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Draga
08-07-04, 06:46 PM
David Lampke, LCSW
Title: Clinical social worker
Address: P.O. Box 5926
Bloomington, Indiana,
Phone: 812-355-1225
E-mail: HopeCouns@aol.com
Web Address: http://www.hometown.aol.com/dlampke/bizcard/index.htm
Areas Served: Bloomington & Monroe County Indiana
Professional Associations:
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Adult Assessment, Child Assessment, Cognitive behavioral, Eclectic, Family/Marital, Christian, Biblical
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Adjustment disorders, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Eating disorders, Mens Issues, Personality disorders, Womens Issues, sexual abuse, parent-child difficulties
Fees: Set cash fee

Debby Rogers
Title: Clinical social worker
Address: 839 Auto Mall Rd. Suite#H
Bloomington, Indiana, 47401
Phone: 1-888-203-9499-toll free
E-mail: DRK30556@aol.com
Areas Served: Bloomington and surrounding area.
Professional Associations: NASW-ACSW
Research Interests: Couples & Relationships
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Adult Assessment, Child Assessment, Psychiatric Assessment, Behavioral, Cognitive behavioral, Cognitive, Eclectic, Family/Marital, Play
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Adjustment disorders, Alcohol abuse/dependence, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Eating disorders, Forensic/court evaluations, Gay/lesbian Issues, Mens Issues, Neurological disorders, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia/delusional disorders, Sexual disorders, Substance abuse/dependence, Womens Issues
Fees: Insurance, Sliding-scale
Office Hours: Call for an appointment
Additional Information: I have been in the social service field for 15 yrs.My experience includes work with couples,individuals,families,children,& adolescents. My work has beenwith Employee Assistance, Depression, Personality disorders, Anxiety, Grief, Abuse, Adjustment disordersand many others.



City: Indianapolis/ Carmel
Name: Dr. Noah H. Kersey, Ph.D.
Name of practice: LifeCare Counseling Services
Service provided: Individual, marriage, and family therapy services.
Christian counseling available upon request. Private and confidential.
Title: Clinical Director
Type of organization: Private Practice:
Age group: Child, Adolescent, Adult
Modality: Individual, Couples, Groups, Families
Professional asscociations: Indiana Psychological Association; American
Association of Christian Counselors
Fees: Set Fee and Adjusted Fee
Insurance accepted: Receipts Are Provided
Office hours: 1pm-8pm Tues.-Thursday; 8am-5pm Fridays
Address: 1980 East 116th Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032 See Map
Phone: 317-581-1013
Fax: Upon Request Only
E-mail for more info: DocNoah7@aol.com
Website: http://www.LifeCareCounselingServices.com
Additional information: Specializing in ADD/ADHD, Adoption Issues,
Sexual Addictions, Depression & Anxiety, Stress Management

Louis B. Cady, M.D.
Title: Psychiatrist
Address: 501 S.E. 6th Street - Suite 202
OakPark Professional Building
Evansville, Indiana, 47713
Phone: 812-429-0772
E-mail: lcady@mastermind1.com
Web Address: http://www.mastermind1.com/lcady
Areas Served: Evansville, Louisville, Henderson KY, Tri-State of IN, IL, KY
Professional Associations: Amer. Psychiatric Assn; Amer. Acad. of Psychoanalysis, AMA, American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons
Research Interests: Depression, attention deficit disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, psychotherapy of character disorders
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Adult Assessment, Child Assessment, Forensic Assessment, Psychiatric Assessment, Cognitive-behavioral, Eclectic, Family/Marital, Psychodynamic
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Forensic/court evaluations, Medication prescription, Personality disorders, Womens Issues
Fees: Insurance, Set cash fee, Sliding-scale
Office Hours: T: 10am - 5:30pm, W: 9am - 5 pm, Th: 10am - 7 pm, F: 9 am - 3 pm, Sa: inpatient work, Su: inpatient work
Additional Information: My orientation is to use the least amount possible of medication to *normalize* function, while at the same time not being shy about using enough to get the job done. No matter what I'm treating, my emphasis is on a holistic, balanced approach to the patient using psychotherapy and other appropriate modalities for maximum benefit and efficiency.

