View Full Version : ADHD and etc not fix. Change psychiatrist?


ToInfinity
07-14-16, 12:08 PM
Apologies if it's hard to read, I'm trying my best to articulate. If you are able to read through this, I'd thank you for putting up your time to help.

I am desperate, crying and dying for help. I don't know what to do anymore. I am severely inattentive and have bipolar II which my psychiatrist have recognised. I have been seeing him for almost 2 years now initially for ADD treatment and have built a really good relationship. I've been on dexamphetamine and ritalin, none have helped with attention. Also medications for bipolar to help lessen the depression, neutralise bipolar to then treat ADD after, and still not working. All the treatments have not made significant improvements that can help me pay attention, go back to uni, not be depressed, look after myself. I don't have the major part of depression but am still very inattentive. It is taking away my life, I'm crying for help. I don't know whether I should see another dr. or not. I have already built a good relationship with my dr., he works full time as a psychiatrist (committed solely on the job), and I am able to see him bulk billed i.e. don't need to pay upfront cost because of low income. I think he doesn't want me to pay the meds that's costly, so he has been trying to tweak the meds that I mentioned to see if I'll get any better. Theses meds are subsidised by the government and I only need to pay under $10 compared to those over $100 meds because they aren't subsidised under pbs. Like strattera, modafinil etc.

On the other hand, one psychiatrist I've been eyeing on specialises on bipolar, ADHD and chronic fatigue which can benefit me from seeing him. It is not bulk-billed. I'd have to pay a lot, $300 first, then gradually $90. He's pretty popular. But not a full-timer, spends the other part teaching at uni which concerns me because he cannot choose to focus on one job - I'm not sure if he'll remember his patients and can build rapport with them. It will also be new if i change, I'll start all over again, recounting my problems and I don't even know if I'll be comfortable with him. He'll prescribe whatever meds to get you better, off-labels, without considering your financial since you are able to see him.

I keep feeling that all psychiatrists are the same, they give the same treatment, because they follow the same protocol.

I'm stuck jobless, cannot study to get a life. I cry not knowing what to do. My minds going everywhere.

Lunacie
07-14-16, 03:14 PM
Apologies if it's hard to read, I'm trying my best to articulate. If you are able to read through this, I'd thank you for putting up your time to help.

I am desperate, crying and dying for help. I don't know what to do anymore. I am severely inattentive and have bipolar II which my psychiatrist have recognised. I have been seeing him for almost 2 years now initially for ADD treatment and have built a really good relationship. I've been on dexamphetamine and ritalin, none have helped with attention. Also medications for bipolar to help lessen the depression, neutralise bipolar to then treat ADD after, and still not working. All the treatments have not made significant improvements that can help me pay attention, go back to uni, not be depressed, look after myself. I don't have the major part of depression but am still very inattentive. It is taking away my life, I'm crying for help. I don't know whether I should see another dr. or not. I have already built a good relationship with my dr., he works full time as a psychiatrist (committed solely on the job), and I am able to see him bulk billed i.e. don't need to pay upfront cost because of low income. I think he doesn't want me to pay the meds that's costly, so he has been trying to tweak the meds that I mentioned to see if I'll get any better. Theses meds are subsidised by the government and I only need to pay under $10 compared to those over $100 meds because they aren't subsidised under pbs. Like strattera, modafinil etc.

On the other hand, one psychiatrist I've been eyeing on specialises on bipolar, ADHD and chronic fatigue which can benefit me from seeing him. It is not bulk-billed. I'd have to pay a lot, $300 first, then gradually $90. He's pretty popular. But not a full-timer, spends the other part teaching at uni which concerns me because he cannot choose to focus on one job - I'm not sure if he'll remember his patients and can build rapport with them. It will also be new if i change, I'll start all over again, recounting my problems and I don't even know if I'll be comfortable with him. He'll prescribe whatever meds to get you better, off-labels, without considering your financial since you are able to see him.

I keep feeling that all psychiatrists are the same, they give the same treatment, because they follow the same protocol.

I'm stuck jobless, cannot study to get a life. I cry not knowing what to do. My minds going everywhere.

Decisions suck!

First, keep seeing this psychiatrist and ask to try other meds even if they cost more.

Second, see a different psychiatrist even though it costs more to see him.

Looks like you'd have to spend more money either way.

I know there are coupons available for some of the newer meds. Maybe someone else will post with that information.

maysarieltiff
07-28-16, 02:12 AM
I think there is a coupon for Nuvigil.

http://nuvigil.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwt-G8BRDktsvwpPTn1PkBEiQA-MRsBZzoNjP1hLDL9121IT6uudMowiSYI4fYLyrIMMwpISgaAhm 98P8HAQ

I feel you on the medications not working to your fulfillment. The meds I am on help with the bipolar/borderline but it seems that I cannot find one to help with the ADD.

Hope this coupon maybe helps you try something new.

Amy

EDIT: Nuvigil is more often prescribed than modanafil nowadays...at least thats what my doc told me, and gave me the generic for it.