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Old 03-05-14, 12:51 PM
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Unhappy Worried about seeing a shrink and having an ADD test

Sorry about the long post but please read through as I really need help from you guys as I value all of your opinions. It is really important for me to get diagnosed and begin treatment so I can turn my life around but I am concerned about messing up my ADD test due to my anxiety regarding shrinks. And because of this anxiety I fear I may have to lie to the shrinks and on the test...

All my life I have been severely effected by all symptoms listed for ADD inattentive type, but I never knew what it was until just last week when I coincidently discovered it while searching for treatment for my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and excessive daytime sleeping.

I am now looking to find a psychiatrist to diagnose me but I have so many fears about seeing a shrink.

I am now in my mid 30's and the whole reason it took me this long to realize I may have ADD is purely because of the these horrible, incompetent, shrinks I saw in the past...

Back in my teen years when i was failing socially and academically in school I went to see a psychologist and I made a list of all the focus, concentration and cognitive related symptoms that were troubling me. When I showed my list to the psychologist he never mentioned anything about ADD and instead he labeled me with anxiety right away and then leeched money off me for 5 more sessions without any further advice.

That was my first negative impression of shrinks.

I saved that list for all these years and now that i learned what ADD is I went back to find it to compare. It turned out my list was an uncanny replica of all the symptoms listed in the medical literature for "Inattentive type ADD". Thank you incompetent psychologist for prolonging my suffering.

Then several years later when I suddenly found myself disabled with a severe condition of "Autonomic Dysfunction and P.O.T.S." I spent a year going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out why i was fainting when I stood up and why my heart was racing everytime I changed posture and why I was constantly overheating with high fevers everyday. Again these medically incompetent doctors brushed my symptoms off as just anxiety.

I would argue and question them about "how could I be anxious about standing up from a seated position?" I started to develop anxiety about the word "anxiety" and even more so about seeing doctors and shrinks.

I eventually used google to look up the words "fainting and heart racing when I stand up" and the search results showed a condition called "Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome" and then took I myself to a Cardiologist and asked him to test me which he later confirmed I was correct. I knew all along it wasn't just anxiety as suggested by others. I then took myself to a neurologist and an Autonomic specialist for second opinion who also tested me and confirmed my findings for POTS as well.

Having lost my job, my independence, my social life and all my friends due to bing disabled, I was unable to cope so I once again unwillingly found myself consulting a psychiatrist. But this time I took the 3 reports from the specialists indicating. This jerk dismissed all the specialist reports and claimed my disabling illness was all in my head. That was the breaking point for me. I snapped back with verbal abuse and stormed out of there. She then contacted my referring family doctor and made him also doubt my diagnosed condition for "Autonomic Dysfunction". I then had to change family doctor and go in search of a new one because of this b****h.

Since then I have avoided all shrinks like the plague. And I have lied to all my specialists about having depression or any cognitive difficulties just to avoid another re-occurrence of being dismissed as anxiety. Having a damaged Autonomic Nervous System is serious business and it comes with a whole list of debilitating symptoms so I can't have anyone undermining me by bringing any mental related topics into the equation.

But now I realize that comes at the cost of missing out on help for ADD and prolonging my diagnosis. So when I go into see the shrink for ADD I feel like I am going to lie about anything related to depression, feeling frustrated and angry and suicidal thoughts.

If I get all nervous and change information, is there anything on these tests that could ruin the whole outcome for my ADD diagnosis?

Thank you guys for reading this far. I am very grateful.
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Re: Worried about seeing a shrink and having an ADD test

Be yourself at the psychologist. Don't lie don't do anything but be yourself.

How is your nutrition? Being orthostatic, innattentive, angry, chronic pain are all signs of malnutrition/dehydration.

Are you sleeping properly?
Do you exercise?

(imo)You would be hard pressed to find an ADHDpi that verbally abused their psych...

I would encourage you to go to the psych and be open minded and accepting to whatever he/she has to say. As we age many of us undiaganosed ADHDer's develop co-morbid coping mechanisms that aren't the most socially acceptable or mentally healthy.

