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How to make/implement a free-floating routine?

Routines are vital in my day-to-day. However, if the morning doesn't start out right, the whole day gets derailed. How can I divorce my routines from time and make them more break resistant? Or, is it worthwhile in my case to trade morning sleep for later naps and preserve the time-linked morning routine? [more inside]
posted by Baethan on Sep 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Ever been on Pristiq? What's it like?

I'm about to start Pristiq, an SNRI antidepressant, as part of my treatment plan for depression/anxiety/ADHD. I've been on antidepressants before, but would like to hear what people's experiences have been with this one. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Aug 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Sluggish when it comes to the basics of hard work

I just got a new job in sales, after years of unemployment. My boss is great, the environment is great and the work is right up my alley. But my work ethic is slipping. I've seen this pattern before, and it doesn't end well. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 18, 2016 - 14 answers

Fast pseudo-productivity tips needed

I like to feel that I’ve been productive… but washing dishes doesn’t give that feeling. Rearranging all my furniture does. What could I add to my day, so I can go to bed with that warm glow of time well spent? Or, how do I learn to get that feeling out of routine tasks? Trying to work with, rather than against, my personality (recently dxed as ADHD PI). [more inside]
posted by Baethan on Jul 14, 2016 - 13 answers

ADHD specialist near Seattle?

I'm looking for a Seattle-area doctor who's particularly knowledgeable about treatment for ADHD, for an adult. Any recommendations?
posted by The corpse in the library on May 23, 2016 - 3 answers

ADD/ADHD for the kid in the workshop

My 9-year-old son with an ADHD diagnosis has recently embraced his love of tools and tinkering. Yay! However every project he embarks upon brings such disorder in its wake, his workshop (our garage) is in a constant state of chaos and is frequently unsafe. How do I help him (and keep my own sanity)? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Apr 24, 2016 - 19 answers

Neuropsych Testing for ADHD

Is it standard practice to do neuropsychological testing for ADHD evaluation? Have you done this before? [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Mar 16, 2016 - 16 answers

Jaw Clenching (not grinding) and Stimulants-- how to balance?

Without stopping stimulant-use, what works for you? Has anyone tried botox to relax jaw muscles? Nightly muscle relaxers? [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Mar 14, 2016 - 26 answers

Mental health help in the UK

Got mental health needs. Don't know how to start getting them met with the NHS, can't really afford to go private. What do? [more inside]
posted by teresci on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

It recently took me 8 hours to run 3 errands

What is the current state of ADHD diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Feb 25, 2016 - 14 answers

Does this sound like Attention Deficit Disorder?

Does this sound like Attention Deficit Disorder? Am I likely to benefit from ADD meds? [more inside]
posted by A sock, a sock! My kingdom for a sock! on Feb 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Need ADHD meds, am not Jesse Pinkman!

My PCP has decided to discontinue prescribing my (long-standing, very stable) ADHD medication. I pretty much just want to continue with the meds that have worked for me, with a minimum of additional trouble, expense and extra time. How can I find a new provider without seeming sketchy or drug-seeking? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jan 13, 2016 - 14 answers

Could this anger be due to ADHD?

How can I help my family deal with my adult brother's potentially violent behavior? I live several states away, and he recently started ADHD meds as an adult. [more inside]
posted by hyperion on Jan 9, 2016 - 16 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Please share some mantras for staying on task/delaying gratification!

I've recently been working on mindfulness/meditation for my anxiety, and have found that repeating mantras from time to time in my head has helped me curb many of my negative thoughts. Although I have some go-to mantras for anxiety/depression, I also have ADD and tend to opt for short-term rewards over long-term goals. I'm thus trying to pull together some mantras for staying on task and delaying gratification. I know you MeFites have vivid imaginations, and would love to hear what (English) mantras you use personally or can come up with for me. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Oct 19, 2015 - 17 answers

ADHD'ers! Help me get a full night's sleep!

