ADD/ADHD symptoms in adults?

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by witchknights, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. witchknights

    witchknights 27 Bold Enchanter Defends The Fearful

    I think my seebsian diagnostic was "eh, sounds sort of" when i submitted the are-you-autistic checklist.
     
  2. Morven

    Morven In darkness be the sound and light

    It's also not like the autistic traits mean that anyone with any of them is autistic. It's just that they're all things that have correlations with autism and the more of them you have the closer to the "average autistic" you are.
     
  3. witchknights

    witchknights 27 Bold Enchanter Defends The Fearful

    i assume so. it's just that sometimes it sits weirdly with me how these things are phrased - like the "hates injustice and to be misunderstood" or "prefers a controlled environment". i have trouble imagining anyone who likes to be misunderstood or an environment where they have no control over anything, for example. so it'smore of a badly phrased commentary on my sense of normalcy than direct criticism on the diagnostic validity of the list.
     
  4. witchknights

    witchknights 27 Bold Enchanter Defends The Fearful

    sort of like i went "wait, what?" when i found out people had a strong gender identity or that there are people who genuinely feel better after social situations. what do you mean, stimming isn't normal?
     
  5. Morven

    Morven In darkness be the sound and light

    Yeah, I think there's a "markedly more than usual" hidden qualifier on a lot of those.
     
  6. Morven

    Morven In darkness be the sound and light

    Yeah! I think the default for most humans is assuming everyone else works like they do. The more you are close to society's assumed "default human" template, the more so you can carry that assumption and not notice when it's wrong, I think.
     
  7. witchknights

    witchknights 27 Bold Enchanter Defends The Fearful

    or the more socially isolated.
    that's another thing that bothers me (in general, not specific to this list, i'm not criticizing it.) what's the "usual" in things? how is it measured? what's the metric for comparing experiences? fruit salad makes me gag because of the bad feeling all the textures mushed together leave in my mouth. how do i know it's a stronger dislike for the texture of fruit salad than an average human's dislike for the texture of fruit salad? where are the boundaries? i can't compare it to my dislike of coconut texture, because they are completely different categories.

    one of the ADHD tests i did online had a "you are considerably more bored than other people" question and like. how the fuck do i know. do i put on a timer and make an average of bored hours/week? are there studies on how many hours the average person without ADHD spends bored so i can know if i'm within an acceptable margin for deviance of the average, slightly above/below, or markedly above/below? i know it's kind of pedantic but uuugh. drives me up the wall if i think about it too much.
     
  8. Morven

    Morven In darkness be the sound and light

    Agreed, and I think this issue with the tests is in itself a good indication of autism.
     
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  9. rorleuaisen

    rorleuaisen Frozen Dreamer

    Yeah, those test questions are annoying. I prefer the ones that are like "Do you do this x amount or more/less times a week?" While I do have to calculate averages, atleast it's definable.
     
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  10. Enzel

    Enzel androgynous jrpg protag

    I've been out all day or I would've responded soon, but I probably should clarify: that chart is specifically for traits found in girls/afab people, so it's not an exhaustive list of diagnostic criteria, it's pointing out things might manifest differently in someone socialized as female. (Per the research that trying to detect autism in girly - shaped people by using the criteria for boyish - shaped people doesn't work so well)

    I see what you guys are saying about the frequency/degree stuff, though.
     
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  11. seebs

    seebs Benevolent Dictator

    So far as I know, no. So far as I know most of those traits are highly unusual in the general population, but autistics tend to unconsciously gravitate towards other autistics because they're less annoying.
     
  12. TwoBrokenMirrors

    TwoBrokenMirrors Succulent Vex Belly

    Well hey that traits list is an interesting thing
    Maybe I should print it off and include it in the packet of questionnaires I got sent by the autism assessor to counterbalance the hellishly male-stereotyped 'Systemizing Quotient' questionnaire.
     
  13. witchknights

    witchknights 27 Bold Enchanter Defends The Fearful

    well, that's... something. i do identify with a lot of stuff on that list, but i don't think i have enough sensory issues to count? and I do have a diagnosis for depression and generalized anxiety disorder (that according to my psych bordered on psychosis during the worst of it or something).
     
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  14. seebs

    seebs Benevolent Dictator

    I don't know that you have to have everything on the list, or have them to any particular degree. My assumption would be that if you have enough of the symptoms to think it sounds like "but isn't everyone like that", it might be worth talking to a competent professional. (Note: Not all professionals are competent.)
     
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