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Old 01-08-17, 01:05 AM
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Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

I have been diagnosed with ADHD but I am uncertain to as if the symptoms i experience are really related or not.I feel regularly that I can never apply myself to something no matter how hard i try, lets use reading as an example, i find myself having to re-read sentences multiple times because the first time i read it its as if my brain is somewhere else.I Dropped out of school solely for the fact that the amount of effort it takes for me to pull off simple tasks that I truly know I can do drives me insane.These symptoms are really killing me and after doing a bunch of research I still end up being confused on what in the hell is going on.I was taking Vyvanse at 40MG but recently had it bumped to 50MG just a couple days ago,on top of everything my doctor is also somewhat unsure about my diagnosis every time i see him and that does not make me feel confident in my current situation. Any input is appreciated thanks.
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

Many people with ADHD do have difficulty with reading comprehension/retention because of attention lapses and memory problems.

Many of us are also told that we could achieve in school if we'd only "apply ourselves" -- but of course, some of "applying ourselves" involves the "executive functions" that are directly impaired by ADHD, which can affect planning, organization, time management, starting things, motivating ourselves to stick with things, etc. It's not that we don't know what we're supposed to do, or that we don't want to do them (usually!), but getting everything in gear, so to speak, can be a real challenge.

That said, difficulty with these areas sometimes also shows up when people have learning disorders, depression, anxiety, simple boredom, or other problems. (And sometimes one or more of these problems can coexist with ADHD, making it harder to disentangle everything.)

If you've had a lifelong history of ADHD symptoms (and you can find the "official" DSM-5 diagnostic criteria online), and they're causing you problems in school and in other areas of life, then it seems reasonable to think ADHD might help explain your difficulties. If your doctor seems really unsure (and even good doctors are sometimes unsure -- better than one being sure, and wrong! -- but unsure like mostly unfamiliar with ADHD, or not sure how to help you), and if they seem clueless about medications, I'd recommend seeking out a second opinion, if you are able to do so.

Also, be aware that medications are helpful for many people, but they don't always take care of everything. You will need to learn and use other strategies to help yourself as well, if your current strategies aren't sufficient. If your school has a disability services office or a counseling center, those might be good places to start. (Also, they may be able to refer you to a local doctor who is familiar with ADHD, if you decide to seek a second opinion.)

And of course, ADDF is here as a resource. For study tips and reading strategies, check out the Adult Education section. There are tips for managing other areas of life in General ADD Talk and in the Treatment sections.

Best wishes!
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

i have a pretty bad memory of when i was younger so i'm not too sure if i had ADHD symptoms or not that's what makes it even more confusing, i was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when i was younger but i read about how ADHD can also make you more vulnerable to disorders like those, all in all i will probably be looking into seeing a specialist to get a better idea. thanks for the response.
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

What kind of doctor diagnosed you? A Psychiatrists or family doctor?
How long have you been on vyvanse?
Do you see any improvement while on vyvanse regarding comprehension and memory?
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

a family doctor, I've been on vyvanse for about 4 months but a month or so of that time was building up to a 30mg dose by going up with small increments every now and then. I have experienced improvements with comprehension and memory for a little while on 40MG but with the dosage one day it would be helping and then a day later it will be as if i didn't take it almost because the effect isn't as strong, its hard to explain. my doctor didn't understand why because he said that shouldn't be happening
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

Are you doing anything else besides the meds to help you with the symptoms? If it is adhd ,Dr. Holloway 2 books are good start. Easy to find-amazon
Meds without all the little tricks, are not much of a help.

Now if u go to see a specialist,don't try to suggest that you think it is possible ADHD.

I would even say something like this to neutralize the situation.

I was prescribed vyvanse bc. of my doctor who thought it was ADHD but I 'm not sure about it after reading more about adhd.

Let them figure it out.
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

Some cases of A.D.H.D. are more severe than others.

Right rx+ therapy + people who believe in you=?
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

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I have been diagnosed with ADHD but I am uncertain to as if the symptoms i experience are really related or not.
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just a couple days ago,on top of everything my doctor is also somewhat unsure about my diagnosis every time i see him and that does not make me feel confident in my current situation. Any input is appreciated thanks.
Hey Krell, This is something you and your Doc should be clear on from the beginning IMO. Write down all of your symptoms, including the ones that have been treated since the diagnosis. Add any new symptoms to the list that have popped up or been reminded of since the diagnosis. Then go see your Doc and let him/her know that you want to review the ADHD diagnosis and review your list. Ask to review the screening criteria that your Doc used. Also be sure to ask the Doc about the specific symptoms whose treatment fluctuates from day-to-day.

You mentioned diagnosed as a child with Depression and anxiety so some of the symptoms on your list may not be directly associated w/ ADHD.

Keep in mind that pushing this with your Doc may get you referred to a Psych for this, but in any case make sure you Doc understands that you expect clear lines between treatment plans and actual symptom treatment. HTH, -LN
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

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a family doctor, I've been on vyvanse for about 4 months but a month or so of that time was building up to a 30mg dose by going up with small increments every now and then. I have experienced improvements with comprehension and memory for a little while on 40MG but with the dosage one day it would be helping and then a day later it will be as if i didn't take it almost because the effect isn't as strong, its hard to explain. my doctor didn't understand why because he said that shouldn't be happening
There are several reasons the meds may work well one day and not the next day.

Things like sleep quality, what you eat and when you eat it, whether you're
staying hydrated, whether you drink caffeine or how much, more/less stress
each day, and changing hormones. Yes, even men have some fluctuations in
hormones (testosterone).
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

One important thing is to keep the dosage constant and develop good routines, patience can be hard to come by. It's better to undermedcate than over medicate. I agree with Sarah, if your dr seems to prevaricate regarding his opinion that's confusing. Maybe he just won't come out and say the words.
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Re: Is this normal ADHD symptoms or something else?

yea i will be looking for a new doctor, thanks for the responses everyone
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