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May 29, 2018 at 10:20 am in reply to: Why does hydrocodone help my adhd but adderall doesn’t? #85132
I take Guanfacine and Vyvanse. I sometimes take Adderall if I need to extend concentration longer in the day. I dont like Adderall, It makes me very cranky so I dont often take it. There are two classes of ADHD medication that work on the brain differently. Adderall is in one and Vyvanse is in the other, but there are also several others in eack category).There are also non stimulant ADHD medication (Stratera I think one is called) which might be what you need. A psychiatrist should be able to help you work through this to find the right medication.
If you’ve been diagnosed and on medication then perhaps you are on the wrong medication or too low of a dose. Was the director of the program aware of your disability? You might be able to petition the school, with the help of a psychologist, to explain you have a disability that is perfectly manageable when your medication is appropriate. Also, ADHD doctors and nurses are often steller as an ER doctor/nurse because if the highly stimulating environment. All of what you said is common to ADHD people and there are a lot of ADHD doctors and nurses. I would definitely go back to the school or try to find another school and explain the situation. That doesn’t seem right. After all, they have your money amd you dont have a degree 2 weeks before you graduate? Not right. You could even speak to an equal rights lawyer. There are other ways the school could have handled this. Keep pushing.May 29, 2018 at 9:51 am in reply to: Was tested and told I don't have ADD. Should I try again? #85125
That type of test is probably too stimulating for you. My son, who has ADHD, would have passed that test because 1)it’s a game, a competition, which stimulates him 2) it’s a computer game and the blue light from computers and smart phones is stimulating . Plus there was probably some distractions in the game and if so, that makes it more interesting, which would cause one to focus on it more. ADHD is tricky in that way. I think games are a poor use for diagnosis but a great help for ADHD kids to learn.
If you live near a Hallowell Center, all they do is focus on ADHD so their psychologists are well equipped to recognise the subtleties of ADHD. They are a great place to get evaluated. If not, try and research psychologists to find one who focuses primarily on ADHD and deals with adult ADHD. Many psychologists are not up to date on ADHD and it is such a fast changing field for psychology they miss things. A good way to judge a psychologist is to see if they do ADHD testing for high school students to get accommodations for the SAT….those tests are extensive, as required by the College Board, so they should be more knowledgeable. Hope this helps.