, and take it from there. Start with the Virtual Doctor in the “Tools” section of this website. Then do one of the other preliminary diagnostic tests. If you score high enough to suspect that you really might have ADHD, print out the tests and your results, and take them to your doctor.

Good luck!

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