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27-10-2020, 15:03   #496
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which meds are you on if you don't mind sharing?
I am on Medikinet XL
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Hi everyone,

I've had a read through this thread and it's been very helpful. Basically, I was hoping to get some advice - bear with me as this might be a bit long!

I'm in my late 20s and in college at the moment. This is my third attempt at college; I've never lasted this long in a course before so that's definitely a positive, but I'm really struggling at the moment. I don't have any issue with the intellectual side of the subjects I do - I can grasp the material just fine, but I really, really struggle when it comes to managing my time, focusing for concerted periods of time, and in general managing the workload. It's only now that I've actually managed to stick college out for a while that I've realised that this has always been my issue. Even when I was in school, I always felt like I had the potential to do so much, and to do really well in exams (I didn't do badly in school per se, but I definitely got lower results in exams etc. than I felt I was capable of). I always just assumed that I was lazy and unmotivated, despite actually being motivated in the sense that I had things I wanted to achieve that I felt were 100% within my capabilities, and really did try my best to do them.

Now that I've been in college again for a couple of years, I've started to realise that my issues in education aren't for want of trying or lack of ability. As I've said, I don't struggle with the intellectual side of things, it's the preparation and execution that get me. I can spend all my time planning stuff meticulously, but I just can't follow a timetable or a study/work plan. I'm finding that I cannot balance my job with college. My job is very flexible in that I can work from home, and to a degree at my own pace - without going into too much detail, I basically get a bunch of work to do when they need me to do it, and have to have it back by a certain date. I find that the two main issues I have around balancing college work and work work are that I cannot do both things at once - one takes precedence to the other's detriment - and I also cannot manage my time at all. For example, if there's any extra work going, I'll happily take on what I think will take maybe five hours to do, but it could end up taking me 20+ hours. Similarly, with assignments and exams, I try to allocate time for certain tasks, but a reading that I think will take me 30 mins to do will be more like four hours.

At the start of this academic year in particular, I was struggling a lot. My inability to manage time and follow through on timetables and study plans meant that I was working 40+ hour weeks as well as being in college and dealing with assignments and lectures, and I just couldn't manage. Luckily, my job is somewhat flexible, so although I missed quite a lot of deadlines for returning the work, they were relatively okay with it, thank god. At this time, two separate people - a friend and my partner - both said to me in the same week that they were concerned that I may have ADHD. I'll admit, I didn't know a whole lot about it - when they said it to me, I had that stereotypical idea of a restless, excited child in mind, but when I looked up the symptoms of it in adults and read people's experiences, I literally cried because I identified with it so much. Now, that's obviously not to say that I have it or am self-diagnosing in any way, just that people's experiences really resonated with me.

I suppose this is where the advice bit comes in - I've been under a mental health team for about ten years now, for unrelated issues. Because of this, I see an OT in college who has been very helpful, in that checking in every couple of weeks gives me the opportunity to reflect on what works and what doesn't work for me (although 99 times out of 100 it's more what doesn't work). We've created study plans together, timetables, lots of practical things like that, but absolutely none of it sticks despite my best efforts. I have brought up my issues with focusing etc. to the psychiatrists in my outpatient clinic numerous times, but it constantly seems to be brushed aside. It doesn't help that I have to see a different doctor every time I go there (I've literally seen my consultant twice in six years). This is a recurring issue - if I mention anything outside of what I have been previously diagnosed with, it is brushed to the side and never really mentioned again. To be quite honest, I'm not even entirely sure what my current diagnoses are - different doctors and psychologists from the same team say different things, and some of them are never mentioned again, so there's certainly an issue with continuity of care there. While I really want to bring this issue up yet again, I don't feel like pushing it because they don't seem to react well to things like that.

I'm not entirely sure pursuing a private assessment would be beneficial after reading a lot of the replies here. I was actually in a private hospital a few years ago which helped me quite a lot, but was discharged back to the local clinic, and it didn't seem to go down well with them - I was immediately taken off all of the medication they had put me on in the hospital and told that they had treated me incorrectly there. I was considering going to my GP (who is an excellent, compassionate doctor) and explaining the situation to him as when I repeated the LC a few years ago I approached him with the same concerns, and asking him to write a letter to my psychiatrist in the hope that he might listen to another professional. Does this seem like a good idea? I'm not entirely sure what else to do, so any advice would be appreciated. I'm not hell-bent on getting a diagnosis or anything; if a professional genuinely thinks that I don't have it and need to find other ways to manage, then that's fine and I'll do that, but I just want to at least rule it out - I don't want it to be a thing where it might be something that I do have, and I'm not getting the necessary helpful treatment.

Sorry for the long post, and thanks for reading if you've managed to get this far! Any advice would be really appreciated.
I would ask the MH team and OT to refer you to ADHD team for assessment. I find with these people mentioning symptoms etc does not work and the word ADHD needs to be said.

If you can find a Connors report online, print it out and fill it in.

Tbh I have MH issues along with ADHD. Anxiety and depression seem to be comorbid in a lot of adults with ADHD.

