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|Thread : Woah! ADHD Revelation|
|14 Aug 2008 @ 12:03 AM|
Sun 20th Apr 2008
Threads: 2 Posts: 5
Woah! ADHD Revelation
I've been diagnosed for a couple of months now after my sister identified the condition in me. Her son has ADD and her reading led her to several conclusions including my ADD. I'm 47 now and I have say that I was very skeptical initially. I did look into it and soon realized that this was me writ large. At first I was devastated but as I read various books and web sites I began to see that it wasn't all bad.
After a lot of struggling with the local medical profession here in Melbourne Australia I eventually got to see a GP who "specializes" in treating patients with ADD funny to find a GENERAL practitioner who specializes but that's life some times ;). He got me to do a computer test and quizzed me for an hour and a half and confirmed that I have the condition. The knowledge had already helped my ailing marriage and drew me and my wife back together. We both knew that this was the problem that had been stalking us all these years and some how it defused the tension that had built up between us. My wife came with me to the interview and it really helped her to understand that this thing is real.
In Oz you have to have a "license to treat" someone with ADD which means visiting a psychiatrist - who has a nice chat with you and tells you what my GP had said and relieves you of $250! I saw him on Friday - went back to the GP on Tuesday who promptly prescribed Dexamphetamine.
I've been feeling great since the GP put me on SSRI antidepressants (about two months now) - I've been feeling like a school boy again - tons of energy and very much enjoying life - though still pathologically incapable of sitting still and concentrating. Any way I took the first dose at 3pm on Tuesday and within quarter of an hour was feeling the benefits. I felt alert but calm and I've noticed that I'm not jiggling and getting up and down so much. I've been able to attend to things in a way that I don't think I've ever done. It's fantastic! I was expecting to feel high but if anything I feel more lethargic. I'm kind of aware of my skin and muscles a bit more which is a little weird. But suddenly I see as the song goes. The doc tells me that most of the side effects wear off after a few days - bonus!
I've read a few posts here and elsewhere that say how much some people regret the wasted years - 47 in my case but I'm just stoked that at last I know why I've not achieved the sort of things I should have done in life and that I'm not strange - I just have ADD. I'm even more stoked to learn that sure there are a few down sides which were gradually driving me into the ground - BUT there are massive positives about this not least of which is having a very quick brain. I'm so looking forward to finding out what I'm capable of and what the future holds for me.
I wanted to post something about my journey as an encouragement to others who are just about to embark on a similar one. I've really only just started out and I know I've a long way to go but wow! You can feel alive again and in control of yourself. It's brilliant.
|18 Aug 2008 @ 9:50 PM Reply # 1|
Thu 26th Jun 2008
Threads: 0 Posts: 1
ADHD down under
Thanks for sharing about ADHD in Melbourne. I was diagnosed as a 50 year old (three years ago) here in Melbourne through an ADHD specialist (costly psychiatrist also!) and had many of the same responses...anger and sadness at first (that no one had recognised the condition in me all those years) along with enourmous relief that I had a name to my condition and excited about the future and interested in finding out more and using some of the resources available (books online groups forums coaching etc) I am interested in finding a GP that understands ADHD in adults & medication etc..(my GP is not experienced in ADHD matters) also if there are ADHD coaches in Melbourne that I can resource..any information you could provide would be helpful. I can give you my contact details if that is appropriate in this forum. David O'Halloran email@example.com
|19 Aug 2008 @ 12:27 AM Reply # 2|
Tue 19th Aug 2008
Threads: 0 Posts: 2
I would be interested in being advised of any ADHD coaches you may find in Melbroune. I have also been searching for an ADHD group in Melbourne/Vic and have not been lucky enough to find one, that is active. Or rather replies to email.
Just a suggestion if it is early days after first being diagnosed with ADHD, then it can be a good idea to check in with a psychiarist every so often.
I suggest this as quite often we older adults with ADHD can have established comorbid disorders. eg. anxiety, depression, Obbessive Compulsive Disorder etc. Not with standing the possibility of Bipolar Spectrum.
It can take some time to finally find the "correct" medication etc.
And of course find out all you can about ADHD.
|20 Aug 2008 @ 2:06 PM Reply # 3|
Fri 13th Jun 2008
Threads: 1 Posts: 7
Thank you for sharing your uplifting story. I was diagnosed a few months ago at age 42. I am so encouraged by your message. It was a relief knowing that there are reasons for what I have always been told were my shortcomings. Unfortunately, my marriage did not survive. If I had been diagnosed when I was still married, maybe we would have had a chance. I am so happy for you and your wife that things are working - I am sure things can only get better based on your great outlook!!! Thanks again for lifting me up!
|15 Sep 2009 @ 2:23 AM Reply # 4|
Tue 15th Sep 2009
Threads: 0 Posts: 1
same boat guys but need help..