If you are lying to your care providers why even bother going?
Offering a different point of view other than your own isn't "undermining" it is simply another point of view. You are going to the psych but don't want to talk about any mental related topics? I don't mean to be rude but.. dafuq?
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Re: Worried about seeing a shrink and having an ADD test

First of all, dont worry about any tests ,there are no tests for adhd. Second of all, I am sorry so many doctors f**ked you over, I hate when I hear that, it scares good people way from helpful treatment. Use your old list and add to it. I would strongly urge you to have someone who knows your struggle with these things go with you. 1-they would be able to confirm your current and past struggles 2- its hard for any doctor to argue with 2 people especially when the second person is there as a support an liason to deal with douche bag doctors. It really helps to have someone with you. You may not even need their help talking to the doctor but just their physical presence can help you.
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Re: Worried about seeing a shrink and having an ADD test

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Being orthostatic, innattentive, angry, chronic pain are all signs of malnutrition/dehydration.

(imo)You would be hard pressed to find an ADHDpi that verbally abused their psych...

Offering a different point of view other than your own isn't "undermining" it is simply another point of view.

You are going to the psych but don't want to talk about any mental related topics?
I think you completely misunderstood me, which seems to happen quiet often to me whenever I try to communicate, obviously I am failing miserably somewhere so I am going to try an explain this to you in a different way...

I know its a bit overdramatic but I am going to use "Cancer" here as an example instead of my "Dysautonomia".

Lets say you developed "Cancer" (god forbid) and you went to a psychiatrist to help you cope with the trauma of living with such a horrific and debilitating illness. The psychiatrist turned out to be a complete moron who says "There is no such thing as Cancer, it is all in your head, you are just experiencing classic anxiety, here is a script for antidepressants"
You then show the Cancer specialist report for your terminal illness but the Psychiatrist insists its all just nonsense and she studied medicine and knows better.

Would you thank her and walk out calmly despite being a "ADHDpi" because being ADHDpi means you are supposed to tolerate being disrespected and mistreated by others?

How would you feel about not only failing to receive any help but also being misdiagnosed as I did?

And then the psychiatrist sends your referring family Doctor insisting that the Cancer you have is all just a figment of your imagination. So now whenever you visit your family doctor and say "my hair is falling out and I'm losing weight rapidly and I feel worse can we look into it please" your family doctor fails to take you seriously thinking its just anxiety instead of doing whats necessary to save your life.

So what you refer to as just "simply another point of view" is infact a seriously damaging misdiagnosis which sits on your record and only serves the purpose of preventing you from being taken seriously for your cancer and jeopardizes your wellbeing for any future medical you may need.

Anxiety is not life threatening but having your Cancer treated as if it was just anxiety can be life threatening.

Do you now see my point?

Autonomic Dysfunction is a serious medical condition recognized my medicine and it that has nothing to do with "malnutrition/dehydration.
sleep or exercise". You have already given me a lot of your time and read through my long post so I dont expect you to read up on "Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome" but all I can say is its in the same family of disorder as Multiple Sclerosis and just as serious and debilitating.

My main concern is that I dont want another wrongful anxiety misdiagnoses compromising my treatment for any of my physical pre-existing medical conditions such as Dysautonomia or POTS.

I am going to a psych to have an investigative diagnosis for ADD, not be mislabeled as depressed, anxious, suicidal. And that's why I feel like I have to lie about those other topics. But thank you for offering me advice and for reading my topic.
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Re: Worried about seeing a shrink and having an ADD test

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First of all, dont worry about any tests ,there are no tests for adhd. Second of all, I am sorry so many doctors f**ked you over, I hate when I hear that, it scares good people way from helpful treatment. Use your old list and add to it. I would strongly urge you to have someone who knows your struggle with these things go with you. 1-they would be able to confirm your current and past struggles 2- its hard for any doctor to argue with 2 people especially when the second person is there as a support an liason to deal with douche bag doctors. It really helps to have someone with you. You may not even need their help talking to the doctor but just their physical presence can help you.
Thanks, that is great advice. I was going to go in with my parents cause unfortunately I still live with them because of my disability and they have taken on the role as my caretakers.

They drive me to my doctors cause I had an accident way back because I got distracted and confused in traffic or start daydreaming before I realize I am way over the speed limit.
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Re: Worried about seeing a shrink and having an ADD test

Does your behaviour during the consultation effect your diagnosis?

Like if i was able to concentrate and listen everything the psychiatrist said is that going to ruin a proper diagnosis? he may just turn around and say "you appear to be focusing fine right now so I doubt you have ADD"
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