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Help!!! - Adhd?
Dec 17, 2003
Hi I'm new here. I have been reading some of the posts for a couple weeks now, but this is my first time posting. My doctor thinks I might have ADHD but my other doctor thinks that it could be something else. I've had all the physical testing done for things that could cause the symptoms.

Here's a little history. I am 20yrs old. Have had my IQ tested several times each time scoring between 140-165. Even though I am supposedly pretty smart it always seemed as if I had to work 10 times harder than everyone else did to get the same result. I have earned everywhere from A's to F's in school all my life. Comments on my report card talked about how creative and bright I was. Then they went on to talk about how I never followed instructions properly, did not listen well when the teacher spoke to me, and other similar comments. My long term memory is better than anyone I know, but at the same time I can't seem to be able to remember simple math equatsions. In the fourth grade I was the last kid in my class to complete the timed tests for multiplication and division. I am very impulsive. When I was young my mother was embarrassed to take me to the grocery store because I would almost always start a fight, or crash the cart into an isle, or run into a person. Now at age 20 I am struggling just to pay my bills on time. I do have enough money to pay them! I just find it so difficult to go to the mailbox, look through the mail, read the bills, write the checks, and remember to mail them. I can't keep my house clean without help. I can't hold a job no matter how hard I try. It seems like I might just be incapable of living a normal life. Does it sound like it could be ADHD?

Right now I'm on my 4th medication trial. So far strattera (made me feel like I had a UTI constantly), Concerta (helped a little bit, but not as much as doctor and I had hoped), Metadate CD (didn't have any effect), Ritalin - this is what I'm on right now (doesn't seem to help at all) I am getting frusterated and starting to lose hope. Is there anything out there that can help me? None of these medications have done much for me. Does this mean that I'm not ADHD?

Doctor says I still have other options to try - Adderall, Adderall XR, and Dexedrine. She said there is also Wellbutrin but it usually works better for those who have comorbid depression, which I don't have. She says wellbutrin works on norepinephrine and serotonin, well there is nothing wrong with my serotonin levels so I don't really want to go this route. Has anyone tried these medications? What was your experience?

Looking for some help and feedback

Thanks for reading,
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Re: Help!!! - Adhd?
Dec 17, 2003
[SIZE=4][SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=Indigo]Well, your story is my story....good luck with the meds. I'm still working my way towards the meds, but have to regulate my long ignored (by the doctors) thyroid issues.
My self-esteem lies on the floor now, at 53, and that is hard to recover, and the circus in my head refuses to be stilled. I also have a fairly good IQ, 130. Little good that did me.
I did find that keeping a calendar of my upcoming events, such as doctor's appointment, etc, has helped me through raising two fairly normal children (don't know how that happened!). If I didn't mark off each day, I totally lost the day of the week. The hint here is that trying to stay at least partially organized helped an awful lot in raising my two children. I find that a rigid method of paying bills also helped...always keep them in the same place (out in the open where you can seem them) and paying whatever showed up that week by each Friday (or whatever day is your payday). Also, I've never been able to hold down a job for more than 2 years. Gets too boring too quickly. I'm a Licensed Practical Nurse, but have done nearly everything else too, including driving a dump truck and driving a school bus....all boring. Since you're only 20, you've got a chance to not go down this road....do what it takes not to go through this.
The only thing I haven't had a hard time with is relationships. Don't know why. Everything else has been hard for me. Wish I'd known about my "problem" long before this. When I went to school, it was like you just did (and they call this era as "enlightened"?). I was very nice, polite (this is called Hypoactive Attention Deficit), not concentrating well, didn't hand in homework, etc, etc, etc. I could go on forever!
I wish you the best of luck![/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/SIZE]
[QUOTE=Crazy_Cutie]Hi I'm new here. I have been reading some of the posts for a couple weeks now, but this is my first time posting. My doctor thinks I might have ADHD but my other doctor thinks that it could be something else. I've had all the physical testing done for things that could cause the symptoms.

Here's a little history. I am 20yrs old. Have had my IQ tested several times each time scoring between 140-165. Even though I am supposedly pretty smart it always seemed as if I had to work 10 times harder than everyone else did to get the same result. I have earned everywhere from A's to F's in school all my life. Comments on my report card talked about how creative and bright I was. Then they went on to talk about how I never followed instructions properly, did not listen well when the teacher spoke to me, and other similar comments. My long term memory is better than anyone I know, but at the same time I can't seem to be able to remember simple math equatsions. In the fourth grade I was the last kid in my class to complete the timed tests for multiplication and division. I am very impulsive. When I was young my mother was embarrassed to take me to the grocery store because I would almost always start a fight, or crash the cart into an isle, or run into a person. Now at age 20 I am struggling just to pay my bills on time. I do have enough money to pay them! I just find it so difficult to go to the mailbox, look through the mail, read the bills, write the checks, and remember to mail them. I can't keep my house clean without help. I can't hold a job no matter how hard I try. It seems like I might just be incapable of living a normal life. Does it sound like it could be ADHD?

Right now I'm on my 4th medication trial. So far strattera (made me feel like I had a UTI constantly), Concerta (helped a little bit, but not as much as doctor and I had hoped), Metadate CD (didn't have any effect), Ritalin - this is what I'm on right now (doesn't seem to help at all) I am getting frusterated and starting to lose hope. Is there anything out there that can help me? None of these medications have done much for me. Does this mean that I'm not ADHD?

Doctor says I still have other options to try - Adderall, Adderall XR, and Dexedrine. She said there is also Wellbutrin but it usually works better for those who have comorbid depression, which I don't have. She says wellbutrin works on norepinephrine and serotonin, well there is nothing wrong with my serotonin levels so I don't really want to go this route. Has anyone tried these medications? What was your experience?

Looking for some help and feedback

Thanks for reading,
CC[/QUOTE]
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