View Full Version : Roll Call - New Jersey Attention Deficit Disorder


Tara
12-20-03, 06:59 PM
This is a roll call for members living in New Jersey . Please give a brief intro.

Name
Location
Relationship to AD/HD

Marcee
12-26-03, 09:25 PM
Marcy
Toms River, NJ
Newly diagnosed ADD.

Lafnalot
12-27-03, 02:51 AM
Hey it's me, the long lost Mod, am back from a leave of absence so kindly given to me. I have ADHD, BPII, OCD, o.d.d. behvaiours and what i dont talk about much is the PTSD with disociation. Im from Cape May County in the southern most tip of NJ. Nine months of the year we are a quiet area with a growing year round residence number and three months out of the year we are over run with tourists, campers, beach goers and other pests. Fell in love with the forums and hope to be with you all for years to come.

Vanessa
01-11-04, 09:40 PM
HI, I'm from the northern part of the state... Sussex County, I'm ADD/inattentive with a daughter ADDHD, OD. Son in Brigantine is ADD/Inattentive as well.

dannitaz
08-23-04, 03:51 PM
Hi. I am from the southern part of the state. Originally from Salem County, I have since moved to Camden to attend law school at Rutgers University. I was diagnosed with inattentive type ADHD three months ago. While I was disorganized and spacey my entire life, I had anxiety disorder which helped to keep it in check-- I would be so panicky about managing to do things that I would be ok on papers and stuff, writing them at the last minute and cramming, but that was ok. Then law school hit and I started having problems. With only one grade a year in each class for the final, I was not able to sustain my focus. The anxiety got worse and with it the jaw clenching that I had been doing for years escalated to TMJ. My dr. believed that there was something more wrong with me than TMJ and sent me to be screened for anxiety and depression. The psychiatrist saw it and put me on lexapro. This helped the anxiety and depression along with the TMJ to go away, but left me a space cadet. At this point, my psychiatrist finally suggested that ADHD was a problem as well. She put me on Strattera. I am now on 80mg a day, but think that it may end up going up when I see her again. I am just hoping to get thinking clearly enough that I will be able to graduate law school and do well.

Vanessa
08-23-04, 07:41 PM
Welcome to the wide wonderful world of ADD. Hope the meds work well enough to have you complete your law education. You sound phenomenal doing all you have done so far with no help on the ADD front, hopefully the psychiatrist and yourself can find that happy medium of control versus space.

sgillesp
12-06-04, 07:27 PM
Sue
Chatham
four ADD sons, one ADD husband
one of the sons has Tourette's

MafiaKiddo
12-07-04, 01:41 AM
Wow this is sooo great other ADDers in NJ. My names Cara, I'm 28 from Howell NJ. I'm ADHD, extremely hyper, impulsive and unfocussed. It's been a long struggle but I finally got on meds about 4 years ago and things have gotten a lot better. I still have a long way to go and am hoping I can get back into college and finally finish this time.

sportrider75
01-30-05, 01:37 AM
Joe
Clementon, NJ
Diagnosed a year and a half ago and still struggling.

Way Too Flighty
04-25-05, 06:36 PM
Name's MaryBeth, 23 years-old

Still a Rutgers University Undergraduate, afraid I will be forever, because I don't know how to get my work done (can't self-regulate, self-monitor, plan effectively, regulate my attention)

Go to RU- New Brunswick, though I have taken some Camden classes

When I am not in New Bruns, I am usually in the Cherry Hill area where I am from.

ADD, some impulsive hyperactivity, though not constant; definite executive function problems

Diagnosed in December 2004 (five months ago). have taken Adderall, just decided to take myself off of it and try the non-medicated route. I feel that this is an empowering move for me.

I enjoy outdoorsy stuff: hiking, bicycling, anything that allows me to be outside in the sunshine under a blue sky, surrounded by beautiful greenery.

I'm pleased to meet you all. :)

Kaysa
05-06-05, 01:29 PM
Kaysa
Northern NJ
I've been told I have ADD ...and am finally finding out what that means...recently went for diagonsis and am planning on beginning
treatment/drugs soon.

stevo
05-06-05, 07:33 PM
Steve
South/Central Jersey

Recently diagnosed ADD/Inattentive

I've been seeing a therapist/mentor for quite some time now and I've known that I was ADD for a while. But I thought it was a good thing! Oh, so that's why I'm creative and interested in so many things. I felt sorry for non-ADD people! I just figured that all the negative aspects were just my own personal difficulties. In a lot of ways I was getting better. But there were some things that just wouldn't budge. If I only had a round the clock Secretary, and a few assistants.

