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Flash1982
09-16-08, 04:31 AM
Ok my drive to be diagnosed with ADD and treated is motivated by my performance at work.

As i have got older i have had to spend more time in self directed work. At school there was very little so i did ok, at university there was progressivly more and i started to really struggle but becaues my degree was not to challenging i managed fine, during my masters i was in complete hell and though i was going to have a breakdown or fail. Now at work i am 300% more distractable, fidgdty than my colleagues and my performance is not good.

I never went for a diagnosis because i had only heard of ritalin and did not want to take it. Then a friend of mine told me about adderall and how positive it was for the condition which has prompted my quest for treatment.

The truth is i am desperate to get medicated, i want the drugs!! is this a bad thing? to hear that i would actually be able to concentrate for the first time in my life for more that 30 seconds if i took a pill. God the feeling that i would get of being able to work as hard as my peers would be fantastic.

I am very worried though that i will look like a desperate junkie when i go to the doctor, can anyone relate to this.

Also i now eat healthly, exercise and have read ever self help and meditation book out there and they have not helped one iota, as such i am sceptical of ADD coaching, (ADD is neurological right?). Does anyone have any positive experience of an ADD coach and/or doctors unwillingness to prescibe drugs.

My GP aslo suggested that i was in the wrong job, this really angered me, does that mean that if you have ADD you cannot do any job that requires long periods of self directed work/study (like doctors, lawers, bankers). Has anyone else experienced this?

~Thanks, Iain

Destracted_UK
09-16-08, 08:17 AM
Hi Iain,

I have read in a few books that some jobs are more ADHD friendly than others, I will try to find the list later.

As far as wanting drugs, that doesn't make you a junkie lols.

My own belief of ADHD is that it is a chemical imbalance, all the drugs do is correct this. So no, don't worry about that attitude. It is unfortunate that some of the drugs used to treat ADHD are stimulants, as this can sometimes cloud peoples perceptions of why you are wanting them. There is no evidence that people who have ADHD abuse their medication, this is stated in the up coming adult ADHD treatment guideline from NICE.

I took Strattera for a short time and the effect was dramatic. My head was quiet for the first time in 35 years, I could continue a thought for much longer. It was a real revalation as to how non ADHD people might think! I had to stop that though due to side effects.

I am going down the drug route rather than other methods at the moment and am happy with that decision.

All the best : )

columbo
09-18-08, 12:40 PM
Ok my drive to be diagnosed with ADD and treated is motivated by my performance at work.

As i have got older i have had to spend more time in self directed work. At school there was very little so i did ok, at university there was progressivly more and i started to really struggle but becaues my degree was not to challenging i managed fine, during my masters i was in complete hell and though i was going to have a breakdown or fail. Now at work i am 300% more distractable, fidgdty than my colleagues and my performance is not good.

I never went for a diagnosis because i had only heard of ritalin and did not want to take it. Then a friend of mine told me about adderall and how positive it was for the condition which has prompted my quest for treatment.

The truth is i am desperate to get medicated, i want the drugs!! is this a bad thing? to hear that i would actually be able to concentrate for the first time in my life for more that 30 seconds if i took a pill. God the feeling that i would get of being able to work as hard as my peers would be fantastic.

I am very worried though that i will look like a desperate junkie when i go to the doctor, can anyone relate to this.

Also i now eat healthly, exercise and have read ever self help and meditation book out there and they have not helped one iota, as such i am sceptical of ADD coaching, (ADD is neurological right?). Does anyone have any positive experience of an ADD coach and/or doctors unwillingness to prescibe drugs.

My GP aslo suggested that i was in the wrong job, this really angered me, does that mean that if you have ADD you cannot do any job that requires long periods of self directed work/study (like doctors, lawers, bankers). Has anyone else experienced this?

~Thanks, Iain Hi Iain

There is a lot of myth surrounding medication for ADHD. You may have been told that Ritalin is bad, but please do not believe everything you hear, especially if it is from the tabloid press or certain TV programmes.

Based on some talks I heard by ADHD experts recently, the scientific evidence points to following:


The best treatment being a combination of medication and psychological help (i.e. 'talking therapies' like CBT or ADHD coaching).
Medication alone is usually better than psychological therapies alone.
Psychological therapies on their own can help, but often only have benefits while the person is receiving them and the benefits tend to disappear when the help is stopped.
Different people respond to different medication.

In the next few days, NICE will issue guidelines on the treatment of ADHD which will include treatment of Adults for the first time. If you can get hold of these guidelines, and take them to your GP, it may help you to get the right treatment.

I have posted previously with an overview of what is available in terms of ADHD medications in the UK, based on my experience as a health service user.

If you choose to get diagnosed, be aware that it can be a long process if done through the NHS. If you can get the support of your employer, that will help.

I get ADHD coaching on top of my medication and find it to be very helpful. Most top ADHD experts say it is good in combination with medication. It might be difficult to put strategies into practice when your mind is foggy due to ADHD. Some ADHD specialist would probably advise you to get stabilised on medication first before trying coaching, but I think the ADHD coaching can be useful to help you through that process, particularly when it comes to getting used to the side-effects and lifestyle changes you will need to make.

If you are in work, you may be able to access funding towards coaching, but will still need some kind of diagnosis.

I do not believe that ADHD limits your job options, but might affect how you approach your particular job. It can be an advantage in some areas such as research and people-skills, as well as difficulties such as meeting dealines and being organised. This is where an ADHD coach can really help.

Hope this is useful.

columbo
09-18-08, 12:46 PM
Here is a Youtube video made in response to some media hype last year about Ritalin and a study which supposedly said (which it didn't) that ADHD medications doesn't work in the long term. It makes the point that a combination of medication and psychosocial treatments are the best approach to treating ADHD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie1keG7i8G4

Hope this helps.