ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community  

Go Back   ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community > ADULTS AND ADD/ADHD > Adult Diagnosis & Treatment
Register Blogs FAQ Chat Members List Calendar Donate Gallery Arcade Mark Forums Read

Adult Diagnosis & Treatment This forum is for the discussion of issues related to the diagnosis of AD/HD

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-11-05, 09:12 PM
Gourmet Gourmet is offline
Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 1,392
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 8 Posts
Gourmet is on a distinguished road
Question Have you been diagnosed?

If you have not been diagnosed by a psychologist, psychologist, neurologist, or other physician...

would you share with us the reason you have chosen not to do so and how you are managing your symptoms?

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-12-05, 01:23 AM
auntchris's Avatar
auntchris auntchris is offline
ADDvanced Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 5,578
Blog Entries: 2
Thanks: 382
Thanked 104 Times in 77 Posts
auntchris is a jewel in the roughauntchris is a jewel in the roughauntchris is a jewel in the rough
Yes and no artsmartbabe. My psychiatrist gave me quiz and put me on strattera. I am going to be formally tested at the end of April. I do have alot of the characteristics of ADHD according to my former therapist. My Neurologist is having me tested soon. I am going to see a neuropsychologist and they are going to do it all in one day. Yikes. Will let you know how things go.
__________________
Chris



A child's mind is like a shallow brook which ripples and dances merrily over the stony course of its education and reflects here a flower, there a bush, yonder fleecy cloud... -Helen Keller


Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-15-05, 01:19 AM
ADD801 ADD801 is offline
Newbie
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Utah
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ADD801 has disabled reputation
Not official but I have/am seeing a Dr

A psychologist talked to me a bit first (nothing in depth, kind of disappointing). Then I saw my regular doctor who asked more/better questions and called the psychologist. So now he's treating me for ADHD until I can get into a psychiatrists office.

I had an appointment with someone known to work with Adult ADHD for mid-May, but they called me and cancelled. They said they weren't accepting new patients. So when I remember at the right time I'll call my doc for a referral.
__________________
apexGrin
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #4  
Old 04-27-05, 02:37 AM
auntchris's Avatar
auntchris auntchris is offline
ADDvanced Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 5,578
Blog Entries: 2
Thanks: 382
Thanked 104 Times in 77 Posts
auntchris is a jewel in the roughauntchris is a jewel in the roughauntchris is a jewel in the rough
I just was tested today. I talked to the neuropsychologist for 2 hours after the testing wont knwo anything until may 24th. OH help. More later.
__________________
Chris



A child's mind is like a shallow brook which ripples and dances merrily over the stony course of its education and reflects here a flower, there a bush, yonder fleecy cloud... -Helen Keller


Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-29-05, 09:43 PM
BananaSlip's Avatar
BananaSlip BananaSlip is offline
ADDvanced Member
 

Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 155
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 2 Posts
BananaSlip is on a distinguished road
I diagnosed myself and then got officially diagnosed by a physician. That was the most feasible route towards diagnosis and getting medication. My symptoms are pretty obvious by others around me, and the medication has made a difference.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-29-05, 10:10 PM
adhdxyz's Avatar
adhdxyz adhdxyz is offline
ADDvanced Contributor
 

Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 634
Thanks: 2
Thanked 34 Times in 20 Posts
adhdxyz has disabled reputation
I have always had adhd symptoms but was not officially diagnosed and medicated until recently. My son has been medicated for adhd for over 9 years. I work in the Systems Department and didn't want to take medication that would prohibit me from being creative and an outside the box thinker.

I am the official adhd poster child. That is one test that I have always excelled on. Off the chart. Didn't even have to cheat or study.

I have always been very active, creative, artistist, fun to be around, talkative, and energetic. I have always gotten up several times during the night, even as a child, to get something to drink, look out the window, etc.... Definitely not a sound sleeper.

I have always talked super fast. When I was younger, my sister translated for me. Plus I had to go to special school district on Saturday mornings and sit in front of a big mirror and practice my R's. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

I always wet the bed. (adhd related). I was always the leader who was in charge of finding something for everyone to do. I was always full of ideas.

In March 2005, one day at work I decided that on my spring break vacation, I was finally going to get medicated. I mainly wanted to do this because I wanted my husband (who is add) to get medicated and I thought that we all might as well. We would then be able to live happily ever after as an add/adhd family.

So, I looked up a psychiatrist in my hmo book, called her, made an appt, faxed her a 4 page note on my life and symptoms, and showed up for my appt. She asked me a ton of questions, and she knew immy that I was definitely, no doubt about it, ahdhd.

She put me on Adderall XR 10 mg once a day. It was increased to 20 mg once a day. At my next visit, she added regular Adderall 10 mg at 3pm because it was wearing off sooner than my work day ended and I had to go home to the "add house".

This combination of Adderall XR and Adderall regular is working.

