Originally Posted by tinkerbell45
Hi there! I was reading your post and i was very interested in exactly how your dr diagnosed you with AAD?The reason that i ask is because sometimes i think that i may have that on top of the the other symptoms that i suffer from but i don't know the correct way to ask my dr to be tested for it.What were some of the symptoms that you were suffering from?Also do you still take medication(s)for your depression?I appreciate your time in reading my post and i hope to hear from you soon as my next dr.appt is on November 22nd.Until next time TAKE CARE!!!
Hi there, Basically it was over a course of a couple months. At first it was a long series of questions, She also asked me about my symptoms, I told her about my childhood(Born 2 months early, Drugs played a role), Then put me on Zoloft because she said Anxiety could also cause ADHD like symptoms. After a month, I told her that I still have my symptoms. She then put me on a mood stabilizer, Can't remember the exact name, No results with that. Then a blood test to see if I had thyroid issues, Came back negative. After these visits, She would keep asking me to describe my symptoms. She then got some paper, asked some questions, And based on my answers and symptoms she got the result of ADHD. I don't have depression so I unfortunately can't help you there. I take 25mg of zoloft daily for anxiety still along with my 2 doses of Ritalin.
My advice to you is to just explain the symptoms you've been having and then ask if she/he believes it could be ADHD/ADD. She/He will do the rest. Don't expect instant results, I'm sure it will be trial and error with medications first.
My symptoms included:
Constant random thoughts. Almost like...I'm not sure how to explain it but my mind is constantly going, Constantly thinking. Especially before sleep. Which made me not be able to sleep.
Focus, I couldn't stay on task long enough to do anything. Mostly became aware of this at work, Manager kept telling me to stay on one thing, And kept asking why I was jumping from task to task. Also with any sort of PC games. I got bored VERY quickly with all of them.
I'm not too sure if this is ADHD related, As I haven't really done research on symptoms, But I never really thought before I spoke or did things. I always just did things impulsively. Especially buying things that catch my eye. Now I have a credit card debt. "Oh, I like that, I don't have the money for it but...BAM." I'd buy it. I often swear a lot, Which could just be me, But I rarely even think about doing it, It just comes out, Also with hurtful things.
Don't even get me started about the internet...I'll hop on the computer to do work on my half-assed website that I've been trying to finish, But can't because I just lose interest. 5 minutes into doing stuff on my site, And I somehow manage to end up watching funny videos or Facebooking. Totally what I didn't go on the computer for.
I have more, But can't think right now. I hope my post was informative. And good luck.
@everyone else who posted, I appreciate all your feedback. My sleep pattern is totally borked right now. I have work to blame for that, But then again before this job I could never sleep in the first place. The main problem I'm having is the Ritalin makes me tired and grouchy after it wears off. I had some very bad nausea the first day I took it, But haven't since. I have been taking the Ritalin before work, And it wears off about an hour or 2 into my shift. I'm gonna let my doctor know about that and hope that it can be upped or I can be put on an extended release. I only keep taking it 2 times a day because I don't want to run out before my next appointment and end up without Ritalin for like a week. It also doesn't give me a MAJOR boost, Just a minor one. Which helps somewhat, And I'm sure that is because the low dose.