Not too long ago, I tried to quit smoking and decided to try Zyban (Wellbutrin). I was amazed by how much it helped my mood and my mental focus. I decided to see a Psychiatrist and look into medication.

I was initially prescribed Stratterra. I took it for 1 day. Some negative sexual side effects were almost immediate. Stratterra is not for me.

I then started on Adderall XR 5mg. about three months ago. Each month we have increased it. I am currently prescribed Adderall XR 30 mg. and Adderall IR 15 mg. in the evenings. I also take Wellbutrin XL 150 mg.

My medication is now,finally, at an effective dose. I find it to be extremely helpful. So many things that used to be impossible, like reading a novel, are now do-able. I'm calmer, more organized and less frustrated. Sometimes I just scratch my head and wonder "why did that used to be so difficult?"

Don't get me wrong, everything is not "peaches and cream". I still need to make the efforts and do the work, but it's nice to have a little help. That's why I like this forum. It helps.

So, Greetings to everyone in New Jersey! If I can be of any help........

Way Too Flighty
05-07-05, 01:45 AM
Hey, what do you say some of us get together some time?

stevo
05-07-05, 07:03 AM
I'm interested.

ynadfyd
05-29-05, 10:10 PM
Leah
Central Jersey
Spouse has ADD

ADDfor2
06-07-05, 09:11 PM
Dee from South Jersey here. My daughter was diagnosed a year ago with ADD and inherited it from me. We both have some similar characteristics but it seems I struggled much more. I am doing ok, but had a bad year with illness and death in my family. I'm right now going off of Zoloft. I don't deal well with major life changes like death and serious illness so some anti-depressants help when I need them. Neither my daughter or I are medicated for ADD. My daughter is an A student in school but on a 504 plan. The school has been great! I wish I had the understanding and help when I was her age but no one knew as much about ADD back then as they do now. I had to figure it all out on my own. What a life I have had, or should I say lives. I am doing everything in the world to help my daughter and I think she is going to do ok in this life, more then ok :). So far I've made it and so will she :) Dee

MafiaKiddo
07-10-05, 06:34 PM
Wow never would have thought there were so many from NJ. Up until recently I think I've only talked to one person online from NJ everyone else seems to be from the midwest. I need to start coming in here more lol, only 12 posts in 8 months woops totally forgot about the forum.

adhd314girl
09-20-05, 11:58 AM
As instructed, I will make a brief introduction
Name - Bari
Location - Hoboken, NJ (just moved from Florida after living there for 15 years)
Relationship to AD/HD - I first met ADHD 10 years ago when I started working with kids with the "disorder". In 11/03 I had 2 supervisors (licensed clinicians) who inquired if I had ADHD as I had all the symptoms that met the criteria per the DSM-IV. I then asked my mom some questions how i was as a kid and she confirmed that i have always had the symptoms. It wasn't until 3/04 when I was finally treated with medications but there were some complications because the dosage was too high and it really screwed things up. I went off the medications in June 05 and a stimulant drug was offered to me in July and I impulsively agreed. In August my sister flew down to Florida, packed my stuff up and now I am back in NJ. I am on a good dosage of ADDerall however I continue to struggle significantly due to not knowing how to prioritize, manage time, take a time out, etc. While my stay in Jersey, I am going to "learn how to live" instead of just surviving. I have some absolutely wonderful qualities (as I am sure you all do) because of the ADHD. I have one heck of a journey and I am determined to live.

qwicsvt
05-08-06, 09:51 PM
Hello all, my name is Matt and I'm a new transplant to the greater New Jersey area. I live in Englewood with my wife and work as the North American Sales Manager for an international company selling high-end porcelain products made in Spain.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

I was diagnosed very early in the ADD game back in 86', fortunately my pediatrician was heavily involved with the disorder. I was prescribed the drug Ritalin, which made a tremendous difference in my life, and I went from a struggling C/D student to straight Aís in two weeks. <o:p></o:p>

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Lately, Iíve been struggling with the disorder. The same dose Iíve been taking for years 15mg of Methalyn (Ritalinís generic) just doesnít seem to be cutting it any longer. Itís time for me to take action and move to the next phase of treatment, but being new to the area, itís hard to know where to begin. <o:p></o:p>

I know I would benefit from meeting with otherís in the area, as Iím sure we all would, who are dealing with the same disorder. What do you all say, can we set a date and time to get together?

espresso
06-28-06, 03:53 PM
Hey!

