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Anonymous
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Posted:May 20, 2003 12:03:40 AM

You feel proud you can answer "yes" when someone asked you if you remembered to eat dinner--next comes the embarrasment when they ask you "what did you have?"

Previous answers:

Skittles and pound cake

Cheezits and Mountain Dew

It just keeps going on like this...

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Anonymous
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Posted:Jun 11, 2003 1:22:46 AM

All of ya'lls answers are hilarious!! Especially since I've laughed at myself for doing similar things (like these!)...

You know you're ADD when...

You've lost a dollar bill up your sleeve. (I still don't know how that happened)

In the process of your mad search for your keys you somehow manage to lose the wallet that you just had in your hand.

People have come right up to you and said 'hello' repeatedly without getting any response until they finally give up and are mad that you just completely ignored them like that. (And when you hear about it later you have no idea what they're talking about)

You forget what you're saying mid-sentence (you desperately want to remember so you don't look like an idiot but you just know its gone for good).

You have 20 different tubes of chapstick so that you know you'll always be able to find one.

You don't remember which pile of clothes is the clean one so you have to wash them all.

You're standing in a store and something draws your attention to your shoes and you think, "what shoes AM I wearing??" and you look down and you think "How did those get on my feet? I don't even remember putting them on."

You have to leave the deoderant in a spot that you pass often in the morning or you might forget to use it (and then you get teased for keeping it on your desk).

When you tell someone for the first time that you are ADD this look comes over their face that just says, "That explains so much."

You're very surprised by the number of endings to this sentence you were able to come up with and you know you thought of more but forgot them before you could get them down. You're also pretty surprised that you remembered you wanted to respond to this.

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Anonymous
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Posted:Jun 11, 2003 1:23:23 AM

All of ya'lls answers are hilarious!! Especially since I've laughed at myself for doing similar things (like these!)...

You know you're ADD when...

You've lost a dollar bill up your sleeve. (I still don't know how that happened)

In the process of your mad search for your keys you somehow manage to lose the wallet that you just had in your hand.

People have come right up to you and said 'hello' repeatedly without getting any response until they finally give up and are mad that you just completely ignored them like that. (And when you hear about it later you have no idea what they're talking about)

You forget what you're saying mid-sentence (you desperately want to remember so you don't look like an idiot but you just know its gone for good).

You have 20 different tubes of chapstick so that you know you'll always be able to find one.

You don't remember which pile of clothes is the clean one so you have to wash them all.

You're standing in a store and something draws your attention to your shoes and you think, "what shoes AM I wearing??" and you look down and you think "How did those get on my feet? I don't even remember putting them on."

You have to leave the deoderant in a spot that you pass often in the morning or you might forget to use it (and then you get teased for keeping it on your desk).

When you tell someone for the first time that you are ADD this look comes over their face that just says, "That explains so much."

You're very surprised by the number of endings to this sentence you were able to come up with and you know you thought of more but forgot them before you could get them down. You're also pretty surprised that you remembered you wanted to respond to this.

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Posted:Aug 14, 2003 11:05:06 PM

You are extra carefull to make cure that you have everything
you need before you go rushing out the door, remember to lock
it! down the elevator out to the car and then you relize the only
thing that you did remember is your keys.

You are trying to unlock your door and you check 3 times that
this is the right number because the key doesn't work right away
and you can't remember if you the right floor or why your
standing in front of a door.

Your car makes a loud beeping sound when you leave the lights
on and while your opening your backpack, looking out the window
down at the ground you see the car lights on. You run down 12 flights
of stairs (havn't taken that way down yet) stopping on every floor
that a unlocked/open panel on on the wall and looking in it. You later come back to your backpack hours later and see the laptop half
freed.


You can't remember what your doing.

your mind is blank and then the room gets really interesting in the corner so you hit the send button.

