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I Think I Have Adult ADHD

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The symptoms have been there since childhood. And now affect me at work and home.
These include:
Difficulty putting thoughts in to speech
Difficulty following conversations
Short fuse/angry/aggressive
Very impatient
Easily distracted
Difficulty paying attention/tuning out/drifting away.
Difficulty with organisation.

My birth mum drank alcohol in the pregnancy so I’m also wondering if this has to do with anything.

I Think I Have Adult ADHD

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I appreciate you writing us here at Psych Central. There is some research that suggests that children of alcoholics have a higher risk factor for ADHD. While it is not appropriate for me to offer a diagnosis I would agree that this cluster of symptoms warrants an evaluation.

The reason I suggest this is that there are a variety of excellent treatment options to ameliorate most if not all of the symptoms on your list — at least to some degree.

I would highly recommend you find a psychologist who does testing or a psychiatrist or neurologist who is able to make diagnosis. The psychiatrist or neurologist is likely to prescribe medicine, which can help. The psychologist may be able to pinpoint your relative strengths and weaknesses with regard to your behaviors.

I would just also highly recommend taking the VIA character strength test. It is free and will help you identify those character strengths which can help you feel and function better.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I Think I Have Adult ADHD

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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