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Dec. 5th, 2011 11:20 am
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I've been absent for a while, I know ^^; I've been trying to get my life in check, trying to make some progress since the appointment I had at The Priory in Bristol. I'll copy over what I said on SSMB so that I don't have to type out the TL;DR twice XD Sorry for th formatting weirdness.

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I dropped out of school when I was 14 due to complex
issues and at that time I was slapped with a diagnosis of Asperger's
Syndrome (a mild form of autism for anyone who doesn't know). Yes, it
accounted for some of my issues: my sensory integration problems,
particularly, and my mild dyspraxia. Perhaps also my 'obsessions'. But I
never felt that the label fully fit me. I'm not a very social person
and I didn't have many friends as a kid, but I've never had the 'theory
of mind' difficulties that autistic people are supposed to have. I can
perfectly well understand emotions in other people, I like to think that
I'm quite empathic, I have no problems with sarcasm, puns, irony and
other subtleties in language. I've never spoken in a stiff or rigid way
and had no delay or peculiarities in language as a child. I have
obsessions, yes, but they don't dominate my life, I don't talk about
them incessantly around people who aren't involved in them (or even
those who are), or try to push them on anyone. The whole social/theory
of mind issues that are supposed to be the hallmark of Asperger's
Syndrome just don't exist in me. Yet I stuck with the label for 13 years
because it was the only one that seemed to even come close to
explaining the problems I've had all my life.

Funnily enough, the new diagnosis my psychiatrist gave me is one that my
oooold clinical psychologist tried to give me many years ago at the
same time as the AS diagnosis, but it just didn't seem possible so my
mum and I both laughed it off and refused to even consider it. Now it's
come up again and I'm left thinking 'if only we'd listened back then'.

My new shrink suggested that I have what used to be called ADD and is
now called ADHD-PI. That is to say, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder - Predominantly Inattentive. Back when it was first suggested
to me, every child and their dog was being diagnosed with AD(H)D and we
thought my psychologist was just jumping on the bandwagon. But after I
got home this time around, I looked it up and I just burst into tears. It
fits me to a tee. The zoning out in class that made me have to get
tested for absence seizures. The way I couldn't think unless I got up
and started pacing. My inability to remember anything if
I don't do it immediately. My lack of ability to focus on projects or
long-term assignments. My chronic disorganisation despite hating mess.
My hatred of movies because it takes me so long to get into them. The
way my brain never seems to calm down. My sleep problems. My surges of
frighteningly violent temper despite being a generally peaceful person.
The fact that I've failed at so many jobs and college courses despite
having the intellectual capability for them. My horrendous timekeeping.
My chronic procrastination issues. The stupid mistakes I used to make in
school, such as "2+3=6", and my inability to ever (even now!) learn my
multiplication tables despite hours of practise - yet having very good
process understanding of maths. Even my severe anxiety and depression
issues. All of these things make SO much more sense with an ADHD-PI
diagnosis.

So, I'm not autistic. I just have Adult ADHD-PI. It's a relief, in a
way. Not because there's anything bad about having Asperger's (and I
definitely still have traits of it, such as the
sensory issues), but it never fully explained everything, and it's never
ever properly fit. No one I have talked to has ever said I seemed
'Aspie' and most of them refused to believe I had it even when I told
them. So this... this just fits so much better.

The only problem now is whether I can get the medication to help with
it. In the UK, medication for ADHD is only fully regulated for use in
children and adolescents, because it's only recently that it's been
acknowledged that ADHD exists in adults. It was believed to be only a
childhood condition because in adults the 'hyperactivity' component
(which is perhaps the most easily recognisable element) tends to
diminish and become less obvious - an internal restlessness. It's
accepted now, but no major trials for the medication in adults has yet
been completed. GPs can prescribe stimulant
medication (which has a 70% success rate in preliminary trials in
treating the symptoms) on the advice of a psychiatrist, but they are
often unwilling to. I hope my doctor will agree to, because going by the
private prescription route will be expensive @_@

Anyway, I'm just glad to finally know what's 'wrong' with me, that it's
treatable, and that it finally fits. It's overwhelming, after all this
time, and a little disorienting... but also a massive relief ^^; The
funny thing is that it often happens that people with Asperger's
Syndrome are misdiagnosed with AD(H)D. It doesn't often happen the other
way around.
--

So that's the sitch.

Date: 2011-12-05 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canadino.livejournal.com
I'm glad everything's been sorted out, cause once you know the real thing you've got, you can treat it quickly! I hope things turn up really fast!

