My Forum Comments
It sounds to me like you may have an element of rejection sensitivity disorder or social anxiety. I feared for a long time what the actual doctor would think of me. Plus my adhd and comorbid anxiety made it hard for me to effectively communicate my issues…. which I still struggle with. Even now when I go to the psychiatrist I feel like I am complaining about my laziness or lack of self-discipline.
My suggestion would be to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist to address ADHD. Tell them you sought help from a family doctor who you think may have misdiagnosed your ADHD with depression. Which the depression meds only led you to feel worse. Maybe mention how long you’ve been struggling with this and how it has lead you to feel as though you are not living up to your full potential/ affecting your quality of life.
And that maybe you have been depressed but you think it may be a response to your untreated ADHD. Something that helps me is that I am making these appointments to try and better myself. At the end of the day, yes that Doctor may judge you or yes they may deep down think ADHD doesn’t exist. But you cannot give up on seeking help for yourself even if that means finding another opinion/doctor. But it does take a while to get an appointment. It took me a long time to build up the courage to simply make the phone call…. and even when I did then I had to wait months to actually see them.
So my advice is to make an appointment!! And keep your head up!
Oh and another key thing is “medication is just a tool in your toolbox”. Coping strategies + right medication/dosage + counseling/mindfulness/balanced thoughts + healthy habits = TREATMENT! But don’t get overwhelmed… life is a constant journey of growth, struggle, improvement, learning, etc.
I wish you well!kesmith1329Participant
Yes this would bother me. This past year I saw a psych who prescribed 15mg IR 3x a day, which seemed to be working effectively but personally felt it needed to be tweaked a little bit. Well the follow ups ever since have been with his fresh out of college psychiatric nurse practitioner who thought it was best to switch to 15mg xr in the morning and 15 ir in the evening.
At the time I had no insurance coverage so I was concerned because the xr is 5x the price of ir. So when I suggested for cost savings purposes taking 7.5 mg ir then 7.5 mg ir again 4 hours later she was insistent that it would not be the same as the 15 xr.
Then she insisted I see a therapist for adhd coping strategies and threw out the example of maybe deciding on setting aside an hour after work each day to pay bills. Mind you I did not tell her I was struggling managing my finances but I assume this was her assumption based on me not wanting to pay an arm and a leg for a change in medication.
I felt like I was getting worked up so I just dropped it and my last follow up I tried to stay positive but I dont feel like she listens to my opinion. I also was upset that I got pushed aside by the original psychiatrist I made the first appointment with and now have to follow up with this young woman. I am a young woman myself but I just think she lacks the experience and I don’t want to be her guinea pig.