Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 35

by Metron

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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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    Has anyone tried the alternative, herbal ADD supplement called Focus ADDult? http://www.enaturalremedies.com/focu..._adult_add.htm

    I took Adderall and felt fabulous, but hated the crash I experienced when it wore off. I felt weird! I can't figure out if I felt "not like me" or if I felt "more like me" on Adderall, since I've been this way my whole life. I'm undiagnosed, but have all the symptoms. Four counselors have told me I'm not ADD--but didn't test me, so now I'm looking for someone who will diagnose me. My GP gave me Adderall after asking me three questions, so I'm still not feeling quite "diagnosed." I'm in pre-nursing and won't go through with my career choice until I know I won't forget to do live-saving tasks for my patients.
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    I have ADD; I did much better in nursing school after my doctor prescribed Straterra. (I never tried any other drug). Finally, I could read an entire chapter without my mind wandering every ten minutes. WOW, what an accomplishment then. Close friends noticed a change too; I quit interrupting people inappropriately, I can finish a project without being distracted, I don't get frustrated as easily. At work I keep a cheat sheet in my pocket for important numbers, and I use a daily check-off list for routine things that must be done for each patient; I look at it frequently to keep tabs, so I don't fall behind. I'm thankful that this particular drug has worked for me, and is non-narcotic.
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    Hello. I love that I found this thread. I was diagnosed with ADD when I was in elementary school. My mother has it and had been taking medicine for it for years. I don't really understand it because she's a total spaz and still can't concentrate. I think maybe she just isn't taking the right dose of it. Anyways, I grew up hearing about it and it always bugged me when my mom told me she would do something and then told me she didn't "because she has ADD." I grew up rejecting the idea of it just because I never wanted to use it as an excuse. Yes, it's a disability, but she didn't even seem to be trying to control hers. Anyways, I remember by the time I got to high school I had my school counselor very confused. She said she had never had another student like me because I was smart and always got into the accelerated classes, but then I didn't apply myself and ended up getting bad grades. I brushed it off. That was just who I was. I wanted to do something big. But when the work came around my mind shut off. I would be in math class and I would be so bored because I would understand it but then people would start asking questions, that to me sounded stupid. They went so slow! So next thing I know I'm not paying attention again and then I would fail the test. It was painful to me, because I always felt like I knew it, but I just couldn't express it in my tests.

    Fast forward to last week. I am doing my pre-req's to get into nursing and I was taking a chemistry test. It was open book. Open notes. But I started feeling anxious. Then the girl next to me had her papers hanging over on to my desk. He gave us the equation to a question I had already answered and I knew I had it wrong but I could not redo it. I tried to calm myself and tell myself that I needed to do this because I so desperately want to get into nursing school. But I needed to get out of the room. I just flipped out a little. So I raced through my test and failed it. I felt like crying, but I felt so trapped in that room and I just could not concentrate. I asked my mom if she could get me an appointment with her psychiatrist to see if I could go on some meds (I took ridalin for about a week when I was younger but I couldn't remember to take it and my mom never remembered to get a refill) but when I explained it to her she told me it sounded like the same way she gets with her PMS disorder. Does anyone know if this sounds right? Or could it just be the ADD? Its not just panic attacks. I will be trying so hard to ingest the information but then I'll realize I'm thinking of something completely off topic. I think its time I did something about it. What do you think?
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    Definitely sounds like ADD to me. I used to get the same way with all tests, I just did not have the ability to take my time and I felt the need to be the first one done. If someone passed in their test before me I would get nervous. I also have generalized anxiety which I knew about and was treated for years before the ADD diagnosis. But If you really want to know more about ADD and symptoms and get some tips, I greatly suggest the book "driven to distraction". It was given to me by the executive director of the nursing home I worked at when I graduated nursing school. He heard I was having trouble with my ADD and it turns out, He had been struggling with severe ADD for years, and he was very successful in life. He credits a lot of it to that book. It really explained a lot and gave me the answers I was looking for and more.
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    Thanks! I'll definitly read it. I saw a lot of members mention that they can't read books for very long because of their ADD, but I guess thats not me. I can read for days. But then again, that's books I'm interested in. It's reading my biology and chemistry book thats so hard. Any suggestions are good. I'm trying to get an appointment right now to get on some medication but I know my mom has a really hard time getting it because she says she has to be evaluated once a month, but of course since she's on the medicine she's not behaving as bad so then they don't want to give her more because she's acting so regular. Then she won't have her medicine for a week and all hell brakes loose until she gets back on them. A vicious cycle I'm not sure I want to deal with. But thanks so much for your input! I appreciate it. -Aubrey.
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    I too take a stimulant for my ADD. I have not told anyone that I take this; as far as I am concerned, according to HIPPA the meds I take are between my doctor and me. I have never told anyone I have ADD or depression.