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Posted:Sep 19, 2003 11:24:59 AM

You realize that you should have just jotted stuff down as you thought it cuz now you have forgotten a zillion funny ideas

You constantly freeze up the computer becuase you have 25 things of internet explorer open and are still using all of them. 8)

After explaining your thought process for completeing an action people think you are lying to them :roll:

In stead of listening in Math class you made a list of all of your activities and your classmates store dumbfounded at it because it was so long

When someone claims that stress is tearing their life appart you look quizically at them and claim that yours is holding yours together...and then go off on some tangent about superglue :)

You have lived in your new place for 4 months and still don't have the TV's cable plugged in because the mere thought of sitting down to watch TV is painful

In class when another student asked the professor a question that was so stupid that the professor circled the overhead's projection on the actual pull-down screen out of fustration with marker and your friends on either side of you were yelling at joking at eachother because of it and the prof appoligized heaps and when you were told this in a another class later that day you seriously had zero clue what they were talking about, but your friends say you were sitting between (yes, awake...um...i guess) them the whole time. (Would have been funny to pay attention to :( )

The only reason this is so long is cuz you are doing a zillion other things right now (all at the same time) and come back when you think of something funny. And realize that this could take several days to write...but you will probably run down the battery by somehow unplugging the computer, even though you won't remember unplugging it

You get so busy with everything else that you honestly forget to eat for a day and a half. (nothing to do with anything but getting to busy and forgetting) :?

You read a page in your book 5 times, cuz everytime you read it, you forgot to read it.

Your family jokes that your name is latin for "late"

Little martians must steal your keys (actually it's my cats..or that's at least what I tell my boss when I show up 15 minutes late to work :shock: )

Your room looks like a tornado ran through it...and you are that tornado

On that note...better go pretend to clean...this has been sitting here for like 4 hours now...lol...take care y'all.

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Posted:Sep 25, 2003 9:07:07 PM
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yup.. im 19 and pregnant with my first child.. so i know all this.. my fiance has no idea why he can come home at the end of the day and nothing is done.. ive been busy all day.. but i just cant remember what ive done!!!

you know you have ADD when: You can have dinner, listen to the tv, discuss the news, sing to your favourite song and read a book at the same time

or when the table becomes the local keepsake box/office/desk/cupboard/anything else that fits on the spaces left

and you definatly know when your doctor or psych asks.. when did you last "....." and you wonder into a long silence for the rest of the appointment wondering if tyou had or havent or when and where.. then you remember you lef the cat outside

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Posted:Oct 12, 2003 7:44:06 AM

Quote "Stephanie":

All of ya'lls answers are hilarious!! Especially since I've laughed at myself for doing similar things (like these!)...

Quote "Stephanie":

You know you're ADD when...

Quote "Stephanie":

You've lost a dollar bill up your sleeve. (I still don't know how that happened)

Quote "Stephanie":


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....You post the same message to the LD board twice. ;-&gt;

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Posted:Nov 05, 2003 9:18:48 PM

You know your ADD when.....

You read the first six posts to see if anyone is going to put the same thing as you, and then go to the last page because you don't have the patience to read the next 5 pages.

Your doing a report on learning disabilities and instead of finding information you end up posting things on the bulliten board

you find yourself staring at a word like "bulliten" thinking...is that how it's spelled? Then continue to say the word in your head again, and again and again until it seems like jibberish

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Posted:Jan 13, 2004 5:36:21 PM

You order food in the drive-through only to realize you forgot your wallet, then after driving away, you realize you droped your wallet on the floor.

You leave your keys locked in your car while it’s still running

You get off the elevator on what you think is the sixth floor (where you live), go to the right apartment (you think), and are shocked when a strange woman walks out your door.

You have piles of paper scattered across every flat surface (including the floor).

You have budles of junk mail (and possibly some bills) piling up on your kitchen table

Your refrigorator looks like an alien garden full of odd fungal growths and molds.

Your sink is full of unwashed dishes from the beginning of the week even though you have a dish washer.

You’re the type that makes intricate plans, considers all options in exacting detail, then goes out and completely ingores those plans in all their intricate details.

You get odd random thoughts while listening to others talk and can’t help blurting them out, even if they are totally irrelevent to the conversation at hand.

You could walk into a library looking for a book on one particular subject and end up reading several unreleated books in the stacks. You do the same with web pages.

You either cannot focus on a task no matter how hard you try or you are unable to pull youself away from something.

You are such a compulsive talker that you enjoy making up people and having conversations with them in your head. Sometimes they are people you know, sometimes historical figures, sometimes totally made up.