Daniel L. Baney
Title: Psychologist HSPP
Address: 6521 Constitution Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46804
Phone: (219) 469-0090
E-mail: DrBaney@DrBaney.com
Web Address: www.DrBaney.com
Areas Served: Northeast Indiana, Southeast lower Michigan, Northwest Ohio
Professional Associations:
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Personality Assessment,Adult Assessment,Child Assessment,Cognitive-behavioral,Existential,Family/Marital, Couples,Humanistic,Psychodynamic,Interpersonal,Gro up,Brief Solution Focused, Narrative
Disorders Treated: Abuse,ADHD/ADD,Adjustment Disorders,Alcoholism,Anxiety Disorders,Panic,Bipolar/mania,Depression,Eating Disorders,Marital or Relationship problems,Men's Issues,Sexual Disorders,Drug or Substance Abuse,Women's Issues,Gambling,Christian Counseling, Value Clarification, Blended Family and Post Divorce Recovery
Fees: Insurance,
Office Hours: Monday -Saturday, Day and evening appointments available

John M. Rathbun, M.D.
Title: Psychiatrist
Address: 4630-5 West Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana,
Phone: 219-436-6636
E-mail: 73162.3513@compuserve.com
Areas Served:
Professional Associations: Indiana Psychiatric, Indiana Medical, Fort Wayne Medical
Research Interests: dissociation, PTSD, trauma, depression
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Adult Assessment, Child Assessment, Neuro Assessment, Psychiatric Assessment, Cognitive-behavioral, Eclectic, Family/Marital, Psychodynamic, psychopharmacology, ECT
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Adjustment disorders, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Medication prescription, Neurological disorders, Psychological testing, Schizophrenia/delusional disorders, Sexual disorders, any DSM-IV disorder
Fees: Insurance, Medicare, Set cash fee
Office Hours: M: 10a-2p, 4p-8p, T: 9a-12n,2p-6p, W: 9a-2p, 4p-8p, Th: 9a-12n,2p-6p, F: 9a-2p
Additional Information: Trained at University of Pittsburgh under Detre, Himmelhoch, Kupfer. Certified (General Psychiatry) American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1986). Directed two large psychiatric clinics for five years each. Now in private practice with psychiatric nurse-practitioner, adlerian psychologist, nationally-certified addictions counselor. Chairman of Psychiatry Department at Fort Wayne's largest hospital, on staff at 6 local hospitals. Personal consultations, convenient hours, private setting.
Debby Rogers
Title: Clinical social worker
Address: 500 Polk St.
Greenwood-(Indianapolis suburb), Indiana, 46143
Phone: 1-888-203-9499-toll free
E-mail: DRK30556@aol.com
Areas Served: Indianapolis and surrounding areas
Professional Associations: NASW
Research Interests: Couples & Relationships
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Adult Assessment, Child Assessment, Psychiatric Assessment, Behavioral, Cognitive behavioral, Cognitive, Eclectic, Family/Marital, Play
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Adjustment disorders, Alcohol abuse/dependence, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Eating disorders, Forensic/court evaluations, Gay/lesbian Issues, Mens Issues, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia/delusional disorders, Sexual disorders, Substance abuse/dependence, Womens Issues
Fees: Insurance, Sliding-scale
Office Hours: Call for an appointment
Additional Information: I have practiced social services for 15 yrs. My experience includes: Individuals, Couples, Families,Children and Adolescents. I have experience withEmployee Assistance Counseling, Depression, AdjustmentDisorders, Anxiety,Grief,Abuse,Acute Stress disordersand many others.