    I have found that it is not prudent to reveal ANY sort of weakness or problem in the nursing profession; nursing administration is quick to latch on to any problem or difference to use against the nurse. I don't talk about my kids, my personal life, my religion or my interests at work. Nursing is not a friendly profession, and the best way to get by is to do your job and say as little as possible.
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    I am 54 and have been a RN for 3 yrs. I have mostly done med/surg but I'm finding that with my ADD it's just not working! Way too many distractions, too many pts 6-8, etc. My time management stinks!

    There has to be another area of nursing that would be better for me - like maybe ER, which is where I would love to work! It's fast paced, which I love, 1-2 pts at a time and you're not responsible for them for 12 hrs.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this??
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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?"

    i knew someone who was diagnosed in his 60's after his grandson was diagnosed and then his son was diagnosed. one of my friends just got diagnosed and he is 38. it's very easy for it be missed unless you are specifically being evaluated for it.
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    Quote from aubs
    Fast forward to last week. I am doing my pre-req's to get into nursing and I was taking a chemistry test. It was open book. Open notes. But I started feeling anxious. Then the girl next to me had her papers hanging over on to my desk. He gave us the equation to a question I had already answered and I knew I had it wrong but I could not redo it. I tried to calm myself and tell myself that I needed to do this because I so desperately want to get into nursing school. But I needed to get out of the room. I just flipped out a little. So I raced through my test and failed it. I felt like crying, but I felt so trapped in that room and I just could not concentrate. I asked my mom if she could get me an appointment with her psychiatrist to see if I could go on some meds (I took ridalin for about a week when I was younger but I couldn't remember to take it and my mom never remembered to get a refill) but when I explained it to her she told me it sounded like the same way she gets with her PMS disorder. Does anyone know if this sounds right? Or could it just be the ADD? Its not just panic attacks. I will be trying so hard to ingest the information but then I'll realize I'm thinking of something completely off topic. I think its time I did something about it. What do you think?

    I would make an appointment with a psychiatrist to be evaluated. It could be ADD, it could be anxiety, it could be both. I think the most important thing is to get a comprehensive evaluation.
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    Quote from aubs
    Thanks! I'll definitly read it. I saw a lot of members mention that they can't read books for very long because of their ADD, but I guess thats not me. I can read for days. But then again, that's books I'm interested in. It's reading my biology and chemistry book thats so hard. Any suggestions are good. I'm trying to get an appointment right now to get on some medication but I know my mom has a really hard time getting it because she says she has to be evaluated once a month, but of course since she's on the medicine she's not behaving as bad so then they don't want to give her more because she's acting so regular. Then she won't have her medicine for a week and all hell brakes loose until she gets back on them. A vicious cycle I'm not sure I want to deal with. But thanks so much for your input! I appreciate it. -Aubrey.

    That is really strange. Every person I know is able to stay on the meds constantly as it is not a diagnosis that goes away. For you, I would seek out a different psychiatrist than hers.
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