Date: 2011-12-10 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyboy-fox.livejournal.com
Thanks (: I have to start on some other medications first to get my anxiety and depression under control, but then hopefully I can try something for the ADD-related issues I have and finally start to move forward in my life.

Date: 2011-12-07 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkedfeathers.livejournal.com
I'm sorry, Jai! ;_; I know what you mean, psychiatrists really did have a bit of habit back then of diagnosing every kid with AD(H)D, but it's good to know that's what you've got now so you can deal with it.

And if it makes you feel any better, I never learned my multiplication table. I'm only just now sort of working through it... bit by bit. I've only recently learned all the months of the year in order! The latter was because of a children's song. No, really. Put the names of the months to a melody and I can memorize in a few minutes what I could never sit down and memorize most of my life. And as much as I loved watching shows and movies, I no longer have the attention span to watch anything, even shows I like, because I feel like scenes take too long. Everything feels like it takes too long. I guess that's what's pushing me back into reading, because I can read quickly and go at my own pace rather than the super slow pace of watching things unfold on a screen. The problem would be getting me to actually pick up a book (electronic books have pretty much solved this problem— it doesn't take as long to load one as it does to go fetch a book xD).

Date: 2011-12-10 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyboy-fox.livejournal.com
Thanks, Bird (: Hee, I learned my seasons from a song, too. "January brings the snow, makes my feet and fingers glow... February brings the rain, thaws my frozen toes again..." etc etc.

And yes, reading is epic ^^ I lack the motivation to start a book a lot of the time, but once I get into one, I can't put it down until I'm done.

Date: 2011-12-10 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkedfeathers.livejournal.com
Awww. ♥!

Ooh, definitely used to be that way, but it's kind of hard to read non-stop when watching over a little kid. x3;

Date: 2011-12-10 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowdingo.livejournal.com
Ah, I'm glad you've finally got a diagnosis that you feel you can relate to more. The whole concept of being diagnosed with anything can seem a little scary, especially if you find you don't agree with it.

I guess I kinda got lucky with mine... well, lucky in that I find I was able to relate to Dyspraxia from such a young age. The "simple things" such as tying shoelaces, sewing, knitting, getting timings right etc. just completely go over my head. They still do, actually, and I start feeling like a dope when peopl say "C'mon, it's easy" and it's really not. I'm surprised I'm able to complete video games.

Still, good news. Now you know what it really is, you can understand it better. Here's wishing you well. :)

Date: 2011-12-10 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyboy-fox.livejournal.com
Thanks. I'm glad, too... it just makes a whole lot more sense to me.

Hehe, I totally understand about the videogames thing... my mum's always said how little sense it makes that I can type so fast on the computer and play videogames when I'm so clumsy with everything else. I guess it has to do with focussing enough on something you're interested in that you're able to get good at it despite the difficulties you have?

Date: 2011-12-10 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowdingo.livejournal.com
Computer typing is often less daunting than using a pen because it takes less effort to press a key than it does to write a single letter on a piece of paper. My DSA assessment found that I write at about 27wpm (which is actually putting me into the undergrad average now, I used to be well below average) and type at nearly 70wpm, or 90wpm if I know what I'm typing. Quite a difference, no?

As for the video games, I guess the old phrase "practice makes perfect" comes to mind. If you enjoy it enough to persist despite difficulties, you do eventually get to learn the ins and outs of how it all works. Timing/stealth things are still an issue with me though, haha.

Date: 2011-12-10 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyboy-fox.livejournal.com
Heh, yes... I can't write with a pencil/pen for very long at all because my grip is so awkward and tight that it gives me a blister on my finger if I do it for more than a few minutes. But if I hold it any more loosely, I can't control the pen/pencil at all and my handwriting is illegible XD;

I really should get back to playing videogames. I used to play them all the time, but then I got out of the habit and haven't been bothered to pick them up again ^^;

Date: 2011-12-10 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowdingo.livejournal.com
Snap there. My handwriting is better than it used to be, but still not brilliant.

Go for it. I'm on the PSN if you own a PS3 and want a friend on there. Otherwise, it's fun for something to do when you have nothing else to do.

Date: 2011-12-11 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycus.livejournal.com
I think it's understandable it took you this long to be diagnosed with ADHD, since I think so many people did the same for themselves that others began to wonder if the whole thing was even real or arbitrary. But knowing exactly what you face is indeed a good thing, and I hope you can overcome it.

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