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Adderall questions

I have some questions about Adderall and tolerance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Help solve a friendship dispute.

2 friends attempt to get together once or twice a week and when they do its a really great, fun time. Both are quirky and odd and feel personal connections and common interests are a rare thing. But.... A is always late, often gets distracted with other plans when executing the original plan, abruptly changes plans or altogether forgets them. B likes to stick to plans and follow through reliably. B is often frustrated at A for what appears/presents as inconsideration, flakiness or straight up lying. A is often frustrated at B's inability to be flexible or understanding or appreciating of the 'thought' behind the plans whether or not they actually materialize. Friend A has untreated adhd (and doesn't want to discuss it) and and Friend B thinks this may be a contributing factor. Friend A and Friend B both secretly think the other is in the wrong while they try to compromise in order to continue the friendship of 4 years, but the many disagreements are wearing on them. Should A and B just not hang out anymore?
posted by tenaciousmoon on May 7, 2013 - 31 answers

I want to fix my head

At 41, I feel like my brain problems are becoming serious enough that I need professional help. I'm forgetful, I procrastinate, and I... SQUIRREL! [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Apr 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me fix my brain

Help! I think I might have ADD. Does that sound right, Internet? I know you're not doctors and can't diagnose me over the Internet. Can you help me find a place to get tested (and treated if appropriate) in Cambridge, MA? [more inside]
posted by sock clock on Apr 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Could my ADHD diagnosis be wrong? Or be expanded?

Hi. I'll try and cut a long story short, about 6 month ago I've been diagnosed with ADHD and now I'm doubting my diagnosis. (more down there, all sappy again) [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Apr 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Need ADHD medication but no doctor or insurance in NYC

Need ADHD medication but no doctor or insurance in NYC [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 11 answers

EZ Organization tips or links for somone with Adult ADD

Although it has long been a suspicion, I have every sign of having Adult ADD. I tend to do most of the things in the checklist (multitask without finishing many tasks, forget things, tons of lists and forgotten "helpful" notes, watch a movie in 10 minute intervals while doing 4 other things never to finish many movies, reading at current count 22 books, impulsive behavior -- well, you get the drift.) I am curious in the short run, what might have helped you with simple organization at work and at home. Feel free to share any tips and web sites. I hope to move on to some books (I have many checked out from the 'brary) but need a small step approach. My artistic side is keeping me sane and hopefully your tips can help me get a kick-start. (As far as medication, I am in consultation with a dr but want to try some diet/exerisie/organic things first. And yes, I abuse parentheses like nobody's business.) I am going through this previous link as well.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 22, 2013 - 13 answers

"I want to do my schoolwork, mom. Oooh, look at the kitty!"

My gifted daughter is displaying all the classic signs of ADD/ADHD. She is does not have an IEP, but does have an incredibly supportive teacher/principal who want to help, but don't know how. What should I be asking them to do? What can I do at home to support her? (And if you have ADD/ADHD, did anything help you as a kid?) [more inside]
posted by corb on Mar 18, 2013 - 34 answers

Suggestions for Organized Receipts for Reimbursements (ADD Traveler)

I have attention deficit disorder primarily inattentive, am a professor who travels a decent amount, and have trouble with being organized about submitting my receipts for reimbursement. I believe that it is caused by a combination of basic and deeper-rooted problems, and was wanting to know what you do to be organized about correctly getting reimbursed. This includes systems that you use to ensure that you have everything, where you keep receipts, what specific kinds of filing systems you might use while you're traveling so that nothing is lost, anything electronic (either hardware or an app), or even just the odd things that "just work for you". [more inside]
posted by scunning on Mar 14, 2013 - 19 answers

I Want My Pills!

I've been taking ADD meds for years with the same psychiatrist, but lost my insurance last summer and had to stop taking them. Now I have insurance again and scheduled an appointment with my doctor today, but I'm worried he'll say that I'm doing just fine without the pills. However, I'm also afraid of looking too desperate if I tell him how much I want them! Can I tell him everything without sounding like I'm a junkie? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Mar 14, 2013 - 14 answers

How can you NOT plan ahead?

My husband is driving me up the wall. He has always shown a reluctance to make a plan for anything, but I love planning stuff (trips, etc) so it's never come to be a huge issue. Except for now. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Mar 13, 2013 - 47 answers

ADHD & Graduate studies

I have (late-diagnosed) ADHD & I've just become a graduate student. I'm medicated, and under the care of professionals. This question is about best methodologies in graduate studies, particularly in remembering research I've read. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Mar 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Safe, legal, convenient way to carry around ADHD meds?

