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This is a discussion on Adhd within the INTJ Forum - The Scientists forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Any of you suspect/know you have it? How does it affect you in doing J-type tasks? Have you ever mistaken ...

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Adhd

    Any of you suspect/know you have it? How does it affect you in doing J-type tasks? Have you ever mistaken yourself as an INTP because of it? Or are you more the hyper, OCD brand of ADHD?

    NOTE: This thread exists under the assumption that ADHD is a real condition. If you want to debate about the existence of it, start a thread in the Debate forum instead of derailing this one.

    (Though I suppose I shouldn't expect anyone to heed this warning, given that the people who enter this thread are ADHD and don't pay attention.)
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Haha I like your last note on that. I do not have ADHD and I would not be surprised that INTJs have less chance to get it, if it is real. Imagine an INTP with ADHD... seems impossible to me.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Don't have it. I can focus for hours, days, even weeks at a time on a single task and literally nothing else... and I have. Lots of fun right there!

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I have a mild form of adult ADD - which I have learned to use to my benefit...in fact without it, I couldn't manage the schedule that I keep. I do not have the Hyperactive part though, so that's why it works.

    Instead, I sit down to work on stuff, and I get super focused, and accomplish in 3 hours what takes most of my classmates 8-10 hours to accomplish. Biggest problem is that I get burned out quickly, too, and after those 3 ours of intense work, I need to switch gears.

    Give me a boring task, however, and I will take forever to get it done because every little thing will distract me...there's no keeping my attention at that point!

    With full time grad school, working ~25 hours a week, up to 10 hours of commuting each week, volunteer stuff (including a foster dog at my house all the time), my motorcycle club, and my own animals and getting out to ride my bike for my own fun, I have a pretty hectic life - but I like it that way (most of the time....of course, I need regular breaks, too, where I can decompress). The ADD allows me to accomplish it all without feeling too overwhelmed.

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    If I *am* an INTJ, I am one with ADHD.

    The description of INTJ's usually describe me dead-on, but I wonder if I am in fact ENTP, because I get nothing finished and would rather talk instead of take my work seriously.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    How did I get here?

    I can be very intense when studying, which I should be doing right now, but somehow I got sidetracked to this wonderful site (Exhibit A). I am 28 and I have a twin brother. We were both identified as INTJ's when we were teenagers (we have the best arguments), and I had been diagnosed ADHD when I was even younger. I am not one for titles, but I do feel that I am well versed in the art of distraction.

    This has not been a problem for me until recently since I have gone back to school. Over the past several years, I had become quite accustomed to multi-tasking by way of constantly absorbing new information or learning new skills at my leisure (perpetual projects), but this does not transfer well into a structured system.

    By definition, someone with ADD/ADHD must be distracted easily and often within minutes, not hours, of starting/restarting a task. For example, since I started typing this, I have made breakfast, checked my email, and practiced a speech for my Spanish class. However, while researching something, I may become so completely absorbed by the topic that I stray from my purpose only to become far more informed on the topic than will ever be necessary for my success on the project. This is how I operate if left unchecked, hence my arrival to this forum, searching for answers.

    I tend to rationalize a lot of my behavior because I operate logically for the most part, but I am struggling to be successful in school because I get so distracted that I have to finish projects at the last minute (I pulled an all-nighter last night because I waited until the last minute for everything, but I could talk for hours about the Guanche people of the Canary islands, of which I read a book, and then some, this weekend instead of simply completing a one page report on them). Although I maintain perfect grades, I am completely drained by my lack of focus, yet completely aware of this while it is happening.

    Call me ADD, INTJ, and/or call me Chris. I am what I am, a work in progress.

    I don't know if I answered anyone's questions. Anyone else on this roller coaster with me?
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Quote Originally Posted by Coonsy View Post
    I have a mild form of adult ADD - which I have learned to use to my benefit...in fact without it, I couldn't manage the schedule that I keep. I do not have the Hyperactive part though, so that's why it works.

    Instead, I sit down to work on stuff, and I get super focused, and accomplish in 3 hours what takes most of my classmates 8-10 hours to accomplish. Biggest problem is that I get burned out quickly, too, and after those 3 ours of intense work, I need to switch gears.

    Give me a boring task, however, and I will take forever to get it done because every little thing will distract me...there's no keeping my attention at that point!

    With full time grad school, working ~25 hours a week, up to 10 hours of commuting each week, volunteer stuff (including a foster dog at my house all the time), my motorcycle club, and my own animals and getting out to ride my bike for my own fun, I have a pretty hectic life - but I like it that way (most of the time....of course, I need regular breaks, too, where I can decompress). The ADD allows me to accomplish it all without feeling too overwhelmed.
    I'm the same way, I have ADD though it's not "mild" it's more "moderate" but still it's what allows me to accomplish my goals.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I'm ADD (previously named ADD w/o) and I hate myself 99% of the time - which apparently is a result of just being ADD.

    Being INTJ, it's hard for me to meet my own standards and lead others when I constantly fail. We have a high probability of doing amazing things and a high probability of distraction to the smallest, most inconsequential things (shiny quarter syndrome).

    Regardless - I'm not discouraged to do anything, I'm just realistic in understanding my limitations and needs to ensure my goals happen.
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    It is possible I do. A lot of Psychiatrists do a trial and error run when diagnosing ADD/ADHD by doing some background research, an assessment, and then finally, prescribing a small dose of amphetamines (such as Ritalin or Adderall). Generally the medication is their 'tell all', because those without the disorder become hyper, have difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, extreme difficulty sleeping, et cetera. While those with the disorders, "slow down" and are much more capable of prolonged concentration in areas before that it was next to impossible.

    I have popped some ADHD medications before and it helped me concentrate on tasks that bored me (stupid homework) and get it done without getting distracted. I also display many of the symptoms of ADHD- but I display more Manic Depressive symptoms.

    Descriptions of the INTJ type that I have read described them becoming easily bored with tasks that don't interest them/don't meet their standards, as well as coming off as cocky/arrogant and getting discouraged when they 'fail to meet their own expectations'. People whom have ADHD are sometimes described as being 'extremely creative and able to dedicate themselves exceptionally to activities that interest them'... So although some of the stereotypes likely lead OP to start this thread, if you look objectively into descriptions of both INTJs and ADHD disorder...

    If you take the right perspective on it, the disorder could apply strongly to any type, and damn near anyone could be 'typed' as having ADHD if you look the right places.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    ADHD is a real disorder and it makes you think in lightspeed but then you can't talk as fas as u think which is bad for your tongue cause it cramps up and then you can't say anything anymore and your eyes start to get bigger and everybody thinks they´re going to explode which is not true because eyes can't explode but if they could people with adhd would know what its like and then you'd see how many people have adhd because they have 1 or 2 glass eyes which is not a bad thing because then you can change the color of your eyes but that would be weird because the few friends you still have won't recognize you anymore but if you´re an intj you won't care about that and if you don't care that much adhd is not a problem if you´re an eye and tea jay because you like to think in stead of talk anyway, so you don't use your tongue that much and then your eyes are safe too which means that an INTJ with ADHD is invisible.

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