*City: Indianapolis/ Carmel
Name: Dr. Noah H. Kersey, Ph.D.
Name of practice: LifeCare Counseling Services
Service provided: Individual, marriage, and family therapy services. Christian counseling available upon request. Private and confidential.
Title: Clinical Director
Type of organization: Private Practice:
Age group: Child, Adolescent, Adult
Modality: Individual, Couples, Groups, Families
Professional asscociations: Indiana Psychological Association; American Association of Christian Counselors
Fees: Set Fee and Adjusted Fee
Insurance accepted: Receipts Are Provided
Office hours: 1pm-8pm Tues.-Thursday; 8am-5pm Fridays
Address: 1980 East 116th Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032 See Map <http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&addtohistory=&address=1980+East+116th+Street&city=Carmel&state=ID&zipcode=46032&homesubmit.x=18&homesubmit.y=13>
Phone: 317-581-1013
Fax: Upon Request Only
E-mail for more info: DocNoah7@aol.com <mailto:DocNoah7@aol.com>
Website: <http://www.LifeCareCounselingServices.com>
Additional information: Specializing in ADD/ADHD, Adoption Issues, Sexual Addictions, Depression & Anxiety, Stress Management
Jan R. Hoss, M.S., NCC
Title: Mental health counselor
Address: 5973 E. 71st. St. suite 109
Indianapolis,, Indiana, 46220
Phone: 317-722-6373
E-mail: MOHJan@aol.com
Professional Associations: NBCC; ACA;
Research Interests: Mind/Body Medicine
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Adult Assessment, Cognitive-behavioral, Existential, Psychodynamic, Ayurvedic Assessments
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Adjustment disorders, Alcohol abuse/dependence, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Substance abuse/dependence, Womens Issues, Spiritual Issues, Post Traumatic Stress
Fees: Set cash fee
Office Hours: M: 9am-6pm, T: 9am-5pm, W: 11am-9pm, Th: 9am-5pm, F: 9am-5pm
Additional Information: Jan Hoss is a Mind/Body educator certified by Dr.Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. Along with her private practice she provide classes entitled, "The Magic of Healing". This class is based on Ayurvedic principles incorporating the need for mind/body/ and spiritual healing. She has created a treatment for Depression which is a complete mind/body approach. She offers training in the midwest for lay persons as well as professionals offering her Depression Recovery model.

Jeannette S. Murphy, M.A., ACSW
Title: Marital and Family therapist, Approved Supervisor with American Assoc of Marital/Family Therapists
Address: 1428 S. Main Street, Suite 2
Kokomo, Indiana, 46902
Phone: 765-452-1121
E-mail: mfcgroup@netusa1.net
Areas Served: North Central Indiana
Professional Associations: AAMFT, IAMFT, NASW
Research Interests: Mind, Body Healing- Herbal Pharmacology-Marriage & Family Relationships
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Cognitive-behavioral, Family/Marital, Brief/Solution Based Therapy
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Adjustment disorders, Alcohol abuse/dependence, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Gay/lesbian Issues, Mens Issues, Personality disorders, Sexual disorders, Substance abuse/dependence, Womens Issues
Fees: Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Set cash fee
Office Hours: M: 9am - 5pm, T: 9am - 5pm, W: 9am - 5pm, Th: 9am - 5pm, F: 9am - 5pm, Sa: by Appointment
Additional Information: I have 23 years experience in Marriage and Family Counseling.