I'm an adult with ADHD. I need to have my meds with me in the daytime and early evening at work/school, etc. How do I do this conveniently, securely, and legally? I can't figure out how to do all three. Snowflaky details inside. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Feb 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me get help

How do I start getting treatment for my mental health problems, specifically, in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Working myself to death.

How do I change my extremely destructive work habits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me help my daughter.

How to deal with a school's unwillingness to challenge a twice-exceptional kid? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Jan 23, 2013 - 25 answers

Might I have ADD?

After reading this thread of people describing ADD/ADHD symptoms, and reading the links, and feeling like they were describing my life, I got a really, horrid sinking feeling I might actually be ADD. It's kinda wigging me out and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by ArkhanJG on Jan 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Too smart for ADD?

I think, but I'm not convinced that I might have ADD. When I talked to a psychologist about getting tested, he told me that because I do very well in college, there is very little likelihood that he or any other psychologist would diagnose me with ADD. [more inside]
posted by raeka on Dec 13, 2012 - 25 answers

Help this space cadet stay grounded

I am often spaced-out and disconnected. This happens often but it definitely happens when a situation becomes emotionally intense or emotionally difficult. This is possibly linked to my ADHD (inattentive type). Also possibly to the fact that my mother is very dramatic and when I was young she expressed all her emotions with great intensity, and I was often frightened. If you or someone you know have experienced this, what has made it better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Inattentive ADHD

I have a friend who has ADHD primarily inattentive type and struggles with multitasking in both work and home life. Rather than being the hyper person that most of us visualize, he is the exact opposite, very slow and methodical with some rigidity to how he must follow certain rules. My buddy has been struggling in his work place, because he constantly feels overwhelmed. He does see a therapist, but it doesn't seem like any of his issues (at least in the work world) are getting any better. He told me yesterday that people are constantly telling him that he is not present even when he is at work or at home with his wife. It must really be frustrating for him because I know him to be a good guy with good morals. From a brain perspective, it's kind of a bummer because he does take adhd meds, but he is constantly overwhelmed by everything and he tells me that people seem to get frustrated with him even though he is trying. When we hang out, I mainly validate and offer him some understanding. Any suggestions on how to help my friend? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

ADHD evaluations in the LI/NYC area?

Does anyone have any recommendations for ADHD evaluations in the Long Island/NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Feeling ambivalent about everything

I feel very ambivalent, like I lack perspective (but hope is abundant!), but I am not sure; this state of not knowing and being unsure of myself and what I do is tough [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Is Ritalin working on me?

I have recently been diagnosed with ADHD, at 22, and prescribed Ritalin. I am unsure to which extent it's supposed to be helping me, but I do notice subtle differences in my day to day life, like my place suddenly not getting messy anymore. While I notice I managed to get more done (school work) since starting it, I still have a hard time sitting down and just going ahead with projects. I study graphic design, so things are usually quite mental, and need time to develop, but I am wondering if it's really helping? Occasionally it feels like it's slowing me down too much. Should I suggest my psychiatrist to try another drug? (Adderall is not an option, I am curious about dexedrine)
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 8, 2012 - 24 answers

Did he really mean what he said?

Last night, in the middle of a huge tantrum, my six year old son said "If you don't let me [do x], I will kill myself." Obviously, we are freaked out. How freaked out should we be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 23 answers

When do I disclose ADHD as a grad school applicant

Disclosing ADHD during the grad school application process: where/when/how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Girl needs therapy

Therapy hasn't helped in the past. But I need to do something, FFS. What else should I try? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Nov 2, 2012 - 13 answers

clinically significant ambiguity

How successful is "too successful" for a person to have untreated adult ADHD? On the CDC website one criteria is "IV. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning." What counts as a "clinically significant impairment"? [more inside]
posted by cupcake1337 on Oct 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Your ADHD stories and strategies

You have ADHD. You've made serious improvements and your life is better now. Tell me your story - not just the tools, but where you came from and where you are now. I need to believe this is possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Do I need to be medicated or am I just a lazyass?

Should I maybe get evaluated for ADD or ADHD? [more inside]
posted by hegemone on Oct 22, 2012 - 14 answers

I might have ADHD but I can't take the medicines typically used to treat it.

