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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

How to come to terms with long cycle of failure and move on?

After years of escapism, how to anchor life to meaning (or vice versa?) when almost four years of research hasn't amounted to anything? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2012 - 21 answers

help me find my job-genres

I have excellent spatial intelligence and ADHD. What jobs would be great for me besides surveying? [more inside]
posted by lover on Apr 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I continue to seek ADHD treatment?

I've struggled with what I believe to be ADHD for a long time. I've read through "Driven to Distraction" and it describes me perfectly. I went to the doctor and was basically told that since I have a job and completed college, medication won't do me any good. Say what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Got the goods, but need a plan.

I am about to start taking ADD meds. My approach to work has been haphazard in the past, and I'm I'm hoping to improve my habits. What strategies should I attempt to make the most of any improvements in attention that I experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Will my Fulbright grant be denied because of my ADHD?

I was selected for a 2012-13 Fulbright Core research grant, but I'm concerned about the medical clearance. Does my ADHD diagnosis mean I'll be denied clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2012 - 4 answers

What advice to give to my fiance, who is in law school and in a bad place?

My fiance is not speaking to me. We are in a long-distance relationship. He is depressed, has ADHD, a probable gaming addiction, and not doing well in law school. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 - 23 answers

My girlfriend might have lost her insurance, and we need help.

AskMe: we need help. My girlfriend just found out that her health insurance was terminated for non-payment (she thought she had paid it, and when I get home this evening we'll double-check our accounts to see what happened.) Whether the error was hers or the insurance company's, the company has stated that it'll take them 10-14 days to know whether or not they can reinstate the plan regardless. She has a pre-existing condition (ADHD), so consistent coverage is very important - and Ms. MP is starting to freak out. What's our next move, and how do we get through this? [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Apr 19, 2012 - 8 answers

~Specific~ symptoms of ADHD?

What are some less generic, more specific symptoms of ADD/ADHD? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Apr 18, 2012 - 34 answers

How do relationships work when one person has limited time and the other has ADHD?

My availability is minimal, and my absolutely wonderful boyfriend is a fairly bad planner (due to ADHD)...how do we go about making sure that we see each other without me feeling like I'm controlling and him trying to see somewhat into the future to make a plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Non-prescription ADD drugs with non-anectodal evidence

37 y.o. with ADHD here, diagnosed a few years ago. Ritalin works a bit, but gives me headaches. Dexadrine doesn't seem to do a whole lot except make sleep impossible (hence the 6am post). My psychiatrist says that if I don't tolerate those, I won't tolerate the others, either. Are there any non-prescription supplements or medications that might help and have some kind of hard evidence to support their efficacy? [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Apr 3, 2012 - 20 answers

Helping my brother help himself.

Asking for my 25-year-old brother: do you know of free or cheap mental health resources in Houston? Or a great therapist with a sliding scale? I'm doing the requisite googling, but just in case I miss something ... Thank you so much!
posted by jessca84 on Mar 28, 2012 - 4 answers

It's so nice to meet...where was I again?

How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Mar 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Linear Algebra was easy, but I can't add 1+1 without using my fingers. WHAT.

Basically, what it says. I've been brushing up on my math skills via Khan Academy, and I'm running into a problem I hit when I was in school. Basically, the math *concepts*, like Algebra, Trig, and the like? I'm able to get really easily. But, manipulating the numbers and doing the basic arithmetic? Hard. Sometimes even with a calculator, I'll miss carrying over a negative sign, and I'll get the problem wrong, despite knowing the concepts really, really well. What's going on here? Is my ADHD not under control? Are these symptoms of Dyscalculia? What? Ideas, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Mar 10, 2012 - 28 answers

No health insurance, can't afford my adderall, ADD is running amuck!

Lost my health insurance, & the last 6 months of fighting my ADD w/out Adderall has started to effect my job performance. Monthly doctor appts to get the rx are $150, & Adderall w/out insurance is $90. I can't afford $240/month! Plus there's the Adderall shortage everyone's experiencing. I've seen a lot of OTC pills claiming to mimic Adderall, but are there any that work? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Mar 5, 2012 - 19 answers

What's the deal with generic Concerta?

What's the deal with Generic Concerta? [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Mar 3, 2012 - 4 answers

I need a manual override for my brain.

ADHD sufferers and busy types in general: how do you handle the mental transitioning between different projects, or areas of your life? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

relationships + college + work + ADD = bad news

How can I better manage and balance and save my relationship, college, and work along with my ADD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 answers

ADD/ADHD/Dental recommendations near Chapel Hill or Carrboro?

ADD/ADHD/Dental recommendations near Chapel Hill or Carrboro? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Do I look fidgety to you?

Is Tenex (Guanfacine) a reasonable first choice of meds for adult ADHD, primarily inattentive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

New Job/Quitting Etiquette. Also, I'm Kinda Crazy.

