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Old 01-27-04, 11:51 AM
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Question For fellow ADD adults

First of all let me take a second to introduce myself and explain where i'm coming from.

I'm a 25, i live in San Diego California. since about age 18 i've always known i had ADD. when i was younger i had ADHD but it was never diagnosed due to my family having no insurance because of financial issues. but now looking through the symptoms, i see i was affected immensly by many of them. a couple years ago i stumbled onto a website that had a questionaire for Adult ADD. i found that almost every description of their symptoms was something i struggled to deal with daily in my life. for example "do you find it hard to read... do you often read the same paragraph several times before moving on" that was something that kept me from reading my whole life. it would take me 5 times the amount of time to read a book than the average person. not that i couldn't read it's just that i found it hard to focus long enough to read through it. it was very frustrating because i liked to read when i could focus (rarely) well soon after i visited that site i did a search for many related sites and the verdict was the same to me. i had Adult ADD. i really couldn't do anything about it because i had no insurance because of my contracting work so i just sat with it etched in my mind.

then about a year ago a coworker was telling me how he had been medicated for ADD most of his life. and at the time his doctor just switched him to aderall from ritalin and he had about a months supply left of Ritalin that he gave to me. (i know thats bad but i thank him every day) Ritalin has been a life saver to me. in just a couple of days i stopped drinking caffeine all together which had become an important part of coping for me. all of the sudden i was attentive at work where i was considered somewhat of a slacker. every time i took one it was like the whole world cleared up of all the white noise in my head. my girlfriend loved it because i was able to give her alot off attention that she hadn't gotten from me before. and the ultimate test to me was, i was flying back to the east coast to visit family and i bought a book in the airport. the flight was from san diego to baltimore. by the time i had landed in baltimore i had read the entire book and enjoyed every minute of it. i don't think i once went back and double read a paragraph or page. it was great. since then i've read many books and continue to find new ones. so this medication has made my life better, i'm a better worker professionally, i'm better to my girlfriend, and i'm happier in general because the frustration of daily life is significantly reduced.

but here is my dilemma..

after the months supply that he gave me ran out i snapped back to the way it was. in a couple of days i found myself in the same rut. but the problem was i had no insurance to visit a doctor. so being so close to mexico i self medicated for the past year. i'd go down and buy a 3 to 4 months supply of Ritalin at once. this has worked out ok but it's illegal and a hassle to do it. i don't like that i have to do it but i feel that i need to.

but now thanks to the benefits of Ritalin i have myself a better job that gives me full medical coverage. so my question to you or anyone is, what kind of doctor should i see? a specialist? i've heard that family care doctors give you the run around and will do anything to convince you that you don't have it because of the controversy surrounding it over the past 5 years or so. and what is the process they go through to determine if you should be medicated? i know that Ritalin works very well for me but should i tell them that? should i tell them that i've been self medicating over the past year? is there a better alternative? i don't see anything wrong with Ritalin but i'm no doctor. has anyone else been in this same situation?

Any help or advice is greatly welcomed.

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Old 01-27-04, 12:04 PM
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There are many different DR.s out there that can help you. I would look for someone who specializes in ADD. I would look on the web I am sure there are several different ADD chapters in an city of that size. I would be very honest with the person you find. If you have found ritalin works for you that may be half the battle. A lot of people struggle with finding a med that works for them. Bring a history of your symptoms. If you have old report card with comments like is not trying, has potential that is not lived up to. Also maybe ask your folks and your girlfreind thing they have noticed that our different. Welcome and I am sure there are people here who can explain this better than me.
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Old 01-27-04, 12:07 PM
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thank you for your advice.

it's funny you mention report cards because i do actually have several that my fater has kept. (for some cruel reasons) and they say just that. "appears to not try" "doesn't put forth any effort" "can do it if he tries"

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I agree with Jim. Also you should definitely tell the doctor that you have been self medicating. Don't worry about getting in trouble, any halfway professional MD knows that's a huge violaton of ethics.

Great job on getting the great job. Give yourself more credit. You did it, the pills did not.
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thank you.

i agree. the one thing i noticed is that Ritalin doesn't cure the problem it just makes it easier to deal with. and what i've found is that for 24 years i have dealt with ADD and found ways to cope with it. now that combined with the support of Ritalin make it a breeze. now coping with it is no problem.

so what about you guys? whats your story?
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thank you. and i'll be around now. i like the support that i've been seeing here.

i have another quick question though.

i was looking at my Aetna plan and noticed family practice and Internal medicine under doctor description. is it internal medicine that i need to go to?
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You may have to go to one or the other and get a referral to see the ADD doc. I would do a little reserch because some of the people who specialize in ADD cannot prescribe meds. You may need to get diagnosed and them refered back to a Dr. to get meds. I get my meds from a Psychologist and do counsleling with an therapist.
I am glad that the ritalin is helping and making your life better. My story is I was diagnosed at 44 3 months ago. The medicine has helped a lot. There are still daily struggles for me. One of my biggest is my self esteem. Years of being told you aren't trying or your stupid has been tough to deal with. I am now just starting to get some self confidense and beliving in myself. Anyway did not mean to bring you down. Good luck with the diagnosis and feel free to share any victories or struggles. We are here to cheer and to console.
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i got on a PPO insurance plan for that reason. so i could see whatever doctor i wanted to without the referral mess. you didn't bring me down. i know what you mean. the only reason i've gathered enough information to come to where i'm at is because of the wealth of information available on the internet. without it i would still be struggling and not really knowing why. or that it can be better. so i understand
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W/PPO you should have section for mental health----Aetna may very well contract this out to another company to administer---check the back of your card or search their online directory for mental health.
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I have a PPO too and that is a great way to go. I was able to pick who I wanted. I did have to drop the 1st person I went to. He was unable to prescribe meds and beleived all I needed was a little will power. Thanks for understanding. I would follow FG s advice
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what did you end up going to ? family practice? internal medicine? mental?

i looked up on doc find and they don't have a "mental" category. is there something else maybe?
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check psychiatry (scary, I know) or psycology
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I ended going to a Psychologist/internal medicine dr. He specializes in ADD. He asked a lot of questions and I filled out tests pertaining to my behaviors. I think Psychologist is what your looking for. Others also can diagnose. What you might do is find a local ADD group and ask them Drs they would reccomend that specialize in ADD. Then find out from your insurance if they are covered. That is what I did
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