JoAnn Hiscox, MS, NCC, LMHC
Title: Mental Health Counselor
Address: 200 Ferry St.
Lafayette, Indiana, 47901
Phone: 765-428-8108
E-mail: actioncounseling@yahoo.com
Web Address: home.att.net/~actioncounseling
Areas Served: Lafayette, Indiana; Counties: Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll
Professional Associations: ACA, InAPT
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy/Theoretical Orientations: Behavioral Therapy,Cognitive-behavioral,Existential,Family/Marital, Couples,Humanistic,Play,
Disorders Treated: Abuse,ADHD/ADD,Adjustment Disorders,Anxiety Disorders,Panic,Bipolar/mania,Depression,Marital or Relationship problems,Women's Issues,Trauma and Dissociation,
Fees: Insurance,Medicaid,Sliding-scale,
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, some evening hours available
Name: Don E. Hickman, RN, Ph.D.
Title Psychologist
Address 1095 Conner St., Suite 200
Noblesville, Indiana, 46060
Telephone (317) 773-1649
Email deh@myslef.com
Web Address http://www.idealist.com/wwmhw/in/Hickman.shtml
Areas Served Noblesville, Anderson, Muncie
Professional Associations A.P.A. & NAT. REG. HSPP
Organization Type Private Practice
Staff 21 - 40
Types of therapy interventions & theoretical orientations Adult Assessment, Child Assessment, Cognitive-behavioral, Family/Marital, Brief Therapy
Disorders treated: ADHD/ADD, Depression/dysthymia, Psychological testing, Substance abuse/dependence, Medical Psychology, Geropsychology
Fees Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Set cash fee
Office Hours T: 10:30am-7:30pm Noblesville, W: 10:30am-7:30pm Noblesville, Th: 10:30am-7:30pm Muncie, F: 10:30am-7:30pm Anderson, Sa: 10:30am-7:30pm Noblesville

Name: Dr. Patti J. Hamilton
Title: Psychologist, Psychoeducator
Address: 638 Sandi Lane
Schererville, Indiana, 46375
Phone: 219/322-2390
E-mail for more info: phamltn@bigfoot.com
Website: http://www.7thdimensionthinking.com/
Areas Served: Anywhere by phone/e-mail. Face-to-face: Chicago, NW Indiana
Professional Associations:
Research Interests: perceptual learning and creativity
Organization Type: Private Practice
Staff: Under 3
Types of Therapy: interventions & theoretical orientations
Cognitive, Eclectic, Existential, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Learning Disorders, Transformative learning, Perceptual learning for emotional & cognitive change, Anticipatory grief and bereavement, Identity beyond labels
Disorders Treated: ADHD/ADD, Adjustment disorders, Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, Bipolar/mania, Depression/dysthymia, Neurological disorders, Personality disorders, Substance abuse/dependence, Womens Issues, Grief-related issues, Lack of personal power, Learning disabilities
Fees: Set cash fee, Sliding-scale
Office Hours: 9-5 CST M-F, or by Phone:/e-mail arrangement
Comments: Learner-centered transformation and development - adults and adolescents. Empowered personhood and parenthood. Individual education in learning difficulties, abnormal psychology, psychiatric and school labeling issues. Private consulting, Phone or e-mail sessions, publications.

oldschool
03-29-07, 07:19 PM
First off, I totally apologize if this is posted in the wrong forum....its just that the Indiana forum is kinda dead. Does anyone living in Indiana have a Dr. they like who is treating their adult adhd? Thanks!
Yes, try Dr. Macari at www.CarmelClinic.com.

zimmiegirl
03-03-08, 10:26 PM
Hi!

I was glad to see this thread (small as it is) asking about ADD docs in Indiana. I have had a "heck" of a time sinc moving here from the East Coast. If anyone else knows of other places or doctors, please jump in and tell us your secrets! Here's my long hyperfocused post of the evening.

I looked up Dr. Macari at CarmelClinic. Looks like she only takes regular insurance and cash. Any idea whether she accepts Medicare? Also, what type of treatment does she offer? Therapy, coaching, and meds -- or meds only? As for ADD meds, what is her drug of choice and dosage for Adders? I know that's a lot of brash nosiness, but I'm beyond the point where tact seems to make much difference. lol. (Is her husband also a doc or a therapist?) Her office is only blocks from where I live.