I've been working a shitty shitastic part-time job (somewhat in my field) for the past four months, and today I've received a job offer for an awesome full-time position in entertainment! I'm super excited. Here's the thing: I'm bipolar/ADHD, and I'm not sure how to handle the new job or the job-quitting. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Who can help me with my mental issues?

Looking for someone to help me with practical aspects of my ADHD - life coach, psychiatrist, therapist? What am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

ADHD diagnosis looms. What's next?

My son's school has suggested that he has ADHD. We've long suspected this as well. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Jan 4, 2012 - 13 answers

MeFites, I need your help learning to focus...

MeFites, I need your help learning to focus... [more inside]
posted by cassini on Dec 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Picking a doctor when doctor information in my area is scarce?

How do I pick a psychiatrist when I can find absolutely no information (besides the basics like contact info and education history) on any of the doctors in my area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Why am I immune to speed?

Ritalin having no effect whatsoever, why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Keeping Calm and Carryin' On in a bout of Long Unemployment ?

How do I stay confident and not feel overwhelmed in my unemployment, 2.5 years after graduating ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Resilience when the schedule changes.

How do I bounce back more quickly when plans go awry? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Dec 2, 2011 - 9 answers

WANTED: Chicagoland therapist specializing in ADD assistance

I am a woman in her early 30's who has been diagnosed with ADHD (or ADD, I don't remember what behavioral health folks call it now) by four different pdocs. I am looking for a therapist in either the NW Suburbs or North Shore suburbs (preferrably those accessible via 294) of Chicago who specializes in dealing with people in my situation. [more inside]
posted by princesspathos on Nov 27, 2011 - 1 answer

How to develop work ethic after your academic confidence has taken a beating

Smart people who did badly in college - how did you regain your footing and develop your work ethic and study skills? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Nov 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Looking for a professional to help me manage my ADHD

I'd like to see professional who can help me develop tools/strategies to cope with ADHD. Should I see an ADHD coach? A cognitive behavioral therapist? How do I go about finding someone? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Nov 14, 2011 - 10 answers

And then I'll forget to show up for the appointment...

What is treatment for ADHD in an adult like? I need to get an estimate of how often one goes to the psychiatrist for ADD/ADHD after the initial screening. (If he thinks I am ADD, of course.) [more inside]
posted by artychoke on Nov 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Where can I go to mentally calibrate myself in PDX?

PDX Filter: Had a small meltdown last Friday and came home from work. Today I'm feeling completely detached from my job and I just want to get some help once and for all. What kind of mental health facilities can I call up today about getting in this afternoon? More snowflake-y stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Do Adderall Make Us Write Bad?

Do people write differently when they're on Adderall? Do you write differently when you're taking Adderall? I am interested primarily in those taking it as directed rather than using it for studying, but I'm interested in any perspective. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 4, 2011 - 24 answers

Y Kant Anoni Read

Grad student can no longer read. ADD reading strategies sought, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 - 20 answers

Bupropion vs Adderall

Should I go back on Bupropion (Wellbutrin), or give Adderall a try? [more inside]
posted by edguardo on Oct 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Need a rec for an adult ADHD/anxiety expert in the SF Bay Area

Urgently seeking recommendations for an Adult ADHD expert in the SF Bay Area who also has expertise with anxiety disorders. [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness on Oct 17, 2011 - 2 answers

My ADD needs help can you...wait what was I talking about?

ADD Filter (YANMD) - I am at the end of my rope with my ADD symptoms and feel stuck in the fact that heart issues prevent me from going on something like Straterra. Any other options or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Oct 17, 2011 - 16 answers

ADHD hacks

What is the single thing, aside from medication, that has helped you most with your ADHD/chronic disorganization? [more inside]
posted by granted on Oct 16, 2011 - 27 answers

ADHDer needs idiot-proof bill pay/reminder program/software

I am 39, single, and a college educated professional. I make decent money, but managing it is a totally different story. I have ADHD. I have been on the hunt for the perfect idiot-proof-pay-my bills software (for a Mac) and I’m at a loss. Help. [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Oct 8, 2011 - 22 answers

add hampering therapy

Can add interfere with someone's capacity to work the therapeutic process? Anecdotes and data both welcome. Particularly interested in therapy with homework eg CBT. When the add is treated, does therapy effectiveness increase?
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 3, 2011 - 8 answers

If the Kid with Tourette's Could Stop Barking, He Would. Sheesh.

How can I ensure my kid isn't being penalized for his disabilities in school? He's a 13-year-old 7th grader who's been diagnosed with OCD and ADHD (hyperactive type) and is on meds (and receives therapy as needed) for both. He is a reasonably smart, very chatty little dude. In a recent discussion with one of his teachers, I discovered that he's being penalized and verbally reprimanded for calling out in class. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Sep 25, 2011 - 34 answers

Bored at the gym: how to keep my head in the game?

I want to go to the gym, but the gym is so boring. Reading books/listening to music/watching TV during compatible exercises (i.e. no books with free weights) doesn't seem to help. How can I keep myself stimulated so that I can get through more than 30 minutes of working out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 19, 2011 - 30 answers

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