Published on 12, July, 2020
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?
It’s interesting that you’ve mentioned this as I often pick up on ASD traits in people with an ADHD diagnosis. I think that it’s relatively common for the two to occur together.
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…
I think in the old DSM-4, it prohibited the simultaneous diagnosis of both disorders. But because they discovered that there could be significant comorbidity among different disorders, DSM-5 allowed simultaneous…
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ignore most other people's comments: the general public have a very skewed idea of what ADHD looks like, based on the outdated stereotype of a 7-year-old boy bouncing off the classroom walls.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!