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  • in reply to: Concerta Generic Brands #161852
    janet1234567
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    Is there any way that you can get a psych who specializes in ADHD? Adult ADHD, if possible. That doctor will know that each drug is different and each person can have a unique response to each med. I know from personal experience that Concerta and the generic I am now on, Medikinet (in the UK), are quite different. Please do not give up. A better doctor will be able to help you through this.

    in reply to: Newly diagnosed…overwhelmed #161803
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    threethrees, I hope that you will give yourself some time to accept your situation. As someone stated above, perhaps grief is a big part of what you are experiencing. I felt a great wave of grief upon my diagnosis for all of the loss incurred throughout my life due to the fact that I could not change my behaviors and did not know why I was not able to function like everyone else.

    Please give yourself time. There is no race to figure all of this out. Live day by day and pace yourself. This site is such a great source of information, presented in bite-sized pieces. Most of the time (I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago), I am pretty content knowing that I am an adult with ADHD. But just today, I had myself a mid-day, face-in-pillow cry because I am in a stuck place trying to deal with family finances and can’t get myself to tackle things.

    If you are in a serious relationship, I suggest being very open with your partner. A great guy will embrace the whole you, even in difficult times. It always helps the partner to know why we do certain things in a confounding manner. My husband of over 25 years has suffered a lot because of my behaviors, and even he has come around to understand and accept the “why” behind my ups and downs and failures.

    Keep coming back to the forum for support, too.

    janet1234567
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    I feel for you all regarding the humiliation of having to be tested. I live in the UK and so far, there are no requirements to be drug tested prior to receiving a prescription for a controlled substance. (Here, many medications have recently been categorized as controlled substances, which has changed the way and the amount that they can be prescribed and collected.) It is unfortunate that so many doctors have become loose prescribers. Adderall has been too easy to get for many who do not actually need the medication. Young people, also, have been irresponsible in selling pills to friends at school.

    As a result, we have to jump hurdles that are not of our making, and we must fight not to feel stigmatized. Let us at least try to remind ourselves that our doctors know us and are on our side and would not want their patients to have setbacks. Plus, this is an amazing forum because there are so many like-minded and sympathetic people interacting daily. I am glad that the OP was able to share this experience and hopefully feels supported.

    in reply to: My life with ADHD- I need to get this out #145420
    janet1234567
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    @wantstodomore, thank you for being so vulnerable in your post. Your pain and your struggle truly come through in your words, and I hope that you find that there are many here who can relate to your experiences so closely. Some who posted above and I, myself, were less fortunate, on one hand, to have been diagnosed much later in life. (I was diagnosed at 49.) Imagine having had your experiences for four or five decades. Yet, we are all fortunate to finally have come across the practitioner who “got” us and was able to identify the culprit to our life’s malaise. I wept at my psych appointment when I was told “You definitely have ADHD,” both out of relief and in grief for all of the loss to be reckoned: loss in relationships, studies, career and personal development. This is all to say that you can be assured that you are not alone nor are you unusual. Also, please find the gratitude in having the ADHD caught so early in your life so that you will have many, many years of productivity and success ahead of you. I am excited for you as you start to build the life you were always meant to have. It is up to you, and you can definitely do this.

    in reply to: SEVERE mind blanking #145241
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    zenzi, do you work well to music? If so, are you familiar with bilateral (biolateral, binaural) sound stimulation? It is meant to be heard through headphones so that each ear has its own speaker. The sounds engage the two hemisphere of the brain back and forth. It is said to relax the mind, improve focus and positively influence the mind’s perspective. However, it can be triggering for certain kinds of emotional issues, so it is best to check with a mental health professional whether this would be beneficial for you. Anyway, when I remember to I will listen to this therapeutic music when working on a task requiring a lot of concentration (such as doing taxes).

    in reply to: SEVERE mind blanking #145198
    janet1234567
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    zenzi, have you tried getting together with other math students to study together or go through problem sets together? If that it’s not an option, how about finding an empty classroom where you can study and standing in front of the white/chalk board and working out problems on the board? If you can’t use a classroom or lecture hall, you could buy a large white board for your room and achieve the same physical setup. Then you could either copy the problems onto paper by hand or take photos and paste the images into a doc and print them or email them to your professor. This way, you can use the energy of your physical body in standing and writing large figures with a marker, you can talk the problems out loud and mistakes can be easily erased.

    in reply to: SEVERE mind blanking #145180
    janet1234567
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    And, if you feel awkward about talking out loud in public, use a hand-held recording device (rather than earbuds with a microphone, for example) so it’s clear you are recording and throw on a pair of dark sunglasses, too! Hey, we need to be okay with dealing with things one step at a time; It isn’t necessary to tackle the wraith of self-consciousness while you are wrestling with the demon of writer’s block!

    in reply to: SEVERE mind blanking #145175
    janet1234567
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    Also, to your other question, it could be the case that your meds are not adjusted to your body’s needs. It sounds like a good idea for you to see your psych for an evaluation of your prescription. It took about a year and a half titration period for me to get to a good place with my meds, and they are still not perfect, though I am going to stick with where I am for awhile.

    in reply to: SEVERE mind blanking #145173
    janet1234567
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    #limpstringcheese, I would suggest trying to use other, non-written means of getting ahold of your ideas. I think someone mentioned this above, but you could record your voice onto your phone’s voice recorder while you are taking a walk. I often find that walking in a natural setting, no music, podcasts nor other mental distractions gets my mind unblocked, and I find that all kinds of ideas start to flow. If you are a particularly high energy person, even walking the steps in your home could release the blockage. If your mind is quite capable of formulating complete thoughts and arguments, you can listen to what you have recorded and transcribe it all word for word, then set to editing the work.

    Another thing that works for me is list-making. For some reason, putting things into list form feels much less daunting, as there are no formatting and style rules associated with writing a list. Once I write down the general points, I sort of outline or mind map details and further questions on the list, and soon I have a lot to work with and several directions set out for me.

    I feel so pleased that you expressed feeling the freedom to allow yourself to try something alternative. For those of us who struggle to do things the typical way, the last thing we need is to be shackled by our internal voices telling us that there is only one right way to go about our lives.

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