So, after long suspecting that I had some kind of medical condition that was keeping me from being as awesome as possible, I went to a psychiatrist today and was diagnosed with ADHD. But the treatment he prescribed is a bit odd.
I've had a lifetime of classic ADHD symptoms - I was the kid either blurting out answers in class or waving my hand around frantically to be acknowledged, the kid who always forgot his pen or lunch, the kid who never did homework. Despite this I managed to do OK in school and decently enough in college.
But it's carried over into my adult life as well - I fit every single symptom under "inattentive type" here
to a T. And it's beginning to actively disrupt my life - I was recently passed over for a promotion at work over forgetfulness and disorganization, my apartment is a disgusting mess, and my graduate schoolwork is becoming overwhelming.
I told this to the doctor and he agreed that it sounded like I had ADHD. I was expecting a prescription for some kind of stimulant and CBT (which seems to be standard), but instead he put me on Lamictal and Invega, a mood stabilizer and antipsychotic (?), respectively. He said that he wanted to narrow the range of my moods before he tried stimulants, saying that if I were to take Ritalin, Adderall, etc, that I might end up in the hospital with mania.
Does this make sense to anyone else? It didn't to me, but I didn't really have the wherewithal to say anything. The guy has gotten really bad reviews on some doctor websites and the experience was less-than-overwhelming, from a professional perspective (he was 15 minutes late, spent most of the visit futzing around with his computer trying to enter my information in, and the conversation was not at all in-depth).
What do you think?