View Full Version : Any suggestions on how to talk to my doctor about ADD Meds?


ianmckenna15
05-07-04, 01:03 PM
I was diagnosed with ADD when i was little and my parents wanted to keep me away from medication. Last year in school one day, a class mate of mine showed me some medication that he was supposed to take for ADD (ritalin) but he didn't like taking it. So me doing what most teenagers will do, tried some. I felt better than I ever have in school. I worked harder than I ever have and I couldn't believe the concentration i was having, My eyes wouldn't jump to whatever the shiniest or fastest moving object in the room was instead of the teacher. So now i'm just deciding that maybe gettin a perscription wopuld be a good idea. I'm not sure what I should tell the doctor though? anybody have some suggestions?

ASID
07-27-04, 03:55 PM
You are going to have trouble telling your parents this, but I think you should. (Try not to get your friend in trouble; people are selling this drug, too, so your parents are going to freak.) OK, they don't want you to take "DRUGS". If you had diabetes (my daughter does), they would be first in line for insulin. Write this all down and talk to them. You have the right to get medical attention and you have the need to have something done about your condition. And tell them that I'm 51 and a grandmother, and I advise them to help you deal with this. Just being diagnosed with ADD isn't enough--it's just the first step. And it's your life.

paulbf
07-27-04, 10:27 PM
At age 15, it's not quite correct that you have rights if your parents still disagree. But you didn't mention that so maybe not a problem now. Some doctors are really cautious. If it's possible to see an ADD specialist or get a refferal from your doc, that'd be my advice to tell your doc that you're concerned about the ADD and want to see a specialist to have that assessed again. Hmm, I dunno but that's one idea.

I know this has been discussed before here, check this search for more thoughts: http://www.addforums.com/forums/search.php?searchid=15734

It is likely you will be put on strattera before ritalin. Go ahead with this suggestion, it might work.

addhil
08-24-04, 01:11 PM
My parents were the same way when I was younger. My mom thought at first that I had ADD, but her sister, who didn't believe such a thing existed, convinced her otherwise. I didn't get medication for it until I was 17, when my ADD-friend suggested that most of my problems at the time seemed like it was due to ADD.

Most doctors will give you a referral to a psychiatrist, they tend to be more knowledgeable about the different types of medications out there that can treat ADD while most GP's only know about Ritalin and are very hesitant to perscribe anything else.

As for talking to your parents about it, get some literature on ADD and go through it with them. You could get more thorough testing, administered by a psychologist, if you can afford it, which takes place over 2 days and requires you to do a battery of tests such as Intelligence tests and tests for your attention span, etc. including the checklist of ADD symptoms. This is done with your parents input as well, so that might be a plus for them.

ANother thing you could maybe tell them is that the effects of stressing out every day because you can't do many of the things that society, school, etc. expects of you will be much more harmful to your health in the long-term than ADD medication (taken as prescribed, of course) will do. In fact, there was an article in the BBC News you might want to look for saying that it was concluded that stimulant medications taken as prescribed for ADD didn't have any damage on the brain.

Hope this helps, you're still young and you still have most of your high school career ahead of you, so I hope you can get this treatment sooner than later so you don't end up having to do it later when you're an adult and don't have to answer to your parents.

ADDvocacy
10-01-04, 08:33 PM
I was diagnosed with ADD when i was little and my parents wanted to keep me away from medication. Last year in school one day, a class mate of mine showed me some medication that he was supposed to take for ADD (ritalin) but he didn't like taking it. So me doing what most teenagers will do, tried some. I felt better than I ever have in school. I worked harder than I ever have and I couldn't believe the concentration i was having, My eyes wouldn't jump to whatever the shiniest or fastest moving object in the room was instead of the teacher. So now i'm just deciding that maybe gettin a perscription wopuld be a good idea. I'm not sure what I should tell the doctor though? anybody have some suggestions?
What you are going through is really tough. I definately admire your courage and insight into your ADD. Would you feel comfortable involving your parents in helping you to make a choice about meds? Perhaps you could have them read Driven to Distraction by Ned Hallowell so that they would have a better idea of what ADD really is. Just a suggestion. If I can be of any help let me know :)

QueensU_girl
07-22-05, 09:07 PM
If you cannot get help, get to Halifax, or any other BIG CITY. You can go to a hospital and ask for a "consult" with a psychiatrist about Adult ADD.

Alternately, CAMH (Centre for Addiction & Mental Health) Guidelines state that if "diversion" or "drug abuse" is a concern, then try the patient on Wellbutrin or Effexor.

Better something than nothing.

Emma
:)

NB. Dr. Hallowell also recommends good hard exercise.