(OPENING – mumbled words (Patrick McKenna) Is it true that adult ADD is hard to spot? (Rick Green) Okay so we’re hearing we’re hearing from
everybody that self diagnosis is dangerous and we don’t want to just give
people at home a list of the symptoms to look for now. Or do we? All right let’s go
so these are the the red flags for adult ADHD. (Patrick) Red flags for adults. (Rick) a lifelong history
of difficulty with attention. (Patrick) sorry? (Janis McKenna) Anyone who knows us our family and
friends and everything else. Patrick has never been on time for a
social occasion in our lives, and so, but he can pull it together for work. Which
is one of these things that.. (Patrick) See her family has to pay me I think and then
I’m there. (Janis) He’ll show up. (Patrick) I’m so there (Rick) The adult l may be successful but shows
impairment when compared to their potential. In other words you’ve lived up
to your potential. (Patrick) yeah I think there’s definitely that
where people experience the fact that you could be doing more you should be
doing more. (Rick) an adult who is using coping strategies to compensate for their
weaknesses but still experiencing problems with their career and work
relations are becoming a workaholic. All those who are workaholics raise their
hand. The adult who’s expending more energy than others to do the same amount
of work. Geez in some areas that’s true but in other things I’m faster than a
lot of people. (Patrick) but it certainly would be a flag though if someone says I’m gonna
go up mow the lawn but first I just have to go to Canadian Tire (It’s a Canadian store that sells everything) and pick up some
gas and then I got to stop here and do that thing. Also, like Leonardo da
Vinci what five years to paint the Sistine Chapel? yeah. It could have been
done on a weekend. (Rick) Sure just with a roller, they must have had rollers, they had
wheels. Organizational skill problems, time management, difficulties, missed
appointments? So less and less frequently late unfinished projects? Oh basements! yes.
take a look at your desk take a look at your basement. (Rick) If I had a garage I think I could fill that with more too. (Patrick) I had an appointment at 9 o’clock in the morning because I had to
be somewhere at 9:30. I was gonna buy a car in half an hour. I get there 9
o’clock and the salesman wasn’t there because he’s at a meeting and I was
waiting in the office, and I.. about 10 after 9 I was losing patience and I
started freaking out. (Rick) Anger control problems? No? (Patrick) and suddenly this guy comes in and I just tore a strip off him about
being late, and this that and the other thing. To the point where they had to call the
police, because I was just an irate customer and you know what it just it
built built built built where I just couldn’t contain, because the anxiety
that I was going to be late for work. I added all this on to that moment, and I
blamed this guy for it, who was 15 minutes late, and I knew he was gonna be
late cuz I told me he was in a meeting. (Rick) Marital problems? Well .. I’m on my second marriage. So that counts.
(Patrick) I’m on my first. It’s 25 years so I give grace to her, not me. (Rick) and you had a couple good years in there. (Patrick) oh boy the 3rd one was a smoker. (Rick) speaking too loudly. NO! (Patrick) No I don’t have that problem other except when I’m in public and they
say keep your voice down. oh yeah so I guess I have that problem
yeah. (Rick) being over talkative interrupts frequently or inappropriately. (Patrick) Well one second. what do you
mean by interrupts? (Rick) well I (Patrick) Like just when you interrupt? When people interject or interrupt? (talk over each other) Okay that’s a flag.
(Rick) Parenting problems, difficulty establishing and maintaining household
routines. Yeah. (Patrick) yeah I think so cuz I think I’m a good guy
parent, yeah, I forget the boundaries often times. (Rick) Inconsistency in dealing
with children. (Patrick) oh there’s right there you see. I was ahead of myself.
(Rick) Substance use or abuse, especially alcohol and marijuana or excess caffeine use. I
cut down on the caffeine. (Patrick) I think I’ve uptake on the caffeine. Yeah, whatever you
let go I take up. (Rick) and the heroin I’m just like a couple of jars a day.
(Patrick) Daddy’s on the horse. (Rick) sexual avoidance or addiction?
Boy there’s choices. (Patrick) I think I’m avoiding avoiding the addiction yeah
where I’m addicted to avoiding? (Rick) No I stopped avoiding that addiction.
Addiction, such as collections. Yes. Compulsive shopping. (Patrick) Yes I do get impulse and compulsive I think. (Rick) only in a sex shop.
Overeating? God no. We’re skinny. (Patrick) yeah the camera adds 40 pounds. (Rick) and it’s like a five camera shoot so there’s 200 pounds right there. (Patrick laughs) right there.
(Rick) reports from close to the adult that they’re just like a child or relative
with ADHD? So you’re like someone in your family who is a few yeah very much I’m
sure my father had ADD of some form and I can see the similarities and things. (Rick) my
dad he was all over the place was fun to watch it. Ah.. problems with driving? okay
I’ve had five car accidents in my life and none of them have been going faster
than five miles an hour. Evidence of the adult is not coping poorly but is
significantly impaired and is at high risk of developing secondary co-morbid
disorders such as anxiety and depression? (Patrick) yeah I think there’s an easy confusion
between them because sometimes you get so overridden with anxiety that you
fall into depression, but this whole anxiety comes out of the self esteem
issues or it comes out of the ADD. Goals that you set you’re not meeting
because you’re not experiencing moments. Sometimes you know 1, 2 does equal 3.
(Rick) you know when you’re this beautiful it’s hard not to be nervous about it. All
right where was I? oh yes the adult may be successful but shows impairment when
compared to their potential