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Truer words were never spoken, Dr. Eric.
Dr. KimJune 10, 2020 at 11:14 am in reply to: How to find adult ADD specialist/coach? So overwhelmed! #173915
I found a great therapist who specializes in ADD (many do in my area, which is in the boonies). Also try:
Planet – definitely don’t lose hope. Each day you wake up, ask yourself if you have enough strength to fight another day. If the answer is yes, you have to keep going. 🙂
It can be a very isolating feeling. Check in here whenever you can, because you will find people that care and can relate. I don’t tell people I have ADD after being insulted about it a few times. That was enough. No one needs to know except for a close friend and maybe the people here. Find people that care. We are here.
KimJune 6, 2020 at 11:32 am in reply to: insomnia with adderall XR- do I take every other day? #173478
Depending on your metabolism, the length of time it takes to eliminate half of the Adderall XR is 13 hours, and for Adderall IR, it can be about 10 hours. With many of the side effects such as insomnia or loss of appetite, sometimes your system will overcome the effects and you can sleep again even though you took the Adderall in the morning, and other times, you need to talk to the person prescribing to see if another medicine is right for you. Check to see if you can take melatonin at night, or perhaps there are other things you can do.
I have a visceral reaction to any “to do” lists. I make index cards. I put one thing on at a time.
Pick one thing and do it, and try to stick with one thing for 3 minutes. Then repeat. I know it’s hard. Hang in there!May 27, 2020 at 9:06 am in reply to: Let's UNITE, & agree for the future benefit of all to NEVER purchase AUROBINDO #172763
Yes. I’ll get on the bandwagon if I can find scientific information about it. Thanks!
Hi! You’re not alone. I like the advice that Diamond gave you. My advice is similar, and based on what helped me when I was in your shoes (for almost two months. Awful).
1. Turn off news.
2. Turn off phone.
3. Go for 15 minute walk, rain or shine.
3. Pick up one bill and pay it or file it.
4. Pick up one unfinished art project. If you don’t like it, toss it. If you do, finish the art project.
5. Repeat the next day.
Do this every morning, and then the afternoons and evenings get better. Soon, it’s easy to have a great entire day.
I feel like the Medical Assistant is just gleefully waiting for me to ask for a medication refill for Vyvanse so she can tell me, “WE DON’T PRESCRIBE THAT HERE”.
Most definitely. Medication did help me with that part. I was able to see the big picture, and what I should do about things.
Good luck with things. It’s tough, but you’re not alone.
Hi! The medications helped me, perhaps at about 40%. I find that most of my issues are behavioral, so the medication didn’t help as much as I thought it would. I agree with Penny – CBT helped me the most. Until you can get medication, focus on CBT because you’ll still need to do it with meds most times. You want it to be second nature. 🙂
Hi. I take metoprolol twice a day along with my Vyvanse and seem to do fine. I’m not aware of how it would work with bisoprolol, though.
I can definitely relate.
I don’t know if this will help or not, but you described just what I was like at your age. With time, my mind seemed to slow down a bit and then it became easier to complete one thing. For example, after being a legal secretary and then paralegal, and then taking college courses in chemistry and biology and astronomy (and buying a huge telescope that is twice my height), I went through ground flight school and did great, but dropped out. Then I started nursing school because I knew nurses could work in several different areas and it would probably keep my interest. I did one year of community college to become an LPN, another year to be an RN, and have worked my way up to be a nurse practitioner with a PhD over the course of 27 years. (It doesn’t have to take you that long, of course; you just work in different areas, then when you get tired of it and want to go back and add a degree, that’s something new you can get into). After all of that was completed, I was diagnosed with ADD, so it made more sense.
What helped me was to decide on a career trajectory that I could start off in smaller sections and then build on it. I know the million dollar question is finding out what you like and can stick with. I would venture to say that you just need a few more years. For now, even though it’s frustrating, enjoy your youthful energy, and the options that you have. The sky’s your limit! Sometimes if you pick a career that doesn’t keep your interest, you can translate your work to another area, and that might help. Pick one main thing and just do it. If it ends up not catching your interest, do something else, either through work or more school, or pick any hobby you want to do after work and investigate that. Set goals like, “if I take this job, I will keep it for 1 year, or 2 years”, etc.
The great news is that you sound very bright and will most likely succeed at any career of your choice. 🙂
Take care, and I hope this helps a little.
I would make sure you are in close communication with your health care provider. I’m sorry. I’m sure this is the pits for you. 🙁
There is good advice above. I also want to add: when someone is kind, especially older people (I’m 56), we ask you what you want to do with the expectation that the sky is the limit, and we enjoy hearing people with options talk about what they’re passionate about. We don’t expect you to have it all figured out. So if you told me in a social setting, “I don’t know. I might decide to fly helicopters, but I also like studying fashion, and I adore basset hounds so I would love to be a vet” — that is completely NORMAL sounding to me. 🙂 If someone, on the other hand, is judging you because you don’t have your career trajectory mapped out at the age of 24 during a social conversation, forget ’em.
Of course, I know the job interview situation is different. I agree with the advice above. I have to write things out at times so I don’t deviate from the script.
Be yourself, and your enthusiasm will shine. Good luck!