Adhd

  1. hello,
    Are there any other nurses that have ADD????? am I the only one?
    I've been Dx. for over 5 years now, I've been an LPN for over 16 years. Mediction helps a little. It seems that I am having trouble graduating from the 2 yr. ADN program. I can't get thru the clinical setting without someone pointing out that Iam unfocused, and it has made me feel like Ive chosen the wrong ocupation to be sucessful in. If any one has any experiences, advice, hope, if you've been here, etc.,
    Id be sooooo happy to hear from you.

    I am thinking of going the excelsior route,,only have 6 nursing exams to take, but I fear the CPNE.

    thanks,

    lin
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  3. by   CarVsTree
    Yes, a few; myself included.

    Here's a link!

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/nurse...highlight=adhd
  4. by   xtclass08
    I do not have ADD/ADHD, but my husband has been diagnosed with it since high school, and I have a couple of questions. (1) Can ADD/ADHD just go away? My husband claims that he doesn not have ADD anymore, or atleast he thinks he doesn't, but it seems to me he still has trouble concentrating and he can't get through school. (2) Are there any programs for people with ADD/ADHD at colleges and universities? By the way I am a first term nursing student, so some of you who are nurses and have probably had exorience with people with these type of disorders.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    lotsd of responses here: nurses with add/adhd?
    and in our health and stress management 101 forum
  6. by   lovingtheunloved
    What I was convinced was ADD was actually depression. A little effexor made things a lot better. Then I quit taking it. So now I see something shiny and I'm gone.
  7. by   adrienurse
    I've suspected there's some of it in me
  8. by   romiia
    Quote from xtclass08
    i do not have add/adhd, but my husband has been diagnosed with it since high school, and i have a couple of questions. (1) can add/adhd just go away? my husband claims that he doesn not have add anymore, or atleast he thinks he doesn't, but it seems to me he still has trouble concentrating and he can't get through school. (2) are there any programs for people with add/adhd at colleges and universities? by the way i am a first term nursing student, so some of you who are nurses and have probably had exorience with people with these type of disorders.
    you can do your own research but, i've done mine and know that you do not grow out of adhd. thus, there are a lot of adults dealing with adhd on a daily basis in all walks of life. i can empasize with your husband not being able to get through school and the difficulty in concentrating.
    i would advise seeing a professional that has experience in dealing with adults and attention deficit disorders specificly.
    one of the biggest things i've discovered over time is that a person with adhd can be made to feel like there is nothing they can do right. and this of course only adds to the problem of being successful in accomplishment. people with add/adhd are usually very gifted individuals with great talents and creativity. i have been given advise to pick a career in which these gifts & talents can be nurtured and utilized for success.
    so it kind of makes sense that, when someone with adhd chooses a career that requires a lot of the skills of a tedious concentration nature, multi tasking plus+++ etc.
    can you see how this could spell disaster. it is possible though, i really believe it is possible for an individual with adhd to be successful in any field. so, i m not saying we can't be good nurses, doctors, airline pilots, etc., but this, in my humble opinion would require a huge commitment and pulling of all resource's together on the part of the individual with adhd.



    "and the first shall be last":melody:
  9. by   xtclass08
    Thanx romilia,
    My husband use to be on ritalin when he lived with his parents before he left for college, but he said he hated taking it so when left I guess he tried to conivnce himslef he no longer had that prblem anymore. Lately I have been making him call around to psychiatrist to rediagnose him so he can realize he still has a prblem, and get some help. I am sure there is other ways to deal with ADD other than druggin an individual up.
  10. by   romiia
    Quote from xtclass08
    Thanx romilia,
    My husband use to be on ritalin when he lived with his parents before he left for college, but he said he hated taking it so when left I guess he tried to conivnce himslef he no longer had that prblem anymore. Lately I have been making him call around to psychiatrist to rediagnose him so he can realize he still has a prblem, and get some help. I am sure there is other ways to deal with ADD other than druggin an individual up.
    Yes, of course there are alot other ways of dealing with ADHD. If fact I think a combination of medication & therapy works really well for some people. I get so disgusted with Docs sometimes just prescribing medication with no other advice or follow- up. You can try behavioral modifications with a therapist. It really helps to keep a journal and a sched. planner book for me.
  11. by   CaLLaCoDe
    i know i possibly do have adhd now and again, especially when on coffee..oh boy! flitter flatter and more, can't keep to one topic at a time for too long or when it's early morn during my night shift oh is it ever present. can't concentrate worth a darn!!!
  12. by   loquacity
    "I know I possibly do have ADHD now and again, especially when on coffee..Oh boy! Flitter flatter and more, can't keep to one topic at a time for too long or when it's early morn during my night shift oh is it ever present. Can't concentrate worth a darn!!!"

    actually that might just be......caffeine...
    for some people with adhd coffee actually works to an extent like ritalin, and by being stimulatory (like ritalin) acts to actually calm the pt, and increase focus etc. & the lack of concentration in early morning or night shifts is prob. due to it being a night shift/early morning shift, in which most peoples brains arn't work'n right unless you're used to night shift. if you think you do have adhd then talk to your doctor if you want to investigate the possibility further.
  13. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from loquacity
    "I know I possibly do have ADHD now and again, especially when on coffee..Oh boy! Flitter flatter and more, can't keep to one topic at a time for too long or when it's early morn during my night shift oh is it ever present. Can't concentrate worth a darn!!!"

    actually that might just be......caffeine...
    for some people with adhd coffee actually works to an extent like ritalin, and by being stimulatory (like ritalin) acts to actually calm the pt, and increase focus etc. & the lack of concentration in early morning or night shifts is prob. due to it being a night shift/early morning shift, in which most peoples brains arn't work'n right unless you're used to night shift. if you think you do have adhd then talk to your doctor if you want to investigate the possibility further.

    Ya when I was diagnosed in sixth grade the psyciatrist told my mom that a lot of older people self medicate when she asked why he thought i drank so much diet pepsi.
  14. by   scapegoated RNA
    I have adhd and currently take Equasym XL 20 mg. BD. they work very well releasing 8 mg immedeatly then the rest slowly fro next 6-8 hrs...if I am pulling a 13hr shift i just take another one at lunch..they work almost immedeatly no need for them to build up in your system for weeks first.

    I struggled through my ADNS but passed eventually, also got assessesd for dyslexia as there are some links between ADHD and dyslexia, the result was positive and I managed to get accademic support for my essays, extra time in exams, and a PC to use for my answeres.

    Ignore what others say about you being distracted...the ADNS curriculum IS VERY boring to people without ADHD just push through, you can do it Good luck..

    JP (RNA):spin:

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