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[FONT=Comic Sans MS]To answer your question on what a neuro-psych test is, it is a test that is used to see what parts of the brain are being used, how they are being used, and to see what the activity of them are. I know from my own experience it can be frusturating looking for the right docotor when you have some road blocks. Since your inscurance is screwy, are there any non-profit mental health facilities in your area? I am doing an internship with one in my hometown, and what I have learned so far is that since they are non-profit mental health facility there standard of care is usually higher than a PCP that is drivien by insurnace. Another thing about a non-profit mental health facility is that their range of clients is very broad, for instance they take on clients that have little or no insurance, or if a child's parents insurnace stopped after so many sessions with their insurance provided doctor. They also operate on a sliding pay scale, in which can be very helpful. Also fro what your post was saying is that you have seen a doctor that didn't treat you as a person, but as another case. It would also be helpful to have your past report cards from school for when you go see a new specialist for them to form an adequate diagnosis. I'm surprised that your PCP was pushing Strattera right away. Usually Strattera is perscribed after medications such as: stimulants: Ritalin (I am against the use of Ritalin,) Adderall, and Concerta; then also Well butrin is also used but it is in its own category because it is not considered as a stimulant or a non-stimulant. Another thing is that sleep can also effect the strength of your ADHD symptoms. I noticed when I don't get enough sleep that the strength of my symptoms is very high. This next part I am going to try not to use psychological words that you might not understand. The verdict is still out whether or not sleep causes ADHD or if ADHD casuses sleep problems. I don't know if you knew that ADHD is caused by some parts of the brain being over active and other parts under active? If you would like more infromation about ADHD I can recomend several websites and books that might be of use to you. One more thing, a person can have other mental health problems at the sametime of having ADHD. I hope everything makes some sense. [/FONT] :angel:
Quote from smurfra:
Usually Strattera is perscribed after medications such as: stimulants: Ritalin (I am against the use of Ritalin,) Adderall, and Concerta; then also Well butrin is also used...


Just curious: why do you oppose Ritalin but not the other stimulants?
Quote from smurfra:
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]To answer your question on what a neuro-psych test is, it is a test that is used to see what parts of the brain are being used, how they are being used, and to see what the activity of them are. [/FONT]

Ok, but how is this done?? Just asking me questions, or am i hooked up to machines? Machines sound scary, so I hope it's not that.

Quote from smurfra:
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]I'm surprised that your PCP was pushing Strattera right away. Usually Strattera is perscribed after medications such as: stimulants: Ritalin (I am against the use of Ritalin,) Adderall, and Concerta; then also Well butrin is also used but it is in its own category because it is not considered as a stimulant or a non-stimulant. [/FONT]

She put me on the Strattera because of my other fibromyalgia meds. the stimulants would interact with either the tramadol (painkiller) or the elavil (anti-d, which i take at night in a very low dose for the sleep). which i can't remember, but there is a risk of bad side effects mixing the two.


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[FONT=Comic Sans MS] The verdict is still out whether or not sleep causes ADHD or if ADHD casuses sleep problems. I don't know if you knew that ADHD is caused by some parts of the brain being over active and other parts under active? If you would like more infromation about ADHD I can recomend several websites and books that might be of use to you. One more thing, a person can have other mental health problems at the sametime of having ADHD. I hope everything makes some sense. [/FONT]


the sleep problems have only been recently, somewhat...last few years. they coincide with my fibromyalgia. when I was a kid, i slept well, could sleep through jst about any noise. even in high school, i can remember staying up REALLY late, wee morning hours, and still be functional and ok for school. there's no way i could function now on only a few hours sleep. and if the cat sneezes in another room, i wake up :rolleyes:
[QUOTE=index.html]Just curious: why do you oppose Ritalin but not the other stimulants?

Ritalin is overly perscribed. It is used as a street drug by people that don't have adhd. There alot of side effcts. Sometimes it turns people in to "Zombies." I don't know how to word this, but when I stopped taking Ritalin after being on it for most of my life istarted to have some problems that I didn't have when I was taking it, i.e. sleep problems and anxiety. I found out from a counslor that I should have been in threapy before i stopped taking it so that I knew how to deal with the problems. Also Ritaln just stimualtes the brain, and compared to Adderall, Adderall slows the bottom part of the brain and speeds up the top part. New medications always keep coming out. So Ritalin shouldn't be forced as the only medication for ADHD when there are others out there that can be used. Also when children are in school and they are just being regular children (having enough energy but not exessive amounts of it.) Alot of teachers will tell the parents that the child needs Ritalin. And then the parents takes their child to the doctor and the doctor puts them on Ritalin with out having a proper diagnosis.
Quote from lasia221:
hi jennita
i'm sure you didn't read my initial post in this forum, but the fibro, the pain, and the sleep problems are fairly recent. last 4-6 years. the ADD, and the many many many symptoms well pre-date that, going back to early childhood.
pain does not keep me awake. also, the sleep problems started before i was diagnosed with fibro, well before (the diag and the meds are very recent, last 6 months) i was on any meds.

you think like my doc :) i am to get a sleep study done. :)

also, i'm sure my post you replied to was confusing, i'm bad about that, but the first guy that i was talking about, the mean one with the retarded "test", i don't think (at least i hope not) that THAT was the neuro-psych test.
that's why i'm asking what IS a neuro-psych test, and what should i expect? i want to know for my own worries, but also to compare...if others on here have had one done, and can tell me about it, if mine is nothing like that, then i know that something fishy is going on, that the doc isn't right, and that i need someone else.


Well, yes, interpreting message boards is not always easy. I mentioned medications and fibro together since there have been some links to AD's causing fibro and other things like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. AD's also have an adverse effect to the sleep pattern, but so do alot of things like benzos, alcohol, stimulants, etc. If you had pre-existing sleep issues, meds sometimes worsen that. Pinpointing the origin of sleep problems is hard, but like I said, if that's screwed up, mental function and of course the physical health will be effected. If you could go back and discover the origin, that would be good but sleep is effected by a variety of physical and sometimes mental/emotional things so I know it's hard.

The sleep study might help. Have you also had a full blood workup? Thyroid disease or hormone imbalances can effect sleep too.

Good luck finding out. If you had ADD stuff in childhood, that really doesn't mean alot because kids sometimes take longer to mature, and there are sometimes other reasons for such behaviors.

At any rate, since you are having sleep issues, the last thing you would need is a stimulant medication! Strattera isn't as bad, but it can change on you later sleep-wise....my nephew started getting woke up at night alot after he was on it for awhile and as a result he was always fatigued. His previous Adderall caused him to have mood-swings. His parents got fed up and he's off all meds. He is healthier and happier lately, not moody or tired at all. Seems now, however, he is doing just fine in school without them...go figure.