2 thoughts on “When ADHD and Other Conditions “Feel” Similar

  • August 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Hello Mr. Petersen, I have a question concerning ADHD. I was wondering if it was possible for someone to have both ADHD and sluggish cognitive tempo at the same time? I have almost equal symptoms of both disorders, although I have never been diagnosed with nothing other than a mood disorder, both my father and son have been dianosed with ADHD, my father as an adult and my son when he was 3 years old. All my symptoms seem to effect every aspect of my life, i have always been quite melancholic and anxious even as a child but at the present moment I am downright miserable, to say the least. I have extreme trust issues with those in the medical and psychological professions because they have done nothing other than pass judgement and make me feel ashamed of having mental illness, I didn’t ask or stand in a line for this. It’s in my genes on both sides. I have tried everything from self help and support groups but theres no changeing my genetics. I don’t know what to do anymore to help improve the quality of my life, I am so lost and tired of feeling like I’m trapped in a nightmare that I can’t wake up from.

    • August 22, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Melissa,

      My understanding is that it’s up for debate whether ADHD and SCT are separate disorders in the first place. So if you have symptoms of ADHD and SCT, it seems possible that you just have ADHD and that certain inattentive symptoms have an especially noticeable impact on your life. It’s also worth keeping in mind that the mood disorder and the anxiety can also influence how your ADHD symptoms express themselves. That’s my take, anyway, as someone who’s not a medical professional.

      Is there a clinic that lists ADHD as a speciality in your area, or can you find a psychiatrist or psychotherapist who has expertise in ADHD? Unfortunately, a lot of people have to go through multiple professionals before they find someone who has adequate knowledge of ADHD, but being persistent in working your way through the system can have a big payoff in the end.

      The other suggestion I can think of would be to see if there are any changes you can make in your daily routine, workplace, etc., that will make your life more “ADHD-friendly.” Best of luck!


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