I have been less stressed and less pms'd. I usually had to take tranxene for my pms stress each month. I only had to take 1 recently when my son got a 2 day suspension, during the full moon. Other than that, my pms wasn't that bad.

I am really glad I finally got medicated. It has not stopped me from being talkative or creative. My roommate at work did not know I was medicated until recently. He said that he noticed a difference in the last month, but he wasn't sure what it was. I had been nicer to him he said

I have been on Atkins for quite a while. I had lost weight but then was on a long plateau of not loosing. Adderall has definitely jump started my metobolism and I am again loosing. As usual with Atkins, you don't see it on the scale but you definitely see it in how your clothes fit. I have finally gotten back into the jeans that I have held on to for years and years. I am by no means thin but I am feeling alot better about myself. People are definitely noticing and being the adhd'er that I am, I love hearing it.

I am going to call and make my husband an appt next week. I told him that hopefully he will be able to stop medicating himself once he is properly medicated.

He has seen a difference in my stress level also. I am not as moody as I have always been. Plus I have been cleaning the house (which I hate to do and wish I could afford a maid but would be too embarrassed to have a maid come in my house.)

Anyway, if anyone is undecided as to whether or not they should get diagnosed and treated, I say "go for it". It can only get better.
__________________
adhdxyz

"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."

- Einstein
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-29-05, 10:34 PM
Gourmet Gourmet is offline
Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 1,392
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 8 Posts
Gourmet is on a distinguished road
Thanks you guys, for bringing this thread back up. Since I posted that, I have been diagnosed officially and gone on medicine- strattera.

I was very, very similar to what you describe about yourself adhdxyz. So many of the personality qualities you describe of yourself. It feels so good to have feedback and advice from the people who live it.

Banana, I too, diagnosed myself and found out later that EVERYONE I knew thought I had it too. What is wrong with these people????
I went to my appointment to get my medicine and the doc told me...." I always felt like you probably had it..." ?????????? I am crazy about my doctor, but sheesh. Some friend

My strattera has helped me also..... my moods, pms, morning awakedness (sp)
AND yippee.....I've lost 10 pounds We're going to be righteous at the beach.

I would always encourage anyone to go for a formal diagnosis particularly to check out treatment options.
Treatment is already making a tremendous difference in my life.....hey, does anyone remember me telling about all of the partially painted walls in my house? I have divided

and conquered the foyer, which was in the process of ceiling mural, faux experimentation, and stenciled floor and still had blue painters tape on the trim......what a relief!!!!!

What kind of fool sets up a project at the entrance of their home the week before Christmas? What......don't look at me..........look at adhd
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-29-05, 10:51 PM
scuro's Avatar
scuro scuro is offline
ADDvanced Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,388
Thanks: 2
Thanked 209 Times in 84 Posts
scuro has disabled reputation
No diagnosis here and I am 43. I know that I am ADHD but I doubt that I would fit the critera of impaired. I'm happily married and hold a good job which I do well at.

Could I be a more productive and social person? I sure could be. Do I waste countless hours on the computer and do little around the house, yup.

I do self medicate with coffee. The inattentive subtypes or Spacy adhd'ers don't have as many social problems as the true ADHD'ers do..anyways.
__________________
"Time's glory is to calm kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light". - William Shakespeare
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-29-05, 10:54 PM
Imnapl's Avatar
Imnapl Imnapl is offline
ADDvanced Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 8,848
Blog Entries: 2
Thanks: 13,418
Thanked 3,791 Times in 1,933 Posts
Imnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond reputeImnapl has a reputation beyond repute
Quote:
Originally Posted by artsmartbabe
What kind of fool sets up a project at the entrance of their home the week before Christmas?
It probably seemed like a really good idea at the time?
__________________
Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.

Phaedrus


Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-29-05, 11:05 PM
Gourmet Gourmet is offline
Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 1,392
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 8 Posts
Gourmet is on a distinguished road
I am giggling myself siillllly, Imnapl,,,,,that is the absolute truth!!

Scuro, I haven't had any coffee tonight, although I did used to do that too! Right now I'm too interested in this bottle of merlot the hubby pulled out....what does that do to an inattentive subtype???
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-29-05, 11:09 PM
casper's Avatar
casper casper is offline
ADDvanced Forum Guru
 

Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Cold and grey!
Posts: 1,018
Thanks: 29
Thanked 106 Times in 68 Posts
casper is just really nicecasper is just really nicecasper is just really nicecasper is just really nice
I think I was dxed by a psychologist, but I am not for sure on that. If I was offically dxed it was when I was in 7th grade or so. I know however that both of my brothers are on meds for ADD, but neither one of them was offically dxed by a psychologist. They were dxed by their family doctor.
__________________
ADD is a gift, not a disorder!
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
I love my dust it shows I had something better to do!
If your important people will wait for u!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-30-05, 10:19 PM
Lunacie's Avatar
Lunacie Lunacie is offline
ADDvanced Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: south-central Kansas
Posts: 19,078
Thanks: 20,052
Thanked 25,581 Times in 11,920 Posts
Lunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond reputeLunacie has a reputation beyond repute
I haven't been diagnosed yet, I don't have health insurance to pay for a doctor's visit and a specialist too, plus the scripts would also come out of my pocket. I've been self-diagnosed for about 6 months, have probably been self-medicating with caffeine for years. Oh, I'm 54 and so relieved to finally know what is going on with me. I've found an ADD support group and attend faithfully every week. I suspect that my granddaughter has ADD as well.
__________________
ADD is not a problem of knowing what to do; it is a problem of doing what you know.
-RUSSELL A. BARKLEY, PH.D.


