Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 34

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Hey all! I was wondering if there are any nurses with ADD/ADHD out there who want to comiserate and support each other? I know I need the help/advice. It might also be a place for "regular" people (I hate the word normal) to... Read More


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    Thank you for this posting. I found the sites very helpful and 've stored them in my PDA to access from work.
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    I have had ADD ever since I could remember, just didn't know what it was (wayyy back in the day).
    I diagnosed my youngest daughter myself. She quit taking her medication (dexadrine and clonidine) because it made her feel like a zombie. So mom self medicated with the left over med. OMG I couldn't believe how much it helped and I didn't get a buzz on it.
    I have yet to find a psych who will look past my hx of depression to see the whole picture and how it is affecting me. I am trying to go back to school and I find that I can't focus enough to do my work. I went to a psychiatrist and he seems to think that I am cyclothymic (he hasn't used the word bipolar) and put me on Provigil (cause I have sleep apnea) lamictal and a SSRI. This has done nothing to help my attention. Emotionally I feel better but still not able to focus!!!!!!
    Like another poster, nursing school and doing procedures in front of an instructor was a nightmare for me!! I see myself in almost every post on this thread.
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    HI,

    I am 24 (since Sunday WU-HOO), and have had the official dx for about 17 years. My father and both my little brothers have ADHD as well. I have been on and off meds, but have not taken them for about 10 years. I used to sleep like 18 hours a day. In a weird way I find it helps me in nursing as I tend to be like the energizer bunny. Got to work what ya have right?? I find as I live with it more, I learn my triggers and how to avoid situations where I feel out of control. I work critical care and finally feel like my environment keeps up with my brain
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    I too have trouble with my memory in the workplace. I have been jokingly called 'dingdong' at work but people at work don't realize that it isn't carelessness, I am actually forcing myself to focus really hard and still having issues with my mind wandering! I'm such a hard worker they don't even think about it. Sometimes I wonder if becoming a PA is not a good thing to do... too much riding on doing things right and quickly, and not making mistakes. I know if I could overhaul my concentration though I could be a very good PA. My psychiatrist retired and I live in a different area now, but I didn't get much results from what he prescribed anyway. Sometimes I want to ask one of the nurses which psychiatrist to go to, but am afraid of what they will say, or if they will loose confidence in me, and since I'm newer this is not a good way to start a career. But I know I need to figure out a solution because I really want to be able to suceed!
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    I have been diagnosed with adhd and I was prescribed an amphetamine. I was wondering if any one knows whether your job as a nurse can be jepordized if someone at work finds out that you are taking the medication for adhd. If anyone knows anything please let me know. I couldnt find anything online and I really was worried. Are nurses with adhd allowed to work as nurses by law?
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    Great to see there are nurses with ADD out there who are talking about it. I am now in Nursing School. I have worked in healthcare for 5+ years and expected to feel failrly comfortable in school and clinicals. I am feeling anxiety about my future as a nurse... I definetly can be a little spacey at times and am concerned with how I will make the transition from student to nurse. I am sure things will come together more as I go through school, but I am curious as to how nurses with ADD cope. Any suggestions for organization, cheat sheets, routines... I will be checking in and seeing how the conversation goes.
    Thanks!
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    I have often thought I have one or the other or both.My son was dx with it.I am 40,I am good with work,but hme life is scattered.I can go from room to room and not stay on one thing.I have done this my whole adult life ..In school,I just went!I now take zoloft for pmd,it helps me,but I think it lays me back too much.I have always wondered though,and thought I was silly thinking I could have it all these years and not have ever really known.Has anybody ever been dx at such an older age?
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    i am a month from graduating from nursing school and I was diagnosed with ADD yesterday...for a long time i thought it was depression and anxiety that was causing my grades to take a plunge ...but today i took a computerized test (and took my new medication this morning-concerta) and concentrated on the questions and material better than i have in a year and a half...
    it feels good to know there's a reason for my difficulties but it does kinda seem like a bummer thinking about taking medication long term
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    Quote from proud2b1
    I have often thought I have one or the other or both.My son was dx with it.I am 40,I am good with work,but hme life is scattered.I can go from room to room and not stay on one thing.I have done this my whole adult life ..In school,I just went!I now take zoloft for pmd,it helps me,but I think it lays me back too much.I have always wondered though,and thought I was silly thinking I could have it all these years and not have ever really known.Has anybody ever been dx at such an older age?
    I was diagnosed at the age of 37, am now 51 and in my first semester of NS.
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    I think it is a good idea to ask for referals from people you know in health care... nurses seem to have to scoop on the docs. But I do understand your concerns with being new to your department. If you want to go about it annonymously, you could call county health in your area. I would ask specifically for a Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has experience with ADD. Many practitioners in county health also have private practice elsewhere. It might be a good place to start.


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    I too have trouble with my memory in the workplace. I have been jokingly called 'dingdong' at work but people at work don't realize that it isn't carelessness, I am actually forcing myself to focus really hard and still having issues with my mind wandering! I'm such a hard worker they don't even think about it. Sometimes I wonder if becoming a PA is not a good thing to do... too much riding on doing things right and quickly, and not making mistakes. I know if I could overhaul my concentration though I could be a very good PA. My psychiatrist retired and I live in a different area now, but I didn't get much results from what he prescribed anyway. Sometimes I want to ask one of the nurses which psychiatrist to go to, but am afraid of what they will say, or if they will loose confidence in me, and since I'm newer this is not a good way to start a career. But I know I need to figure out a solution because I really want to be able to suceed!
    Last edit by strawberry_bird on Apr 12, '08


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