View Full Version : Adult ADD specialists in Denver, metro area?


nicki0854
11-05-08, 07:34 PM
Will it be possible to be even "sort of" normal???

After I quit my latest job, I got to wondering why it is so difficult for me to "catch on" at work. I was referred to as "being as dumb as a rock", and honestly, I can't argue that fact. I put two and two together, and came up with ADD. It hurts that here I am, 54, unemployed, and intimidated by all the job postings that want someone that has excellent communication skills, and learns quickly. I once jokingly said that the perfect job for me is to be a Wal-Mart greeter, it's not funny now that I realize that it is probably true. No offense to Wal-Mart greeters, I love the greeting. I just can't afford to support myself on the wages they pay.

I desparately need to find a therapist or psychiatrist in the Denver, metro area that is familiar with Adult ADD. I have been going to a shrink for years because of depression and anxiety. When I told him I thought that I have ADD, he did not ask any questions about how I came to that opinion. He just prescribed 10mg a day for me. I saw him recently and told him that I didn't notice any effect, so he bumped it up to 20mg a day. I have read that the best dose for Dexedrine is 3/4-1mg per pound of your weight. I don't feel that he realizes the magnitude of how ADD has crippled me in so many aspects of my life. Having ADD is probably the contributing factor to my being depressed and anxious when I try to talk to people.
It has been my desire for quite awhile to search for a new doctor, and this is the time, if anyone can direct me to one. I can't take getting "stuck on stupid" anymore.

Thanks

Positivemood
11-05-08, 07:43 PM
I feel for you. I just got started on my meds. I'm in Metro area as well and the job situation here is pretty sucky.

I haven't had a full time job in over a year now. Job searching really got me down. I was incredibly depressed, but considering the circumstances who would be?

What I did to deal with the economic downturn was go back to school to change careers. Yeah you got it. Living off of student loans. I'm pretty happy with things now although school is yet another ADD nightmare for me.

I'll push through. So will you.

Luck to you.

JollyBadger
11-05-08, 08:08 PM
Hi Nicki,

I totally get where you're coming from. I'm recently unemployed, and as I do all of my job searching I keep passing by help wanted ads because I don't feel that I am "good enough" for them. Every time I read the requirements, I think about the ways I will probably screw things up in that position, so I don't even try.

It's frustrating. I don't know what else to tell you other than keep hanging on. . .

Andrew
11-05-08, 09:36 PM
Have you checked out the Colorado section of the forums? There should be some resources listed there.

PopeyeDoyle
11-05-08, 10:02 PM
Nicki,

The University of Denver tests students (not sure about non-students) but is expensive ($500+). It takes about a month and seemed quite rigorous. But the outcome was just being prescribed Adderall in my case and given some advice like suggesting to exercise. It was very good testing, but if you can get the same results elsewhere that might be a more economical option. Like someone above stated, I too am living off student loans right now and feel your pain.

DesertDave
11-05-08, 11:25 PM
I lived in Colorado until 2 years ago. I explored my ADHD a little while I was there.

The psychiatrist I saw there has limited her practice to adolescents, and isn't taking any new patients.

BUT I do have a couple of ideas.

Before I found her, I called the CU Medical Center (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center). There was a doctor on the staff there who was quite helpful with getting started. He even mailed me reading material. I just dug out that stuff to get his name, then Googled him. It looks now like he's in private practice. His name is Dr. William Dodson, MD. Scroll halfway down this link for his contact info.:
http://www.addresources.org/conference_2006_presenters.php

You could also call the Health Sciences Center and ask for the psychiatry department. See if they have any special programs, and if not, if they can suggest clinicians.

Last, you could check out the ADHD organizations. I'm sure there is at least one CHADD chapter there. (And CHADD isn't just for kids, any more.) At the time I talked to Dr. Dodson, there was also something called Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group that met twice a month on the DU campus. You could Google that and contact them. While these organizations probably can't directly recommend someone, chances are good they'll have a list. If not, go to a meeting and ask people who they see, either before or after the meeting.

nicki0854
11-06-08, 12:28 AM
I thank you guys for all the information. DesertDave, thanks for taking the time to look up Dr. Dodson's information for me. Looking for something, and actually finding it is often times difficult. You get cheap thrills when you find it in the first place you look! I really appreciate everyones' help.