Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 2

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. Visit  cdngirl profile page
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    I've diagnosed myself with ADD never been treated but thinking about seeking out some help. My sister has it and is on meds which help her get thru the tasks on hand some days.

    I think the reason I enjoy med/surg nursing is because is so chaotic with serious multi tasking. The rest of my life....I struggle with decision making, completing projects, being able to focus and read a good book would be nice. I have no idea how I got thru nursing school.:chuckle Gee, don't I sound like a therapists challenge
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  3. Visit  expatnurse profile page
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    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?
    Yes I have both. I have just finished school so it can be done. I think the key to it all is making a structure, delevope good study skills. Furthermore I have been given a job in ICU at the start so we are not stupid or anything like that. And never let anyone tell you that you are less than. How long have you known? I to felt like quieting at times but I have a very supportive husband and friends. So I am with you 110% don't give up. It does get easier. Things begin to become second nature it just takes time. Thanks for this thread I think it is great. Look forward to hearing more of ya'll insights.
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  4. Visit  rbs105 profile page
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    Help!!
    I am relatively new to this discussion group, but I have recently been wondering if I have ADD/ADHD and was thrilled to find this link. I feel like my mind is in constant motion, like a TV channel flipping all the time. I am finishing nursing school in May, and with the increased stress of this last semester and starting a new job, I think it has gotten worse. I am a NA at a hospital and had 12 patients last Thurs for 7p-7a shift. I was in a disorganized scramble. I got in trouble because I forgot to tell the nurse about a high temp and she didn't find out until she checked the computer 3 hours later!! I am told that someone in room 6 needs something and I turn around and I can't remember the room #, and/or what they needed. I am asked to remove an IV, and I have to ask 4-5 times before I do it because I definitely dont want to accidentally pull out an IV from the wrong pt (nurses get impatient with me asking so much). I haven't made any severe mistakes and I have been very careful, but I am exhausted by the end of a shift and feel my brain has to work 5 times harder to keep track of everything. Other nurses are always commenting that I look like I'm having a hard time.
    I do okay in school, I carry a high C, which is average for my class. I have to re-write my powerpoint notes and read everything at least twice, although I do have that problem of finishing reading and not being able to tell you what I read.
    I love nursing, but I know I can't do med surg or something where I am carrying a high load of patients. I am careful and like I said, haven't made any major mistakes, but fear what will happen when it is just me on my own. I feel like I am smart, funny, compassionate, and would make a good nurse, but I feel like there is a block in my brain that makes it extremely hard and dangerous. I am starting to doubt myself too because I know I blurt stuff out sometimes or say something stupid and I question what I say.

    How do you go to your doctor and say, "Hi, I think I have ADHD"?? I don't want to hear that it's in my head, because the more I read your posts and talk to my brother who also has it, I am almost certain this is not just me. It is getting really bad too. Any advice on how to get this diagnosed and deal with it would be helpful. Sorry for the long post!!

    Ruth
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  5. Visit  Bipley profile page
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    Quote from rbs105
    Help!!
    I am relatively new to this discussion group, but I have recently been wondering if I have ADD/ADHD and was thrilled to find this link. I feel like my mind is in constant motion, like a TV channel flipping all the time. I am finishing nursing school in May, and with the increased stress of this last semester and starting a new job, I think it has gotten worse. I am a NA at a hospital and had 12 patients last Thurs for 7p-7a shift. I was in a disorganized scramble. I got in trouble because I forgot to tell the nurse about a high temp and she didn't find out until she checked the computer 3 hours later!! I am told that someone in room 6 needs something and I turn around and I can't remember the room #, and/or what they needed. I am asked to remove an IV, and I have to ask 4-5 times before I do it because I definitely dont want to accidentally pull out an IV from the wrong pt (nurses get impatient with me asking so much). I haven't made any severe mistakes and I have been very careful, but I am exhausted by the end of a shift and feel my brain has to work 5 times harder to keep track of everything. Other nurses are always commenting that I look like I'm having a hard time.
    I do okay in school, I carry a high C, which is average for my class. I have to re-write my powerpoint notes and read everything at least twice, although I do have that problem of finishing reading and not being able to tell you what I read.
    I love nursing, but I know I can't do med surg or something where I am carrying a high load of patients. I am careful and like I said, haven't made any major mistakes, but fear what will happen when it is just me on my own. I feel like I am smart, funny, compassionate, and would make a good nurse, but I feel like there is a block in my brain that makes it extremely hard and dangerous. I am starting to doubt myself too because I know I blurt stuff out sometimes or say something stupid and I question what I say.

    How do you go to your doctor and say, "Hi, I think I have ADHD"?? I don't want to hear that it's in my head, because the more I read your posts and talk to my brother who also has it, I am almost certain this is not just me. It is getting really bad too. Any advice on how to get this diagnosed and deal with it would be helpful. Sorry for the long post!!

