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Old 05-15-18, 09:34 AM
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I dont know what to do

This is my first post and to be honest I am in bits.

I am 40 something. Struggled my whole life with ADHD, its really strong. Finally got diagnosed two weeks ago which my husband says was very brave.

I know that all I need is a prescription and it will help.

I have two professional exams left to complete. Its been hard getting this far, I fail, pick up, just get through.

Money is exceptionally tight and the exam fees are expensive in their own right. Not withstanding the loss of respect for a failure (again).

I was hoping that the prescription wouldn't be far from the diagnosis but given the system I don't get my appointment until 3 days after the exam and I am gutted, I mean seriously gutted. I just want to be fixed.

So here it is. My adult son is also ADHD takes Concerta SR and I am going on Ritalin. I want to just get through this exam, do I do it.....
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Old 05-15-18, 10:38 AM
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Re: I dont know what to do

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So here it is. My adult son is also ADHD takes Concerta SR and I am going on Ritalin. I want to just get through this exam, do I do it.....
Welcome! I understand how anxious you must be to get treated for a condition you finally know you have, and I understand how important the exams are.

However, the last things you want are
a) to jeopardize your treatment (and potentially professional licensure?) by taking medication illegally, and
b) to discover that your son's medication is not right (or not the right dose) for you and be a jittery mess on the day of your exam.

Don't do it. Wait to see the doctor.

Even among people with legitimate diagnoses of ADHD, medications can take some time to titrate (adjust dose) properly. This is frustrating to people who are impatient and who have gone many years untreated and just want to be "fixed". But it is a necessary step.

With a diagnosis, check if you are eligible for exam accommodations. Maybe you could take the exam with accommodations, or re-sit the exam at a later date with the benefit of medication that has been prescribed to you, and which you know benefits you without causing bothersome side effects.

Meanwhile, do your best to prepare.

Best wishes, both for the exam, and for successful treatment.

(Speaking as a moderator of the forum, please be aware that our site guidelines (in particular, this section) prohibit members from encouraging/supporting misuse or illegal acquisition of prescription medication.)
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Old 05-15-18, 10:53 AM
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Re: I dont know what to do

Thank you for your welcome. I am meant to be preparing for a meeting next week but guess who's tripping through several things all at the same time!

I know what your saying, of course I know I shouldn't, and I wont because I want to do it right. I am actually close to sobbing my heart out here because its so far away.

There is nothing I can do about the exam. Its a beast of a paper. I have failed it once - pre diagnosis. The stress of the paper actually makes me worse.

It is a blessing to finally have my diagnosis, everything is so clear now. I have my own nerves about starting meds, but then I am itching to get going to fix me. My family say that I have been super successful without them and should be proud of that, but my heart sinks at the though of another failed exam, and not because I am incapable, but because my brain wont slow down and do things right.
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I dont understand... there are no tests or exams for adhd. There can be different ways use certain things to come to a conclusion but even if there are they shouldnt cost that much money, if at all. This is common knowledge among doctors that specialize in adhd. Is this a psychiatrist? I would be skeptical of any doctor pushing expensive tests. Who benefits from these costs? If the doctor does, especially if insurance doesnt cover it, I would question him.

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This is my first post and to be honest I am in bits.

I am 40 something. Struggled my whole life with ADHD, its really strong. Finally got diagnosed two weeks ago which my husband says was very brave.

I know that all I need is a prescription and it will help.

I have two professional exams left to complete. Its been hard getting this far, I fail, pick up, just get through.

Money is exceptionally tight and the exam fees are expensive in their own right. Not withstanding the loss of respect for a failure (again).
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I was hoping that the prescription wouldn't be far from the diagnosis but given the system I don't get my appointment until 3 days after the exam and I am gutted, I mean seriously gutted. I just want to be fixed.

So here it is. My adult son is also ADHD takes Concerta SR and I am going on Ritalin. I want to just get through this exam, do I do it.....
3 days isnt so bad unless these appts are far apart. But still it shouldnt cost you that kind of money. Personally if the doctor cant understand where I am coming from or explain why they do not utilize standard diagnostic criteria, I would find a doctor that does.
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Re: I dont know what to do

Hi Sarah

When I say I have two more professional exams I don't mean medical exams for testing my ADHD.

These are work based professional exams for my industry.

My health care is free here.

What I am saying is I sit my CPD exam on one day and three days later I see my specialist for my prescription. It needs a hour to do full medical assess prior to prescription bp, bloods etc. That's what they do here anyway.

I have a very stressful job and cant really show any emotions. I was gutted yesterday. I went home and had massive cry. Went over why this was an issue, went over how I have struggled for so long, went over all my failures because of it. Felt sorry for myself. Got back up did some more revision. Went to bed, cried again. Got up this morning feeling sad.

I think when I have suffered for 40+ years and think its just me being stupid and to finally be told that actually I couldn't help it was a huge relief. Waiting for that magic fix is like scrabbling to the beach after being chased around by a shark for ever!!
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