artistjcbebe321 first you may want to forget the councilor and or seek out psychiatrist also unless you live in Canada then never mind. As for the medicine my psychiatrist it was a trade of for getting diagnosed but if i do not take my medicine my psychiatrist will not push me to take them. ADD drugs can be taken on as needed basis depending on the person and drug being taken. I take mine only on days I work. As for memory issues Yes forgetfulness is part of ADD but it is not that simple. For me it is that my mind jumps from one thing to another so fast that i do not take time to remember a lot of things. In my opinion most people have a memory that work like they are in a little town they drive the local roads know every aspect of there little town and know just what to do keep things going and get around there little town. While I on the other hand act like an over the road trucker and keep to the hi ways never knowing were I am going next. always looking forward and never back I know a little about the home town routine but never quite getting it because i am always moving forward down the hi way. I do not know if what i am saying makes sense to you or the advice above will work for you. But i do hope you figure out what causing you problems soon.
RseyJen there are plenty of good ways find a psychiatrist. I would start by checking with your primary care doctor first a lot of times with ADD a primary care doc can prescribe medicine to help and save you the expense of a psychiatrist. You may also want to check check the phone book or use the on line version to see if there is a mental health clinic in your area. I found my psychiatrist through a mental health clinic and the clinic charged on a sliding scale with those not having insurance and or a large income paying a reduced rate. The clinic I went to also found sponsors to pay for those who could not afford to pay at all. I live in a huge city with over 8 million people living in the metro area around me so the mental health clinic I went to is probably a big city thing. if those two Ideas do not work then you may want to try checking with you local hospital or social service agency for lo cost public programs in your area. I hope my ideas were helpful.
I am of two minds on ADD and possibly ADHD. I have always felt that the only reason to do any thing about the symptoms at all is to live with those around me and to stay employed. I my self do not mind the day dreams or jumping from subject to subject. The symptoms have always made me feel creative and alive. I have even enjoyed the times when I found something i found some thing i have enjoyed doing and mastered it in no time because I focus every thing in to it all at once. On the other hand I do not enjoy the fact that when I have to do any thing I am not 100% in to I have to use tricks or medicine to get them accomplished. So to sum it up I have never felt to burdened with ADD. What do you think how do your symptoms affect you. Does ADD/ADHD really make life that hard?View Thread
Welcome An_250153 . There are lots of behavior modifications also known as mind tricks that could help him. Also caffeine can help for some people. I have also heard that fish oil may have some affect also. I my self have had a professional counselor to coach me on my symptoms and hold me accountable to try to work on countering my symptoms with behavior adjustments or mind tricks. Other then that he should get with his doctor and see if there is any medication he can take without sacrificing his progress with beating his addiction.
kevinstow1184 Sorry in my first post I used my wife's account bymistake. here is how it should look. I have never pushed medicine on my psychiatrist I told my psychiatrist about my problems and she changed my medicine according to my concerns. Many of the medicines are heavy duty stimulants that are highly regulated by the government as prescribed narcotics. So i have been very careful not to come off as if i am drug seeking. I focus on the illness and let my doc take care of the rest. Sorry i could not be more help but if you do not trust your doc you may want to get a second opinion. I my self use a psychiatrist.
Lily Tortie: welcome to the board. To answer your question I have never had a physical were they primary care doc did not ask for a urine sample even before I was diagnosed with ADD. I asked my wife and she said the same thing also. I have psychiatrist who prescribes me my concerta for ADD and have never been given Adderall. Although I am really surprised being that I have been on riddlen and couple of other ADD meds that I have never been asked to get a medicine level test which is blood drawn and tested. My wife has bipolar disorder and so does a lot of my family and it is not unusual at all for a doctor or psychiatrist to ask for a medicine level test especially with heavy duty pysch drugs. I am not a medical professional so i have no clue what is up with what your doc is doing but if you are concerned maybe see if your insurance has a nurse line and ask the nurse if what your doc is asking you to do is out of the norm. My insurance has a nurse line and the couple of times my wife has called it the nurse was very helpful but also very transparent that the nurses advice was centered around saving the insurance money by cutting down on unnecessary tests and trying to find the customer less costly solutions to there problems. If you are really concerned maybe get a second opinion with another doc. Other then that I would think it is weird if i were in your place. Sorry to hear you are having problems.
Welcome HMMRA. I think you answered your own question the only real way to figure out what the problem is would be to see a doctor. When I got diagnosed with ADD I to thought it was ADHD one of the two at least. Although I cheated I skipped my family doctor and went to a mental health clinic. It was a one stop shop they had a doctor, psychiatrists, and councilors wright in one office I new something was not wright and i wanted to put a name to it. The staff at the clinic helped me do that. I live in a huge metropolitan area and got lucky enough for there to be a mental health clinic in driving distance. By the way the symptoms you describe can spill over to other mental Illness and even a physical illness or two. I never went to college but I have come to the place were you are I knew I could do better but I kept being slowed down down by something i was pretty sure i have but could not prove it. If you do have ADD/ADHD there are medicines that can help. If you become brave enough to see a doctor, get diagnosed re post and if you are interested I could give you pointers on how to cope. This is a very workable illness and there are a ton of things that can be done to get through ADD and ADHD. Good luck and I hope you figure this out soon.