Hi, im also a 25 year old Male from MELBOURNE who was diagnossed with Adult ADHD from my GP and then later confirmed those finding with a Psyciatrist who is sure that im also suffering from the condition. I too am fustrated i wasnt diagnosed earlier. My psyciatrist thinks i would benifit from the medication used to treat this condition but aparentlly he cant prescribe them as ADHD isnt his speciality, so he is trying to get me in touch with a ADHD specialist Psyciatrists which has been a nitemare its been over 4 weeks and none of these specialised doctors wants to take new clients or are too busy. Im getting fustrated in myself and ready to really give up... Can someone please help me FIND THIS GP WHO SPECILIZES IN ADULT ADHD. Kindest Regards Vass
|15 Sep 2009 @ 9:59 PM Reply # 5|
Sun 20th Apr 2008
Threads: 2 Posts: 5
Doctor In Melbourne
Toorak Medical Centre - 03 9826 8437.
Neurotherapy Vic - Malvern 03 9822 5033
Apparently there is a new group in Melbourne, but I haven't been able to find them on the net.
|30 Apr 2010 @ 9:23 PM Reply # 6|
Thu 22nd Apr 2010
Threads: 0 Posts: 2
Life is colourful
Thanks for these posts everyone! (at first I wasn't sure if I could cope with all those words on the screen but it was worth it in the end!)
As I was reading the first post (CanThisBeReal), I realized that we must have the same GP :)
I'm 27 years old, and still trying to get my first degree. It's a "four-year" degree which I started after I turned 21.... I was diagnosed with ADD and severe depression about a year ago. I always suspected I had ADD or some sort of learning deficits, long before I forked over hundreds of $$ to hear a psychiatrist confirm it for me (which, by the way, put me in debt for the best part of '09). I'm also on dexamphetamine, and lexapro. It took a little while to start feeling the positive benefits of dex, but the first thing I noticed was that I didn't need an early morning coffee to get me going through lectures. I was concentrating quite a bit better, though I'm not sure how much I'm retaining, and generally in a better mood. I've had to get my medication adjusted from time to time, and learned to monitor my own symptoms to become semi-confident with self-adjusting the dosage. Besides, as a student I can't really afford to see the specialist as regularly as I'd like to for every little worry, that's why these sorts of websites are so valuable to me. Overall, however, the stress of being in what ought to have been the final year of a very demanding course ( Physiotherapy - don't ask me how or why, esp with my condition - I'm still trying to work that one out myself!), I was losing too much weight off my already thin frame and generally not coping well enough to get through. The appetite thing was odd for a girl who usually eats like a horse and would then eat the horse for dessert. At uni I was really struggling particularly in some of my clinical placements - no surprises there, but funnily enough since diagnosis it was getting to be overwhelming than usual.. Harder to bounce back. Eventually I went on compassionate leave for a few months, on advice from my supervisors. I ended up losing my scholarship, and now my family is having to help me with tuition fees so I can go back to uni and re-do yet another year of this course. I feel blessed to have parents who'd make that sacrifice for me. I have to keep telling myself "this time it'll work, I know what I'm up against.. This time I'll graduate.." But to be honest, a lot of the time I don't feel so confident or motivated or sure if this whole hyperfocus/underfocus thing is such a cool thing to have when you're dealing with real patients, and potentially legal issues because say you forget a detail. (None so far, thank God, but supervisors never let u forget your mistakes,in my case there've been lots of those). Don't get me wrong, the best - the only good - part about the past six years of grueling study for me has been the patients. Even the difficult ones :) Apparently I am good at some things :) But the bad memories of failure still haunt me sometimes, I mean how do you deal with supervisors/future colleagues who can clearly think you're not in the same league as them? It's a quesiton of whether to disclose (& risk losing their respect and confidence more, if that's even possible), or not to disclose and pretend that I'm just like everyone else? Who would believe that I actually am a smart, gifted, talented individual, whose I.Q. (and E.Q.) is probably higher than some of those other kids who're getting better marks? (What does that matter in the real world, anyhow...) On top of all the other challenges an international student has to face daily. Life is.. colourful :)
As for the Dex, I had to cut back 'cause the I'm not coping too well at the moment with the side-effects (irritability; insomnia; loss of appetitie; occasional palpitations; impulsive mouth). If they really are side-effects. All things considered, I survived 2009 - barely, but I'm still here, and I still have a fighting chance to make it work for me!! :)
Well, that's the long & short of my story. What I hadn't added was that even though my family loves me and is aware about my condition, I still tend to feel like I'm on my own with this. I'm slowly getting over being angry that no-one picked up on the classic symptoms all along. But its still disappointing that I'm the only one who seems interested in getting educated about ADD and the co-morbidities. I'd almost settle for being labelled, if it meant they were trying to make sense of "me". It would spell "support" to me, like it did for the gentleman who's marriage was saved. That's why it really helps to find out there are people out there who kind of "get" me; and for a little while, I'm acceptable as I am, I'm normal.
