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can you recommend an ADHD coach, or alternative?

I don't want to keep living with disorganization, slippery time management, and a general level of overwhelm. I'm in the process of getting back on Strattera, but while it helped in the past, it didn't cure me, so I want more ammo. I've heard that coaching is one of the most helpful things for ADHD. But who? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Time management, for real this time

Got my 2014 performance review. It was, like always, a straight split between "you are amazing beyond belief at this stuff" (actual job functions, strategy, driving new initiatives) and "you are so unimaginably bad at that stuff" (time management, deadlines). My boss told me very plainly that being unreliable is the agreed-upon Thing holding me back from leadership roles, it comes up whenever they talk about high-potential employees at the exec level (in a company of 250!), and if I were anyone else I'd be put on a performance improvement plan (I got a promotion and a raise instead—I was in a visible position before, now it's extremely visible and much higher-stakes if things go off the rails). I want to fix this for real, at work and also just in general with life. But I have no idea how to really do it. [more inside]
posted by argyle socks on Feb 10, 2015 - 24 answers

Did you do your homework? Oooh, shiny!

I have a kind, sweet, beautiful, smart ADHD-PI (primarily inattentive) daughter. She's almost 11 and in 5th grade. However, homework is the land of pain... [more inside]
posted by heathrowga on Feb 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Anxiety/ADHD in Boston

I was diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD out of state. Where could I go in Boston to get meds as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jan 30, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I appear not to be drug-seeking when I am, in fact, drug-seeking?

I have ADHD. I would like to give Adderall a try. I've tried several other ADHD drugs and they haven't worked, but it almost seems like doctors are avoiding prescribing me Adderall. Do I just walk in and say, "I would like to try Adderall?" [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jan 23, 2015 - 20 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

Shiny things! Eh, they're just things.

All my life, I've had a cursory fascination with pretty much everything: from neuroscience and biology, to poetry, history to politics to cooking, writing, architecture, art, aviation and photography. You name it, it's piqued my interest. For all of thirty seconds (exaggerating, but only a little). It's occurred to me that one of the reasons I can't start on a career is because nothing... and I do mean nothing... has ever compelled me to study it beyond a very superficial, Reader's Digest-y type level It's especially apparent when I'm around my very intellectual, very well-read, well-rounded friends. They can talk for hours about most anything, and I can only put on airs using the little I know to only just pass for competent. They read and wonder about things. I might watch half an hour of a basic cable documentary on something and then flip channels. I'm 25. This doesn't seem to be going anywhere? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 8, 2015 - 33 answers

My Kid Is "The Bad Kid". Now What?

Nutshell question: "did YOUR kid act this way? What helped them? What was wrong with them?" Nutshell synopsis: WeeThumbscrew is a bright, sweet, cute nine year-old. He has also exhibited SEVERE social issues in school this year (think "has been kicked off of the school bus", think "at least one phone call from the principal every week"). He is already in therapy (with an excellent pediatric Psy.D). Miserable, gray, hopeless snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 5, 2015 - 53 answers

The confidence to sing and play guitar

I've got a decent voice. I've got a mechanical understanding of acoustic guitar playing. But I can't sing a simple folk song (even if I'm alone in the house), though I want to. How do I start? [more inside]
posted by A Friend of Dug [sock] on Jan 1, 2015 - 16 answers

You Never Cleaned Your Room And That's Why Mom and Dad Got a Divorce

I think my mom blames me for the collapse of her marriage, I'm not quite sure how to process that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2014 - 54 answers

Diagnosed w/ADHD, afraid to take Ritalin bc my brother is schizophrenic

For as long as I can remember, I've experienced anxiety, depression, and concentration problems. After finally going to a therapist/psychiatrist for these, they think I have ADHD and want me to start on Ritalin. Problem is, my brother has schizophrenia, and I'm right in the target age range for it to hit me as well. Stimulants can trigger this. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by shotinthedark on Dec 8, 2014 - 16 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

Un-supersize me. Difficulty: mental health

With anxiety, chronic depression and ADHD (I'm being treated for all), I struggle sometimes to get out of bed and go to work, let alone exercising and making healthy food (I know, I know, 30 minutes daily exercise is the single biggest thing for health). Where do I start? It seems huge and impossible. I have some spare cash to throw at this, but I’m reluctant to buy expensive clothes racks that take up space in my tiny flat and accuse me silently. If you have any ideas/tips/links for an old (50ish) seriously unmotivated introvert with a BMI of 40 and the attention span of a lizard, that’d be good. If you see a (solvable) obstacle that I'm obviously missing, I'd appreciate your insight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 42 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

Meditative, calming Android apps (or websites)

I'm looking, roughly speaking, for a game, but it needs to be as un-game-like as possible. I'd like something interactive I can play with when feeling overwhelmed which is visually appealing, responsive, fairly simple, and has few or no objectives. Levels and world-building are too addictive for this purpose. I'd like to be able to start and stop playing quite easily, and to be able to play when my mind is out for the count (so no puzzles). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lokta on Sep 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Need a good gay friendly therapist in Seattle

I've been struggling with depression and anxiety for years, and I'm tired of trying to struggle through it on my own. I've decided I need to get help, but I have no idea where to start. I'm gay and in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Do I have ADHD?

