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One tactic I use when trying to learn new words is to break them into smaller ones…such as: Compromise = Com – pro – mise. I visualize the word, then I can relate it back to the meaning…
Another thing I do is hear the way a word or phrase sounds in English and try to tie it to something about the word: Playa = Beach – Play a(t) Beach
It won’t work for everything, but it might help give your brain something else to hold onto besides just the ‘verbs and grammar’ which isn’t all that stimulating…lol.
I’m in my second week of taking Adderall, 10mg. I understand what you are saying about the ‘crash’. I started taking it with breakfast at 0630. Felt pretty good, got more than expected done at work, then in the afternoon, around 2pm, felt like a zombie. It’s been hard to focus (vision), and felt very lethargic. When I get home at night, I have the slight headache and want to melt into the couch. Last night it took me two hours of tossing and turning to finally go to sleep. Usually, I’m asleep as soon as my head hits the bed.
I go back to the doc on Monday and will discuss my symptoms with her. I’ve only tried Strattera in the past and that was a huge bust for side effects with no help for ADD. I will ask about the methylphenidate option and see what she says.
Just wanted you to know, your symptoms are not in your head and yes…they are real and I have them too.
Keep me posted on what you learn.
I got my first rx for Adderall last Thursday. Dropped it off at the grocery store pharmacy same day…tried to pick it up on Saturday, was told it wasn’t in stock, that it would be in on the following Tuesday (today…). Called to check, nope…not in. Hasn’t been in stock for over two months.
Called Costco, they have it in stock…Mallen-croft is the manufacturer. Now I have to go to the store, pick up the hard copy rx, turn around and drive back to Costco, drop it off and have them fill it…
Hope this stuff works…
shouks29: Since I wrote my post, I did find a provider to request my RA. It took me until last month to get it submitted. I’m still waiting on the outcome of what they will be willing to provide.
Regarding your work situation, it sounds horrifyingly similar to the job I left (that I still love). The supervisor I referred to in my post wrote me up (also my first time being written up EVER…) and in that write up…counseled me on my ADD disability! I ended up filing an EEO complaint against her (which is a whole ‘nother post…) for harassment because she knew about my disability and did nothing to assist me. I would suggest you find out who your EEO counselor is for your company and make an appointment to discuss not only your write up (to try to get it expunged) and to try to get the accommodations you sound like you need. You have rights too, and being a naïve supervisor doesn’t give her the right to walk all over you and your disability. The way I understand the law, you don’t have to disclose your disability to be discriminated against.
I’m looking for work elsewhere too, but mostly because I miss my old work…
I hope you can talk to your EEO counselor…I think you might be surprised at what you hear about discrimination against our disability.
Well, my husband makes comments about my ‘add brain’ and teases me about how I connect things in my mind that don’t really relate to each other…but they do to me…
Because my son also has ADD and autism, we typically think alike so I’m often interpreting why something was or wasn’t done the way he would think it should be done.
He thinks I’m just quirky and forgetful and on and on…and doesn’t see the point in going through everything I do to get treatment…(I am going through the process of getting accommodations at work for my ADHD). He’s supportive, but he doesn’t see how much I struggle at work to stay focused and get things done that aren’t immediate deadlines…he only sees the me at home, not the me under pressure to ‘perform like a monkey’ (my words, not his) so it’s his different perspective I guess…
Another topic that may interest you is growing medicinal cannabis. This can be (as I understand it…) a very lucrative profession and challenging/interesting at the same time.
With the varieties of cannabis available and the ‘cross-breeding’ (?) of strains you may find that cultivating different types would be fun.
Not having ever used it, (I’m a caregiver of someone that does…), I wonder if certain strains would be helpful for our symptoms as well…the ‘non-high’ CBD oils maybe??
Shoot…could this be a whole separate topic for treating our symptoms??
I took Vyvance shortly after I was diagnosed two years ago. I never really noticed a difference in my symptoms, I just felt more tired and spaced out, which annoyed my husband too.
I took them for about a month, and after nearly falling asleep at a restaurant with my husband and kids, combined with the feeling I had bugs crawling under my skin, I decided to stop taking it and never went back to the doctor that prescribed it.
I’m only now revisiting the idea of meds after my diagnosis of ‘Inattentive ADD’ has been modified to true ADHD by a new psychologist. He suggested I might benefit from the more traditional medications like Adderall or Ritalin, which my husband is also against, mostly because he’s still skeptical I even have a problem…but that’s a whole ‘nother topic…
I took a new position to get out of a bad boss/work situation where my disability was ignored. I loved the work I did, and miss it terribly now, just not the work environment.
My new job, had never been ‘officially’ filled, and had no guidelines or standards to follow or go off of. I’m stuck trying to ‘interpret’ the guidelines and am frustrated because no one understands why I can’t just ‘create the program and make it my own’. I don’t learn from reading from presentations or online. I need to see it in action and have something to go off. Once I understand it, I can recreate it, but otherwise, I’m lost.
I have expressed my disability to my supervisor, to request reasonable accommodations (RA), only to be chastised for requesting too much and being compared to someone else that ‘just followed the guidelines and made it happen’. I struggle everyday with my disability and just wish I could crawl under my desk. I am searching for a doctor to finish my RA to my employer, but so far have been unsuccessful. I feel like a failure at work now, because I can’t ‘follow simple guidelines’ and stay focused on what tasks need to be completed until right before a deadline.
I can’t wait to go home at night because there, I’m not ‘disabled’ and I can just be the kooky wife and mom without any judgement.