Wow, I just realized how much I wrote...!! Oh, and before I forget, to the lady who's been looking for support groups online, check out ADDventurous Women, its a yahoo email-based group exclusively for women (sorry guys) in Australia/NZ regions.. because ADD women tend to have unique sorts of issues. Hope it helps!
Good luck all!
|3 May 2010 @ 7:40 PM Reply # 7|
Sun 20th Apr 2008
Threads: 2 Posts: 5
Got the Same GP?
Nice to hear from you.
It took me a while to adjust to the dex. I had a month on Ritalin and then went back to dex. I gradually increased the dose half a tablet at a time until I was on the full amount. I can even fall asleep with it in my system now. ;) It aides concentration but it's not a cure. It doesn't help with forgetfulness, procrastination, poor time management / understanding of time things like that. You need a raft of other things in place to help you manage the condition. I find that forums are of limited use on day-to-day matters as they tend to sop up more time than they save, but for bigger things like this they are great.
Supportive and understanding friends and relatives are vital. There is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness and neurological conditions like ADHD but, on balance I think it is better to be up front about your condition than hide it. This said you don't need to blurt it out to everyone you meet - just those in your immediate circle. Don't expect miracles. My wife understands the condition from an intellectual point of view but still thinks I should be able to just "snap" out of it! Exasperating though this is you have to see it from their side - you look perfectly normal. You're not in a wheel chair, you can have a normal conversation, you don't twitch ergo you're normal and you should be able to behave normally. I've learnt not to depend to much on my wife for understanding and support of my various neurological conditions: I find that elsewhere. Changing my attitude towards her has made our relationship much more harmonious.
It's difficult to expect others to understand us. The stereotypes are so extreme and are all about out of control kids. Getting people to understand the concept of adult ADHD is like pushing water up hill with a teaspoon. At our best we are quirky odd balls that don't fit any of the expected norms. I focus on getting as well as I can and being as organised as I can - both involve a lot of hard work.
Take full advantage of all the medical and psychiatric support you can get. If you are on a low income you should be entitled to a healthcare card which with most GPs gives you access to bulk billing. Talk to the surgery and see if this is the case. Even if it doesn't I quickly got onto the safety net which gives you massive savings in fees. I got a course of 12 sessions of CBT with a counsellor in Malvern for about $15 a throw after the rebate. This has helped me massively with my depression and anxiety. I am now within normal ranges for both these conditions. I'm sure if you talked to the surgeries in question they would assist you with the fee problem.
|23 Jul 2010 @ 2:44 AM Reply # 8|
Fri 23rd Jul 2010
Threads: 0 Posts: 6
Newly diagnosed by the same GP who specialises in ADD/ADHD!
Another one using the GP in Malvern!
I'm 56yr old female, married, no children who was shocked to be diagnosed with bipolar about 3 years ago, After a while experimenting with different meds, things seemed to be going quite smoothly. Then I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in Oct '09, caused by Hashimoto's Disease which also has symptoms which include depression and anxiety and once I started meds for that, I felt fantastic and the depression, anxiety and mood swings were no longer causing me major issues.
But still the nagging feeling that the original diagnosis was incorrect and I kept going back to researching ADD. I had been getting emails from ADDitude and briefly reading articles, but only joined today after stumbling upon this thread. There is still a part of me that is in denial that I have ADD and wonder if I am more of a Cyberchondriac! When I mentioned to my Psychiatrist my suspicion that I think I have ADD, he said co-morbidity is quite common, but it was not the area he dealt with.
