Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 16

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... Read More

  1. by   apple345
    Quote from OliveVinesRN
    Hello, and thanks for bringing up this subject.

    I believe I either have this or bipolar disease. Because, at work, when I work on the floor, I have a hard time getting started once I sit down and actually have time to chart and do things. I sometimes find my desk area all unorganized and messy and I just can't keep up with things, like my pen.

    And I find myself writing little post-it notes or jotting things down on a piece of paper towel to remember what patient wanted what or when I gave a PRN med. And the kicker is, I often loose the note during the shift and I run back and forth into patients' rooms because I always leave something behind. And people laugh when i tell them that I write notes to keep up with all that's gone on during the shift. And I always leave last. I have been fussed at by my manager a few times for leaving too late, sometimes 2 hrs later. And everyone always tells me that I am too hyper and talk too much and tell me to calm down. I don't know what to do and I don't want to be on medication. But, it makes my job hard because I get overly stressed and uptight about everything.
    Olive, this is like reading my life story. I am not on medication but seriously considering seeing someone to validate whether or not I have ADD/ADHD.

    When I was younger I worked as a crew McD's and it was a disaster everything was too fast I cannot focus. I got in trouble for disorganizing/ misfiling stuff back when I assisted in an office, I constantly lose pens, id's, purses when I was younger.. but improved as a grew older. (IM 33). This is my pattern:

    1. Get stressed 2. Mind goes 90m/s 3. Cannot start intimidating tasks or get very disorganized 4. Get rattled and glosses over important details 5. Gets really really frustrated and the cycle begins again.

    Im usually too flightly/ spacey but can concentrate on people who are lecturing or giving a me a litany of their troubles or reciting their biography. It is the carrying out the task that troubles me. My wanting to be a nurse is mostly motivated by wanting to prove something to myself.. that Im not a loser not stupid and can actually achieve my dreams.

    Im really hopeful for my future. I am now a mother and I want very badly to succeed despite of this history.

    Good luck and more power to everyone.
  2. by   RN-Diane
    Wow. I am new to site and have cruised through this posting. I had no idea so many people had ADD. I am newly diagnosed, but do not take my meds regularly. That might change when I start working soon. When I have more time, I will read for tips. Thanks!!
  3. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Hi everyone,
    This may already have been mentioned here but I have missed it if it was, but alot of dr.'s think add/adhd is really bipolar disorder with a nicer name. What is your take on this????? After reading alot of these posts it seems the medication regime is different(to me anyway) . People diagnosed with add/adhd seem to be on speed while the biploar are on anti-depressants, mood stabilizers,etc. So I'm just curious whta some of your thoughts are on this(if it has already been discussed sorry ).
  4. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from Hairstylingnurse
    Hi everyone,
    This may already have been mentioned here but I have missed it if it was, but alot of dr.'s think add/adhd is really bipolar disorder with a nicer name. What is your take on this????? After reading alot of these posts it seems the medication regime is different(to me anyway) . People diagnosed with add/adhd seem to be on speed while the biploar are on anti-depressants, mood stabilizers,etc. So I'm just curious whta some of your thoughts are on this(if it has already been discussed sorry ).
    You are right about the meds. Although those of us with ADD rather resist the street labels for our medications.

    There are so many differences between attentional disorders and the mood disorders that I cannot believe any physician who is fully awake can't tell the difference.

    Attention disorders do not cause mood swings. Of course we have moods, we are human beings.

    If you do not have an attention disorder, and you take medication for the attention disorder, you will be as if you are "on speed." Those with any of the ADD conditions simply feel normal when they are medicated properly.

    Interesting question. If you are talking about your own doctor thinking they are similar (at all), make haste and get another doctor.
  5. by   leslie :-D
    i don't see why ADD and bipolar are often confused either.
    are they thinking mania and hyperactivity present identically?
    you don't have the hyperactivity in ADD.
    and when i have taken ritalin or adderall, it doesn't even make me feel normal, but rather, sedated: not tired/sedated but mellow/sedated.
    i hate the feeling.
    i just have to work a little harder at containing my s/s.

    leslie
  6. by   alliesgrammy
    I would also like to see more information on ADD since I have just begun Nursing School and I am having a really hard time grasping the concepts
  7. by   sbgrace
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    I am on track to graduate with a BSN in September. But anxiety has reared its ugly head and is making this final term a nightmare for me. The combination of anxiety leading to decreased concentration and sleep disturbance, and treatment for the anxiety leading to sedation has led me into a rut that I may not be able to climb out of in time to graduate this fall. I won't give up trying, but things don't look good.
    [quote]

