• Welcome! It’s great to see you.

    If you'd like to talk with people who know what it's like

    Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life.

Seeking diagnosis advice



New member
Jun 27, 2009
Hi. I'm not sure if this is in the right section but given that I'm technically diagnosed with depression I figure here is better then anywhere else. I'm seeking advice on... my diagnosis, I suppose. I've been thinking a lot lately about depression, my past social phobias and researching other illnesses etc.

So to start with, a little history.
I'm 18, male and currently on anti-depressants (lexapro). I have been heavily depressed for so long it's hard to remember myself as anything else. I managed to get through primary school pretty easily, but when I entered high school I had serious difficulties adjusting to the different social situations... I turned from shy to plain antisocial and eventually to the point where I would want to kill someone just for looking at me.

I quit highschool when I was 15 as I was to the point where just the idea of going to school would send me into a panic attack and I was very suicidal. I'm still convinced that if I had stayed, I wouldn't be here now.

Anyway, I was depressed from about... I estimate the start of puberty, maybe a year or two before that even. I've done fairly badly in school, although I never really understood why... I always thought In the past it was because I was sad and not interested in learning... but I really feel like I was wrong when I look back at my actions. I've always been deeply fascinated by science and always wanted to learn a lot more about it... but whenever I try to read books or w/e I either get bored or distracted or frustrated (generally a combo of the three) and give up. Sometimes it feels like it's impossible to finish anything.

To cut a long boring story short, I have recently started to feel better from the AD's i'm on, but it's still... well, I still get heavily depressed sometimes. More importantly though I still have a lot of difficulty doing work, whether it is school work, reading a book or anything in general that I don't feel interested in. I know that's fairly natural... most people don't like doing things they don't want to do.

But I find it almost impossible to focus on things unless I'm deeply interested in them. I've been reading up on ADHD lately and it feels like a lot of the symptoms are things I have. Mainly the focus and attention span...

Basically, I think perhaps I'm depressed because I've always felt bad at doing things other people are good at, schoolwork, etc. and that I have a different problem that is causing that. It's worth noting too that I have several cousins with ADHD and from what I know it's commonly hereditary.

I would talk to my doctor about this but... it feels embarrassing coming up with my own diagnosis for some reason, so I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts? Am I just being delusional or what?

I'm also curious more about medication for ADHD and the difference between it & AD's. I've read about certain similarities it just sounds to me like amphetamines could be more helpful to me. I'm aware people abuse that drug too which is another reason I feel hesitant to bring it up with my doctor.


Well-known member
Founding Member
Jul 21, 2008
Hi Ppsh and welcome to the forum :welcome:

The lack of ability to focus and concentrate is in itself a symptom of depression.
No one here can help you with a diagnosis.

I was once diagnosed as having ADHD, and was given 50mg daily of methylphenidate for almost a year, until I had a total psychotic breakdown due to the amphetamine actions of the med. It turned out I had ADD (no hyperactivity).
As far as I know, there is no med to take it away. Being extra aware of our problems and finding ways to cope is the best bet, in my opinion.

I think all good things start with talking to the right people about our problems.

How we do academically doesn't necessarily reflect on our intelligence. The pressures socially in school can be so overwhelming. I had my share of failures there. So many of us have.
I hope you get in contact soon with your GP or maybe a social worker (mine is a life-saver). Meds don't cure all!
Good luck. :flowers:
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
B Medicine (pills) lead to Depression, seeking general guidance without specifics Depression Forum 1
L Depressed partner- seeking advice Depression Forum 5
G Jealousy and Attention Seeking Behavior Depression Forum 3
C Seeking Advice on Dealing With Intense Feelings That Come With Depression or Art Depression Forum 6
P Need some serious advice Depression Forum 4
D Think my dad has depression (advice needed) Depression Forum 6
DistantOcean Advice for people with depression Depression Forum 7
S Advice Depression Forum 8
J Advice. Depression Forum 3
D Relationship Advice Depression Forum 7
I Advice please Depression Forum 8
I Work place bullying advice please Depression Forum 21
fluffydogs Advice for dragging myselt out of an episode? Depression Forum 16
F Mental health advice Depression Forum 2
P Asking for advice Depression Forum 3
T Advice for the depressed Depression Forum 24
H Frustrated with CBT, any advice? Depression Forum 3
M Girlfriend has depression and has pushed away. Need advice/support Depression Forum 2
T Advice for you on loniless and depression Depression Forum 5
SnowFairy00 Advice re medication - should I seek a second opinion? Depression Forum 8
MrBond007 Rejection advice? Depression Forum 5
moonperson vent/advice: I really can't stand myself and I don't want to like this person who I am. Depression Forum 14
L Would like some advice about feeling detached recently Depression Forum 1
Ladyfair I am asking for advice please. Depression Forum 9
K Advice Depression Forum 1
W Advice needed for a relationship with someone suffering with severe depression Depression Forum 6
ineedabettername I’m in need of some serious life advice. 💢 What can I do? Depression Forum 5
jajingna Jordan Peterson: Advice for people with depression. Depression Forum 31
S Advice on Emotional Support Animals? Depression Forum 1
E Need advice Depression Forum 7
K Advice when feeling low Depression Forum 26
S Need some advice Depression Forum 4
M Need some advice for helping my partner Depression Forum 1
M Advice on how to overcome depression Depression Forum 8
Gigglypuff sad inside So this is my life story. Can someone give me advice ? Depression Forum 2
E Very depressed and need advice Depression Forum 14
X Looking For Advice Depression Forum 8
Capt Hooke The Most Amazing Advice you had from a P-doc? Depression Forum 1
I Any advice on how to want to fight back? Depression Forum 12

Similar threads