Do not self-diagnose. If a doctor say you have it, then you have it and you also have issues with becoming an officer.I'm starting ROTC next fall and think I may have undiagnosed ADHD (runs in my family) but was never checked because I performed well academically. I don’t want medicine but I was wondering if seeking any kind of non medicinal help would be an issue for ROTC.
By no means would I put anything down on paper I haven’t been diagnosed by a doctor with, it’s just been based on some struggles academically! I wasn’t going to bother going into a doctors office *if* it would be a problem unless I think I’m going to fail out of college... if it wouldn’t be a big deal to talk with a doctor about ways to deal with it (most of my family isn’t on meds) then I’d like to at least see if it’s anything. Make sense?Do not self-diagnose. If a doctor say you have it, then you have it and you also have issues with becoming an officer.I'm starting ROTC next fall and think I may have undiagnosed ADHD (runs in my family) but was never checked because I performed well academically. I don’t want medicine but I was wondering if seeking any kind of non medicinal help would be an issue for ROTC.
My Dad had Parkinsons and died from it. Sometimes I think I have it mainly because I have a family history. I have not been diagnosed and do not plan to self-diagnose. When a doctor tells me I have it because he checked since I was "having issues" then, and only then, will I have Parkinsons.
Hmm.. after reading your list of coping mechanisms, I am a little uneasy. I thought these were necessary things all disciplined people did....If you suspect you have ADHD, you need to learn to coping skills now. Adapt, improvise, overcome. (Long, but worth the read)
As an adult with diagnosed ADHD, learn to organize yourself and become OCD about it. Develop schedules, use a calendar of sorts and revolve around it. Put assignment, drills, uniform inspections, tests, etc in it. I am successful as a wife, parent and professionally because I have systems in place to compensate for those moments when my brain goes, "OH! Historical Fact. Must hyper-focus, research, and read everything right now!" and get lost in time.
I can not stress the importance of self organization and systems to keep yourself on track. For example, EVERYTHING in my home, workshops, garage, and workplace has a home, and must be in it's home. My clothes are put away left to right, dark to light, in color order. Shirts folded and put away so that the ends are up and I can see all of them at a glance. Socks and underwear are separated and put away by use. eg: hiking, dress, wicking, etc. Clothing hung is by sleeve or pant length, short to long. Trousers/jeans are rolled and stacked. Shoes are in boxes, filed by use and color. etc. My make-up, markers, paints, sewing thread, embroidery thread, leather working tools, ammunition, sockets, screw drivers, pliers, wrenches, router bits, nails, screws, wood stain, and etc, is all put away in that fashion. I do EVERYTHING that way because I don't have to think to find it and it keeps me from getting distracted, making a mess or being late.
My bag has a home, my truck keys go in the chipmunk, my house keys on the anchor, my gun goes in the war room. My phone and watch go on their chargers in the same place, every time. Laptop gets plugged in as soon as I walk in the door. I have similar systems for work. You get the picture.
I rely heavily on a calendar so I know what is going on when, when things are due and when I have bills to pay, dogs to the vet, my daughter's ungodly amount of extra-curricular activities, doctors appointments, etc. I put in things to remind me of what needs to be done so I am not doing things last minute, eg: hem trousers, order contact lenses, pack for competition, refill RX, and etc.
If you exercise and work out, I suggest you do it more. Nothing calms your brain down like endorphins in the morning. I know several active duty people with severe ADHD, they are PT fanatics because it helps them regulate. One is on the elliptical, stair machine or rowing machine an hour a day, every day, 352 days a year. The other runs at least 5 if not 10 miles daily.
My family will tell you I take it overboard.Hmm.. after reading your list of coping mechanisms, I am a little uneasy. I thought these were necessary things all disciplined people did....