I don't know what part of Indiana each of you are located, but I will give you the names of a few mental health (that also are substance abuse facilities) with satellite offices in several cities. One is BehaviorCorp, main office is in Carmel, other offices in Noblesville, Lebanon, and Indianapolis. Maybe Frankfurt. Demand to see the psychiatrist rather than the NP, if you try it. Better yet, go to any of the offices other than the one in Carmel.

Indiana Health Group (Network?) is now headquartered in Carmel (right behind BehaviorCorp) and I believe it also has satellite offices. You will see a NP for meds. If you are lucky enough to be under 30, you might get an optimal dosage after a couple of trips about three weeks apart, unless you have paperwork from a recent doc who's been prescribing for you.

Midtown Mental Health has offices on the west side of Indy, near Speedway, but that's the satellite where the "really crazy people" go. ;)

Midtown also has an office at Community North Hospital, I think. No, sorry, I think it's a Gallahue Mental Health satelite at Community North. No matter, Community North's psych center has a decent reputation. I haven't been there, but I know more than a few folks who have been.

Gallahue Mental Health's other office covers the far east side of Indy and areas east or southeast beyond that.

I've heard that St. Vincent's Hospital has given up on mental health altogether and has closed its' crisis office. If anyone knows otherwise, please advise.

I have NO IDEA what Clarian/Methodist Hospital is offering in the way of ADD treatment. They are a big enough operation that they should have some sort of ADD program with coaches, therapists and doctors to prescribe.

Wishard Hospital has always been "THE inner city" hospital in Indianapolis -- and the only one you could walk into if in dire need of meds and usually get them on the same day, but only after an intake and a long wait. Midtown Mental Health most likely has its' main office located there, but I haven't had time to check.

Other than the Indianapolis and Indy North area, I don't know what the rest of the state offers. In Hendricks County, west of Marion, there is Cummins Mental Health, which I've heard some good things about, but you have to live in Hendricks to use it, I think. There is another center in Avon with a p-doc who supposedly "specializes" in ADHD or adult ADD (and many other disorders for which he writes prescriptions). Hendricks County encompasses Plainfield, Avon, Brownsburg, Danville and a few other little burgs.

So there's my "wealth" of knowledge, which isn't much.

As for BehaviorCorp and Indiana Health Group (or Network), you need to be on Medicaid, Medicare, insurance that covers some mental health treatment, or have a cash cow, because they want cash if you aren't on any of those, and if you are on one of them, they won't bill your provider for months, then all of a sudden you're staring at a whoppin' bill -- and if you want your prescriptions written, you'd better be able to pay it.

I've never (since I was in my 20s) had to have a psychiatrist or NP write my ADD meds.

Either an internal medicine doctor or neurologist wrote them. When I was much younger, family practice doctors wrote everything, even though most of it was wrong. ;)

Since moving to Indiana I've seen p-docs who've treated me only with lots of SSRIs (which certainly have never worked for me!), then I've been to three Mental Health Facilities where the psychiatrists are too busy to see patients, so they use Nurse Practitioners.

These were my first experience with NPs. The first was a v-e-r-y bad experience (at BehaviorCorp in Carmel), second one was mediocre ... no real help, and now I think the third one is the best I'm going to get, BUT I'm still not feeling confident about ADD treatment in this area. I've been seeing her for close to three months, but I've only "seen" her for less than an hour TOTAL. And she wants me in therapy and I cannot afford their rates, even with Medicare paying 50 percent. Most of the places that have NPs or even pyschiatrists here also have therapists or social workers and you are strongly encouraged to therapy.

Treatment becomes very expensive very quickly, unless you have extremely good insurance, are your parents' insurance or are on Medicaid. If you are on Medicare, like me, my co-pays are exorbitant. I cannot afford to pay them if I have to see a therapist weekly and the NP monthly. Medicare pays only 50 percent of mental health service charges.

