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Offline Merm

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ADHD Diagnosis
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:02:19 pm »
I think I might have ADHD. I seem to have a lot of the symptoms. I've been treated for anxiety and depression (currently taking meds for GAD) but I felt like I was never able to get right to the heart of my problems, even after I came out and life became a lot better.

I'm specifically interested in hearing from transfeminine folks who have ADHD, although pertinent contributions from trans mascs/enbies are also welcome. I'd like to hear about your thoughts on diagnosis and treatment. Did getting a diagnosis help you? How easy was it to access treatment once you received the diagnosis? What were your biggest struggles in confronting your condition head-on? Did you have difficulty accessing medical care that was trans affirming? What do you wish you had done differently? and what advice would you give to someone considering a diagnosis?

Thank you so much :) <3

Offline soyunachica

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Re: ADHD Diagnosis
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2019, 12:56:01 am »
I have high functioning autism, which is a different animal than ADHD, although the greatest effect it has on my academic and professional life is probably with ADHD-like symptoms.

Personally I'm weary and hard headed with meds. I barely came to terms with the idea of transition after dysphoria and mental health nearly ran me into the ground. I had documentation for various accommodations, was hard headed to use those as an adult until several people talked me into it and my success suffered a bit.

We tend to love labels and terminology a bit too much, but knowing I'm not just a screw-up and having an idea about what I should be aware of or work on helps a lot. The neuropsychologist I'm working with now is well trained in both autism and gender dysphoria, and considered a practitioner in both departments. You probably can find a gender woke ADHD person. A lot of women are also more comfortable with women practitioners.

A little different - hope this helps!
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Re: ADHD Diagnosis
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2019, 01:34:06 am »
I have severe ADHD. Medicine was no problem.

I have been HYPER since childhood. Could never sit still. Always on the go. But I have ”boy-ADHD” said my psychiatrist.


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Re: ADHD Diagnosis
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2019, 08:19:24 am »

You didn’t state your symptoms, but some have thought I was a height functioning autistic, or just scattered and weird.
I heard Jordan Peterson talk on YouTube about creativity.  He is a Psychologist.  Turns out you need to have three things to truely be creative.  One is “fluid IO”.  This is an ability to rapidly make associations.  That is what makes some appear scattered, like the way nerds are portrayed on TV.  They switch from discussing one thing to pointing out how it is somehow like another, often many times.
He said creative people will always try to switch conversations to a discussion of ideas.


PS The other two traits required to be truely creative are IQ (the normally discussed IQ) and “openness” (think interest in many things - music types, foods, travel, ideas).