This was my response to a guy who thinks he has ADD or ADHD and was starting to get on top of it, until he saw a doctor who told him he didn’t have it but was just anxious. And told him the medication would cause weight gain! –Argggghhh!
“wow. bummer. I can’t diagnose you as you said. but there are a lot of doctors even psychiatrists who do not understand ADD. by the way, the medication doesn’t cause weight gain, it sometimes causes weight loss. there are a lot of sites on the net that give you the tests, you can take those, tho they aren’t definitive. suggest you read the part of the book about diagnosis and also on the blog – put diagnosis in the search window. do you have a choice of seeing someone else, and even of asking what they know about ADD first? anxiety is not part of ADD, but often accompanies it – if i have a lot to do and can’t get organized or started and am frustrated and my wife is complaining and I screwed up the last thing i tried – i can start feeling pretty anxious. on the other hand, anxiety can cause a lot of the same symptoms as ADD, so it needs teasing out. hope this helps.”
If you’re going to seek help, which I recommend, be sure they know ADD or ADHD. If you can’t get or tolerate the medicines, there may be some ‘natural’ things that will help (I’m not sure tho)