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I am 21 years old and I am almost positive I have ADD. I know I am very intelligent, yet I am pretty much flunking out of college due to my horrible procrastination habit. I procrastinate everything! I finish my projects at the very last minute (if I even finish them) and I also wait til the very last minute to study for tests which results in bad grades and sleepness nights. I have had a very hard time transitioning into adulthood from adolescence. I am so forgetful, which results in me forgetting to pay my bills, insurance and parking tickets. I always put things off, like I say "Oh, tomorrow I will pay that parking ticket". Next thing I know the amount of the ticket has tripled and I still put it off and forget about it! I can just never concentrate on anything, unless I am super interested in it, which doesn't happen very often!

Everyone is always telling me that I should get interested in a hobby or find something I really love. They are always telling me to get motivated about something. The problem is, I can never stick to one hobby or interest long enough! I just end up getting bored and frustrated and giving up very quickly. My parents are always telling me what potential I have and how I dont put it to good use. I dont know HOW to put it to good use! I try so hard, but it just never goes through!

I also have really a hard time sleeping. I procrastinate putting off sleep just like I procrastinate everything else. When I finally do go to bed it takes me FOREVER to fall asleep because thoughts just keep running through my head and I cant make them stop.

The thing is, I am already seeing a psychiatrist but I feel like he doesnt understand me and he doesnt listen to me! He currently has me on Wellbutrin and Lexapro which are not doing anything for me because I really dont think I am depressed. I tried to tell him I think I have ADD but he wont prescribe anything for me because my mom (who he also sees) had a drinking problem when she was younger and so he wont prescribe me anything that could possibly be addictive. :rolleyes: She is always telling him stuff about me when she is in her sessions and she just thinks I am depressed as well.

So I have decided that I want to go to a new psychiatrist. I am nervous though because what if she wants to talk to my old psychiatrist? What if he says bad stuff about me and tells her not to put me on ADD medication and things like that? Do I have to tell my new psychiatrist about my old doctor? Could I just tell her the meds I am currently on? Or will she have to see my files from my old doctor?

I really need help with this and my old psychiatrist just isnt helping or listening. I dont want him influencing my new psychiatrist at all or giving her ideas about me.
Welcome to the board, JuneBug.

It does sound like you may have ADD, certainly your problems sound a lot like ours.

I would speak to a psychiatrist who "does" ADD, specializes in it, I mean. Do not start off by asking for drugs, just say that you know someone diagnosed with ADD and you're having similar issues, and you're looking for better ways to manage them.

The medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall, are immensely helpful for some people. That being said, there are side effects, such as loss of appetite or headache. Addiction is possible, however, it's rare, and extremely rare among those who never deliberately abuse the drug. You just need to watch the temptation to substitute the medication for sleep. (If you are sleep-deprived, the drug doesn't treat the ADD effectively, it just treats the tiredness.)

Also, getting on medication is just the beginning of your adventure. Once you get your brain capable of organizing, studying, and concentrating, you have to learn how! You probably want a therapist or coach to talk to frequently, at least until you start to get it together. Not even necessarily a licensed professional, but someone on your side, not a family member, who understands adults with ADD.

It's a long trip, as you can tell from the fact that there's a whole gang of us on this board who've been diagnosed and medicated for years, and keep coming back for better ways to deal.
Glad you had a good doctor experience!

Yeah, the letdown is why I switched to Adderall XR. It's EXPENSIVE, though, if I didn't have prescription drug coverage, I might not be taking it.

When to take it? If you have to do something that will be hard without the meds. If you have weekends off, skip it on the weekends. (In fact, 30 day's supply for 6 weeks gives you exactly enough to take it every weekday). This keeps your body from getting used to the drug.

How are you doing with appetite and sleep?

So, now that you have a drug that lets you study, you need to learn how.

Keep us posted!

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