I was diagnosed with Asperger's about 17 years ago. Sometimes I notice ADD traits in myself.
I've got 4 books on the go at once, it's rare for me to focus on one thing.
When I'm online I'll have about 25 tabs open at the same time. I struggle to remember what I'm interested in or doing because I keep thinking of something else I want to do. That's why all the tabs are open, to remind me of things I've been doing or reading about.
Would this indicate I should seek a diagnosis of ADD or is it a standard overlap that many people experience?
Although medication is first line action with ADHD, it's only one option going forward. 10% of ADHDers don't respond to medication treatment, and another 10% can't tolerate the side effects (I seem to be one of the former). Meds are helpful in order to help put into place non-med support (eg meditation, diet, exercise etc) but not obligatory. I think it's always worth seeking a diagnosis, if only to confirm/refute your own suspicions. The hyperactivity side can present as chattiness (espec in, but not limited to, females), interrupting others, a racing mind and general restlessness. Important to recognise that the hyperactive element is also covered by impulsivity. I know several people with ADHD who would never be recognised as having the condition - but are diagnosed with it. I'd ignore most other people's comments: the general public have a very skewed idea of what ADHD looks like, based on the outdated stereotype of a 7-year-old boy bouncing off the classroom walls. And the majority of GPs are barely any better informed.If you're interested in seeking a diagnosis, then go for it. Try ADDitude - an American website but hugely informative and insightful, nonetheless. Otherwise, AADD-UK (the facebook page, not the website) is supremely helpful. Good luck!
Perhaps there are two types of ADHD. ASD led and pure ADHD.
Also, there are lots of types of ADHD.
1. hyper (mostly to be picked up because they fidget)
2. Deficit (looks like depression or avoidant personalities)
3. I dare you. The one that is most associated with boy racers and thrill seekers (most likely to be picked up)
The thing is that it's a lottery. Depends on your parents, your school, the judge ;D, your spouse, your doctor, the clinician.
And the longer you spend on the wrong medication, or the wrong diagnosis the worse things get. Until one day it's a small breakdown.
There needs to be more legal checks for these things. People should be required by law to follow up on education reports, poor work history, trouble at home.