Does anyone here have a dx of add? I think I have it but not sure what to do. It affects me at work and at home. At work I have to sit through long meetings, and after about 10 minutes my mind is wandering. I have to get up and move around every so often and i'm always tapping my foot or doodling or doing something with my hands. Can't sit still! I feel like I "miss" a lot of info because i'm so unfocused. At home, I get home from work and I can't just focus on one activity. I'll try to make dinner, do laundry, check email, make phone calls... All at one time. I have a hard time just staying in the kitchen and cooking without multi-tasking and then I end up doing everything about half-right. It's starting to get to me. Somehow I made it through college and grad school by just studying a little at a time and taking a lot of breaks. Now that i'm in the work force, I have to abide by the hours and rules and can't just switch activities so frequently.
Anyways, I want to try medication but I don't know who to go to! I have my yearly appt. At the obgyn in a couple weeks but he doesn't seem like the right person. I never go to a general practitioner (don't even have one!) because I really never get sick. Should I go to a family physician or find a psychologist????
I used to feel all of these things. I made it through college but sitting at a desk or in a meeting was impossible. I was constantly starting new tasks and finishing nothing. I went to my insurance companies website and picked a psychiatrist who specialized in adult add. I called and made an appointment. After a conversation about my symptoms she gave me a prescription for adderall. I felt focussed about 30 minutes after taking the medication. Work is interesting now. I was on the edge of losing my job. Now my boss loves me. And I finally had enough initiative to go to grad school. If you post an email address i'll give you my doctor's contact info.
I am exactly the way bluejeanlady describes herself. My doc put me on strattera first, but that didn't seem to help. Recently, she wrote me a script for zoloft. This makes no sense to me because though i'm not a doctor, my understanding is that zoloft is basically an antidepressant. Jsa makes me think I should try adderall.
You have common signs of add. I would seek a psychologist to have testing to see if this is indeed your problem. If you go to a Dr. He can give you meds. And it could work against you if you don't have add. I would try neuro feedback first. The results are great! The results are slow to see it takes about 20 sessions for the traning to set. It is kinda sneeks up on you. Sheilao
I have it. It took a long time for me to talk to a doctor about it and now that i'm on meds things are so different! I am on 20 mg adderall xr and i've been doing great. I freaked out at first because adderall is has gotten such a bad rap lately, however, after being on it for a few days I realized that I definitely have add. No adverse reactions to the drug except that I can pay attention to things now. I can read a book without skipping around on the page, I can start dinner and finish, I can sit through a movie without wondering "damn, how much longer", etc. . . I've been this way since I was little, which is one of the determining factors in whether or not you have add. My Dr. Is an add specialist and said that he gets lots of people in his office trying to get on adderall (for the up feeling or to lose weight, etc) and one of the ?'s he asks is "how long have you been this way". If they say it just started or not that long then he focuses on something else. Add is something that some people grow out of but not into so if you can remember being this way pretty far back then i'd say "go for it" and see about getting on some meds. They can literally change your life. Only drawback i've had is that now that i'm on adderall I have the sex drive of a flipping 18 year old boy. . . I'm not kidding. Supposedly most people lose their sex drive. . . I guess I got the opposite. Can't think of any other problems though.
Another thing you might try that worked for me...Exercise. When I started a good low impact exercise program, I was able to remember things better, stay more organized, and kept things in focus. I didn't realize the exercise helped until I had to stop because of an injury. I found that when I wasn't exercising, the "fog" came back, and I couldn't keep up with the heavy work load I usually carried around in my head. I'm not knocking meds, I may soon feel the need for them as my work load increases, but still try the exercise.