View Full Version : How many from Western Australia here?


tudorose
04-18-12, 07:31 AM
Hi I'm from Perth (south east). I'm 36. Dx in May 2000. I joined the forum in 2003 (was the only Aussie). I've noticed an increase lately in people saying they're from Perth. So lets get everyone on the one thread.

So...
Where are you (city-region, country town)?
How old are you?
When did you get diagnosed?

~boots~
04-18-12, 07:39 AM
I thought you looked familiar ;-)
40 something ;-) Usually...South of Perth..
At the moment..boarding East of Perth for work ;-)

tudorose
04-18-12, 09:28 AM
I thought you looked familiar ;-)
40 something ;-) Usually...South of Perth..
At the moment..boarding East of Perth for work ;-)

Wow! Both been here a long time. Don't know how we haven't crossed paths before :)

MissesS
04-18-12, 10:48 PM
I'm originally from Perth?

I wish I was back living there

Does that count?

:)

tudorose
04-19-12, 02:06 AM
I'm originally from Perth?

I wish I was back living there

Does that count?

:)

Yep that counts :D

~boots~
04-19-12, 08:55 AM
Close enough for me too ;-)

Bungison
04-20-12, 07:41 AM
I'm from the Rockingham area...and no I'm not a teenage mum

tudorose
04-20-12, 07:51 AM
I'm from the Rockingham area...and no I'm not a teenage mum

lol :D. Welcome to the forums

Bungison
04-20-12, 08:01 AM
Cheers,

Forgot to add my age.:doh: I'm 20.

dave_e_84
04-20-12, 10:18 PM
I'm Dave. 27. Still trying to get a qualification. Been at university for about 3 years and only completed almost an equivalent of first year. I'm now at TAFE and having the same problems (only this time, "competent" means 85%, fail means "anything except 85%"). What a life :P

dave_e_84
04-20-12, 10:22 PM
Oh - I am from Perth - inner suburbs. Forgot about saying that.

Been diagnosed with ADD at 4 years old but had no treatment until 2010. The treatment was withdraw when my family didn't take kindly to my independence.

Looking for a doctor urgently (I'm on medication that needs to be re-prescribed or changed for another disorder that I don't think I have), but can't find one that suits.

I think that my ADHD has improved a lot since I've started to change the way I work. My motto is "think before you act". Since I have had this philosophy, I have been able to think (albeit very slowly), after giving myself plenty of time and being very patient with myself, even if I think it is useless. It takes me 2 hours to do thinking that someone could do in a few minutes (reduced IQ), but I come up with the same plan in the end.

So for all out there who think that ADHD is a life sentence - it's not. It can improve on its own. As my dad used to say: "your higher functions won't improve unless you exercise them".

dave_e_84
04-20-12, 10:30 PM
Actually, my ADHD symptoms came out when I was unmedicated (hyperactive).

Stress caused me to tip over the edge and shut my brain down entirely. Then I became inattentive type.

I've had scans done to show the possibility of "over-focused ADHD" - which fits my whole life - from having thoughts in my mind that just seem impossible to get rid of, to short-term memory, prioritising and organisational difficulties, to difficulty in comprehension, understanding and summarisation (seeing the whole picture), to awareness of what's going on around me and the passage of time (knowing what day it is, time it is, and realisation that I have time deadlines for work - and realisation that I don't have or do have time to do something).

dave_e_84
04-20-12, 10:38 PM
No doctors are willing to listen, as yet, without a pay packet of $350 for initial consultation and $235 per visit after that. I can't afford that, so in a very sticky and awkward position.

I got better with regular meditation - especially Mindfulness Integrated CBT. Just sit on a chair, keep still (even if your nerves are over the edge and your mind is unsettled), and breathe through nose - feel the air go over nose for about thirty mins, and keep doing it until you feel you're about to sleep. Then try focusing on the breath going in and out of the area the air hits on your nose.

Barliman recommended MiCBT to me a year ago. I took a few stimulants (some old Ritalin and a few drops of Synaptol once or twice, before I started meditating)- but since then, my mind has been alive and able to think clearly and concisely.

So..it sounds to me like the stimulants get the dopamine flowing and the meditation sustains the flow of dopamine, until stress again reduces the dopamine, in which case stimulants may have to be started again. I'm going OK myself without them, but have noticed my symptoms slowly coming back, as the stress increases

dave_e_84
04-20-12, 10:45 PM
So - KISS - keep it simple. Reduce stress. Exercise. Eat well. Believe anything is possible and achievable with thought and effort. You'll make it.

Not sure what I'm going to do with 10 yrs of med history behind me, which points to other disorders. And finding a doctor who genuinely cares and wants to encourage me without me being rich.

But to all out there: don't give up. I haven't given up, and I'm not even being listened to or treated :)

tudorose
04-21-12, 05:18 AM
Goodluck Dave. If you interested in alternatives SB_UK has some interesting thoughts on this. You'll find them in the scientific discussions threads.

Warder
04-27-12, 12:23 AM
Hey guys.

Another Perth ADHD Enthusiast here :D

I'm 26, was originally diagnosed when I was about year 2 or 3, but was put through a series of remedial therapies as my parents disagreed with using medication to treat it. Being as young as I was and watching other kids take the meds and get screwed up, I ended up going with them. It worked great for some time, but started to fail after I hit my late teens. I can probably safely say it started going down hill when I started drinking, though I don't remember enough of the time then to 110% say it's so.

Forward to late 2011 and things in my marriage are going towards the bad place, and I finally make the time to see my doctor and get a referral [AND USE IT!]. I saw Dr Ross Manners in Subiaco and he prescribed me dex and intially had me on 6mg a day [2x3mg doses, breakfast and lunch]. I've sinced upped it to 8mg and 10mg of Catapres with my afternoon +2.

