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Old 03-03-18, 06:22 PM
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Military diagnosis, appointment in a month

Hello all, so Iíve been wandering through these threads for a few months now and I finally decided I would post something.

So Iíve been getting counseling through a military source for a while now, mainly because I had been struggling with many things, both at work and at home. I was also forced to do some financial counseling from my chain of command because I expressed difficulties being able to keep up with my bills. Through the counseling the therapist expressed that she thinks I may have ADHD and to seek some help, only if I needed to.

Well I did decide to get help, and book an appointment with medical. I got a Referal from my base medical to a specialist at another medical center that specializes in diagnosing and treating ADHD. The wait time for me has been two months and I still have a month to go. I do have a ďspecialĒ job in the military and I expressed my concerns with the therapist that I donít want the diagnosis to ruin my eligibility for my job and she said I can leave the appointment at any time and I donít have to share anything if I donít want. So that eases my worries a little. I decided to write down on a list some things I wanted to discuss because I know Iíll forget if I donít write it all down. I wanted to share with you all some things I wanted to discuss at the appointment, which is at the very end of March and then update everyone how the process/journey is for military personnel.

Some things that have been difficult and make me think I may have ADHD are:
- horrible grades in school throughout childhood and through high school, always getting in trouble, almost failing a few grades, impulsive behaviors such as pulling a fire alarm, getting suspended several times, various injuries from doing silly things. I joined the military because I had such horrible grades honestly and decided to do a physical job that didnít require a lot of mental work. I know Iím not ďstupidĒ but I struggled to keep focused and do required assignments and homework.
- Iíve tried online college since I joined the military right out of high school but I only took one class and it was overwhelming. I procrastinated on every single assignment for that class and asked for two extensions on big essays. I havenít taken another class since.
- as Iíve gotten more responsibilities in my job, my performance has declined. I canít seem to keep up with everyone else. I do best with the hands on tasks we are assigned but when it comes to sitting down and doing work, Iím horrible at it.
- i get in trouble a lot for being late to work, talking back to surperiors, being super emotional and defensive.
- When I have to studying to get qualifications needed for my job, it takes me about ten times longer to study and get the qualification because I just canít seem to remember the information, as well as putting it all off until the last minute.
- everyone says my life seems ďchaoticĒ and I donít have a routine to my day.
- at home I constantly have the television on and my phone in my hand, I can not sit in the quiet and get things done.
- I also put off a lot of things at home, such as laundry, dishes, cleaning. If I do seem to get them done, itís in a rush and itís at the last minute on a Sunday before the work week starts.
-during my day I often forget and lose important things I need. In the morning I spend half of my time searching for things I need which will make me late to work such as my wallet, paperwork, uniform items. Iíve also lost important paperwork for my job which leads to me doing extra work to re-do them or find them again.
-I started using tobacco about two years ago to help me ďconcentrate.Ē To me it helps me gets some things done. Iím not sure if thatís in my head.
- my sister was diagnosed with ADHD when she was younger but I never got a diagnosis. I thought I may have had it when I was younger and wanted to see if I had it as well in high school until I learned that you canít have ADHD in the military so I decided against it.
-When I have to sit in a classroom and do training, I am always moving around in my seat, thinking about other things, anything but listening to whatever is being taught. Which then leads to me asking what the person has just said to people sitting next to me.
-if someone if talking to me, I will drift off into my own thoughts after a few minutes. Often asking them to repeat themselves which leads to them getting frustrated. Iím always interrupting others, not to be rude but usually if I donít say what I need to say in that moment I will definitely forget it.
- I re-enlisted in the military last year because I was afraid I would not be able to do well in a school setting to get another job because of my poor academics throughout life. My job is high adrenaline, and fast paced. I feel like I would fail immensely in a normal day to day job.

Iím sorry this is all long winded and all over the place and thereís still a bunch of things I probably left out but I donít have the list I wrote of my symptoms on me at the moment.

I guess Iím hoping for some answers, and maybe medication if it is necessary and therapy. I just want some serenity in my life, to get things done like normal people, to be in the moment without being lost in my own thoughts, to do well in my job without struggling so much just to do the bare minimum, be able to take some more college classes.

