View Full Version : Getting re-diagnosed with ADHD


Wuvmy3kitties
10-18-16, 03:30 PM
(If this is in the wrong section please move, or delete if inappropriate.)
When I was 13 years old, I was dx'ed as having ADHD by a pediatrician, Dr. Crea. That was in 1978.

I had to go on a special diet because of the "hyperactive" part of my disorder. Being a typical teen, I of course rebelled all the time and wouldn't take my meds (Ritalin). So, I was basically living life as an un-medicated ADHDer.

Fast forward to the present. I of course still have ADHD and as I get older, it impacts me more. I realize now why I have so much trouble keeping my apartment clean, not reacting to things or people, etc.

I'd like to get re-diagnosed, if at all possible. If it is indeed true that ADHD is now considered a disability in the US, I'm wondering if I could get certified as being disabled. I really do not need counseling, I've already been thru it and don't have the money to afford weekly visits. If I do get certified, would this mean I would be protected from being terminated on my job, evicted by my landlord, etc.? I'm not interested in getting Disability benefits, not sure if I need them.

Can anyone offer some advice?
Thank you all!

Little Missy
10-18-16, 04:56 PM
Google! But only if you feel like reading.

Or, go to your local Social Security office. They can answer all of your questions. :)

Wuvmy3kitties
10-19-16, 08:12 AM
I have been googling information, but I didn't know if anyone here had some ideas, or was certified as disabled.

Little Missy
10-19-16, 08:47 AM
You will need to see a psychiatrist first.

Wuvmy3kitties
10-19-16, 11:07 AM
Ok.... :) and this is where the problems begin. My current psychiatrist doesn't believe ADHD exists. Is there a way I can find one who does, without too much trouble?

Little Missy
10-19-16, 12:15 PM
Ok.... :) and this is where the problems begin. My current psychiatrist doesn't believe ADHD exists. Is there a way I can find one who does, without too much trouble?

Google psychiatrists in your area that specialize in ADHD.

ToneTone
10-19-16, 12:28 PM
If your psychiatrist doesn't believe ADHD is a real condition, then you need another psychiatrist for WHATEVER he's treating you for.

Being disabled doesn't mean you can't be fired from work or evicted from living quarters. Jobs are required to make some sort of accommodation to the disability, but only up to a point. They can fire people with disabilities if the person can't do the job and if the changes the company would have to make are too burdensome, whatever that means. Now in practice (for fear of litigation) getting the disability categorization might make employers reluctant to fire the person.

Maybe if you get government-sponsored housing or an apartment in a building reserved for disabled people, there might be some limits on how high the rent can go. But disabled people don't qualify for free rent or eviction protection, from what I know.

I think I read recently on another place on this forum, that you have to be treated for the disorder first, before you can qualify for being disabled.

Tone

sarahsweets
10-19-16, 02:08 PM
I am on disability for a few things but mainly Bipolar and adhd. The process I went through was 10 months and that was considered fast because I already had a working, consistent relationship and was being treated by my psychiatrist. You have to be in treatment or getting treatment to apply-because you are applying because your conditions are so bad that they prevent you from earning a living.

Cyllya
10-20-16, 02:18 AM
I recommend starting with a primary care provider. Depending on your situation and needs, you may not need a specialist. If you do need a psychiatrist, the PCP may be able to recommend one or refer you to one. If the PCP doesn't cooperate, you can either find another PCP or find your own psychiatrist.

Don't bother seeing a psychiatrist who "doesn't believe in" the existence of very well-known and common psychiatric conditions.

Sites like psychologytoday.com have a feature for searching mental health professionals by location and specialty, so you could use that to find a psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD. (If you are interested in medication, make sure you get a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, as psychologists cannot prescribe medications.) Sometimes it takes a long time to get an appointment with a psychiatrist, which is one of the reasons I recommend trying a PCP first.

I'd like to get re-diagnosed, if at all possible. If it is indeed true that ADHD is now considered a disability in the US, I'm wondering if I could get certified as being disabled. I really do not need counseling, I've already been thru it and don't have the money to afford weekly visits. If I do get certified, would this mean I would be protected from being terminated on my job, evicted by my landlord, etc.? I'm not interested in getting Disability benefits, not sure if I need them.

What do you mean by "certified as being disabled"? That's not something I've heard of. I googled it, and it seems to refer to the process of getting government benefits (e.g. SSDI) for being unable to work. You said you're not interested in getting disability benefits (and having a disability doesn't mean you're unable to work, so ADHD being a disability doesn't automatically get you those benefits), so I don't think you need to worry about certification.

You don't need any kind of certification to get treatment. For medication, you need a doctor/nurse who agrees with your diagnosis and agrees ADHD meds will (or might) benefit you.

There are a few cases where getting some kind of doctor-certified "proof" of your disability could be useful, but it's usually not required or relevant. Being disabled, regardless of certification/proof, does not prevent you from being fired or evicted. Here's a FAQ about the Americans with Disabilities Act (https://www.ada.gov/q&aeng02.htm) from the government's website.

Wuvmy3kitties
11-10-16, 02:08 PM
I probably used the wrong wording. I am NOT good at expressing myself so I hope that won't be used that against me....I'm a bit nervous here. (My brother Dave does this. He is a bully and manipulator. He knows I have ADHD & other mental disorders, and bc I can't explain myself & don't use the right words, terms, etc. he holds it against me and then accuses me of lying or trying to cover something up.)

What I meant by getting certified was something that I could show to my employer, so that they would understand why I have trouble focusing, listening, etc. I had a boss that was incredibly hard to work for because she is so demanding and perfectionistic, she would constantly give me more work than I could handle, criticized me if I took time off for personal errands, etc. I have a better boss now, but I wish there was something (or someone?) who could help me. I don't even know what would need to be done. Now that the ADA recognizes ADHD as a disability, I would like ppl to realize I am disabled so that they can treat me accordingly instead of being pushy, controlling or demanding...or that if I didn't perform up to their standards, they could see it is partly due to my illness. (Hope that doesn't sound like a "cop-out.")