These days I exercise a ton more. Actually just did a set of 300 squats because I had energy to burn and the legs wanted to do something. In a little bit I'm going to go run up and down the street a few times at a dead sprint to work on that. Then do as many pushups as I can. Isn't unlimited energy a fantastic thing sometimes? :D

I live in Morley, btw, but have moved around a fair bit. Hopefully sticking around this area for a while longer as I've got a cheap enough rental atm, and it'll be a good opportunity to save.

Warder
04-27-12, 12:27 AM
Also, just flicked back to Dave's post on MiCBT ...

I used to meditate for a few years, which also petered off after I started with the booze, but worked wonders for me back then. Now that my fitness is coming back up, I'll be working towards integrating it back into my daily routine. Something to calm down, focus, and gather myself. I noticed it became extremely difficult for me when I got unfit, and I have noticed that my general focus comes hand in hand with my general fitness.

Basically, if I haven't exhausted my ultra energy reserves, then I have no control over my base energy. If I've expended all of the extra, then I can focus on a more 'normal' level and do things others can. Some days it's pretty hard to keep the levels down since they do recharge pretty dang fast for me. The dex helps sometimes, but not all the time. In fact, this week, they've done next to nothing for me except keep the head fuzz away.

Mostly.

tudorose
11-16-12, 05:43 AM
Any more out there?

Marla911
11-16-12, 06:38 AM
Not from WA (moved to canberra actually) BUT I read an article that said WA had far higher rates of add diagnosis than any of the other states.

tudorose
11-16-12, 07:23 AM
Yeah pretty much. Probably the most progressive place in Oz for being ADHD. It's at the point here that I can openly talk about it and not be judged. There is a lot of awareness and it's a small place so everyone knows someone with a legitimate case of ADHD.

Marla911
11-16-12, 07:47 AM
On that same token, from what I've read ACT is like the least progressive (I wish it was like WA:( )! I couldn't even get my sleeping meds prescribed here with a letter from my GP and my psychiatrist stating i'd been on them for years! I haven't bothered trying for ADD. Although I"m about out of meds, might be worth making a trip to sydney to find someone I suppose.

tudorose
11-16-12, 07:52 AM
So there's no-one in Canberra? That's bad. Does your Psych from Mel have any contacts he can get you in touch with? Or it may be worth a flight back to Mel to see them every 6 months.

Marla911
11-16-12, 08:10 AM
Well I read that you have to see 2 psychiatrist to get dx here and on top of that I looked up psychiatrists and there is hardly any let alone ones that specialise in ADD.

You're right it might be worth it to do that, just seems kind of inconvenient in my chaotic life (virtualy unmedicated these days as I haven't seen a dr since sept 2011 and my last script was only for 6 months, and I only collected 5 months worth (forgot the last one before the time ran out)

I thought I could go off meds but it's totally not working and my life is more hectic than ever which makes me feel like I won't be able to make the time. I guess I"ll have to though. It's going to be bad on that day I take my last med.

tudorose
11-16-12, 08:22 AM
DH and I thought about moving to Canberra and the plan was going to be to come back to Perth for the doc. But Canberra is sooooo cold I don't think I'd survive and it's a really really long flight. I know it's 4 hours from Perth to Melbourne. I guess it would be longer from Canberra. I heard it has good mountain biking but there's not a lot of point if you're too frozen to get on your bike. Anything under 30 degrees and I have to take a jacket!

Sounds like a flight to Melbourne would be easier than a diagnosis!

Sapphire11
11-16-12, 08:29 AM
I live in Perth xoxoxoxoxoxoxo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello

tudorose
11-16-12, 08:31 AM
I live in Perth xoxoxoxoxoxoxo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello

Yay!!! Hi :) Are you north or south?

Sapphire11
11-16-12, 08:39 AM
Hello sorry got a little impulsive there and forgot to answer the actual questions
Im 32
North of the River xoxoxo

Sapphire11
11-16-12, 08:42 AM
Diagnosed when I was little
but mum chose to not medicate
after 2 daughters my symptoms became so obvious
my life was a mess couldnt organise a lunch box if I tried
re diagnosed at age 30

Melo313
04-10-14, 06:36 AM
Hi everyone,

Despite large period of time since the last post in this thread, I thought I'd share some info - only joined yesterday!

I'm 28, living north of Perth and have been for 14 months - previously Canberra.

I was diagnosed at the age of 6. I was medicated for a brief time thereafter, but my parents opted to discontinue the medication. I didn't take any meds until I was 21, when I decided to go to uni. The decision to get back on the meds was the best one I've made. I didn't feel this way initially, I took much trial and error to determine what I must do, in conjunction with the meds, to best manage my symptoms.

I still struggle with the common issues ADDers face - hence joining this forum - however, I feel I would be in a faaarrrrrr worse place if I didn't have the processes in place I currently do.

Also, can anyone recommend a good psych? I'm almost due for an evaluation, as I've only seen psychs in the ACT.

Thanks for taking the time to read my brief snap shot =)

Delta40
09-01-14, 08:34 AM
Lol another old thread but I am new to this forum. 46 and South of the River. Perhaps there are still some Perth people here?

aussieamp
10-03-14, 05:20 AM
Hello! Diagnosed at 25, am now nearing 40 :eek:. Mum of 2. Live south.:cool:

Meggles
05-05-15, 05:55 AM
Hey hey!

I'm Megan. 30 years old, living NOR. Full time student and stay-at-home-Mum to a 3 year old boy :)