This is piggybacking on this question here: It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to.
I've given it a lot of thought, and I really think I need a new doctor for my ADHD. Or, at least one who I can get a second opinion with.
Because, while the Ritalin induced freakouts are less often and less severe, and take more to trigger them, they're still there, and I still consider them disabling.
So, I need recommendations for Psychiatrists who treat Adult ADHD, with co-morbid Depression and Anxiety. All three have been professionally diagnosed by my current Psychiatrist. My current Psych is great, bit he's a jack of all trades, and may not know all the subtleties of the meds out there for ADHD. And I have a feeling that I'm hitting the wall of my current doctor's knowledge.
Location: Seattle, and I'd like to stay in Seattle, please. I'm on the bus system, so transportation is hard. For medical insurance, I have CIGNA. I have no preference as to age or gender. I do want to be treated with allopathic/Western medications; I've tried alternative methods for treating my ADHD, and they don't work for me. [more inside] posted by spinifex23 at 12:18 AM - 5 answers
Whenever I get the slightest bit sick, I always feel it first in my throat. Having an itchy throat where it hurts to swallow is no fun, and this extended winter we've been having has been no help! I treat it with plenty of water, honey lemon ginger tea, and cough drops, of course, but I'm wondering whether there's anything I can do preemptively to keep my throat from being less vulnerable. If you used to have a tender, wimpy throat that now weathers stress and rapid changes in temperature like a champ, I'd love to hear what you changed (be it food, vitamins, habits, or something else entirely)! posted by estlin at 9:11 PM - 17 answers
I have a question regarding nutrition and vegetable intake that the internet has so far been unable to answer. I need an Idiot's Guide to eating the fewest amount of vegetables possible while still getting what vegetables have to offer. Are you willing and able to guide this idiot? [more inside] posted by Poppa Bear at 10:03 AM - 34 answers
I've been seeing my psychologist for about 18 months. Overall, she's great: upbeat, insightful and easy to talk to. But on a couple of occasions I've left therapy with a distinct feeling that she wasn't being entirely forthright with me, or like she actively tried to make me feel insecure during a session. Are these red flags real? [more inside] posted by anonymous at 7:08 AM - 43 answers
Whenever I have a particularly stressful or taxing day, I end up being profoundly exhausted for 2-3 days after. We're talking sleeping for 16 hours each day, walking around in a daze, feeling sick after eating, and just feeling unable to do anything I want or need to do. It's like I'm dealing with trauma, but surely this isn't a normal or even reasonable response to trauma, right? If you've dealt with this in the past or are dealing with it now, could you please share any solutions you've found that have worked for you? This has been going on since 2008 for me. posted by These Birds of a Feather at 2:58 PM - 18 answers
I am looking for recommendations for a good psychiatrist in Manhattan. It would be superb if this doctor was in-network for Oxford, but it's not absolutely necessary (and seems very hard to find). [more inside] posted by DMelanogaster at 10:37 AM - 2 answers
Due to some personal motivations, I've been reading a lot about paranoia lately and most of the delusions I hear about involve modern technology, ie. wire taps, hidden cameras, etc. What are some examples of paranoid delusions before that technology existed? posted by shesdeadimalive at 11:21 PM - 34 answers
My question is for people who've had the laparoscopic gastric bypass in particular: were you able to get up and move around with relative ease within two weeks? [more inside] posted by mirepoix at 11:39 AM - 5 answers
I am a writer and visual artist, mostly a writer. I have been through a grueling bout with severe depression. Now the agonizing emotional pain is lessened, but I have been blank, apathetic, and anhedonic for a couple weeks. I started on Zoloft a couple days ago and also had my lithium increased, and I also recently started a prescription dose of vitamin D because my levels were low. I'm throwing all those things plus therapy, exercise,omega 3's, and light therapy at the problem, but there is little help right now. My big question has to do with the fact that I am seemingly unable to be creative right now. I try to write and nothing comes out,or it comes out awkward and flat. I've tried writing about the flatness,but even that trick doesn't work. The visual side hasn't fared much better. Does anyone have suggestions for how I can keep my creative side alive while I wait for all the treatments to help? posted by mermaidcafe at 11:31 AM - 12 answers
My sonicare toothbrush just fell in the toilet bowl. It wasn't in there for more than a second or two. I threw out the removeable brushhead. I ran the body under hot water and wiped it down several times with bleach, but to use it again, in my mouth of all places? I'm not sure. It does still work and would be expensive to replace, but it was in toilet water. My question then is, should I continue to use it, and is there anything else I should or can do to further decontaminate it? Thanks [more inside] posted by en el aire at 10:24 PM - 20 answers
I've been tasked with putting together a medical library for my small disability law firm. Doctors, what are five essential medical books that we should look at obtaining regarding general medical practice? [more inside] posted by Dignan at 2:08 PM - 7 answers
I'm looking to establish a therapeutical relationship for standard-ish reasons (ideally, a cognitive behavioral approach to some interpersonal issues) and need to find someone with a nuanced-to-permissive view of substance use. I'm not talking about narcotics, but occasionally I enjoy cannabis and often drink alcohol--neither, I believe, is excessive and certainly never cause health or legal* problems in my life. [more inside] posted by anonymous at 12:54 PM - 16 answers
I used a midwife throughout my pregnancy but ended up with an emergency c-section. My insurance company has denied part of the claim leaving me about $3,400 poorer. I'd like to recoup as much of this as possible from my health insurance but I'm not sure the best way to go about it... [more inside] posted by hibbersk at 9:56 AM - 11 answers
When I read this story recently about two sisters who received lung transplants from the same donor, I was a bit taken aback. Can someone who is a Jehovah's Witness please explain why accepting a blood transfusion is not okay for a JH, but having someone else's entire organ inserted into and attached to one's own body is? It just seems counterintuitive, since someone else's blood would eventually be purged by the body's own regenerative/filtering systems, but an organ, once attached, is...well, permanent. Please advise, if you know. I genuinely want to understand. Thanks. posted by Sal Monella at 9:28 AM - 12 answers
I carry all the tensions of my life in my shoulders and neck. Any time of day or night, if I turn my focus to my shoulders, I’ll find they’re involuntarily tensed tight, as if my body were trying to curl up and brace itself against something. Even when I feel quite happy and relaxed, the tension is there. I would love to hear your recommendations on the best way to address this specific problem. I’d like it if the solution were something I could do myself, but I’m open to considering yoga, massage, whatever, if they will lead to a lasting solution. [more inside] posted by ROTFL at 7:06 AM - 35 answers
I've been struggling with fatigue and anxiety, and I've been trying to make lifestyle changes to help. But it seems like the fatigue and anxiety are causing the exact vices I'm trying to break. How to get out of this cycle? [more inside] posted by Gravel at 2:39 AM - 17 answers
My girlfriend has HSV1 genitally, with outbreaks 1-2 times a year. I just found out from my doctor that I tested positive for HSV1 back when I first became sexually active in 2005 (not sure why I wasn't informed back then, but I suppose that's a different story...). I've never had symptoms, I imagine it's an oral infection from childhood and I'm getting a full STI screening to reconfirm. What does this mean in terms of risks or lack thereof with my girlfriend? Can HSV1 reinfect different locations? Are there different strains of HSV1? Up to now, we've been using protection for penetrative intercourse, changing condoms when switching from vaginal to anal intercourse, and basically avoiding oral-vaginal contact. My doctor was relatively vague when it came to these questions ("I think you would be at lower risk.") and I'd like a bit more information upon which to base my future decisions given this new information. posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM - 3 answers