Dear theskymovessideways, Don't give up! I was taking adderal since the mid 1980's and it changed my life and never had a problem abusing it. Then in 2000 due to divorce and tragedies with health my children, I started abusing alcohol after a lifetime of normal drinking, I was so far gone I ended up in the hospital psych. floor for a month. After that no one would prescribe me any decent meds because my problem with alcohol was in the "SYSTEM". I tried a number of psychiatrists and they denied me both ADD stimulant meds and anything that was in the benzo family for my anxiety disorder. Finally I found a psychiatrist willing to prescribe me Amphetamine salt combo for ADD Klonopin for anxiety.He was an old Psychiatrist who had seen it all so to speak and realized I was self medicating with alcohol for my anxiety disorder. I forgot to mention that I also spent a month in rehab after the month in the hospital because I just couldn't stop drinking. Still this Dr. believed I deserved a chance on the best meds for my disorders. Maybe you could start your search with Drs who specialize in anxiety and depression and stay away from addiction Drs. From my experience, they focus on the high failure rate of solving addictions and believe once an addict always one.You can google Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and they can find you Drs. who specialize in this in your area. Whatever you do, don't give up trying. Maybe you should start with a Dr. in your area who only specializes in ADD ADHD-go in for screening and don't mention that you ever went to any Drs before him or her. These people are expensive for the initial visit but in the long run would be cheaper than going from Dr. to Dr trying to get meds. Good luck, Nancy83View Thread
Dear ADD Person with Retention Problem in Workplace, I have the same trouble u have. From my research, it's a kind of problem with the way you process information and it is not remembered for a variety of reasons. You don't remember because you didn't learn it in the 1st place. one of the reasons could be you were in a distracting enviorment at the time it was competing with your ability to truly focus. Another big problem is that you might have an anxiety disorder, as I have the anxiety makes a person not retain a lot of stuff. Anxiety meds can help to some degree, but you really need to search for jobs that are user friendly to your ADD and take some practical tools with you to upgrade your level of success. The most usefull of these are a week at a glance calendar to use for apts.,and notes about just about everything that's important to you so this week at a glance needs to be large. I get mine at Staples it costs about $30. Then you may need to get legal pads use them all the time to write down anything of importance that comes up on a given day and I start my day with the date on the top of the page it helps me remember the contents of impt. conversations, I compose the emails I send my children on the pad so I don't repeat myself when I talk to them on the phone due to not remembering what I wrote. I take notes of phone conversations with friends kids also so I don't repeat myself for lack of memory. I don't have a printer now so I can't just make a copy of my e-mails. The best tool which I used for years is a micro cassette recorder to use all day long for all the above stuff or most of it,but you have to date each cassette list conts in such a tiny space. I lost my recorder in my recent move, which is why I depend so much on my legal pad to keep me informed about my interactions. I am disabled and poor at this time which is why I can't just run out and get a printer and a new recorder.One Important thing- taking notes before and after conversations with my grown children has expontially improved our relationships. with ADD, it's amazeing how many detaials of a conversation go right out the window never to be followed up on a future conversation. I couldn't have gotten a BA in Psychology from a top university without microcassetting the lectures. Good luck,Nancy83View Thread
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