D r. Vinnie Goombatz (aka Dr. Vinnie), the organized crime doctor for the disorganized mind, answers a question from a listener. This is an edited version of the email he received. (Yes…this is a REAL email received by Dr. Vinny.)
I got a question: Is there such a thing as self diagnosis for ADHD or ADD? I’ve been very hyperactive when I was a kid. It went away when I was in my teens but I started having problems organizing my thoughts and focusing on anything. I thought I might have ADHD…
I started having serious ADDish problems last year when I started working on my college thesis. I can’t bring myself to finish anything. I know I’m not being lazy and all. I really want to work on the project but when I try, I end up disorganized and not knowing what to do.
I tried answering online ADD quizzes online and all the results say that i probably have it. But my problem is this – I live in a place with practically no access to a psychiatrist or any professional who can help or at least diagnose whatever it is I have.
is it safe to assume that i have ADD and start taking actions to deal with it like meds and stuff or will it do more harm than good?
Here is Dr. Vinny’s response:
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