It's a common problem, right? What works to help ADHD'ers get to sleep? It seems like the normal things you see via studies aren't effective for me. [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Sep 22, 2015 - 18 answers

How to help students with ADD/ADHD in higher education?

Could you recommend resources (reading materials, interviews, blogs, names of experts in the field) to help me become a better teacher for adult students with ADD/ADHD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I adapt to apartment noise?

I've lived in apartments for a long time, but I've always been very easily bothered by noise. My partner is not affected the way I am. Is it possible to train yourself to be more easygoing, like her, when it comes to the noise you inevitably encounter living in the city? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Jul 27, 2015 - 21 answers

How do I get an evaluation for things like ADD?

I'm an American woman in my mid 30s. I think I might have ADD or something like it, but I don't understand what the procedure is for being evaluated (/diagnosed, if there's something to diagnose). Where do I start? Far too many details follow, sorry. [more inside]
posted by kutsushita nyanko on Jul 5, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I ADHD

So it seems I have ADHD. 1. Yay, this explains so much! 2. Oh geez, what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 2, 2015 - 16 answers

ADHD diagnosis for an adult woman in NYC?

I know that there's stuff on this before, but I didn't pull it, for obvious reasons. [more inside]
posted by Blau on May 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Doc for ADD meds without office visits every month?

This may be a hopeless ask. But you, mefites, have astounded me before with your knowledge of such things. I have ADD. No one has disputed that since college. I choose to take meds for that. The meds I am on are not controlled substances...Strattera. Going to the clinic monthly is inconvenient (I don't drive because medical reasons), but my doctor requires this monthly to get my Rx refilled. It all seems ridiculous. Can I do this virtually? How? I live in Minnesota. States have different rules, I suppose. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Cinderelly, Cinderelly

I like to write and I want to do it more, but I only seem to be able to get into the "zone" after around midnight. Is this something you've experienced? Can I rewire my brain? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Apr 20, 2015 - 7 answers

What do when living a meaningful life is expensive?

I am struggling with the lack of meaning and purpose in my life lately and, consequently, with my Computer Science coursework. I am feeling somewhat depressed, winter blues, etc., but I feel like I am going the wrong direction with my life and I have had that nagging feeling ever since I started at school again. I took this path to raise money for pursuing future studies in Psychology, but it has been a huge struggle so far. What should I do? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Mar 1, 2015 - 19 answers

Thoughts become things...sometimes.

I've been depressed and lazy and consistently exhausted for the better part of a decade now. A good, productive day is rare, even on meds. Imagine my surprise then, when a few days ago I managed to clean my perenially disorganized and chaotic room with the speed and efficiency of a Tasmanian devil. None of the things that would normally keep me sitting on my ass- my problem with throwing things away, my ADD, my perception of the task at hand as being overwhelming- seemed to be able to stop me, even when things got repetitive/boring. think I understand why this happened, but how can I apply this to everything else in my life that's become so neglected? Snowstorm under the cut. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Is my Adderall treating my ADHD?

My Adderall prescription works great for me. But increasingly, it feels like its functional effect on me is less about attention and focus, and more about depressive/anxious tendencies I have. Is this a problem? Does anyone have experience around this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Could I have got to the age of 30 with undiagnosed ADHD?

The more I hear or read about the symptoms of ADD/ADHD the more I wonder if it could explain some of my personality traits. Does it sound like it could be, and is there any value in getting it professionally assessed? 'Symptoms' under the cut.. [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Jan 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Preferably not a Lacanian

I am looking for a good therapist in NYC who has experience with the anxiety/avoidance/ADD nexus. I'm biased towards cognitive therapy but open to other modalities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Should I let my executive function coach speak to co-workers?