Today, the trend (in the Midwest, at least) seems to be private corporate mental health facilities where, if you don't pay every single payment after each appointment, you will not be allowed to see your prescriber or therapist. The almighty dollar determines whether or not you will receive treatment, and even then, you certainly aren't guaranteed quality treatment.

My NP is allowed to see me for ONLY 15 minutes. We can't even discuss what my meds are doing, if anything, in that short amount of time. She just rewrites what she originally decided I needed during my initial appoinment and that's it -- sayonara!

I live in Hamilton County (Carmel) but am moving to Indianapolis (Marion County) within a month. So I'm already scouring the Internet looking for an ADD doc or mental health center in Marion County, which, since it's the capital of Indiana, one would think there would have a number of mental health services affiliated with the hospitals as well as county-funded.

But, it's not looking good. I've phoned a couple of centers that have been around for a long time. The director at one place told me that I wouldn't "fit in" there because her center was for "really mentally ill" people. DUH. When I called the second one, the nurse supervisor who answered the phone said, "You wouldn't want to come all the way over here. You should be able to find a place a lot closer." Then she referred me to the place where the "really mentally ill" people are. lol.


Another thing about Hoosierland that really addles me is when you ask for Dexedrine Spansules or tabs, which have been around forever and are proven to be much safer than many of the newer ADD meds, the p-docs raise their eyebrows as if you've asked them to write scripts for heroin. Yet they push Adderall XR and d-amp like there is no similarity in the world to them and Dex.

Of course, now they are pushing Focalin, which I will never take, as it's just another form of Ritalin. Same for Vyvanse. Lotsa money in ADD for the pharm companies.

Adderall XR is a rollercoaster ride for me everyday.

When the alarm goes off around 8:00 AM telling me to wake up, I feel like I've been run over by a truck, so I take an AddXR and a 10MG d-amp and it takes about 90 minutes before I feel anything. Around noon, it's at its peak. So, once I've taken the Adderall, my mornings are upbeat and somewhat productive.

This would be GREAT if only I could wake up earlier than 9:30 or 10:00 AM after being hyperfocused until 2:00 or 3:00 AM, thus getting only five hours sleep at the most. The mornings don't last long enough for me to get much more done after the meds kick in, then I fix something to eat, feed the cats, scoop litter boxes, check email -- and by then it's noon or later.

Usually I have some kind of appointment between 11:30 and 2:00, because I know I should be as good as I'm gonna get. By 2:00 -3:00 PM, Adderall XR's second wave hits and hangs in until late in the afternoon. During this time -- and for the rest of the night -- there is absolutely NO worthwhile productivity from me. I don't even notice that I'm hyperfocusing until I've been on the computer for seven or eight hours -- or doing something else completely contrary to that which I should be doing -- because my life has been crashing around me for the past nine months.

I can't afford to hyperfocus on anything but getting my house cleaned out, packing boxes, holding a garage sale, and making enough money to pay a moving company to move me from Carmel to Indy on April 1. I've told my NP this, and her answer is that I just have to "set aside" a special time each day to do housework, pack books, etc.

Sounds easy ... and surprisingly naive coming from a NP who specializes in ADD.

I never had that problem with Dex, although I do like reg Dex more than the Spansules. They don't last as long as the ADD XR, which is good in my opinion. And the honest to God truth is that Desoxyn has worked best of all for me in the past, but dare I tell that to my new NP?? I don't think so.

I am certainly no longer a kid, and have had ADHD since I was under 5 years old. My grandmother took me to her family doctor (the doctor who delivered me!) who determined that I had "hyperkenetic disorder." That was in the '50s. By the time I was 10 or so, he had added "conduct disorder" to my first diagnosis. At that time he was prescribing me Phenobarbital and Librium, a knock-out concoction of a barbituate and one of the first benzodiazepene meds. It made my ADD worse, made me have severe mood swings, and made me drive everyone crazy.

