View Full Version : Biggest Problem?

08-25-06, 06:41 PM
I think I have figured out my biggest problem with ADD. I got an official diagnosis about a month ago, but really wasnt' all that happy with my Psychiatrist. During our conversation I had let her know that I am a SPED teacher and it was in my training that I had my "A-HA!" moment. I was just in denial for the past few years. I tried dieting, homeopathy remedies, and just trying to overcome it...nothing was working. Well anyways, during the conversation she seemed to cut it short, stating well it sounds like you are more of an expert than I am. Take 5mg of Adderall and let me know how it's working.

Well, 5mg of Adderall did nothing! She stated take 5 more the 10mg of Adderall is doing nothing as well.

Dang it off track again...
Ok I think I have boiled down to the biggest problem with ADD is...
not being able to live in the moment. Either my brain is going a mile a minute and not able to focus on any one thing. Or it is trying it's best to fall asleep - and it puts me in a zombie type mood!

So I was wondering what others thought of as their biggest problem.

08-25-06, 07:13 PM
The docs-you have to find one who respects you and your knowledge. They are out there. You are in a big city-call a hospital referral line and tell the nurse what you want in a psychiatrist-that is how I found my doc-she listens and truly respects my intelligence. I am finally on the right dosages and meds for the first time in the 2 years since starting meds.

I am a teacher and understand where you are coming from. I have a Master's too and it usually helps my credibility with most docs. I use it for that when I have to.

Keep searching for the right doc. And develop a short list of treatment goals to take with you.

RADD-keep in touch-you probably do know more about the day to day of ADD than the docs:D

08-25-06, 08:59 PM
I just got my master's as well in Special Education. I think I had just got done telling the Pysch that when she said "well you know more than I do, so what do you want from me?" I do live in a big city (San Diego hence the SD part of my name) but finding a doctor has been very hard to find. This psychiatrist was one that was suppose to be a specialist in ADD.

When you state a few short term treatment goals, do you have examples? I would like to be able to organize my paperwork at school without counting on my assistant so much. I would like to be able to finish a couple of my "honey do" items. I would like to enjoy the moment and not feel either like a space case or that my head is racing. Do you mean like those?

08-25-06, 09:09 PM
Absolutely, your list of things is great! It will give the doc an idea of what your most bothersome symptoms are and set a baseline to see how well the meds and dosages are working.

Paperwork was my nemesis-have plans for my next classroom-if I get to teach art there will be much less paperwork!!!!

08-27-06, 07:06 PM
RADDmom what excellent ideas you have there!

Slight mention also they do have a sub-forum for teachers here. It is listed under ADD and Education. One of the sub-forums is private so teachers can address problems associated with being ADD and a teacher in a safe understaning enviroment.

08-27-06, 07:30 PM
Thanks so much Meadd! It is my ENFP at work! It is fun to know what makes your cognitive wheels go round!