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Introduction to Noelle Matteson, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

Introduction to Noelle Matteson, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

Noelle Matteson, author of "Living with Adult ADHD," talks about an adult ADHD diagnosis and how she's handling it. Read more about Noelle Matteson here.My name is Noelle Matteson, and I will be writing for HealthyPlace’s blog Living with Adult ADHD. I am at the beginning of my attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) journey, so I thought this would be a good place to share my experiences and to learn about yours.

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Is Adult ADHD a “Mental Illness?”

Is Adult ADHD a “Mental Illness?”

I went to the worst doctor all time a few months ago because I was running out of my medication for my adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and couldn’t see my regular doctor up in Baltimore. When I was brought to his office by his admin, he didn’t get up from his chair to greet me and he was on his cell phone. Once off his cell phone, he said his name (forgetting to mention how lovely it was to meet me) and then had me tell him why I was there. At one point, he asked me: “Does your wife buy into your mental illness?”

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Adult ADHD Identity

Adult ADHD Identity

Sometimes I stop to think what my life would be like without the diagnosis of adult attention-deficity/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Identities evolve throughout our lives based on experiences and who we innately are. What if who we are by birth turns out to not be true? What if we don’t have adult ADHD? What if we’re just slightly more impulsive than “typical” adults, or what if our “hyperactivity” is actually mania?

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Think You Have Adult ADHD? Answer These ADHD Questions

Think You Have Adult ADHD? Answer These ADHD Questions

Hello again, everyone, my unmet friends with adult attention-deficity/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I’ve been thinking this week about what to write about and I’m struggling. There are so many topics I have in mind that are not fully fleshed out – how do I pick which one? I feel like this is a constant adult ADHD problem – too many good ideas! What else are common adult ADHD problems? How do you know you have adult ADHD and not just a mind that’s working fast and is occasionally distracted by cute cats online? I have compiled a bunch of quizzes from around the internet and have created my own adult ADHD diagnostic test. Like all online quizzes, though, please know that this is no way diagnosis you with anything – other than the potential ‘enjoy online quizzes too much’ pathology.

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Adult ADHD and Diagnosis

Adult ADHD and Diagnosis

I talked about one of my professors a few weeks back in a post about ADHD and beneficial impulsivity and I’m here to talk about his wisdom again. We have this thing in physical therapy called a “physical therapy diagnosis” and my professor has some issues with the term – I’ll explain. When you go your primary care physician, say, because you have a sore throat, they will give you a “medical diagnosis,” like strep throat. When you go to a physical therapist with neck pain and we find that you have some postural issues, we’ll “diagnose” you with: Impaired Posture. Or, if your physician says you have arthritis, we’ll say you have “Impaired Joint Mobility.” Seems like semantics at times, but what the heck is the point of a diagnosis anyway?

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Adult ADHD is Not a Gift?

Adult ADHD is Not a Gift?

I had some time to kill between class and my train home on Friday and I spent it watching youtube videos. A waste of time, you say? Nay! I watched videos about Adult ADHD and one in particular by Dr. Russell Barkley about the fact that Adult ADHD is NOT a gift. But, Dr. Barkley, we’ve been told for so long that ADHD isn’t only a bunch of junk that makes it hard for us to focus, but it’s something that helps us to be more creative and really good and different things. What is the meaning of this?

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Is it ADHD? Is it ADD?

Is it ADHD? Is it ADD?

Paul made an appointment with me and arrived with a concern: “My wife keeps telling me I have ADHD because I am always misplacing things, forgetting what she says, and running late – even to work. But I have never been hyperactive, so can she still be right?”

A week later, I met Jennifer upset with what her doctor had told her. “He said I have ADHD, but I know I don’t! I am very low energy, and my biggest problem is procrastination. I have ADD, not ADHD.”

Is it ADHD? Is it ADD? What’s the difference?

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Adult ADHD and What a Difference a Diagnosis Makes

Adult ADHD and What a Difference a Diagnosis Makes

I was driving in the car this weekend thinking about how much better I am at paying attention to auditory stuff than I was even a year ago. I listen to audiobooks all the time and podcasts galore and I think it’s really made a difference. As soon as I had the thought, though, I got to wondering about would I have ever noticed I had a hard time listening if I didn’t have this adult ADHD diagnosis. Hm, I wonder what a difference an adult ADHD diagnosis makes …

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Adult ADHD and “Living in the Gray”

Adult ADHD and “Living in the Gray”

I’ve been doing some soul-searching this weekend. Not so much about my Adult ADHD, but it definitely involves how to best “live in the gray.” I turned 30 last month and this month started my first physical therapy internship. I’m trying to figure out the professional I want to be and how open about my life that allows me to be.

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Adult ADHD: Are You Giving Explanations or Excuses?

Adult ADHD: Are You Giving Explanations or Excuses?

The line between explaining or excusing yourself with adult ADHD symptoms can be tricky. Here are some ideas on how to explain without using ADHD as an excuse.

It’s often hard to tell the difference between whether you’re explaining something or making excuses for yourself when you have adult ADHD. When you find it difficult to accomplish something and your ADHD symptoms are holding you back, you may try to explain why this is the case and others may think you are making excuses. How can we find the balance in these situations?

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