This video annoys me. I'm only half way through and I'm legitimately angry. I have ADHD and I guarantee you, ADHD does not just mean you cannot pay attention to some things. I have sat down and cried because I haven't been able to clean my own bedroom thanks to ADHD. I have to have things in lists and have an order in which those things have to be done. I can't just be thrown into a, say, messy bedroom and be told to clean it. There are too many things I could do and I think about all of them at the same time and then I get confused and really upset because I can't do it. There's an unbelievable how pathetic you feel about yourself when you can't clean up your own bedroom because you don't know what do to.
Last year, in my Psychology class, I did my final project on ADHD because it was something I already knew about, as a point in the project, I didn't take my ritalin (I only ever do when I have to get something done). It took me EIGHT HOURS to write a 2.5 page paper. It was supposed to be 3 pages. I ended up getting full credit because I did that.
I get so stressed and there are huge chunks of my day that I have no recollection of because I zoned out. I am going to try a friend's Adderall because my ritalin has started giving me a headache when it wears off and then I get tired. That's my only issue with it. I get things done when I take it. I feel better because I can go "Hey. I cleaned my entire apartment in 2 hours. This would have taken me days to do otherwise."
And diagnosis for ADHD is usually being questioned about your life and how you deal with things and then a TOVA test. A TOVA is this like 20 minute test where you listen to two different tones, one high and one low. Every time you hear either the high one or the low one (depending on which they tell you), you press a little clicker. I had taken this when I was younger, so I knew about it when I finally convinced my mother to let me get retested a couple years ago. The guy told me I would be taking one and I basically begged him not to make me do that. I hate it. He told me later after figuring everything out that he figured I had it when I said that. Normal people thing it's annoying to sit for 20 minutes pressing a clicker at sounds. If you have ADHD, it's torture.
There are side effects with every form of medication. Everyone is different and will react differently. This video seems very propagandistic.
I would have found a different psychiatrist.
So we decided it was time to talk to a doctor. He put my son on a low dose of Aderall first. When this didn't help he put him on Ritalin. I was so upset as a mother that my child was on such a drug. I was concerned about him being a zombie and it hurt me thinking he would be like that. But when he was not acting like a zombie but more focused and becoming a more confident student is when we all realized that it was helping not hindering.
My son is now 12 and is a very smart and confident person. He knows when he needs his meds and when he doesn't. He will go without the meds during the summer and resume in the fall for school. He actually is getting ready to be weaned off completely. But will always have that as a safety net. Never easy to have ADHD. But your perspective on cleaning your room is exactly how he must feel. Thank you for that eye opener.
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