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   Posted 11/25/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I have undiagnosed ADD along with my depression.  Can anyone relate.  what are your symptoms?  According to all of the on-line self assessments that I have done, i have a high probability of ADD.

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   Posted 11/25/2007 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Trapped,

I happened upon your post and thought I would give you my experience with this.  I usually post on the MS board so I have very litte experience with depression.  I am a fifth grade teacher and a mom.  I have taught many many students who have ADD and my oldest son was diagnosed with it when he was 7.  ADD is a spectrum disorder which means you can have a low level of attention and focus disorders or it can be quite severe.  It is considered a chemical disorder of the brain.  In children is appears very much like the sleepy driver trying to stay awake.  The driver does everything he can to stay awake: he plays loud music, he changes position, he slaps himself, rolls down the window - all in an attempt to stay awake.  After the driver either gets some sleep or some caffeine, he can settle down with all of the movement and concentrate on driving.  That is how it is for kids - when you stimulate a sleepy ADD brain, the body can stop trying to wake up the brain and the child can focus.  I don't have a great deal of experience with adult ADD.  It is very hard to diagnose due to the inability to actually sample brain chemicals.  The usual way to diagnose ( after checklists and an exam ) is to try a med and see if it works.  This can be a bit scary.  ADD meds are psycho-stimulants and if you do not have ADD then those meds can make you feel awful although it is temporary. 

Most PCPs will let you have a trial of an ADD med.  Common meds are Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Strattera and many of those come in an extended form.  Go see your doctor and see what he or she has to say.  Good luck.

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   Posted 11/26/2007 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi trapped,

Gretchen has given you some great info and advice there. As she has pointed out, it is a spectrum disorder and many people who lay at the lower end of the spectrum (less severe) can be mis-diagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Diagnosing ADD can be very difficult but it is something you should tale to your doctor about. There are attention tests out there which should indicate a longer reaction time in ADD patients. (But again, less severe ADD may not show on these).


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   Posted 11/26/2007 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the info Gretchen !!!

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   Posted 11/26/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks Darren

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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have ADD and was very depressed for a long time.

The best way I can describe ADD is this:
you'll be sitting there reading, thinking about what you are reading but also thinking about a jazz concert, some dogs you like, your favorite sports team, and things you have to do that day... and you really can't get much good mental work done on any of them. Best of all, you can't control it (or very well).

Likely failures in your life b/c of ADD are making you depressed.

I was depressed for a long time, I still probably suffer from low grade depression. Just keep trucking.
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