Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 5

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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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    hi everyone! i know this isn't quite the topic, but i was misdiagnosed with add in high school. i just went to a psychiatric hospital in july for partial hospitalization, where we found out i am actually bipolar (manic-depressive). it has been a scary road for me-luckily the meds have been working and i didn't need to do the ect (electroconvulsive therapy-i think?). i am starting my pre-req's in january and told my advisor of my history with the disease and the meds i take (lithium and effexor). i was warned to read through the school bulletin and look at the physical and emotional requirements for nursing to make sure that i can really handle all of it. now i am very nervous about going and not sure if i should??? the lithium can cause mild hand tremors, though i have basically gotten through that issue and they rarely happen now.
    even more, i hate the way people treat me when they find out. like if they see me take my medicine and i explain what it is for (i am not ashamed to be bipolar-it is more common than people realize), they treat me differently. i am very normal! i am a mother, a daughter, a best friend, a soon to be student, an employee, and even a registered voter! nobody sees me that way now though, all they see is the girl who has the mental illness.
    if i don't take my meds, i get very frustrated at everything. also, one week i will be on the go running around so much and taking on so many tasks that i don't even sleep! i finally crash after a while, and don't want to move out of bed and cry and sleep the days away. now that i am taking the meds, i am very level and enjoying it! the only problem is that lithium can do some major damage and i have to be on it the rest of my life. it can cause hair loss, kidney failure, and extreme acne to name a few. almost makes you wonder if it is even worth it??? thanks for listening to my long winded self tell my story!
    jessica :selfbonk:
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    Quote from PsychNurseWannaBe
    RE: Psychostimulants and emotions
    We disagree. NP I refer you to the Merck manual. It does state and explain the point I made.
    It *does* do that for folks that take too many or in the case of AD/HD, for those of us that don't take enough. I'm speaking from experience.

    Without Dex I can't think and focus. I read the same thing over and over and over again and I can't focus enough to comprehend what I'm reading. I become annoyed. That leads to frustration. That leads to temper, and there it ends. LOL With Dex my emotions are even and normal, like they should be. I can read, think, focus, and behave as I should.
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    Quote from jd64848704
    hi everyone! i know this isn't quite the topic, but i was misdiagnosed with add in high school. i just went to a psychiatric hospital in july for partial hospitalization, where we found out i am actually bipolar (manic-depressive).
    sadly, it is all too common to be misdiagnosed by psychs. i swear you can put 1 patient in a room and have 10 docs diagnose him and you will get at *least* five diagnoses.

    one point that is also noteworthy is that if you take an true ad/hd'er that person will likely have family members that are mentally ill. that too, is true in my family. one sis with depression, another that i don't have a clue what is wrong with her. she's been dx'ed with just about everything and none of the meds work. and my parents were alcoholics.

    i figure i got off easy with adhd. :chuckle
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    I did not know this post was even here. Another member pointed it out to me.

    I ought to be studying right now, but I'm feeling pretty comfortable with the amount of time I have before my final in 10 days, so I'll spend a few minutes sharing here.


    I'm 40, male, and I found out when I was 34 that I've got ADD. No hyperactivity for me, just inattentive, impulsive, with a bit of output dyslexia thrown in (no problem reading, but writing for me involves a lot of flipping letters and sometimes whole words around).

    I was at work one day, at my 16th or so job, and I read an Ann Landers letter, or maybe it was Dear Abby, and someone was replying to another reader's letter saying that other reader should look into undiagnosed ADD. That's where it all started. I read everything I could, and case histories read like my life story. I got dx'd, and started Ritalin. Small doses, just PRN, when I felt like I didnt have a handle on things. Then I made a lot of changes in my behavior that prompted the button pushers at my job to step up their game. Long story short, they found the button I worked so hard to hide, and I reacted exactly the way they wanted me to. I went to the consulting firm that employed me and told them what was going on at the client's place, and they called my supervisor who told them she no longer needed me. So despite my work being top notch, once again, my social ineptitude got the better of the situation and I was out of a job.

    It just so happened that my wife and I, after ten years of infertility, 3 miscarriages, and the full term loss of our first son, had just managed to have another. I became a stay-at-home dad to the boy we'd tried so hard to have. And I loved that. The loss of income hurt, but I think it had to happen. That was the only way to disconnect from the "old" me and get started on the "new" me.

    My boy was 4 months old, and I was home with him. I loved it. But then I decided that in order to have some sort of income when he'd be old enough to go to school, I'd have to go to school. The nurses on the LD unit made a big impression on me, and we've got RNs in the family, so I decided that the best way to support my family and be around for my boy as he grows, and do something that fulfills me would be to pursue nursing.