I will keep you all updated and hopefully it helps someone else thatís struggling in the military and wants to seek help.
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Through the counseling the therapist expressed that she thinks I may have ADHD and to seek some help, only if I needed to.
I think you need to get help if it was recommended to you by a professional.
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Well I did decide to get help, and book an appointment with medical. I got a Referal from my base medical to a specialist at another medical center that specializes in diagnosing and treating ADHD. The wait time for me has been two months and I still have a month to go. I do have a ďspecialĒ job in the military and I expressed my concerns with the therapist that I donít want the diagnosis to ruin my eligibility for my job and she said I can leave the appointment at any time and I donít have to share anything if I donít want. So that eases my worries a little.
HIPPA laws still apply in the military dont they?
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Some things that have been difficult and make me think I may have ADHD are:
- horrible grades in school throughout childhood and through high school, always getting in trouble, almost failing a few grades, impulsive behaviors such as pulling a fire alarm, getting suspended several times, various injuries from doing silly things. I joined the military because I had such horrible grades honestly and decided to do a physical job that didnít require a lot of mental work. I know Iím not ďstupidĒ but I struggled to keep focused and do required assignments and homework.
- Iíve tried online college since I joined the military right out of high school but I only took one class and it was overwhelming. I procrastinated on every single assignment for that class and asked for two extensions on big essays. I havenít taken another class since.
- as Iíve gotten more responsibilities in my job, my performance has declined. I canít seem to keep up with everyone else. I do best with the hands on tasks we are assigned but when it comes to sitting down and doing work, Iím horrible at it.
- i get in trouble a lot for being late to work, talking back to surperiors, being super emotional and defensive.
- When I have to studying to get qualifications needed for my job, it takes me about ten times longer to study and get the qualification because I just canít seem to remember the information, as well as putting it all off until the last minute.
- everyone says my life seems ďchaoticĒ and I donít have a routine to my day.
- at home I constantly have the television on and my phone in my hand, I can not sit in the quiet and get things done.
- I also put off a lot of things at home, such as laundry, dishes, cleaning. If I do seem to get them done, itís in a rush and itís at the last minute on a Sunday before the work week starts.
-during my day I often forget and lose important things I need. In the morning I spend half of my time searching for things I need which will make me late to work such as my wallet, paperwork, uniform items. Iíve also lost important paperwork for my job which leads to me doing extra work to re-do them or find them again.
-I started using tobacco about two years ago to help me ďconcentrate.Ē To me it helps me gets some things done. Iím not sure if thatís in my head.
- my sister was diagnosed with ADHD when she was younger but I never got a diagnosis. I thought I may have had it when I was younger and wanted to see if I had it as well in high school until I learned that you canít have ADHD in the military so I decided against it.
These sound like classic adhd symptoms. Once in the military, can you have adhd and get treatment for it?
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Re: Military diagnosis, appointment in a month

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I do have a ďspecialĒ job in the military and I expressed my concerns with the therapist that I donít want the diagnosis to ruin my eligibility for my job and she said I can leave the appointment at any time and I donít have to share anything if I donít want. So that eases my worries a little.
My sense is that you can ask in a roundabout way by speaking in hypotheticals. For instance, don't start off by saying to the doctor, "I think I have ADHD." Instead, ask, "If you determine that a patient has ADHD, how would you likely proceed with the situation, and what would be the likely outcomes for the patient?"

As your therapist said, if you ever decide that it's not in your interest to continue the session, then simply leave! Best of luck, and thank you for your service to our country!
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Re: Military diagnosis, appointment in a month

I remember reading some online discussion involving members of the military.

Strangely enough, there were people who covered the spectrum. Some just took ADHD medications ... and said no one said anything to them ... Others feared they would be discharged.

Obviously, don't quote me on this ... but as I remember, there was some discussion among the military folks that you might be able to take the medication as long as you can show that you can do your job without the medication. Some seemed to say (again this is from memory) that some commanders really didn't care.

The doc you visit will most likely know the deal about getting treated without getting in trouble ... Pay close attention to what the doc says, as they might speak between the lines so to speak ...

Most like the folks you are being sent to will know the exact dilemma you face.

Yes, you have classic ADHD symptoms ... and it's great to move towards treatment. The condition is very debilitating and maddening despite the reality that a lot of people don't think it's real.

Good luck.

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