People have to make sure you are looking at them while they are talking. You often have the experience of having a conversation with someone, then asking them to repeate what they just said because you really weren’t listening.

You either hate waiting or you love waiting because it gives you time to day dream.

You often become frustrated while working on something and have invented many interesting new combinations of four-letter words. For you, it’s just a form of stress release, but for others it is very disconcerting.

You make up songs all the time (especially about other drivers in traffic), yet you can’t really remember the words to any “real” songs.

You have no concept of time. It either goes too fast or too slow.

Sometimes you wish you had a pencil with an eraser on both ends.

You spend all day posting on bulletin boards

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Posted:Jan 13, 2004 9:34:38 PM

* your supposed to be looking for a job, 'full time'(when you don't have one) and spend 5 hours a day on the internet, NOT looking for a job!
* you have hobbies you enjoy so much that they literally consume your life......
* you have trouble writing neatly on a job application :x
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Posted:Jan 14, 2004 2:24:53 AM

I've never been officially diagnosed as ADD, but here are a few things I have done and do, so do you ever:

Go around the parking lot with your child calling "here, car, car, car" because that's as good a way as any other of finding it?

Put things in your shoes so you cannot get out of the house without them? (Good system, I recommend it)

Find yourself with six hammers when you (not me, I lie, the exchange student) clean the workshop, because you keep thinking you've lost the hammer and get another plus a spare?

Go on a low-salt diet unintentionally for three weeks because you never remember to buy salt when you're in the store -- and then drive it into your head that you need salt and buy it three weeks in a row?
(Then of course you don't need to worry for another year)

Ask your spouse where your book is when you're holding it in your hand?

Hear things from your child like "We'd never eat at all if you didn't stop in the store to pick up something to drink -- but you always pick up something to drink so we eat very well."?

Find you work better on six part-time jobs than one full-time?

Have to explain to the exam proctors when you go in that of course you aren't intending to cheat, that's your day's schedule written on your left hand?

While teaching advanced math, have to check with your student what day of the week it is? (I tell them I'm a real genuine absent-minded professor)

Ask someone the date, and when they tell you "The fourth", have to ask"Yes, but the fourth of what month?" (I'm better about this now, but that carried through my twenties.)

When you were seven, your mother was asked her phone number in a store and she turned to you and asked "What's our phone number?"

Greet people with the standard salutation "HI! Good to see you! Oh, darn it, I've gone and forgotten your name again."?

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Posted:Jan 14, 2004 11:17:31 AM

Wow, it’s great you actually notice people enough to forget their name while saying hello. Sometimes I don’t even get to that step. Of course, when I do notice them, I usually just say something subtle like: “Hey… um… you. How’s it going.”

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Posted:Jan 19, 2004 10:05:20 AM

Not diagnosed here but my kid is! I see myself in all of these. Here's a couple to add

When you hold $700 cash in your hand and then panic because you can't find it. You find it only after your husband tells you it's in your hand. Then you look in shock because you have no memory of holding it.

You have a history of melting colanders and burning cookbooks because you have a habit of putting them on the stove and forgetting to turn off the burner or turn the wrong one on.

Your fridge is a constant science experiment

You had to take half an hour break from typing this because you couldn't remember the next thing you were going to type. You only remember it happened years ago and it was funny.

You take your daughter and yourself into a public restroom use the facilities and wonder why the toilets look different. You leave the rest room and wonder why that man is looking at you strange and why he's going into the ladies room. You decide not to say anything to him (luckily) but get in the car and tell your husband about this dumb guy who was going into the ladies room. He thought the man should have told him. Then you leave and come back a few days later on your way home. So, you go back to the restroom and wonder how they managed to switch the ladies and mens side in just a few days. Then as you're driving away from the facilities it finally occurs to you that you used the men's side and you just start laughing uncontrollably! Everybody just looks at you like you're wierd.

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Posted:Jan 19, 2004 4:16:45 PM
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You know youre ADHD when....

*Youve "copied and pasted" everyones responses into word. And you dont care that its 10 pages long, even if youre planning on showing it to everyone you know.

*This is even worse when you should be doing youre french homework instead of compiling this list (especially when youre a french ed major!)