I am a coffee addict in the Bruz (New Brunswicks and outerlying brunswicks). The bad part of the Brunz is that every indie Pdoc is gobbled up into the UNJ Medical system and it's crazy assembly line version of therapy and meds. my therapist writes it into the screen, my meds doc reads the screen, asks me 2 questions, and doles out a prescription faster than daily speeds on the turnpike. ewwwwww.

susane
06-28-06, 05:04 PM
Hello, Suzanne here.
I am from South Jersey (Medford area)
Diagnosed recently with ADD inattentive type and prescribed Adderall and it's working!
Love the forums!

nuffsed
06-29-06, 09:52 PM
Anyone in the Pittsburgh, PA area?

I'm from a small town and my pcp, while very nice and helpful, just doesn't seem all that informed about adult ADD (I'm probably his only pt with that dx) - just wondering if anyone is familiar with a good ADHD doc at WPIC or UPMC/pm me with your recommendations, thanks

EWerth
07-03-06, 09:08 AM
Eric, north Jersey. Married, two kids mercifully non-ADD, at least to the extent thry are good students, socially successful, can sit still etc.

I've always recognized my problems without knowing the label. Realizing it is a condition, or perhaps just a type of brain, helps, yet the evil voice inside still gets to me, whispering "lazy" and "daydreamer" and torturing me with regret and fear.

Faylen
08-09-06, 06:42 PM
Alison, Toms River, been dealing with ADD all my life, won't medicate because of bad experiences with meds, just trying to find the best way for me and my loved ones to work around it.

njtrout
10-18-06, 03:16 PM
Hello,

Andy
NorthWest NJ - Sussex County
Marketing Professional
Age - 49

I was just diagnosed with ADD after spending many years floundering around in my professional life. About to leave the 4th company I have worked for in 3 years, I was very stressed and sought professional help. Not surprised that I have it since my son has ADD, Bipolar and Anxiety Disorder (age 13). My wife has been trying to get me to get help for years.

Working with a great doctor in Denville and have started on Adderall XR. Now on 10mg each morning. Biggest impact so far (it's been not even 2 weeks) is I am awake during the day. For as long as I can remember, I have slept through the working day. You know what I mean, not asleep eyes closed, but asleep mind closed because of being so tired. Prior to the meds, even though I was so tired during the day, I couldn not sleep and would go days or weeks with little or no sleep. Add a long driving commute and no wonder my current company is letting me go (gracefully).

Not sure what else is ahead for me as far as meds go, counseling or career but I do know I'm beginning a whole new chapter of my life -- a better one, filled with hope and promise....I think....maybe...

Andy

Pixie
12-10-06, 04:19 PM
Hi,

I'm a newbie
live in warren county nj,
diagnosed 20 yrs ago...

ninchen
01-24-07, 10:06 PM
Hi. Been on the forum for a little while- just moved to Jersey (Somerset County/Hillsborough area) from Delaware to start a new job (hopefully keeps my interest for awhile). Diagnosed with ADHD about 3 years ago. Have also dealt with anxiety, OCD, and depression.

Struggling here, trying to find a new MD... sigh. I had everything set up so nicely before. I was seriously considering not making the change because I'd have to find a new doctor.

njtrout
01-25-07, 10:01 PM
Hi. Been on the forum for a little while- just moved to Jersey (Somerset County/Hillsborough area) from Delaware to start a new job (hopefully keeps my interest for awhile). Diagnosed with ADHD about 3 years ago. Have also dealt with anxiety, OCD, and depression.

Struggling here, trying to find a new MD... sigh. I had everything set up so nicely before. I was seriously considering not making the change because I'd have to find a new doctor.I'm doing the opposite of you. I'm moving from NJ to South Central, PA.

I'm seeing a doctor in Denville, NJ who DX my ADD and has been great to work with. I'll miss that. Denville is about an hour north of Hillsborough off of RT 80. PM me if you want his contact info. He's based in NYC, but has an office in NJ.

Welcome to NJ.

NJTrout

crazy cat lady
06-09-07, 07:50 AM
Hi,

I'm new. I'm from northern NJ and I'm a 33 year old mom who was recently diagnosed because i was reading some info on ADHD for my son who is 5 and under evaluation. After reading the material i was like "Oh my god, that's me" it was actually a relief in a way because now i know why i do the things that i do and i don't feel so crazy anymore.

Anyway, i've been put on 25mg of Strattera a day and i'm trying to stay positive but it hasn't started to help yet and i'm feeling mighty sick and sleepy, but i'm gonna hang in there for awhile cause i have read it takes a while to kick in.