My ADHD meds were upped in the last year and my ant D's now seem to be working
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27-10-2020, 15:23   #498
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Haven't read through the thread yet, but I've been 100% certain of my ADHD issues for years on account of my symptoms completely abating when taking any kind of stimulants. Regarding the difficulty of "proving" or "demonstrating" ADHD especially without a family member to give the aforementioned historical account, as silly as this may sound, do ye think it would help my case if I were to document in detail the fact that any time I ever have to take Sudafed for a cold or seasonal sinus issue, my productivity literally increases by a factor of ten? That's what got me turned on to the ADHD issue in the first place - for the longest time I believed I simply had classic depression, but any time I've either taken a preworkout supplement full of stims or a standard 3x daily Sudafed regime for a cold, I end up getting more work done that day than in perhaps a full month preceding it. Honestly I'd just keep doing this intentionally if it weren't for the fact that pseudoephedrine and the new and untested stims they put into preworkout supplements are insanely had for one's cardio health over time where, ironically, the properly tested and documented meds which seem almost impossible to get a script for have far fewer dangerous side effects. Seems ridiculous that one can deal with this issue in a dangerous and risky manner so much more easily than dealing with it the safe but insanely difficult to access route, but such is life!

Can anyone else relate to this? Did anyone else stumble upon ADHD as a result of feeling relief by taking Sudafed or other stimulants for an unrelated issue, and just happen to find that for the first time they could concentrate on one thing all afternoon and tune out the noise? Would recounting this to a doc aid in getting a referral, and indeed would recounting this to a specialist aid in getting a diagnosis and bypass some of the brick walls people seem to run into with this? As I say, the improvement in my life since I discovered this and started planning a few work days a month around a day of ordinary cold/flu Sudafed use is absolutely immeasurable, but knowing its peripheral side effects I'm obviously terrified of doing that long term.

If family involvement is necessary for such a diagnosis, I'm 100% out of luck I'm afraid. My family don't believe in medication for psychological issues and would 100% not co-operate.
Not sudafed but the standing joke in my family was coffee could send me to sleep lol.

I'm also a smoker and when I try and give up my ADHD goes really bad. When I was diagnosed they explained to me that the nicotine is probably helping it.

I have days with my son ( he has mammy's genes) when it's like his meds (strattera) dont work, I have been known to give him mountain dew or coke as a top up ssshhh
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Hi Folks,

I'm a 37 year old man and for whatever reason I came across a discussion on ADHD in adults.
After reading through some websites and some of the comments in here, things really started to hit home.
It explained a lot of things from when I was a kid, to so many things that affect me in every day life.

My wife (who works in the medical field) sat through a lot of the things with me and agreed that it's something that rings a bell with my behaviours.
I was diagnosed a long time ago with APD (Auditory Processing Disorder), and it seems to go hand in hand with ADHD for a lot of people with it.

It is weirdly a relief to maybe have an explanation for a lot of things. I just need to find my next step to diagnosing it for real.
I have a good job and marriage, so have managed it pretty well. My next step will probably be diagnosis and then finding ways to learn to manage it better than I currently do.
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Hi All.

I would like to update you on my current situation.

I had an extremely difficult time in September, and experienced a "breakdown". I had referred myself to A&E as I did not feel well. I have never done this before and it was one of the most traumatic experiences I have encountered. Thankfully I am "stable" at the moment. I am currently on a third trial of SSRI's. I feel that I haven't gained any benefit from taking them. I am struggling immensely with sleep currently and while I was prescribed Melatonin and Phenergan after being discharged from the hospital in September, it was short term.

I am currently studying Computer Systems and Networks Level 6. It is my third attempt. I am doing well so far, however I am becoming overwhelmed but I am doing as best as I can. I am availing of support and the college is aware of my situation.

I have completed a cognitive assessment and a social and relational development interview in terms of the ASD assessment. The last stage of the assessment is a parental interview with some personal input which is taking place soon.

During the assessments and interviews my psychologist was also looking for signs of my other concerns during these assessments and interviews. Once the final interview has taken place a report will be completed within three weeks. I should have results next month.

Thanks for reading.

P.S. I read many other posts on here but I may not respond to them.
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Hi All.

I would like to update you on my current situation.

I had an extremely difficult time in September, and experienced a "breakdown". I had referred myself to A&E as I did not feel well. I have never done this before and it was one of the most traumatic experiences I have encountered. Thankfully I am "stable" at the moment. I am currently on a third trial of SSRI's. I feel that I haven't gained any benefit from taking them. I am struggling immensely with sleep currently and while I was prescribed Melatonin and Phenergan after being discharged from the hospital in September, it was short term.

I am currently studying Computer Systems and Networks Level 6. It is my third attempt. I am doing well so far, however I am becoming overwhelmed but I am doing as best as I can. I am availing of support and the college is aware of my situation.

I have completed a cognitive assessment and a social and relational development interview in terms of the ASD assessment. The last stage of the assessment is a parental interview with some personal input which is taking place soon.

During the assessments and interviews my psychologist was also looking for signs of my other concerns during these assessments and interviews. Once the final interview has taken place a report will be completed within three weeks. I should have results next month.

Thanks for reading.

P.S. I read many other posts on here but I may not respond to them.
If you're not finding benefit from the SSRI's I'd flag this with your Dr or maybe find another.
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