*You think in Pictures and feelings, and can't for the life of you describe what you see in your head in a way "normal" people understand.

*You understand Pictures and Feeling

*youre talking to a friend and all of the sudden they snap their fingers and you can't remeber what you were saying.

*When youre washing your hair and you can't remeber if you conditioned it. So you end up using your expensive conditioner twice.

*When you have to write EVERYTHING down. And you still stare at the 20 pieces of scrap paper and not see a thing

*When you have to use different color pens inorder to see what you wrote on youre paper, and whats most important.

*When youre home alone all day, and forget to take the dog out all day. And then you wonder why the dog keeps peeing in the house.

*When you go to a friends house to do laundry, actually fold it, and drive home, just to leave it in your car for 3 days.

*When all of your junk (kitchy decorations) make your room look like a mess to an outsider, but to you, they all have a place. And when they aren't in their place, you feel off balance

*You go to a Wedding Show, and have to have 5 other people with you to ask questions bc It would take too much energy to focus on one booth. You would shut down after 3 booths, out of 100.

*You know lots of random facts. Usually the ones that are the most irrevelent. BTW, did you know that the average french person drinks about 29 litres of wine in a year? ......see what Im talking about. Someone please tell me when I will ever approprioatly use this tidbit!!!!

*You think comments like "sometimes you wish your pencil had an eraser on both ends" is funny, and you either dont know why, or it takes you a few days to figure it out.

* You get really frustrated bc your house is a mess, bc it makes you feel like a mess, yet you dont get up and clean it.

*You go on adderral induced cleaning rampages, which include bleaching the bathrooms and organizing everything, just for fun!

*Your medicine makes you wanna curl up in your favorite blanket, drink hot coco, and conjugate french verbs.....for fun.

*You like being in your own little word. There is less frustration there.

*You get mad constantly having to explain everything, bc it takes too long

*Youre best friends are also adhd or ppl who are adhd compliant, only bc you dont have to make chronological complete sentences to get youre most profound thought through :-)

*You find your self sitting in class not paying attention to a lecture on Taming of The Shrew bc your english proffessor has worn another hideously odd tie for the 30th day in a row.

*when youre still puting off your mounumentous amount of homework to add to this list...

*When youre still going to put it off to call everyone you know and tell them about it

Ok, i need to be cut off!! :-) enjoy!
Kat ^*^

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Posted:Jan 21, 2004 10:30:22 PM

You know you're ADD when you had to go back 2 pages to find out what message board you were in.

......when you have so many post-it reminders all over the place including your car, that when you enter your classroom to teach your psychology class and a student taps you on the shoulder and tells you've got a pos-it stuck to your tush.

You know you're ADD when 90% of the things people have shared are ones that you do. Put all them together and it makes a good diagnostic test for ADD. Thanks for the chuckles. Now what was I doing again?

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Posted:Jan 26, 2004 4:06:36 AM

You know you're ADD when:
1) you go to the refridgerator and stand in front of it for five minutes, then close the door and walk away, only to return five minutes later to do the same thing all over again.
2) your students have to tell you what their names are whenver you get that blank look on your face, which is often.
3.) you go to tell a joke but can only remember the punch line.
4.) people tell you that you must be gifted only because you carry on conversations with yourself and laugh out loud when you remember the joke.
5.) you put the same laundry through the machine 4 or 5 times before you realize it's the same load of laundry.
6.) you cringe when you have to go to the public library and the desk clerk knows who you are because you come in every month with 40$ to 50$ in fines and they open up a discount window for you alone.
7.) you can run circles around others in a conversation and say wonderful things that people are absolutely amazed at, and when they ask you to rephrase what you said, you look at them and ask them what they are talking about, or you go off on another tangent that makes perfect sense to you but it is totally off topic.
8.) You suddenly realize that the whole world does not think like you do and that there is a reason that your life looks like a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

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Posted:Feb 29, 2004 6:25:51 AM

Yes, as others have said.... you started this post because you had a hysterically funny thing to add but now that you've gone through having to write in a subject line and start a new message, you haven't a clue what it was.

