Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 41

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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    i have to thank the meds for all the help. cannot imagine a day without them.
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    Quote from nursemedfloor
    Hi everyone
    This might be weird, but I am the wife of a new grad RN (with ADD) in a med surge floor. I am writing you because he wont look for help and I don't know what to do to help him. He has come home crying a few times, and every day at work he forgets something. So far nothing serious, but he is terrified of one day losing his license because he forgot something serious... He was diagnosed with ADD when a kid, but only now got prescribed concerta (the lowest dose 17mg). It doesnt seem to be helping much. His memory is still a problem. His preceptor has noticed that. He is starting to feel like he can't do the job, and he just started nursing! I feel so helpless. Please, any advice would be very welcome.

    Is there any hope for nurses with ADD? Does it get better over time? Does the fear of making a mistake go away? My husband says that he has to work on the med surge floor for 2 years, or he wont get any job later. Is that really true?
    Thanks so much for listening.
    The dose for Concerta can vary, depending on the individual. I began taking it a few months into a new job, after being frightened by what I call my "ditz factor." 27 mg. wasn't enough for me, so I doubled up (made my doctor frown!) and that worked really well. Did not make things perfect, but made things much better. Concerta and time on the job has vastly improved things. Some feedback coming back to me includes: "coming along nicely," "I thought you caught on rather quickly," and the like.

    Your husband, whether he had ADHD or not, would still be in the roughest year of his career. Tell him to stick with it, explore a better dose and see if things don't improve. As for his worry about 2 years on med-surg or bust, that is less important than his nursing instructors would have him believe. I've heard one year on med-surg, or none at all. Personally, I went right into nursing home, and now hospital work, without med-surg. Floated for the first time in ages to a neuro med-surg floor last week, and it seemed pretty easy, compared to clinicals. Hang in there.
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    Hi everyone,

    I also have ADD/HD. I was diagnosed in the fifth grade, but at that time I was able to compensate for my shortcomings in other ways. I am now 28, and have been on medication since I was 24. My medication (Ritalin), is a tremendous asset to me, not only in the performance of my job duties; but also in my social interactions (lots of us ADHDers know how difficult even the simplest communication can be).

    Like some previous posters have said, nursing is a great fit for me. I work on a verrrry busy floor where there is no time for anything, many times not even time to eat on a 12hr shift (bad, I know). But I know that for myself I cannot have almost any downtime at all or I get all "spacey" and feel like I cannot recover.

    Also, I am a new nurse, on the job for less than three months, and I would like some advice from my fellow RNs who have had similar struggles: I am extremely disorganized. In my home, and in my life, and apparently sometimes at work. I am getting much better at being organized on the job, but sometimes I just lose that concentration because so many things are happening, and once that happens, I can't get it back. I am speaking mostly of keeping track documentation that I need to do, important things that I need to be sure to tell the next shift . . . etc. Anyone have some suggestions? Sometimes I feel like I am just overwhelmed by all of my notes, and my hyper-activeness takes over and I write things or place things in places that "I'm sure I will remember", but only sometimes do.

    Also, I know that with ADHD many people experience problems with memory. Does this happen to anyone else, and how do you deal with it (esp amongst the disorganization that can occur with this disorder)?

    I haven't had the time to read through all of the 400+ posts on this topic, so forgive me if the questions are redundant. I guess I am also looking for confirmation that I won't feel so lost forever! Thanks for hearing me out!
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    ADHD W/ PTSD

    I would like to chat with anyone that is experiencing these disorders. Long story short Dx/w ADHD about 3.5 years ago at 46yrs young. Attended and graduated LPN school in less than a year there after while on Addrerall XR. While seeking employment and first job as an LPN I was attacked/assaulted during a day lite robbery and I was injured physically and mentally (yep repeat offender now incarcerated). Phys> Rotators cuff and other shoulder stuff and after months of therapy mentally> PTSD.
    Since then (about a year and a half) the physical issues have been resolved and I know I can work physically but mentally not yet... I still suffer from flashbacks and such. One major concern is my memory which has really suffered. I am doing the Adderall XR thing for the ADHD but I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or suggestions on the memory side. I have resisted additional meds for (PTSD) since for the most part trauma therapy has greatly helped.

    I am now enrolled as of today at local college for some pre-reqs for RN degree (LPN to RN-BSN) program. I must admit since I have no tangible experience as an LPN my zest is not where it was when I first entered the LPN program. That said instead of sitting on my "dupah" I figured why not go to school but in reality I have concerns. A) I might be bored by the regular classroom environmnet and B)My memory not being sharp might hurt me in class as well (yes I have visited the disabilities dept). The disability office at the college has cleared me for some services and I am afforded some accomodations in class but again in reality in a real RN setting I want to make sure I am in fulll capacity to provide outstanding care to my patients.

