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I'm 48 yrs of age and never out grown ADHD and having a hard time sleeping I get about 2-3 hours of sleep in

a 24 hrs a night. I'm a vet but the doctors keep thinking I'm depressed but I have adult ADHD. In 1962 is when I was told I have it. I went to special Ed in school & graduated 12th grade. I never out grown it.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I have a few answers. The first is to see a psychologist or mental health professional again. It seems odd to me that your colleagues would think you are depressed if you only have ADHD. It is possible to have both. Another answer is that you may either be sleeping more than you realize (taking naps), inhibiting sleep more than you realize (drinking coffee and energy drinks, taking ADHD medication in the evening, etc.). Keep a log of all the Sleep you get in a few weeks, and all the food drinks and medications you eat in those weeks. Sometimes we are used to doing things, and don't realize how much of it we are doing. For instance, some people (like myself) think they eat well, but they discount all the cookies they grab when they are walking through the kitchen. It is also possible you don't need more sleep, are you always tired, or well rested? Possibly you have Bipolar disorder, but again, see a psychologist or mental health therapist.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I say try to get more opinions some doctors try to overlook things that you think are wrong with you because of hypocondriacs, but if you know you have ADHD then try to see a specialist and see if they can help you. Your general physician is probably more likely to overlook it. And if they really thought that you are depressed then why didnt they start you on a treatment for depression. Just proves even more that they are not really listening to a word that you are saying. Also, try not to bring any work home with you, it just causes higher levels of stress which makes trying to get to sleep even harder. I say try to get into a routine that relaxes you in the late afternoon. Like quiet, soft, music, a long bath, a glass of wine maybe if thats your thing, read a book. Things that get your mind ready for rest and make you kinda sleepy. But if that doesnt work, I say see the specailist; good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    ADHD was first described by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman in 1845. A physician who wrote books on medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Hoffman was also a poet who became interested in writing for children when he couldn't find suitable materials to read to his 3-year-old son. The result was a book of poems, complete with illustrations, about children and their characteristics. "The Story of Fidgety Philip" was an accurate description of a little boy who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet it was not until 1902 that Sir George F. Still published a series of lectures to the Royal College of Physicians in England in which he described a group of impulsive children with significant behavioral problems, caused by a genetic dysfunction and not by poor child rearing—children who today would be easily recognized as having ADHD.1 Since then, several thousand scientific papers on the disorder have been published, providing information on its nature, course, causes, impairments, and treatments

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    While there would be many such material available for reading i have seen results for all such children who have been tought Meditation and Breathing Technique called" PRANAYAM"

    This is a method by which one can control and change the pattern of thoughts as well

    You must find some one who can teach you the basics of Meditation and Pranayam, i am sure this would help you

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    1 decade ago

    Yours is similar to the problems that most people have with disabilities have. Most of the research is geared towards children in the hopes of getting parents to pay more for "treatment" and possible "cure" for such quirks. As we all know, though, we never "grow out of" our disabilities. We can manage to get by with various compensatory strategies, but as good as those get, we will never be "normal".

    That being said, you do have ADHD, and there are some great traits of people with ADHD which other people simply don't have. You have a persistance about you for investigating things that won't settle until you get a good answer to your questions. You observe things that other people don't even have the capacity to notice until you point your observations out to them. These can be great gifts if applied in the proper manner.

    That being said, your question was about sleeping. You might want to talk to a doctor about medications which could help assist you in slowing down your thought processes for sleeping. ADHD does not make that easy, I know, but it is possible with proper management of medications. I sincerely hope you will be able to find somebody who can assist you with that.

    Wishing you the best of luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You could have both ADHD and depression. It's very common. There are many medications to help both of these disorders. Go to your doctor and tell him/her what you are experiencing. There are so many options available to you that you would be amiss to not explore them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Talk to your dr.

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