You are awed and amazed almost to tears when taking meds again for the first time in several years and you find yourself able to match up all the socks in one load of laundry. You realize that A) you've missed that and B) that "normal" people can just do things like this just like this all the time and C) that doing laundry maybe doesn't feel like incredible torture to "normal" people.

You get tired of trying to explain to people that either A) yes you really do NEED to drink that much coffee or espresso or B) yes you really do need to take stimulant meds and no, you're not turning into a druggie.

You can relate to at least one thing in almost every one of these posts on this board.

It is easy to trip on things in your living room or bedroom or bathroom or hallway etc etc etc....

Your car looks like you've just gone christmas shopping and eaten all your meals in the car for several weeks.

Speaking of cars.... You try to park your car a little distance away from where you are going so that no one you're dealing with needs to see your car lest they lose complete and total respect for you.

You need to play a computer game, read email, read the news - or *something* in order to be able to pay attention to the phone call you are on.

You seem to get along quite well with drunken people spewing random thoughts - and often follow right along - without drinking.

You have lost a phone - or two - or more....

You have driven off with your phone on the hood of your car - more than once.

Your neighbors know you as "that lady who always goes back into her house then drives down the street, turns around, goes back to the house, drives down the street, turns around, goes back to the house...." (because you keep remembering things you forgot)

You own many packages of dental floss because you lose them and want to be able to have some handy when you need it.

Sometimes its just too HARD to work, go to school AND have a social life.

People keep thinking you should be able to do your housework quicker and more efficiently, give you "helpful" hints as to how to do so and totally don't get it when you tell them you CAN'T do it their way.

People eventually get used to you wandering off mid-conversation when talking with you online.

You can MEAN to return that phone call or email for WEEKS before it actually HAPPENS.

It is February 28th and you still have a christmas tree up - sort of - you got the lights and stuff off of it anyways (and yes, its plastic! LOL!)

You wash the same load of laundry repeatedly because you forget to put it in the dryer and it gets sort of this stale sourish smell to it as it sits there for days on end.

You LOVE the whole CONCEPT of wrinkle release spray.

You have lots of nice things but they are all in boxes, somewhere, from about 3 moves ago....

You find things in your refrigerator that you have no clue what they once were.

Your kitchen is partially wallpapered and has been for the past two years.

You have learned NOT to tell people of your newly inspired plans because you've learned that there is a decent chance you will not actually do what you are intending to do this time. You've learned to only tell people such things when you are strongly comitted and at least partially flowing along with whatever it is - and then you make sure to say that this is something that MIGHT happen. Or that you are TRYING to do. Or something like that.

And last but not least - you panic when someone asks to use your bathroom and frantically rush in ahead of them in case you forgot to flush again.

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Posted:Mar 01, 2004 11:01:36 AM

and when it's all so impossibly true, and yet still incredibly funny!

sense of humour makes it all an adventure

judih

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Posted:Mar 02, 2004 2:02:33 PM

You know your add when......you quit jobs, before you have another one..can't seem to find a job that you like, and basically screw up jobs when you do have them....HATE LOOKING FOR JOBS!!!!!

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Posted:Mar 02, 2004 4:08:39 PM

I was actually never diagnosed ADHD, but I definitly am. In grade school they told me I was dyslexic, but nothing about ADHD. This was back in the late 70s/early 80s. Teachers did note many ADHD behvaiors, though. Maybe it wasn’t being diagnosed that often back then.

These lists people are making, thoug, are actually kind of scary because they describe me perfectly. For instance:

I have mail piled up all over my kitchen table at home, some dating back years.
My refigerator is a horror show.
My car is always full of junk and I never wash it.
My desk at work is covered in papers.
I lose things constantly.
I have an extremely hard time staying focused or I become so focused I can’t do anything else untill I complete a specific task.
I get frustrated easily.
I have a tendency to fidgit.
I have a hard time listening to speople talking and often have to have people repeat things.
I find myself day dreaming all the time.
I forget peoples names or call people the wrong thing. This even happens with people I know well.
I was known for blurting out answers in College.
I either talk incesently or not at all (if I’m spaced out).
I often interrupt people while their talking
I switch topics while speaking.
I have been known to pick up a dictionary to lookup a word, and then an hour latter put the dictionary down after looking up radom words and tracing their etymology.

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