My Forum Comments
I was on Ritalin for at least 10 years. Because I turned 65 my psychiatrist told me I had to go off the drug. She indicated it was the insurance company that called the shots. I’m on Nuvigil now (it’s a synthetic) but I don’t think it does a thing. I keep taking it anyway in the hopes that it will work. Maybe I did get “used to” the Ritalin, but it kept me functioning in all aspects of my life. Now I fall asleep whenever I’m idle – whether it’s watching TV, reading or waiting in a Doctor’s office.
“A person changed against their will, is of the same opinion still”
I was on Social Security Disability for almost 10 years. I have the following impairments – attention deficit disorder, bipolar affective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and major depressive disorder. In March of 2017 Social Security informed me that I had been making too much money at my part time job as a cashier as of February of 2014; my SSDI payments stopped and that I owe them over $54,269.60. I didn’t know I was supposed to report to them what I was making. They never sent me a notice that said “you can make $_______ per month and that’s it”. That I would have understood. But I cannot understand their communications because of my disabilities. I too have gotten into financial trouble several times before. I don’t “get” the paperwork. Why the hell did they give me disability insurance to begin with if they didn’t know/understand my impairments? Because I was 64 I put in for SS Retirement Benefits, which they promptly cut in half until April of 2026 so I can pay them back.
I was on 20 mg. of Ritalin four times a day for years and years. That’s 120 pills as per month. Well, all of a sudden the insurance company limited it to 90 pills per month. I was furious. The doctor said her hands were tied. The insurance companies are running the doctors. P.S. I turned 65 and my psychiatrist took me off the Ritalin completely because of “my age”. She hinted that it was the decision of the insurance company. She gave me a synthetic called Nuvigil. It’s approved for narcolepsy. One pill a day wasn’t working. The insurance company only covered one pill per day. So now the doctor gives me an RX that I pay out of my pocket for. And it’s very costly – one hundred twenty two dollars for 60 pills. To make matters worse, to me the Nuvigil isn’t working but I keep taking them hoping they will.
I had taken Ritalin for years, worked great. Then I was about to turn 65 and my psychiatrist took me off due to “my age”. I don’t even have high blood pressure. She hinted slightly that it was the insurance company policy. Don’t know if that’s true. That was December of 2017 and I haven’t been the same since. I can’t get anything done, my bathroom and craft room are total messes, I keep falling asleep every time I am idle. I watch TV, I fall asleep. I read, I fall asleep. I have to wait in the doctors’ office, I fall asleep, I’m visiting with my mother in her nursing home and I take a nap on her bed! The Dr. put me on Nuvugil It’s synthetic. It doesn’t do a thing for me but I continue to take it in the hopes it will work. Has anyone else had to forfeit their ADD meds because of their age?