My aunt, seeing red flags, secretly took me to another family doctor when I was 11. He told her that I had "hyperactive disorder" with "severe lack of attention span" and agreed that I did indeed have a serious "conduct disorder" which he told her was usually only seen in boys. He took me off the other drugs and prescribed Dexedrine. What a wake-up call!

Within a week, my personality changed drastically for the better, although I was developing more impulsive behavior. Grades became better and I thought I would "grow out of it."

I had several cousins who also had these same diagnoses, which I really didn't think about much until adulthood. One of them has been institutionalized since she was 5 years old. Another died in a state institition when she was in her early 30s. She choked to death. The first cousin (who is still institutionalized) does NOT have ADHD, nor did she ever. She was/is severely mentally retarded with the mentality of no more than a 3 year old. Very sad.

The second cousin, who died, DID have ADHD/inattentive & hyperactive variety with severe conduct disorder as a child and early teens. But when she was in her later teens, she developed epilepsy. No one in the family ever talked about whether one was related to the other, so I was scared stiff that I too was going to have seizures like hers. Things got much worse for her.

By her mid-20s, she had been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic after trying to kill her dad while he slept. This was shortly after her mother died of breast cancer, she had been off all her ADD meds, and her dad remarried within less than a month. She was placed by her dad into a state institution where she used to phone relatives and carry on conversations as if she were just fine. Then she ran away with an orderly from the institution and became pregnant. Her dad, by then her legal guardian, had the fetus aborted and got the marriage annulled.

But her phone calls continued as usual with her always sounding slightly hyper and "giggly," but no more so than many so-called "normal" people I've known. So, there's ADHD and then there's myriad disorders that are misdiagnosed as ADD or overlooked completely.

My family moved from one place to another a lot, and because of the constant moving, I was out of meds for long periods of time. When that happened, I went back down into the rabbit hole or tore out of a phone booth in my Superman outfit ready to ....?????? Who knows?! In one of those no-meds periods, at 15, I ran away and married a 19 year old boy who trimmed my grandmother's shrubs.

Soon thereafter, knowing I'd made a huge mistake but not knowing exactly what to do about it, I went to an OB/GYN, as suggested by my mother who lived 800 miles away. He prescribed birth control pills and then asked me if I had ADHD. Filled him in on my history and he immediately prescribed Dexedrine (and took away the birth control pills, telling me to use birth control "foam" instread).

Shortly I became pregnant -- and so did my mother, who wanted me to come to Indiana to live at "home" and help take care of the new baby and help out with my other three sibs. I had practically raised the other three sibs since I was old enough to carry my first brother, and I knew that I didn't want to raise a child of my own and another sib who would be almost the same age. I also wanted out of the marriage BADLY, but felt like I had no option. (Abortions were still illegal at that time.)

I stayed in the marriage (if that's really what is was) and my son was born. I noticed almost immediately that he was very bright but very hyperactive -- way too much like I had been as a child. After he was born my OB/GYN put me on a higher dosage of Dexedrine and also on Obetrol, an amphetamine he said he was prescribing to help me take off the weight I'd gained when pregnant.

All of a sudden, life seemed wonderful!!! My moods stabilized again, I wasn't foggy brained, my concentration was great and I went back to school. The next time I saw the OB/GYN he prescribed more Obetrol to help maintain my weight loss and he noted that it "sure hadn't made my ADHD worse."

Today, I laugh when I remember him saying that because of all the hullaballoo about how unsafe this new ADHD drug Adderall was when it was introduced in the '90s. It was nothing new about it all except the packaging and manufacturer. Adderall is simply Obetrol repackaged with a different brand name. Absolutely the same drug as was being prescribed in the '60s for weight loss. By the '70s and on into the early '80s, Obetrol lost out in the "go" drug category, as well as the diet pill market, because of newer drugs like Biphetamine 20 which would allow you to stay up for days if you wanted.

When the '70s came around, I was doing well on Dexedrine, though at much higher doses than those now prescribed for adults with ADD. Today's six-year-olds have a better chance of getting an optimal dosage of Dex than do adults.