    But wait... I cant be taught. I only did things I had a knack for. Learned by doing. Or so I thought. I started my prerequistes at night, one on weeknight and a class on saturday. I found a learning style that works for me, and I started getting A's. I got my 4.0GPA, and got into the nursing program. Yet I still did not believe I had it in me. It was like the fraud police were going to come after me at any time.

    I started in nursing and realized that I can be taught. And that I can learn by doing in clinicals. I lost my 4.0 with my first B+ ever in N103, and then relaxed after mourning my perfect record after a while, and got an A in N104. I walked out of that class, and on my way to go pick up my boy at the college's children's center, I cried. All my life, riddled with academic, social, and occupational frustrations and failures, and look at me now. Then I got a B+ again in N105. Now I'm in N203, and I'm one of a handful that is passing this course because of some difficulties with the professor. I am one of 4 that passed the second exam we had. The last exam we had, I wrote a note on a napkin that said "TRUST YOURSELF", a prompt to go with my gut, because if an answer jumps out at me it's because I know it. It's in my head somewhere, even with all the noise, but it is in there because of how hard I work to put it there. I got a 92 on that exam.

    Now I'm studying for my final, and I'm very distracted. My strattera is not doing much for me anymore. Never has really, it's more about my cognitive behavior modification. I take only 40mg once a day, and I probably need more, or maybe Adderall would be better. But since I'm functioning fairly well, I'll stick with things the way they are.

    Besides, with my average right now, I can get a 50 on the final and still pass the class. But that's not like me. I don't know how to study for a C. For me it's all or nothing. I'm all in, or all out. Not much in between. There are other things going on with me I'm sure. Probably a few of Erikson's developmental tasks I need to go back and accomplish, but right now I'm just trying to get through school. One semester left. 160 days until graduation, not that I'm counting.

    SO, I'm not alone. There are other nurses with ADD. Good. I cant wait to get done and get working, get some time to pursue different med options for me. Right now, I'm keeping the status quo.

    My boy will be 4 in February, and I am his Nurse Daddy.

    ND
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    hi. I am a nurse with adhd. I carried the diagnoses as a child but really didn't receive treatment until I was an adult. I would love to be part of a support system!
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    I was hired at a hospital after including, on my application, under medications, that I take adderall. I was also given a drug screen and, as far as I know, passed. No one ever questioned me about taking adderall.
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    Quote from NurseDaddy2006
    I did not know this post was even here. Another member pointed it out to me.

    I ought to be studying right now, but I'm feeling pretty comfortable with the amount of time I have before my final in 10 days, so I'll spend a few minutes sharing here.


    I'm 40, male, and I found out when I was 34 that I've got ADD. No hyperactivity for me, just inattentive, impulsive, with a bit of output dyslexia thrown in (no problem reading, but writing for me involves a lot of flipping letters and sometimes whole words around).

    I was at work one day, at my 16th or so job, and I read an Ann Landers letter, or maybe it was Dear Abby, and someone was replying to another reader's letter saying that other reader should look into undiagnosed ADD. That's where it all started. I read everything I could, and case histories read like my life story. I got dx'd, and started Ritalin. Small doses, just PRN, when I felt like I didnt have a handle on things. Then I made a lot of changes in my behavior that prompted the button pushers at my job to step up their game. Long story short, they found the button I worked so hard to hide, and I reacted exactly the way they wanted me to. I went to the consulting firm that employed me and told them what was going on at the client's place, and they called my supervisor who told them she no longer needed me. So despite my work being top notch, once again, my social ineptitude got the better of the situation and I was out of a job.

    It just so happened that my wife and I, after ten years of infertility, 3 miscarriages, and the full term loss of our first son, had just managed to have another. I became a stay-at-home dad to the boy we'd tried so hard to have. And I loved that. The loss of income hurt, but I think it had to happen. That was the only way to disconnect from the "old" me and get started on the "new" me.

    My boy was 4 months old, and I was home with him. I loved it. But then I decided that in order to have some sort of income when he'd be old enough to go to school, I'd have to go to school. The nurses on the LD unit made a big impression on me, and we've got RNs in the family, so I decided that the best way to support my family and be around for my boy as he grows, and do something that fulfills me would be to pursue nursing.

    But wait... I cant be taught. I only did things I had a knack for. Learned by doing. Or so I thought. I started my prerequistes at night, one on weeknight and a class on saturday. I found a learning style that works for me, and I started getting A's. I got my 4.0GPA, and got into the nursing program. Yet I still did not believe I had it in me. It was like the fraud police were going to come after me at any time.

