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Old 08-11-03, 02:07 PM
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Greetings all,
Recently diagnosed with ADD & Dysthymia. (Last week actually)
I was put on Methylphenidate starting on Saturday and it's really changed my life, and it's only been a few days!

I work in the IT field, and really had a hard time staying at a job. Oh, I never got fired, but I did job hop impulsively (which my therapist says is one of the signs). My last job I was there for almost 3 years, but at the end it bored me so much I couldn't stand it and took off.
I did meet a friend there, he was diagnosed with ADHD. After a lot of talking, he thought I might have it to and told me to see a doctor. Well, I didnt, not then at least.
To me all I had was my intelligence, and if something was wrong up there, well I didn't want to think about it.
Well, needless to say the IT market is a tough one now, and I've been unemployed since then. Had some really close calls, and that's what got me to go in. Had a real promising bunch of interviews with a company for their IS Manager. It wa sliterally 4 interviews over 4 months, narrowed it down to me and one other guy, then I found out I didn't get the position. Well, it sort of sent me into a deep depression, I didn't eat, didn't talk, I was just numb. And I was able to shake it off.

Decided to take action and call someone. Two weeks ago I made an appointment and last Tuesday I had a long talk with a Psychologist. At the end, he really felt I had low grade chronic depression and add and referred me to a psychiatrist for medicine. Three days later, I'm in his office and retelling my life story all over again. He concurs with the psychologist and prescribes me Methylphenidate, 30Mg, twice daily.

Saturday was the first time I took it, and it was amazing.

All my life I was what you'd call "moody" and a class clown. I dropped out and re-enrolled in HS many times before I actually graduated. I was the kid cracking jokes in class and reading the parts of the books that interest me. (History class, teacher is telling us about the Civil War, I'm reading about Ghenghis KHan, etc).
I've had problems with relationships, having a quick temper and it was real easy to irritate me. I'd snap in a second.

After the medicine took effect, it's like I was a whole diffrent person. The person I WANTED to be. I didn't procrastinate anymore, I sat down and read a real boring book on how to get Grants, a book I wanted to read but for the life of me couldnt look at for more then 2 minutes. I was able to watch whatever was on the TV without getting horribly bored and wanting to slink away to the Computer. Me and my Fiance' went on a little daytrip yesterday for dinner (about an hour drive each way) and I was completely content. Normally I snapped at her driving, but I didn't. Normally I hate lines, but I didn't mind waiting. We had a complete weekend and didn't fight once. This NEVER happens. We ALWAYS fight.

I used to wonder if I was with the right person, ya know? I always felt I was never compatible with anyone. Never really was bale to make friends, etc. But even though I've just been diagnosed and just barely started treatment there's already been huge improvements. I'm kicking myself I didn't go earlier!

Sorry this is so long, but yet again I'm amazed I can type so long and not get bored and just erase it all and sign off! lol!
There's also the fact that I *need* to tell someone as well. My fiance knows, of course. And so does her mom. But I told a few close friends and they sort of laugh it off, like it's not a big deal. One even said "Oh I have the same thing, but Im not getting help for it".
Here I am having a divine revelation, and other people are basically acting like there was never anything wrong with me to begin with, or making jokes about it. So I guess I learned early to keep it to myself and few selected groups, like here, where people understand. I look forward to being a part of this community, and it's a pleasure ot meet all of you! Heck, here's a pic of me circa 2001 as well!


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Old 08-11-03, 02:16 PM
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Welcome J. It appears many of us have had the "divine revelation" it's just a question of what we do with that info, that lingers. Here's hoping we can put it to good use. Cheers.
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Good luck and hang in there, interesting story
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Old 08-11-03, 02:47 PM
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Thanks guys! It's great to meet a whole community of people like me!

I wanted to chronicle my whole experience in my blog, but since I'm unemployed I thought better of it (some employers will do a google search on your name, and I'm the only guy online with my name hehe - better safe then sorry!)
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Welcome, Dante!

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Dante: Welcome to the Forums...As you can see, you are already getting lots of encouragment and support and you will continue to get it.....Perhaps that Grants book that you were able to read will pay off....someday.....

Doesn't it just bug you when a friend says they have the same thing but they're not getting treated? Makes me want to strangle them....But anyway

The waiting in line thing? Me too...Don't mind so much anymore...What IS that anyway? More patience or an attitude change because of the meds?

Anyway, welcome
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Dante --

1. I notice your pic has you in front of a race car -- looks like an ADD hobby or interest to me..... I drive a Saturn like a Beemer -- I always thought it was because I had a fighter jock for a dad, but I realize now I probably inherited adhd from him.

2. We're both in IT (computers), and this seems to be a common niche for adhd people. Have you ever read "The New Hacker's Dictionary"? Check out the definitions for "hack mode" and branch randomly from there.....

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lo vinceptor.

The race car is actually Michael Andretti's KART racer. My old company used to sponsor him, so we got pit passes whenever we went. That pic was at the Chicago Speedway from a few years ago. (I think KART racing dried up though, there just wasnt the interest that there was in Indy and Nascar, but don't quote me on that).

You drive a saturn eh? Unfortunately, so do I! It's actually my fiance's car. Once the payments are over with (nother year or so) I plan on getting us a new car and turning my Saturn into a project car for me.

You wanna really drive your Saturn like a race car? Check out this link - SPS is "The World Specialists in Saturn Performance
for Race and Street" and about the only company I've found that makes aftermarket parts for Saturn. They sell everything from $100 White face gauge kits to a $3200 "Hardcore powertrain package" which basically turns the little Saturn enigine into a high performance street racer!

As for 2, yeah I've browsed the jargon file quite a few times myself. I've noticed the trend in IT as well, I wonder if the IT industry breeds adhd, or just attracts it hehe.
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Dante --

1) cool site -- I've added it to my book marks.

2) I guess any further discussion should probably move to personal messages or AD/HD subject areas....

3) Again, welcome!

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