I think I might have ADHD, but I also have a heart condition. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Is it normal for psychiatrists to require urine tests while taking Adderall?

Is it standard operating procedure for psychiatrists to give urine tests while using Adderall to treat ADHD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2012 - 27 answers

How to convey enthusiasm on the job hunt?

I just moved to a big city after graduating college in August. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, and I'm not the most ambitious or confident person, to say the least. I have a somewhat untreated case of ADD, but I don't take my meds anymore; I'm finding coffee and exercise are much better. Anyways, I have gotten two different pieces of negative feedback on my phone behavior with people who had the potential to give me a job; they both basically said I sounded unenthusiastic. What is a good way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by bluelights on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

Dating with ADHD

How to handle disclosing ADHD when dating? How would most people react? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2012 - 24 answers

I'm addicted to spacing out.

I'm shocked and embarrassed to admit how quickly my life has begun to fall apart after discontinuing ADHD treatment. Is anyone aware of a physician in the greater Columbus or Cleveland metropolitan areas that A) is not opposed to specifically prescribing Adderall for ADHD - please, no "you don't need medication!" pep talks or alternate treatment recommendations, B) is sufficiently reasonably priced that an uninsured person could afford treatment, and C) is accepting new patients without long waiting periods? Your help is sincerely appreciated.
posted by biggity on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Bipolar + ADHD = SOL?

Probable ADHD, probable bipolar II. Unhelpful psychiatrist. Help! [more inside]
posted by altopower on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

ADHD acceptance; nobody's problem but my own?

I've just been diagnosed with ADHD, and have started an initial stimulant-based management plan. I'm in my mid-forties, and work in a very traditional industry and come from a not-very-accepting Old World culture. How open do I need to be with colleagues and friends that I'm doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I pass as a normal person?

Pretending to be normal. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Tips for managing while ADHD?

I have finally gotten myself promoted to manager -- sweet! I have ADHD -- crap! Have you been in this situation before? What worked for you? Help me figure out how to not just survive, but thrive! [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

five hours and 45 minutes of crappy sleep. For the last 20 years.

Last night I slept for five hours and 45 minutes. For the last 20 years. I've tried many of the frequently recommended solutions such as melatonin and environmental changes, and am not sure what my next step should be. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 20, 2012 - 35 answers

How do I deal with an oppositional child? (Child within, that is.)

There are things that I genuinely want to do and like doing, but something in me rebels. Help. [more inside]
posted by summer sock on Sep 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Excuse me, Doctor... but are All The Drugs right for me?

I've decided to actually use my medical insurance as it was intended, rather than waiting for some body part to fall off. I have my first ever physical scheduled in 2 weeks. How do I bring up health concerns with my doctor in a way that doesn't make me sound like a hypochondriac with an internet connection? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Sep 7, 2012 - 18 answers

Low cost bipolar ADD meds in US

Low cost bipolar ADD meds available in the US? [more inside]
posted by jchinique on Sep 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Doomed to fail

How can I force myself to apply for jobs when I know I will fail at any job I get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2012 - 15 answers

um .. uh .. ok?

Can a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, give an ADHD diagnosis? My health insurance people really tried to steer me towards a psychologist and not a psychiatrist. Why might they do that? The cynic in me says it's cheaper for them and less likely to lead to a diagnosis.
posted by cupcake1337 on Aug 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Who diagnoses add anyways?

I don't have a primary care doctor, who should I see about referrals for ADD/ADHD evaluation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 - 8 answers

My 12 year old stepson recently revealed he's been bullied most of the year at school. Help us help him!

How do I help my 12 year old stepson cope with being bullied ? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Jun 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Can I afford to have ADD?

What can you tell me about adult diagnoses of ADD and how they work with health insurance, specifically the idea of pre-existing conditions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I not suck at life?

You procrastinate. You're disorganized. You make multiple careless mistakes weekly. How did you go from being a Bad Employee to a good one who actually contributes positively to your organization? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 - 34 answers

I can't ADD

Am I fine? Is the doc a quack? Is this part of the process? Adult ADD content [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco on May 31, 2012 - 37 answers

How do I get out of this low GPA mess?

End of junior year in college, biology major, low GPA, just feel miserable. Is there any hope left for me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on May 17, 2012 - 38 answers

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