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  • in reply to: A Positive… #70863
    ken_whitten2002
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    I think impulsive turns into decisive as an adult if you can slow the brain down for about 2 seconds before talking. Doing it without dampening his spirit and he sounds amazing.

    in reply to: Struggling with our kindergartener #70862
    ken_whitten2002
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    I don’t remember having arithmetic in kindergarten either. I remember first grade and doing well because my parents used verbal questions “what is 2 times 3” with direct face to face. Totally adhd but I was good at basic math. I read that some delay in skills with adhd is not unusual and it won’t work until it works. Best of luck

    in reply to: Too old for Concerta? #70861
    ken_whitten2002
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    Just a heads up Jeff, you will need all your patience. They will cover their ass and charge you as many co-pays as possible. Being a new patient is a distinct problem getting highly abusable prescriptions, which are the main line drugs for adhd. Once I got my prescription I found out most insurance companies now require pre approval so my prescription got delayed. You now have to hand carry a paper script every month no more than a day before you run out and show id when you drop it off and when you pick it up. I get what you said about how much it helps you so hang in there.

    in reply to: Too old for Concerta? #70844
    ken_whitten2002
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    Wow, it really is amazing how hard it is to get the medicine you need. I just started adderal 3 months ago at age 60. Along with counseling the world is so much better. The problems are that too many people abuse the stimulants. The biggest mistakes you could make are to assume your doctor is really up to speed about adult adhd. Combine that with their reluctance to prescribe and you lose. I have been seeing the same doctor for 30 years and they still treated me like a criminal. Use your hyperactivity to learn all you can and you simply have to be persistent and well armed with the facts. You need to know that stimulants are the first line treatment and are effective 88% of the time and that the risk for someone with adhd is minuscule compared to the risks of not treating. For me any kind of depressant was a disaster and I had to try several before they would give me the right prescription. Even the so called non-stimulants are stimulant like and have worse cardiac risk with much less chance of working, and chances are your doctor does not know this. Your doctor also doesn’t understand how debilitating it can be because adhd is still considered fairly benign by most doctors. I was on my second divorce, had two bankruptcies lost many friends and in danger of health problems from drinking 2 pots of coffee a day. Somewhere between 4-11 percent of adults have adhd and .5 percent are getting treatment so you have to fight the notion that adhd is over prescribed. Best of luck

    in reply to: Undiagnosed but OMFG #65458
    ken_whitten2002
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    Oh, please be aware that although doctors hate when you tell them what is wrong with you and ask for controlled substances, I recently read that about 95% of the time that doctors finally diagnose “adult” adhd the patient was already quite aware. Some points to make your case for trying the medication is that you are not 6 years old like many that get prescribed. You could make the point that you have been dealing with this your whole life and that you didn’t just wake up and want drugs. That doctors routinely describe the risk of using these medications as small, and that the diagnosis probably cannot be made without trying the drugs, the fact that the drugs work is apparently the proof of diagnosis. I have heard many stories about how hard it is to get the medication if you want it, while they often push it on 6 year olds. Best of luck.

    in reply to: Undiagnosed but OMFG #65457
    ken_whitten2002
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    Same thing here except I am 60 years old. Started adderall 2 weeks ago and also very motivated and I am able to do some of the things in the category of “the world won’t end if I don’t do this today”. The medical people pushed in the direction of depression and anxiety. I tried several meds and they all sent me in the wrong direction. I have more of an attention imbalance than a deficit. I am also a very productive worker with no ability to do what you call admin type things. My light bulb moment was when I figured out that what I called anxiety was really hyperactivity. I would wait until I was really tired to go to bed but as soon as I put my head down I needed to get up. xanax works if I use it at bedtime on an as needed basis not every day. Sometimes just having the xanax in the house helps. I coped for all this time but I was up to 2 pots of coffee a day to keep attention. Hyperactivity as well as digestive problems got to me. I have started to sleep better which is really important for me as I age. I think the adderall will help me cut way back on the coffee. The whole sleeping better and allocating my attention better should improve my life. Now I have to deal with the issue of all the lost time and I hope you realize that there must be people who never find out. I hope you make the most of life without too much stress.

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