I've been doing some work with an executive function coach who has suggested that our process would benefit if she has some contact with key people that I work with. I'd like to think through the risks that that might entail, in order to decide if it's a good idea and worth it on balance. [more inside]
posted by kroshka on Dec 7, 2014 - 49 answers

Self-destructive perfectionism keeping me from passing in schoolwork?

I'm doing poorly in one of my classes because I've turned in very little homework even though I'm doing really well otherwise. Most of the missing work is actually done, but I can't pass it in because it isn't 100% perfect. Please help me understand this behavior and suggest things that have helped you in the past. [more inside]
posted by supernaturelle on Nov 25, 2014 - 14 answers

ADD evaluation?

So this is actually a 2 part question.... [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Nov 18, 2014 - 14 answers

ADHD meds making me sleepy--but only sometimes.

Vyvanse makes me debilitatingly sleepy, but only occasionally. Has this happened to you? Is there another medication option I should try? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Oct 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Jobs for space aliens

I am wondering if there are any particular jobs or career fields out there that are more forgiving of the weaknesses of the inattentive ADHDer. Or magical hacks to make a normal office job not suck like an industrial-strength vacuum cleaner. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I really keep taking this medication?

I had an abnormal ECG but my doctor advised me to keep taking stimulant medication. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Oct 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Sleep medicine and ADD medicine

What is the best prescription sleep medicine for someone using Adderall to treat ADD? I will be speaking to my doctor of course, but I wanted to see if anybody had a sleep medication that worked well with your ADD medicine. Anecdotal help welcome.
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2014 - 17 answers

Pre-bedtime activities for ADD spouse? (No, not that activity)

My beloved partner has ADD and going to bed is a constant struggle for us. He frequently complains about being tired, and wishes he could go to sleep at a regular time, but says sleep is boring and instead will stay up for hours on the computer, saying he literally cannot stop reading the internet. If you have ADD, what are specific things you do in order to get yourself on the train to Sleepytown? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Sep 2, 2014 - 25 answers

Help Me With Doctor Anxiety Concerning Prescriptions

Can anyone give me some advice on how to approach my doctor about wanting a prescription? I feel like a "drug seeker". [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Sep 2, 2014 - 12 answers

ADD treatment in Columbus, OH

I very much need help for what I think is ADD and am looking for recommendations for psychiatrists in the Columbus area, particularly ones who accept BCBS. General advice on my situation also welcome; some details below. [more inside]
posted by precession on Aug 18, 2014 - 3 answers

What is "sufficient documentation" for an ADD medication?

I've been taking Adderall XR for about a half a year, and it has made a tremendous difference in my life. The med, however, was recently put on the Prior Authorization list - which means that I now need to receive approval from my insurance before they cover it. My doc submitted an application, which I just found out was denied on the grounds that I don't have sufficient documentation of ADD. I took a test with my doc, and was denied again. What exactly do they want from me? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Aug 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Provigil vs. Adderall for ADD

I take Adderall for ADD, but am growing dissatisfied with it due to what feels like increasing tolerance and dependence, as well as a couple of secondary reasons. I want to talk to my doctor about switching to Provigil, and would like to hear from anybody who has any advice or experience to relate regarding the pros and cons of the two medications. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Cashmere Sock Handjob on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

sigh.

I'm no longer sure what my problem is or what medications to try. blizzard inside for those that enjoy helping others sort their mental health issues.... [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on Jul 29, 2014 - 25 answers

I need a job yesterday. I'm still stuck. Where do I go from here?

Many of the details in this question still apply. Logistics aren't that big of a deal anymore, and I'm chipping away ever so slowly at my social anxiety and fluency issue, but I'm still without prospects and now about $12k in debt on account of some reckless impulse spending and unpaid debt from college. Can the hivemind help get me out from under this? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me JUST CLICK REPLY ALREADY.