As far as I know, there is nothing positive about ADHD that people can't have w out ADHD. ~ ADD me
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-30-05, 10:41 PM
Gourmet Gourmet is offline
Forum ADDvocate
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 1,392
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 8 Posts
Gourmet is on a distinguished road
Hi Lunacie. Welcome I am glad you know about your ADD and have found a good support group. I have only known for sure a couple of months, and you are right ...it is a relief to know what's been up. I hope you continue to do well.
Annie
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 06-26-05, 11:01 AM
adhdxyz's Avatar
adhdxyz adhdxyz is offline
ADDvanced Contributor
 

Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 634
Thanks: 2
Thanked 34 Times in 20 Posts
adhdxyz has disabled reputation
My husband is add and 45. He went to the doctor on June 2 and started Adderall XR. It's made a big difference.

I immediately noticed on his first dose that he is much more even as far as his moods. He finishes projects that he starts. He is much more outgoing and talkative. He usually self medicated with smoking pot and last week I heard him tell 2 of his friends on 2 separate occasions that he quit smoking pot. He told me that he doesn't feel like he needs to any more.

Last night we were talking about medication and he wishes he would have gotten diagnosed properly when he was younger. Maybe he wouldnt have flunked 2nd grade. Maybe he wouldnt have gotten into the wrong crowd. Maybe he wouldnt have started drinking and doing drugs. Maybe he would have went to summer school for that 1/2 credit he needed to graudate. Maybe maybe maybe....

I would HIGHLY suggest that anyone who is wondering whether or not they should go to the doctor, to definitely do so. You don't want to go through your whole life "wondering" and thinking "maybe if I would have....".
__________________
adhdxyz

"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."

- Einstein
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 06-26-05, 03:56 PM
Jeremy126 Jeremy126 is offline
Member
 

Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 60
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Jeremy126 is on a distinguished road
Was wanting to ask yall a question... Me and the g/f went down to Cincinnati for a little vaction... We got to the hotel(double tree hotel, 4 star hotel!) Anyways... We deicided to go driving around a bit, and all of a sudden I was like... It's like I couldn't remember where the hell I was... I started to get scared like wtf ? My g/f looked at me and was like jeremy you just missed the turn... I was like I'm sorry wasn't paying attention... I tried to blow it off not to make it seem like i'm forgetful... So, we stopped at a wal-mart down there, and we got into an arguement... So we got mad at each other and kinda walked away from each other in wal-mart... lol Once we got out I swear I COULDN'T REMEMBER WHY WE STARTED TO FIGHT lol... OMG I felt so stupid... After that she made fun of me saying I'm retarded or something... heh that hurt badly... We went to the mall and she just started talking about her childhood and stuff... and she asked me about mine... and I couldnt really remember alot of my childhood I only remember bits and pieces... It made me feel so dumb again... I talked to her about it... I started to cry cause I felt like I was loosing my memory, and like I'm hopeless... She came over and said that she can't imagen how it feels... After that we went back to the hotel... She started talking to me about getting checked for ADD since I was told I had it back when I was in 1st grade. We went back out to the mall and we went to GNC and she showed me these vitamins and such... it's suppost to help with memory... It had a bunch of Vitamin B's Gingsen and these Amino acids in it thats suppost to help... Does this sound like ADD or am I just going insane ? Think the vitamins will help ? :/ It's like I'm having a hard time remember alot of things... like directions, places i've been to, I forget where i put my keys, I forget little things, I'll look over a whole chapter and forget everything I just read...I'll go to class for 50 mins and just remember 1 stupid fact... Does this sound like ADD ?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Women Diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD At 50 or older damelle Women with ADD/ADHD 65 09-14-16 03:06 PM
Things are different once your child is diagnosed (or almost diagnosed) MGDAD Children's Diagnosis & Treatment 0 01-10-06 03:56 PM
Uhm, should I be diagnosed? Adamant1988 Adult Diagnosis & Treatment 31 12-10-05 06:21 PM
Not diagnosed yet - What do you think? Gregster New Member Introductions 16 04-30-04 07:41 AM
Newly Diagnosed ADHD 9year old jimsmom Children's Diagnosis & Treatment 7 04-23-04 09:58 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
(c) 2003 - 2015 ADD Forums