November 28, 2018 at 10:30 pm #104621lmhill91Participant
I am a 27 year old female and To start out, I have never been formally diagnosed with ADHD, however, I am prescribed Adderall currently and have been taking it consistently for almost 2 years now. I was also prescribed it in the past about 7 years ago with no formal diagnosis of ADHD. The only reason I stopped taking my medication in the first place is because my doctor stopped practicing and no other doctor would prescribe it (this made me feel ashamed and like I was doing something wrong). I initially went to my current doctor to help with my weight loss because I was feeling so down on myself and wanted to see if dealing with my weight problem would fix all of my “personal issues” I was dealing with. He prescribed me a few different weight loss pills, one being phetermine. It didn’t really help all that well with losing weight but I told him I felt like something clicked in my brain, and was in a better mood and could get things accomplished. He then asked if I had ever taken adderall before? I was a little shocked, since most doctors that I had gone to were totally against prescribing adderall. I said yes I used to take it regularly when I was about 20. No other questions or assessments were done and he was writing me a prescription for adderall. I have never thought a ton into getting prescribed this medication without a diagnosis, but for the past 6 months or so I have been contemplating if I should get evaluated or not to have that diagnosis and for things to finally make sense. I have felt so lost lately and unsure of who I am more than ever. Why do I feel like I am wrong For wanting to get a diagnosis or like I am crazy? Any advice or support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
November 30, 2018 at 9:22 am #104682Penny WilliamsKeymaster
You can absolutely get a diagnosis and the validation you are seeking. Your GP prescribing ADHD medication doesn’t prevent you from seeking an evaluation.
ADDconnect Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism
November 30, 2018 at 9:28 pm #104763lmhill91Participant
Thanks Penny for the reply! This might sound stupid, but how do I go about asking for an evaluation? Should I just plain out ask to get evaluated for ADHD, or? Should I ask my GP or do I have to go to a psychiatrist? I just want to make sure for certain it is adhd and if not then get some answers to why I am the way I am and get on the right medication. Thanks!
November 30, 2018 at 10:12 pm #104765E. pollarParticipant
I would go back to my GP if I were you and ask for an evaluation for ADHD. Tell them the problems you are having and how much it is affecting you.
Only you know what does or does not work for you. So try to work out a plan of action with your doctor. This could be a lengthy process of trying different medications so maybe try to keep a daily diary and note down what you are taking and when, as well as how you are feeling or coping. See if you can find a good pattern.
I remember being 27 and feeling utterly lost. Apart from having ADD, it is an age where you question the direction your life is going in and what your purpose on Earth is? Your brain also reconfigures around this age, which doesn’t really helps your feelings of not knowing who you are.
Do you have anyone you could talk to about this?
Perhaps your life needs to change? What worked for you as a young adult may not be what is right for you now.
Try it out by starting small. Look around for inspiration. Get as much support from any friends or family as you can. If you don’t have friends or family, ask your doctor to recommend a support organisation who can help you. There are lots of charities doing good work to support people through difficult times.
You’re not crazy. Just a person who needs some help and care. Be kind to yourself. x
December 1, 2018 at 4:57 pm #104774GetittogethergirlParticipant
Totally know how you feel! That is hard not knowing for sure. I would recommend seeing an adhd specialist. I would not see a neuropsychologist as the testing Environment is perfect for an adhd person to score well (sterile, novel, one on one, motivated to do well). I scored fine on focus and memory, but had a large gap in my verbal and performance scores, which I have read can signal adhd. I also read as many as 50% of people with adhd will score well on adhd neuropsych tests.
My GP was worthless too as he did not think adult adhd existed. He did give me a referral to a psychiatrist who gave me the diagnosis after an hour of questions and then prescribed Adderall XR.
She told me, “On this you will know right away whether you have adhd or not. You will either feel calm and productive (indicating you do have adhd) or agitated and frenetic.” I don’t know for sure how true that is, but it made me feel so calm and settled that I figured it must be true. Hope that helps! Good luck.
December 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm #104794jwosh01Participant
I am also feeling totally confused and lost. I am at 39-year-old male with a wife and four beautiful children. I recently lost my job and I’m pretty sure it was results of my ADHD. I started taking Adderall and it is helping, I am so nervous and afraid to get another job and have the same thing happen again. I’m trying to figure out my strength‘s. I know I have them I want to utilize them to the best of my ability. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just want to talk to somebody who is going through this.
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