People who assume self-dx’ers are kids trying to be “cool” are wrong.
My mom can’t sit and do nothing, she’s always gotta be stimulated by some activity even if it’s a jigsaw puzzle or reading. She usually has games going on her iPad while the TV is blasting.
Even while recovering from surgery in 2012, she had to have things to entertain her like crocheting, having her bed by the window so she could look outside and access to the hospital TV set in her room.
Sitting and waiting with nothing to do makes her extremely irritable. My mom is not normally a grumpy person, but when she has to wait longer than expected you’ll swear the look on her face will melt bricks.
A commercial on TV prompted her into weeks of Google searches that helped my mom figure out why she is the way she is.
She discovered she drinks coffee so much (literally morning to night) because the stimulant action of caffeine helps her focus. She’s been calming herself down with coffee since she was 8. It started when her mom put coffee in her milk and school got easier in the morning and hard in the afternoon until she came home and drank more milk-coffee before doing her homework.
Today, my mom walked into my room with her iPad in hand and a look of triumph on her face as she said, “I have ADHD.”
My mom just self-diagnosed herself with ADHD.
She’ll be 71 years old in September of 2016.