In the mid- to late-'70s, I had gone off my meds (I have no idea why) and my life really became a nightmare. Went to a neurophyschiatrist who tested me and started me on a cocktail of Desoxyn, Dexedrine, AND Biphetamine 20, by then the most popular amphetamine for both weight loss and partying.

Instead of exhibiting any worse ADD symptoms or behavioral problems, once again I settled down, was able to focus, began to read about 10 books a week, had no mind fog, was being nice to people, (and was doing well in my management job with AT&T).

The only problem that I couldn't elude is one that still remains: my severe impulsivity. And the ONLY drugs that ever helped with it were Dex at higher dosages than I'm likely to get from my current NP, and Desoxyn, which I'm sure I wouldn't get if I did ask for it.

If anyone knows of or hears of a doc or clinic where someone will dispense ADD meds to people who REALLY need them in the central Indiana area, please post it!

For now, Hi-ho! Cate

meadd823
08-21-08, 11:30 PM
I am attempting to get a single place for people to go when they are looking for professional in their region to help with ADD - if you know a good reputable health care practitioner that treats adults with ADD by all mean do share - if one really really sucks then by all means do share that to -

With that said:

Please be advised readers are responsible for all research into any and all health care professionals as well as baring the sole responsibility for final ADD treatment decisions. ADDF doesn't recommend or endorse any one and all opinions shared by the member are the opinions of that member and in no way reflects the opinion of ADDF as a community

Although I won't delete recommendations for children I am mostly looking for adult ADD care

In the mean time I do have a collection of directories located in the diagnosis section than may be of use to some Where Can I Find a Health Care Professional? (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33989)

Shespeaks247
04-25-14, 07:50 AM
I'm new here, and I'm the spouse of a man with ADD...and we went to Dr Baney...where he 'explained' to me that my husband (or anyone with ADD) will never have any empathy and that I should just continue to do everything I'd been doing (everything...I'm disabled and cannot keep this juggling act up) for him. He also seemed to be more geared to working with children with ADHD/ADD. Not a good fit, perhaps it will be better for others (all I can do is hope). Or if you go to church you might like him.

I have read a lot on the condition and this doctor doesn't 'follow through' and doesn't seem to care if the adult is receiving any 'answers'...seemed to be trying to treat him as if he were a child. Just my opinion....but I certainly don't want any others to spend a year or more with a doctor who thinks ADD/ADHD afflicted people have NO empathy and never will..and therefore the spouse should become their MOM.

Shespeaks247
05-08-14, 09:28 AM
So, here I am again. BUT I wanted to give information about a doctor that my husband (he is the one who's been dx'd ADD) and I went to talk to yesterday. He has not had any testing at all...over the past six years, he was just told he was ADD, after talking with the above doctor (we live about an hour away from Ft. Wayne, IN).

The doctor we saw yesterday was Dr. Jacob Lutz, PHD he is at
Fort Wayne Neurological Center (http://www.healthgrades.com/group-directory/indiana-in/fort-wayne/fort-wayne-neurological-center-yc99dr)
11104 Parkview Circle Dr Suite 110
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

This doctor is setting husband up for testing after having talked with him (questioned him) for about an hour. I helped 'fill in the blanks' on several things. He is well versed in adult ADD (there is another doctor there who is more well versed in pediatric ADD/ADHD).

We were already getting answers yesterday the first fifteen minutes we were there. What a relief it was getting answers, and being set up for testing...he had seen two psychiatrists, and THREE psychologists (who 'advertise' on their websites that they 'do ADULT ADD/ADHD treatment' but later we find NO patient over the age of 13 in their practice) and wasted a LOT of money, just to be frustrated.

I hope this helps someone. The doctors at this practice are so very well versed in not just the psychological aspect of this syndrome/disease but also the physical manifestations. Just what we wanted. :)