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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am entering my adult life and finding it quite difficult - I'm 24 and I find it very very difficult to concentrate, have blows of anxiety and my mood is all over the place. I am currently living with my girlfriend at her parents house and even they commented that I need to get something to calm down... I have been on my best behaviour, this came as quite a shock! Recently I keep kicking myself over trying to be normal but I do things before I think about them - for example I broke a bed from jumping on it. I have about four conversations going through my head at one time and I apparently keep zoning out. It's worrying as I am starting a new job tomorrow andI want to come across like a professional opposed to a child... I don't want to have minor anxiety attacks or continue acting like a child on sugar! My girlfriend's mum sat me down and told me to get some Ritalin earlier today and it was quite embarrassing. I spoke to NHS direct about a year ago and they said to think seriously before considering medication, no one has said that I have ADHD however apparently its pretty obvious... I don't want to loose my creative flare just be able to think straight and not be either super pissed off or jumping around the room. What do you recommend?
Doctor :Hi
Doctor :   I am reading your post
Doctor :   please bear with me
User :   Ok
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   i undersatnd
Doctor :   this is quite clear ADHD
Doctor :   but needs to be evaluated to confirm the same
User :   how do I go about this?
Doctor :   for the moment i suggest you to go for Meditation
Doctor :   this will help a lot
User :   I have tried this, but it is hard to concentrate
Doctor :   and if you are interested in any type of creative work get busy in such one
Doctor :   the hardwork is the treatment and the day you can concentrate would be a cure
Doctor :   meditation is a attempt but not an exercise
User :   ok
Doctor :   the attempt should be strong to attain the cure
User :   I play music - which I enjoy greatly, my problem is that it is disrupting my relationship with my partner and everyone else
User :   How do I get evaluated?
Doctor :   i understand , the other alternative would be through medications which can make the problem much worse by you getting addicted
Doctor :   the evaluation is done by a Psychiatrist
Doctor :   consult the psychiatrist, and present your history
User :   ok, would I speak to a doctor and get them to book an appointment with a Psychiatrist?
Doctor :   he may take you through some intellectual exercises after which can confirm ADHD
User :   what kind of exercises?
Doctor :   i am sorry , i can not do that but you can mail a psychiatrist the detailed history of your condition and get a reply mail back
Doctor :   i can guide you for the same
User :   ok
Doctor :   the exercises include oral answering set of questions and also some written tests
User :   Ok, so my next step is to book in a session with a psychiatrist?
Doctor :   yes,
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