Every few minutes, I'll just pause mid-sentence while talking. My mind just goes blank. Is this a symptom of ADHD? Something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2014 - 12 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

Resources for living and/or parenting with ADHD

Can you recommend books or other resources to help me live and parent with ADHD? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Aug 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Super short tips and tricks for ADHD and / or depression

I'm struggling today with both. The ADHD makes searching for help a little more difficult than normal. Can you give me (really short) one liner suggestions for making it through? Mostly focusing on being productive, and coping strategies, but also maybe ways to be kind to oneself. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Aug 24, 2014 - 44 answers

Behavioral Optometry?

Daughter's optometrist is pushing behavioral optometry testing and treatment. It sounded legit when she was discussing it with me, but the handout is setting off alarm bells, and Googling it isn't any more reassuring. Does anybody have any experience with/knowledge of this type of testing and treatment? Is the optometrist pushing alternative medicine at me? [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 20, 2014 - 14 answers

I am fully aware you are not my doctor.

I have an 8 year old boy and a new prescription for Concerta (for him, not for me). After more than a year of testing and discussion, I've accepted the 'script because - as our doctor was very clear - we can always decide not to fill it. I'm asking you to help us decide if we should try this. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Aug 18, 2014 - 28 answers

Life changes for the... difficult brain.

I'm not happy with the way I look or feel. I haven't been for a long time. I'm severely overweight, have high blood pressure with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, wake up with back pain every morning, have zero energy if it doesn't come in the form of an energy drink or shot, and just generally look like hell. What can I do to lose over 80 lbs and get myself to a healthy BMI for a 24yo 5'8' male when my brain acts like it really, really just wants to have me die of a heart attack by 35? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 15, 2014 - 34 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

Too many interests, not enough time: how to be realistic and choose?

I am a diagnosed ADHD inattentive type (comorbid with anxiety and major depression) who has WAY too many personal pursuits, hobbies and interests. For this reason, I often feel overwhelmed and end up starting but not finishing (or continuing to seriously pursue) many of them. This cyclical behavior makes me anxious and miserable, and it fuels my procrastination tendencies. Occasionally, I will get a jolt of enthusiasm that helps me start a project and finish it, but this is really no different than any of my other impulsive behavior that is, ultimately, inconsistent rather than disciplined and habitual. I often beat myself up and tell myself I'm a failure because I do so few of the things that I talk or think about doing. I also beat myself up (less often, but enough that it's cause for concern) even when I *do* start and finish a project/pursuit - the reason being that I still didn't get all of the OTHER things done. How do I choose one or two things to really focus on deeply, and accept and be happy with those choices? How do I stop letting myself get caught up in the allure of "everything else"? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 2, 2014 - 9 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

How much do stimulants help with procrastination/hyperfocus in ADHD?

I'm reasonably confident I'd meet criteria for ADHD if assessed. I've been loathe to consider meds for a variety of reasons, but if meds would significantly contribute to addressing the kinds of problems I'm experiencing, over and above behavioural strategies, I'd reconsider. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Jul 27, 2014 - 12 answers

I think my little brother has Tourette Syndrome?

My 9 year old brother might be associated with Tourette Syndrome and I'm not sure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by bubbletea54 on Jul 19, 2014 - 21 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

How can I be a good advocate for my partner in a medical setting?

My partner and I have a strong suspicion that he may have ADHD. We're based in the UK and are struggling within the NHS system to get him a diagnosis. He has another medical appointment today and wants me to come in with him. How can I be a good advocate for him (in six hours' time) in what feels like a somewhat broken system? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jul 10, 2014 - 10 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

Family suicide complicated by lack of communication: is it ADHD?

My husband’s cousin recently killed himself. The sadness we feel is colored by intense anger at my husband’s mother, who never communicated what was going on with the cousin - or that he had moved to a city we visit frequently. Could "forgetting" to mention or misrepresenting major family information/news be a byproduct of ADHD? Yes, there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by mitschlag on Jul 3, 2014 - 38 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

How do severe depression and (inattentive)ADHD mix?

I know that ADHD and depression often occur together, understandably. But how does each change the way that the other displays? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Survival tips sough: dissertation due/daily agony--how to make do?