    Hi Mat,
    Have you told your teachers? I am afraid to tell mine, thinking that they either won't care, or that they'd render me unsafe (unfortunately, they're all knowledgeable about it; I've heard their references to it in lecture).
    Hang in there and keep me/us posted. :uhoh21: It's frustrating, I know.
  8. by   RNFaculty
    Thank you all for sharing your trials and successes. I am a Nursing Faculty member with personal and professional experience with ADD/ADHD. Many of your situations really resonate with my experiences. If you have any personal tidbits you want to make sure nursing faculty understand I'd like to hear from you.
  9. by   dgclough
    Hi, I'm also diagnosed w/ ADHD (adult onset). My brother was diagnosed at 4 and was severe (private schools from grade 4 thru 9 to keep him inline behavioral and otherwise) and mom never thought to check me cuz I was so normal compared to him. Decent student in High School, didn't have to study much. Early college career, no problems, by junior year I started having distraction problems that were always there but easily ignored due to easier classes. I would 'blow up' in stressful situations at home... Now, my question is this, Dr. put me on strattera and something else that I can't remember. These helped some but not enough, I currently am not on anything because most days I can cope, but there are days that coping isn't even a thought....Memory is really bad now though, I started college again (NURSING!!! my previous degree is BS in elem. ed) and classes are harder, plus I'm working fulltime and have 4 kids, hubby! UGH and stress is DEFINATELY there. I wondered if anyone has a good med that is PRN rather than daily... Also, are there any stress relievers that are tried and true, cuz all I've found is to get away from stressor and sometimes thats impossible! Sorry if I rambled
  10. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from RNFaculty
    Thank you all for sharing your trials and successes. I am a Nursing Faculty member with personal and professional experience with ADD/ADHD. Many of your situations really resonate with my experiences. If you have any personal tidbits you want to make sure nursing faculty understand I'd like to hear from you.
    I normally don't have to ask for help, but in nursing school, even though I type 100+ wpm, I could not keep up with the frenetic flipping through the power points.

    I finally asked if I could either see the power points before or after class, in order to have a framework in which to deciper my rapid notes, or to have an outline. It really almost didn't bother me, but I was providing notes for the rest of the class as well, something that had been done for class after class before us.

    I had a great deal of difficulty getting any support at all. I should not have had to ask--what I needed I should have gotten whether I had ADD-H or not. The Director got into it with the office for handicapped whatevers (boy did I resent that label! And the interference!), and one instructor habitually gave me a copy of her notes an hour or less before the exam.

    If I were to suggest anything about nursing instructors and students with difficulties such as mine, it would be to just treat people kindly. If you remove the control issue (you will learn this from me, my way) and simply provide as many resources as possible for people to learn, including fostering mutual support in the learning process, people would not gain those notorious 20#, there would be a lower attrition rate, and less of the other bad reactions to stress so unfortunately common among nursing school students.

    The fact is that if nursing school is about learning to be a nurse, then instructors should not have to sabotage the nursing students in order to get the job done.

    Thank you for asking, sorry I dumped on you. (But I feel better now, so thank you for listening too!)
  11. by   smilealot
    I am so glad that I found this thread! Somtimes I think that I am the only one that is ADD/ADHD. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD shortly after first grade right now I am 22. I am almost done with my first BA and just started an ASN program. I had taken ritalin for around 8 years growing up. When I graduated from high school I stopped taking any medication becuase I wanted to be completly "independant" At first I tumbled downward with school but I was soon able to develop "tricks" to help me. I hope these might be helpful for you too.
    1. I planned for short 10min breaks while studying
    2. Eventually my classes all became color coded for example my math class was blue so everything I had would be blue (Highlighters, post-its,flash cards with words written on blue, and blue binder for hand outs.
    3. When learning new words definition/spelling I would repeatedly write them out in big letters with a different color for each word. (If you have not noticed I am a very color oriented person. Sorry!)
    4. Buying a laptop and being able to type have also been extremly beneficial to me.
    5. Lectures were always hard for me to pay attention to so I started tape recording them (with the permission of the teacher)
    6. Most classes I would talk to the teacher about my situation so that way when they would notice me fidgeting all the time they knew it was not be cause I was bored.
    7. Another thing is that I always try to sit in the first row. That way when my mind begins to wander the teacher would usualy come and stand in front of my chair and lecture straight to me.
    Okay I will stop here but if any one else has other ideas I would love to hear them. About a year ago I started taking Strattera and so far it has been helpful. Sorry! I type alot, I talk a lot too. Have a great day!
  12. by   Badi
    Quote from jh479352
    I not only have ADHD but dyslexia as well. It makes life much more difficult to the point, I want to leave. Does anyone else have this combo?
    I also have ADHS and Dyslexia, it made highschool hell. I barely crep throu with a 51-54% aveg. I really struggled with school, I hated everyday. Now that am in univeristy I focus on my str and get as much help as I can from the Unvi I get class notes (thou this time i had to wait untill I had already written my mid term to get them) I also get more time for test. This has allowedme do alot better then i ever did in school.

    I am not currently on meds for ADHD but I am really considering it am trying to gather all the information so that I can make an informed decision.
  13. by   PACU queen
    I was wondering if I have ADD. I have always had a hard time concentrating on the material or when I took a test, etc. Alot of times at work I feel disorgainized and scattered. It's like I can't relax and slow down and think things through. I know study material but I get so "hyped up" and anxious I can't think through it. I also will speak b4 thinking too. I feel like I have the inattention part of ADD, not the hyperactivity. Could I possibly have lack of confidence due to possible ADD? Does that make sense? Please help me sort through these thoughts.

    Also, I have taken my NCLEX twice and failed...could any of this be due to possible ADD? ( When I go to study ..I loose interest quickly..can't concentrate)

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