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rainmonkey03

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An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« on: June 26, 2006, 12:09:23 PM »
When I was little I had a doctor diagnos, and undiagnose me as ADD. It all started around the time I was 10. My doctor couldn't really see the ADD initially and then he was talking about medicine and I happen to love that topic and they couldn't shut me up for 15 minutes in the meeting. Well because I wouldn't shut up he labled me as shy and hyper. Which translates to ADD apparantly ::). My parents knew I was "shy" but I was only hyper when I was comfortable and they knew that too. Unfortunatly they trusted the doctor and let them put me on medication. I was a walking zombie all the time on that stuff I remember always feeling weird. Well because of this they took me off and then I got into trouble at school one day because I argued with a class mate about something I knew a lot about and the teacher talked to my parents and then I was back on medication and then about 6 months later I was off it again for good. The doctor said I "grew out of it". I think he realized that I never needed it. I am the quietest person in a room until you talk about something I know about.

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Is it possible to have and Introvert be ADD?
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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2006, 01:15:40 PM »
It sounds like you had a lazy mental health professional.  It takes a lot of careful observation and testing over a long period of time to come up with a helpful diagnosis.  A variety of tests need to be run.  You should have been interviewed, using age-appropriate techniques.  Your parents, teachers, and friends should be interviewed.  Medical tests need to be run.  Even then, a few different things may need to be tried until something works.  Wellness is a mysterious and tricky thing.

Look up "Autistic Spectrum".  I think this fits more naturally into Introversion--i.e., the Introvert is healthy, whereas Autistic means some type of disability varying from mild with normal to superior intelligence (Asperger's Syndrome) to more traditional Autism requiring permanent group home care of someone with the mental age of an infant.  "Diagnostic and Statistic Manual IV", the official definitions of all mental disorders, available at just about any library, could also provide insight.

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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2006, 01:36:29 PM »
Well it was my family physician that diagnosed me not a specialist. I think that was a major part of the problem. I was just wondering it it was possible because it seems like an oxymoron to me.
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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2006, 06:40:37 PM »
Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, has nothing to do with being hyper. It merely means you have a short, very short attention ability, which could cause some to think of as hyper, as you cannot focus on any one topic, and your attention jumps again, and again, easily distracted.  Attention Deficit/Hyper Disorder, ADHA does. In your ADD diagnosis, I suppose, being an introvert, in an extravert system, your were probably being bombarded by stimuli, especially of the nonessential type, that extraverts, so love, and it was overwhelming you, making it difficult for you to concentrate, and think. In any case, I'm glad you are no longer the drug zombie.-Goat Rancher

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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2006, 08:35:21 PM »
Good point Goat Rancher. I'm guility of calling ADD "hyper" when it's not. I think you might have been right about being overstimulated. I never thought about it like that. It makes perfect sense though. The years that I had been called ADD were definately teachers that had us doing a lot of group work and they all seemed to go to fast. They were at z and I was somewhere around g trying to figure out how we skipped h-y.
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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2006, 12:45:40 PM »
somehow i think it's possible to have ADD and be an introvert, or at least ADD like symptoms.  like you were saying if it's a subject I'm not very interested in it's very hard for me to focus on what I'm being told and responding.  Another big problem I have is if I'm in a room with a TV on and trying to have a conversation, i literally have to mute the TV or shut it off in order to keep focused.

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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2006, 11:49:42 AM »
I'm an INFP (took the test three times both as given by a professional in a classroom setting and sent off, as well as online, and another instance.)  Gotten the same result everytime I took it.

I was also diagnosed with "ADD" as child... As well as, "gifte and talented"

Whatever all that means :)

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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2006, 07:29:01 PM »
Funny, I was just reading a message board last week about ADD - I've never been formally diagnosed, because I did good in school, but every test I take says I have it (and it runs in my family), and I often have the sensation that my skin is crawling, or I want to jump out of my skin, because many situations make me so uncomfortable (which apparently is one symptom of ADD).

I wonder if the symptoms of introversion just look like ADD, or maybe I have both, or maybe they are one in the same disorder? Even if I had it, I wouldn't get medicated - have seen it turn people into walking zombies, and I would rather be my imperfect self than go through life like that.
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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2006, 02:26:34 PM »
I think it's very possible to be an ADD Introvert.  I used to wonder about myself.  Sometimes teachers would yell at me for daydreaming or falling behind on a class assignment.  My mind often wandered especially if I didn't like the subject. 

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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 08:11:16 PM »
Hi...hope this thread is still on folk's radar.

I'm 47 now and I am an introvert with ADD. My mind is constantly distracted and I get very overwhelmed with everything. I would much prefer to be put in a room by myself and do a job. Unfortunately, the ADD part makes it hard to just slow down. My dr. put me on Ritalin recently and it actually works pretty good for me. I have found that when the drug is in my system I'm actually able to introvert quite nicely not feeling quite as overwhelmed and not looking for stimulation.  I find myself to be quite stimulating without the external noise.

Hope this helps.

There is more to say later.

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Re: An ADD Introvert - Is it possible?
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2007, 11:41:15 PM »
I think it is possible to be ADD and an introvert.  My sister thinks I'm ADD.  I know for one that my thoughts change very frequently.  I call it "changing channels alot", ha ha.  If I'm not so interested in something, I change thoughts.      Janl1413
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