My dissertation hand in deadline is within two months. I still have a sh*tload left to do, and I fear I'm sinking fast. I have well meaning friends and colleagues that offer support, but the stress is killing me because I can't trust my own instincts and I don't know how to ask for help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Resources for ADHD in children

So... I am 99% positive that my three-and-a-half year old daughter has an ADHD diagnoses in her future. She is the poster child for literally every symptom on the "10 early signs" list, and family members/care providers/random aquaintences have all asked "do you think...?" So while of course I will eventually do the appropriate screenings etc - what I'm looking for here are anecdotes, experiences, research and strategies for a parent of a child with ADHD (or, you know, who exhibits all the behaviors and issues of one who does). [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Apr 9, 2014 - 29 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

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Should I disclose my son's ASD and ADHD to other parents when he goes on playdates where we are not present? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2014 - 27 answers

Price of Strattera with drug discount cards?

Anonymous because I don't like to talk about my flair drugs. I've just started taking Strattera and holy jeez is it expensive. And not covered by my insurance. I can afford the US$250/mo if I need to, but I'd rather put that money toward paying off debt and other useful stuff. Has anyone used any of those drug discount cards to purchase Strattera, and if so, what's the savings? Have you managed to save money in any other way (without buying from a non-VIPPS online pharmacy, or committing insurance fraud?) I'm located in Cuyahoga County, OH, and typically use CVS, if that's helpful. And I do not qualify for NeedyMeds type programs.
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 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

It's my party, and I'll maul if I want to.

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 on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 answers

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to.

Please help me survive the last 5 weeks of this quarter. I'm on generic (Watson/Actavis) Concerta (36 mg) for ADHD, and generic (Taro) Lamictal (100 mg) for depression/anxiety. I'm also a part time student at a local community college, taking PreCalculus II (Trigonometry) and Cultural Anthropology - both College Transfer courses. And night courses that start at 6pm, that last for 2.5 hours each. I was also taking Statistics. Since last September or so, the Concerta has been giving me crying fits, particularly when it wears off. I was also working full time, and taking an inline Computer Science course. This is when I go from 'normal, functioning person' to 'uncontrollable crying as soon as I hit something frustrating, like my code not compiling. And by 'uncontrollable crying', it lasts for an hour or more, and I basically cry until I get fatigued. And afterwards, my head is blank like a vacuum. It doesn't make for a good work or study environment! I was only on 18 MG of Concerta, so my doctor doubled that to 36 mg, thinking it would help. Oh, holy cats it didn't. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Feb 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Definitive answer about ADHD meds needed

Here's an assertion one hears frequently in discussions of ADHD: "It seems people with ADHD get a calming, clear headed effect from stimulants, as opposed to the speedy, euphoric type of high 'normal' people get from them." My question is: where can I find *good* information about the truth or falseness of this type of statement? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 9, 2014 - 10 answers

What do I ask/tell my new doctor about my mental health?

I don't know what help I need anymore, or even if I need help. I have a lifelong history of depression and the past two and half years, I've experienced more life stressors than normal. The original reasons I made the appointment was to a. get a new script for my anti-anxiety medication (which is also meant to help my depression), especially as I accidentally abruptly ceased it over 5 days ago, and b. a referral to a new psychiatrist to prescribe ADHD medication. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jan 27, 2014 - 2 answers

ADHD - what are your experiences on and off medication?

At the grand old age of thirty five I was finally diagnosed with (mild) adult ADHD, the inattentive kind. I'm still adapting to the diagnosis but curious about your experiences on medication. This mostly affects my planning, organisation and time management skills. It's mostly forgetfulness, losing things and poor ability to do anything before the very last minute (I have an incredible capacity to hyper-focus). I've succeeded academically, excelled even, and have an academic job I am good at but I know my issues have interfered with my ability to do my best and have created a lot of anxiety and agitation for me. I'm curious to know about your experiences with medication and alternatives as I think through my next steps. I'm nervous medication might interfere with my creativity or mask my personality. Your thoughts?
posted by JayAlfred on Jan 23, 2014 - 21 answers

Concerta in F minor

One week in, same old same old. [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Jan 18, 2014 - 6 answers

When do I reveal my agnosticism to my eight-year old?

My eight-year old was talking about god the other day, and she said something that my first impulse was to correct, but instead I ignored it. She said, "like you, I believe in god." Problem is, I kinda don't. But I'm pretty much the only one in the family with doubts, and I'm not sure when it makes sense to reveal it, specifically to this child. The reason I have doubts about talking to her specifically about it is because she's on the spectrum, and I think that makes it harder for her, especially so young, to sustain her own beliefs. I envy people of faith, but I do not share their faith. Have you dealt with this issue? How do you handle it when you're kid's a believer, but you're not. Special snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 37 answers

I have a 7 year old boy who can't spell- urgint holp neeyded plez ;-)

My son is an above average reader for his age but his spelling is atrocious. He has just finished Year 1 at school in Western Australia. I need help as he's getting upset about this and I'm getting stressed. I just don't know how to help him :-( There must be some good "spelling breakthrough" approaches out there...? More details inside. Any tips are really appreciated! [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jan 6, 2014 - 47 answers

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