I regularly flake on email responses-- both personal and professional. (I have all the comorbidities you'd expect: ADHD, perfectionism, perpetual writer's block, mild social anxiety, introversion, disorganization, procrastination/avoidant tendencies.) I'm starting a new job and need this particular behavior to stop forthwith. Short of completely overhauling my whole effed-up executive function, is there an ironclad system I can implement to ensure that every single one of those emails gets answered punctually? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jul 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Nashville/Murfreesboro psychiatrists for adults with ADD

Looking for a psychiatrist (or NP or whoever) who specializes, or frankly is willing to, evaluate adults for ADD and treat. I'm at my wits end, sucking at my job and life, and am willing to drive almost anywhere in Middle TN. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Having a messy house is the least of my worries

Mefites with ADHD, how do you cope with the social and professional problems caused by this condition? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Trying to find Neurofeedback provider in Boston for ADD I have insurance

I was doing Neurofeedback for ADD in Chicago. I worked with some therapists, and they gave me neurofeedback but charged it under mental health services, that way my insurance covered it . So I am in Boston now, in graduate school, and wow, my ADD is really kicking in! lol, I am really against medication and am trying like heck to find a provider that might be able to see me under my prior arrangement, so a person who is at the least a LSW who can bill my insurance, so that I do not have to pay out of pocket, it is just too cost-prohibitive for me. I have not had much luck, so I thought I might reach out to you Hivemind, see if you know anyone, or have any creative ideas for me. Perhaps there is someone in the area that is working on their eeg certification, not sure, but hopefully you might have some ideas and pointers for me. I just wish this service was covered by insurance already- uggh.
posted by cheetahchick on Jun 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Me Not Use My Partner's ADD As A Crutch.

My partner, who I love dearly, has Adult ADD, which means, among many symptoms, he gets "stuck" at work and has trouble transitioning out of work projects. If he is particularly engaged in work this means he does not come home until 10 p.m. or later. Sometimes he pulls all-nighters at the office. Spouses of ADD partners, how do you create your own routine in the midst of disarray? I don't want to assume he will fail -- i.e. not expect him home until after 11 p.m. -- but frequently that is what he does. It feels cold-hearted to assume I will be spending the evening alone, but if I am to make my own healthy habits, it seems I must make them solo. How do I create healthy habits in the midst of uncertainty? I want to encourage him to come home and spend time with me, but I'm aware that counting on him to be home and participate in shared activities sets me up to fail. Help me, hivemind (and any stories of thriving with an ADD spouse would be much, much appreciated!!). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 - 9 answers

I don't process things quickly compared to other people. Why?

I've never been able to learn new things or process instructions as quickly as most other people. I also have terrible coordination and motor skills. Although I used to be very self-conscious about this - and sometimes still am - I've come to more or less accept this aspect of myself, and am at peace with the fact that I'll never be able to think on-the-fly as quickly as some of my friends. I am, however, intrigued as to why I have such a difficult time wrapping my head around things that most other people I am around seem to grasp with ease. I have been diagnosed with inattentive ADD, and am wondering what else could be the reason behind my processing difficulties as I would like to do some research. Examples and details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Apr 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Nothing to see here, move along.

I was diagnosed with ADHD ~5 years ago. Since that time, I've been on a steady dose of Adderall XR (25-30 mg per day). I've always been decent at small talk and could keep up a stream of lively banter and my fair share of comebacks. But, about a last year, I have noticed concerning changes in many aspects of my speech... [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Apr 8, 2014 - 6 answers

ADHD time management: a bracelet that vibrates every hour?

Oh hai. I have a serious case of the ADHDs, and with that comes a very poor sense of time. Apps, timers, and calendar reminders help, but I think a physical reminder would be much more effective. Do you know of a bracelet I can buy that will vibrate at regular time intervals? Preferably one that doesn't look like it belonged to a middle school boy in the 1980s? (I'm pretty sure the FitBit doesn't offer this feature, and Jawbone only vibrates if you've been sedentary for a certain period of time. I do love the look of it, though.) Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Mar 7, 2014 - 18 answers

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