So I kept searching for about a year on the net to find someone who could give a diagnosis as I live in country Victoria until I eventually found a person who was doing life coaching in Melb. with ADHD who recommended me to the Toorak Clinic where my suspicions were confirmed about 2 months ago. I felt relieved at first but after 3 weeks on Dexamphetamine, I must admit I was hoping for an immediate effect like you, CTBR! On my follow up visit I explained how my anxiety had in fact increased, so have modified meds. and will review again at next week's appt.
So at this stage I feel no improvement in the area of focus or feeling more energetic after sleep. In fact I feel I am sleeping more and doing even less, if that was possible.
As there are no groups in my area to discuss, I am pleased to have found this forum. I identify with so much from what I've read so far and it has been very helpful in coming to terms with this. Funny how I was in denial of having ADD as after not feeling any positive effects straight away, I immediately started making excuses about going back for treatment and how hard it was to make the drive for appointments and maybe I'll put it off for now and try again later....all patterns that have haunted me my entire life! I sometimes wonder how I got to this age, sort of flying beneath the radar, before being diagnosed and wonder if it would have shown up earlier if I had had children! One major change that took place about 3 years ago was after my dog dying, and a following illness, I virtually stopped exercising. I know how essential it is for ADD'ers but can not seem to get into a daily habit. But on that note, I'll head off for a walk ...or I'll be on here all day.
Bye for now
|1 Nov 2010 @ 9:02 PM Reply # 9|
Mon 1st Nov 2010
Threads: 0 Posts: 1
I am in Melbourne and was diagnosed with ADD when I was 47 (now48). I have an ADD -sympathetic GP in the centre of the city and a coach in Caulfield - not sure if I am allowed to mention names in this forum - but call Silvan Lodge. Interested to know if there is an adult's support group in Melbourne - does anyone know ?
|3 Nov 2010 @ 5:45 AM Reply # 10|
Tue 15th Jun 2010
Melb Support Group
No support group AP but there are a few of us currently planning. I have put together a survey to help us form something helpful. Hope all is well. http://melbozaddults.questionpro.com
I assume your GP is at Town Medical Centre? Started mindfulness training?
|10 Jul 2011 @ 11:07 AM Reply # 11|
Sun 10th Jul 2011
Adults with ADHD in Melbourne
I hope you've all had success with treatment and found some support in Melbourne. There is a support group for adults with ADHD (started last year) which meets in Melbourne. Here's the link if you're interested:
|18 Jul 2011 @ 9:45 PM Reply # 12|
Fri 23rd Jul 2010
Threads: 0 Posts: 6
Support group in Melb.
When I was first diagnosed a year ago, I was so eager to learn every thing I could but after a while I stopped posting here, as it was a bit quiet. I'm so glad I accidently clicked back instead of ADDconnect which is a great resource too, because I was still keen to meet up with others, adults in particular, who have been diagnosed later in their life to learn & share experiences.
I've noticed many improvements over the last year, but like many things in my life as an ADDer, I've taken for granted many of the positive changes and moved my focus on to other aspects that I'm coming to terms with now I actually know the answers to so many of the mysteries of why I was the way I was!
I remember hearing a quote...paraphrasing somewhat that says
"Success in solving a set of problems inevitably creates a new set of problems"
and I identify with that. With my new clarity, came frustration of not being able to change certain habits as quickly as I wanted to, like being so easily distracted & procrastinating which leads to my poor time management particularly when it comes to deadlines when my anxiety spikes.
That clarity also had me seeing my husband of 39 years in a new light! Like when I asked him to read some of the material on ADD so that he may understand me better, he realised just how much he TOO identified with the symptoms and has recently been diagnosed & started on the same meds as me a month ago!!!! After I had been diagnosed, I sort of had my suspiscions he shared some of my traits but because of my ignorance of ADD especially about subtypes & adults, I was still rather surprised that people can live together for so long & be unaware. It did explain why he never picked it up in me & I just thought it was because he was so patient & accepting. Now I know he was so hyperfocussed & zoned out he never noticed my quirkiness. LOL!
So despite it feeling like we have been catapulted out of our comfort zone, I'm grateful that we can now both learn how to manage our different brains & hopefully make the most out of the rest of our lives. We are both subtype Inattentive, however he is more focussed & inflexible whereas distraction is my most difficult issue & the resulting anxiety that follows. I'm able to deal with these issues more easily these days.
When I'm feeling a bit discouraged & find I'm procrastinating, I like to google uplifting quotes. I liked this one...
"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. — John Foster Dulles, Former Secretary of State"
I've joined the Melb support group so look forward to attending the next meeting & checking out the forum.
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