    I started in nursing and realized that I can be taught. And that I can learn by doing in clinicals. I lost my 4.0 with my first B+ ever in N103, and then relaxed after mourning my perfect record after a while, and got an A in N104. I walked out of that class, and on my way to go pick up my boy at the college's children's center, I cried. All my life, riddled with academic, social, and occupational frustrations and failures, and look at me now. Then I got a B+ again in N105. Now I'm in N203, and I'm one of a handful that is passing this course because of some difficulties with the professor. I am one of 4 that passed the second exam we had. The last exam we had, I wrote a note on a napkin that said "TRUST YOURSELF", a prompt to go with my gut, because if an answer jumps out at me it's because I know it. It's in my head somewhere, even with all the noise, but it is in there because of how hard I work to put it there. I got a 92 on that exam.

    Now I'm studying for my final, and I'm very distracted. My strattera is not doing much for me anymore. Never has really, it's more about my cognitive behavior modification. I take only 40mg once a day, and I probably need more, or maybe Adderall would be better. But since I'm functioning fairly well, I'll stick with things the way they are.

    Besides, with my average right now, I can get a 50 on the final and still pass the class. But that's not like me. I don't know how to study for a C. For me it's all or nothing. I'm all in, or all out. Not much in between. There are other things going on with me I'm sure. Probably a few of Erikson's developmental tasks I need to go back and accomplish, but right now I'm just trying to get through school. One semester left. 160 days until graduation, not that I'm counting.

    SO, I'm not alone. There are other nurses with ADD. Good. I cant wait to get done and get working, get some time to pursue different med options for me. Right now, I'm keeping the status quo.

    My boy will be 4 in February, and I am his Nurse Daddy.

    ND
    I'm a nurse and I have ADHD. I have done what you want to do, I still do it. But you have done something I could never do. I could never be a parent. Not ever. I'm just not parent material and I know that, thus I never had children.

    Being a parent is the hardest job in the whole world. If you can do that well, you can be a nurse.

    BTW, if the meds are not working well then there are other meds out there. Try them. You HAVE AD/HD, you know the scoop. You'll know quickly if they are the best meds or not. Try them on weekends when you are not at school. My NP would give me 10 doses of a new drug to try on weekends. (Amphetamines) Then I could just try it and not risk anything since I would take them during my off hours. She didn't actually like doing that, but she let me try. I'll stick with my Dex any 'ol day.
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    Quote from Bipley
    Sadly, it is all too common to be misdiagnosed by psychs. I swear you can put 1 patient in a room and have 10 docs diagnose him and you will get at *least* five diagnoses.

    One point that is also noteworthy is that if you take an true AD/HD'er that person will likely have family members that are mentally ill. That too, is true in my family. One sis with depression, another that I don't have a clue what is wrong with her. She's been dx'ed with just about everything and none of the meds work. And my parents were alcoholics.

    I figure I got off easy with ADHD. :chuckle
    True! Unfortunately, mental health is a hard thing to diagnose! The human brain is so complex. The way we really found out that I was bipolar (besides general questions) was doing a blood test to check my lithium levels. My levels were pretty low. Now that the meds have balanced them, I feel much better! I still have a little trouble, mostly adjusting to not being able to get as much done as I used to!
    I have many family members with different diagnoses! From ADHD to Depression and even paranoid shcizophrenia! I can't believe how common these things are! Almost makes you wonder if there is something in the water...LOL!:lol_hitti

    Jessica :angel2:
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    Hi everyone
    Although I have been 'lurking' around this website since 2002, this is the first time I'm actually participating.
    Nurse with ADD/ADHD....thats me...been diagnosed since 1999...I was 26 @ the time. I ttok adderall....best drug in the world once we figured out what dosage worked well with me. Too much & i would be so mellow I'd nearly fall asleep...too little & i was my hyper self!!!!!!!!!!!
    I wish u ALL the best...u can do whatever u set your mind to do. As a person with ADD/ADHD u are different....but then again aren't we all. When I say different I mean that in a good way!!!!!! U are creative, spontaneous, hilarious, charming...& much more. Good luck & god bless u.
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    Quote from sms
    Hi everyone
    Although I have been 'lurking' around this website since 2002, this is the first time I'm actually participating.
    Nurse with ADD/ADHD....thats me...been diagnosed since 1999...I was 26 @ the time. I ttok adderall....best drug in the world once we figured out what dosage worked well with me. Too much & i would be so mellow I'd nearly fall asleep...too little & i was my hyper self!!!!!!!!!!!
    I wish u ALL the best...u can do whatever u set your mind to do. As a person with ADD/ADHD u are different....but then again aren't we all. When I say different I mean that in a good way!!!!!! U are creative, spontaneous, hilarious, charming...& much more. Good luck & god bless u.
    SMS...

    Please, post more often! You are extra smart!

    Too much amphetamine, that is surely the REAL dx for AD/HD! Too much Dex and I want to crawl under my desk and take a nap! If I can't sleep at night I take a Dex!

    I swear, the only reason my body exists is to follow my mouth around and accept the consequences of my mouth.


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