    OK "nuff" typed anyone care to respond...
    Last edit by friendofinjuredlpn on Aug 24, '11 : Reason: error
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    Hi everyone. I'm not a nurse (yet). I'm waiting for am LPN program to start and in the mean time I've been perusing the allnurses site :-) I have not officially been diagnosed with ADD but I'm fairly sure that I have it, or something.

    Really my WHOLE life I've felt like it takes 5x the effort for me to do the things that other people seem to do effortlessly. I'm always losing and misplacing things, my room growing up was a disaster, my house is always messy, I forget things, I'm always running late. I try to listen to people talk and my mind wanders even though I'm trying SO hard to listen. People tell me things and I'm not sure of what I heard later and have to ask. It's like I live in a fog. I have an appointment with a Psychiatrist in a few weeks (first available). We'll see how that goes.

    I'm comforted to know that there are those who are nurses with ADD and doing well. I believe that I dropped out of college many moons ago because I was afraid I couldn't hang as a teacher (my major at the time). There's hope! There's hope!
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    Ahhh amyloov,

    Strong suggestion, if at all possible get professionally and thoroughly tested for add/adhd. A good psychological group that specializes in ADHD is best that performs many tests to really pinpoint areas that may be an be issue for you can really be a life and career saver. Especially heading off to school to be an LPN. There will be alot of stress and anxieties placed upon you and if you are not all there you may become one of those drop out statistics the professors love to throw around. Most of the students in my class that dropped out in the first 2 wks were def ADD/ADHD BUT of the unmanaged type. Most that passed Add/ADHD to the max but they managed there symptoms well. Check out these forums and sites. addforum.org totallyadd.com and look for lecture series (video) from Dr Russell A. Barkley (just google his name with ADHD) and these sites will really open yours eyes.

    Best of luck
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    Thanks so much! I appreciate it. I'm going to a psychiatrist in about 2 weeks for an evaluation and we'll see what happens from there.
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    Good for you Amyloov.,

    Please let us know how it went.
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    This is my first semester into the nursing program! I'm excited, but at the same time really nervous... but who wouldn't be? There's a lot of material to cover and I'm a little in over my head about the amount of reading that's assigned and how am I ever going to remember all the procedures/ skills for clinicals?

    But going back to the point of this thread (oh the irony!)... I've been diagnosed with ADD since I was 7 years old. I took Ritalin in elementary school and part of middle school. When high school rolled around, I stopped taking the medicine. I managed to be a part of my school's National Honor Society and also graduated top 10% of my class, but now that I am in college things changed after freshman year... boy was that a wake up call! My parents and I decided that I should get re-tested... and so my physician referred me to a neuropsychologist and did the whole 15 hour test and turned out that maybe meds. would help! It might just be the different learning environment or the fact that I had more "freedom" but eventually after changing my major I chose nursing. I have to take my tests in complete silence and now that most schools take their tests on a computer I won't be able to concentrate with all the tapping (maybe? I haven't taken a test in a room full of other people tapping away, but didn't want to risk it so I've been taking my tests in a quite room). I want to be an ACNP for various reasons. I like the more autonomy the NP position holds and in the future if I ever want to do research/ teach I can. I also like how it's not just conformed to a specific type of patients... it's more diverse. I'll have to work in an ICU or ER after getting my BSN and passing the NCLEX to be completely sure that I can handle those type of scenarios... but my question for you all is, is having ADD going to impact my job as a future NP? I'm not the kind of person to just do a task and then say "oh look there's a bird"... I think that when I'm focused I stay on track for the most part... not talking about studying because for that I have to be in a really quiet environment/ headphones/ and my medicine. It's more in the social context that that other side may appear more but not too often. I'm sure the "other side" could tell me that if you have to test in a quiet room how can you perform nursing duties when there's all sorts of noise going on? My answer to that is that that's a totally different scenario. The tests are part of a learning curriculum and for me to do well and succeed I have to be in quiet environment but when it comes to reality and working I think I can handle that. I think my ADD is more related to academia. Any suggestions, words from experience, advice, arguments, or opinions?
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    I am still in my first year of nursing and was just Dx ADD- taking Vyvanse, after my son was dx. I sat thru the sessions and related to everything the doctor spoke of. I struggled thru HS, quit Business school- due to boredom, went to FIT for Fashion design because it was hands on and I stood all day. My family needed me to recreate myself and found nursing. I struggled thru school. I would always fall asleep, while reading, during lectures. It was the worst. It took me so much more time than everyone else. I taped the lectures and listened to them while I did other things.... I made it thru. Now I struggle with remembering things. I am getting in trouble at work for overtime. Things take me longer than the other nurses. My coworkers say you are just thorough. My bosses only see the bottom line. I have to somehow speed it up. But I worry about being unsafe. I have never been worried for my job security before. I was always a hard worker and star. This is very upsetting. Any suggestions? BTW. I work in LTC, med pass nurse. The med seems to be making a difference. I am up to 40mg. Thinking that is my max.

    Just taking it one day at a time.
    Last edit by Robynruns on Sep 28, '11 : Reason: left out stuff.


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