The conclusion to the 22 page report by the psychologist was: The High level of thought disturbances shown is attributed to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and occurs in the absence of any psychotic features. Key indicators in clinical history and current behavioral characteristics indicate a diagnosis of Attention Defecit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Combined Type. A few of the characteristics are a bad combination on a motorcycle, but for me it is a lot worse driving a car, especially in heavy traffic. I now have to wait until the 11th of May to start getting treatment, but i'm almost there. I also found out that the psychologist had administered the WAIS-III IQ test (involving 13 sub tests) on me. My first response was a very long F word, followed by if I had known i'd be having an IQ test i wouldn't have had such a big night the night before, and would've payed more attention, avoiding a few careless mistakes, or passed on a few question i couldn't be stuffed with. But In the end that didn't make much of a difference cause I ended up with a score of 131 which is in the 98% percentile. Psychologist said you're a mensa candidate with those results. From what i learnt there are many characteristics in ADHD. A lot of people posses those characteristics to a certain degree. It's when you posses a lot of them to a higher than normal extent, which affects your work, home, and social life, a diagnosis is given. This has affected all areas for as long as I can remember. I've always known there was something wrong, i just couldn't figure out what it was. It got to the people where I felt i had to seek professional help. The first psychiatrist I saw was IMO not a very good one. He knew nothing about ADHD, when I told him I suspected it he got he book and read asked me the questions in the diagnostic criteria. My scores placed me as a prime candidate, but he chucked me on anti-depressants and said come back in a month. I could see myself seeing him for a long time or going to other shrinks and getting more and more frustrated because nothing would be getting resolved. The only psychiatrist who can diagnose this is a specialist in the field. I finally got a GP to refer me to one. I knew myself with 100% certainty that I had ADHD on the 5th of Feb. I got the official diagnosis yesterday, the 21th of April. Treatment begins the 11th of May. For a disorder which included characteristics such as low patience and high level of frustration, the wait has been excruciating. I had tro wait over 7 weeks for an appointment, followed by 2 psychiatrist visits and 4 clinical psychologist visits. It didn't seem like it during the wait, but now that I have the diagnosis, the relief is worth the wait!!! The majority of the population think this is a disorder which only affects children. It doesn't. Some people never grow out of it. I am one of them, because i'm 28 years old. The consequences of this have messed me up considerably. This explains why i've been the way i am my whole life. I can now see my strengths, and I understand and can deal with my weaknesses. And I know know this is something i can easily handle. I've included the diagnostic criteria below. This test alone cannot confirm a diagnosis. I had to got though A lot of tests including this one. But it gives you a rough idea. The year 2000 Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) provides criteria for diagnosing ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible to the general public. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD. DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD I. Either A or B: 1. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level: Inattention 1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities. 2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities. 3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly. 4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions). 5. Often has trouble organizing activities. 6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework). 7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools). 8. Is often easily distracted. 9. Is often forgetful in daily activities. 2. Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level: Hyperactivity 1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat. 2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected. 3. Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless). 4. Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly. 5. Is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor". 6. Often talks excessively. Impulsivity 1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished. 2. Often has trouble waiting one's turn. 3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games). 2. Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years. 3. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home). 4. There must be clear evidence of significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning. 5. The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder). Based on these criteria, three types of ADHD are identified: 1. ADHD, Combined Type: if both criteria 1A and 1B are met for the past 6 months 2. ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: if criterion 1A is met but criterion 1B is not met for the past six months 3. ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if Criterion 1B is met but Criterion 1A is not met for the past six months.