I am writing to you because I have tried treatment (spending LOT of time, money and effort) with my local psychiatrist and clinical psychotherapist for a long time only to get treatment for depression. But I thought that I had ADD. The people treating me told me that my inability to concentrate was due to my depression. I did have some symptoms of an episode of depression at that time; since then the symptoms have gone. But the symptoms of ADD had started much before the episode of depression and are continuing after the episode of depression (it has been 6 months now) and the earliest symptoms ADD that I can remember started 3 years ago. While Depression started just an year ago and ended in four months with medical help. I attempted medical help for ADD only after I got cured of depression but it was probably because I had just had and episode of depression that the doctors thought that my inability to concentrate was also because of that. Please help.
I seem to have many symptoms of ADD. But when I go to a new place to live for some days I can concentrate much better and the symptoms of ADD seem to have lessened for some days. Does this mean that I do not have ADD? The reason I am asking this is because I have been told by my friends that if I had ADD it would not get suppressed even slightly when I change my place.
I am a student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), for which the ratio of the number of students who applied to those who were selected is about 100:1. Thus, just because I cleared this exam, people think that I am very intelligent and can not possibly have ADD. But I used to sit with books literally all the time that I was awake (even in the toilet and while eating) and I feel that giving much more total time led me to joining the institute in spite of having ADD. I felt like I used to study just 15 % of the time I sat with the books. Can I have ADD even after performing exceptionally well in Academics (by sitting with the books for an awful lot of time)?
One more symptom that I want to point out is that I can concentrate almost 100 % while giving and examination but it does not come to me in a non-examination scenario however hard I try. Does this point to me not having ADD?
I had a score of 87 on 28th June 2010 in the standard Jasper-Goldberg Adult ADD Questionaire and it said that I have Serious ADD.
Further, one biography of a teenage girl suffering from ADD said that ADD drugs can lead to low moods (specifically the girl said that after she started taking the drugs she started counting the number of places in her house that people could hang themselves on). Is it true? I want to avoid so low moods and I feel like I should rather manage ADD myself. For me Depression is much more difficult to control than ADD. What is your advice, sir?
I tried to use will power to improve my concentration and also a little meditation but to no avail.
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