Anyway, I'm glad i found this site, it has alot of helpful information on it and it's nice to know i'm not alone. So thanks.

Agnostic Front
09-02-07, 10:59 AM
Hi my name is Dennis grew up in NJ Toms River area moved to NY, I was diagnosed about three years ago. (currently taking stattara) I'm basicly tring to connect with people that have gone throght the same experince. Is it just me ort are most non add people are boring?

bonnie0429
09-26-07, 01:20 AM
Hello, I dont actually live in NJ, but I live minutes away in Delaware County PA. I was diagnosed a year and 1/2 ago with inattentive add. I look forward to meeting with many of you.


bonnie0429:)

vikon
01-12-08, 01:08 AM
I live in jersey city and looking for ADD specialist either new jersey,Any information would greatly appreciated.

rjl234
06-02-08, 10:35 AM
I am also from south jersey and am looking for a good ADD Doc. Do you know of any Doctors that specialize in ADD for Adults in South Jersey. Thanks

wiseguyz311
02-24-09, 07:47 AM
Craig
Jackson, NJ
Recently diagnosed ADHD

I need a reference for a good ADHD doctor in central Jersey. Can anyone help?I've been suffering from depression and anxiety for years and I have tried all kinds of remedies. I am now on Lexapro but I still have trouble with concentrating at work and it's really bothering me. I always associated these symptoms with the depression and anxiety but I was recently told by a friend that I should see someone regarding ADHD. I cannot focus and I cannot get the simplest tasks done. Can anyone help with a reference?

Jmiddleton
05-27-09, 12:57 AM
Hi! I live in the Cherry Hill area, I've been diagnosed with ADD since about the 3rd grade. I am nearly 23...

I stopped taking the medication since it really altered my personality, kept me up at night, put me in what I can only describe as a zoombie/trance mode, as well as depression... and on that note, i am starting to take it again.

SomeGuyInNJ
06-25-09, 03:01 PM
37 years old.
Diagnosed with ADD recently
Washington TWP,NJ

Always felt different and never felt I was functioning properly, guess I now know why.

TriciaJ
07-05-09, 09:18 PM
Hi, I am Tricia, age 41 and my son has ADHD. The more I read and look at self-tests for ADHD I realize that I, too, have it. We are in Bergen County, NJ.

ToadysFroggy
12-15-09, 04:32 PM
Sharon
Camden County
44
ADD with inattentiveness
dx'ed at almost 43 but probably have had it all my life

Quasar
01-17-10, 03:05 PM
I was hoping to find a good ADHD/ADD Doctor in the Camden/Gloucester County area. Even Salem County. Does anyone have any recommendations??? I don't have insurance so I'm self pay. Thanks! Mike

casterbolt
01-20-10, 03:38 PM
Hi, I'm Kevin also know as casterbolt. I was medicated about 3mths ago 3 weeks on adderall. My wife was too, she hasn't found the right meds. I think seeing a theorpist will help me learn how to deal. Does anyone know of anyone in ocean county, or close. I really need to talk. thanks in advance.

mike1w
02-19-10, 02:53 PM
I have ADD, my son has ADD. I live in New Jersey, near Easton PA
My wife has started a support group for parents of ADHD children.
I am currently in the planning stages of starting an adult adhd support group.
If anyone is interested, please let me know.

Rebelyell
05-14-10, 04:25 PM
Dave 35 /central NJ.Adhd since 4,has tourettes,gad anxiety an depression.never has met another adult or admitting adult in NJ w adhd in person,I don't know why I havent cause every 1 knows Nj is add/spazz capital of the country every 1 pretty much is off there rocker here ;):D.Spend much of my time alone as my social skills pretty much suck and have very few friends or people I trust.Ive been told Ive had adhd since 4 still don't know which type I even have,sometimes I wonder if I even have add or was just wrongly labeled cause personally I cant seem to relate to other people in add chatrooms etc.Ya'll have a great day;)

addftw
06-20-10, 06:18 PM
Hi I'm looking for a doctor near atlantic city? can any one recommend?

BKrules
01-07-12, 05:20 PM
I'm a new resident of Jersey!

Does anyone know a good family doc (not psychiatrist) in north Jersey who treats ADHD?

Amtram
01-08-12, 02:42 PM
Why would you want a family doctor instead of a specialist? Just wondering. Whereabout in NJ? No addresses, just a county would help.

BKrules
01-08-12, 03:54 PM
Hudson county. If I see a primary care doc who is knowledgeable in treating adhd then I could address any other health issues if needed at the same time when I go to them for medication refills and such.