    Ruth
    Don't go to your GP. Find a Psychiatric NP and to to him/her. Call and specifically ask if they treat Adult AD/HD. If they do, go. What do you say? You say, "I think I have Adult AD/HD. I need an eval."

    You sound like I was before starting Dexedrine. My S/O is a psychiatrist and he is the one that originally dx'ed me, just not formally. We would fight over this. After a few years of this I went for an eval and sure enough, he agreed with my S/O. I thought they were both nuts until I took my first dose of Dex and the best I can explain it was that if felt like I had a whole new brain in my head. I was calm, logical, organized, I just felt different. It was a major shock and quite frankly, I wasn't sure I liked it.

    But I have total control over my life and I don't make those same stupid mistakes you are talking about. I say "stupid" because the mistakes are not you, you are better than to make those kinds of mistakes. Your skills are likely better. When you take meds (assuming you have AD/HD) you don't typically makes those kinds of errors anymore.

    Find a psychiatric NP, one that has experience with Adult AD/HD, get dx'ed and see if that is your problem.
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  6. Visit  new_mom26 profile page
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    I think if you go to the website www.adultadd.com or www.strattera.com you can find a doctor in your area that treats add/adhd..
    Also, is anyone taking strattera and what kind of side effects have you had from this medicine..
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    Quote from new_mom26
    Also, is anyone taking strattera and what kind of side effects have you had from this medicine..
    I won't take it. I'll wait a few years. Just due to the type of drug and how it works I have a weird feeling about it. I already know Dex works well for me and so I stick to what I know well.
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  8. Visit  sweetielin profile page
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    i was diagnosed with add about 3 years ago. i started out taking adderall xr. i stopped taking it after only a month or two because of side effects. now i'm thinking the dose was too high. i did not take any medication for it until about 3 weeks ago. i started strattera. i haven't really noticed an improvement in concentration yet. i have noticed i am calmer. the first few days i took it, i slept constantly. the first 2 weeks or so i had a constant headache. the headache finally went away. what brought me to the point of going back on med was i felt i was unable to do my job the way i should. when i first started as an lpn, i had to have an extra 3 months probation. i'm very forgetful. i have to make lots of notes for myself so i don't forget to do things. it takes me so long to do everything. i know that i cannot be as good as fast as an experienced nurse but still i can't help but hold myself to high standards. i feel i have to work 3 times as hard to be half as good. i love nursing and i want to be able to perform to the best of my abilities. i know that i have a lot to offer but i worry that i will make a serious error and harm one of my patients. it doesn't make it any easier that occasionally i am expected to give meds, dressing, accuchecks on as many as 23 patients. plus paperwork. during those times, i do have 2 rns who split those patients.(we do team nursing at my hospital.) they help but it is still very stressful knowing you are responsible for that many patients. luckily, average patient load is about 15 per rn/lpn team and we all try to help each other. i am hoping the meds will kick in soon and i will feel better.

    good luck to everyone dealing with this disorder.
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  9. Visit  teeituptom profile page
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    Quote from Bipley
    In kids you would be quite correct. In adults you are sadly misinformed.

    Please attempt to keep up with the research. It will make you better at your profession.

    It is widely abused my adults also, and yes I keep up with my research. And yes we are seeing a much increased number of "Adults" coming into the ER wanting scripts for ADD/ADHD treatment. Some to use personally, but also Ritalin is being sold on the streets. Personally I consider that abuse.
  10. Visit  rbs105 profile page
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    Thank you all for your posts. I am going to see a therapist tomorrow and see what can be done. Just on the initial phone assessment she told me I am doing too much (mom, school, working, etc) and just hearing someone professional tell me that made me feel a little validated in all my frustration. I appreciate these posts because it helps me to know that I am not alone and you have put words to the madness that is going on inside my brain! Now, how do we get a permanent thread going for this topic....?!

    Ruth
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  11. Visit  juliebean4u profile page
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    Oh my gosh!!!! I never even thought of starting a thread for this. I am 39 and was dxed 2 years ago after a discussion with my son's psychiatrist. My son has it too.. I just thought I was either imagining things, or had killed too many brain cells in the 80's!!!! Found a used book in the library called "Adventures in Fast Forward - Living with AADD" and if that ain't me, don't know what is!!! Also saw a show , maybe Jane Paulie?- about this dx. Had some VERY successful, rich people on the show who were creative, very social and well-liked, and had used their "disability' to their advantage. None of them wanted to go on meds and change how they were. I have embraced the advantages I have found with ADD. I am creative, people seem to flock to me because I'm different, and have found humor in my "deficit." So glad there are more of us "special" nurses out there! MY LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!:kiss :kiss
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  12. Visit  Simba&NalasMom profile page
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    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 wonder how frequent this combo is...my ex BF has both and I have seen other examples.

    This is just me, personally (I'm 99% certain I have ADD but have never been formally diagnosed)...but it seems like nursing is a profession that suits me because of the multi-tasking involved; I don't seem to ever have time to lose my focus because it's constantly shifting, KWIM? It's one of the few professions that seems capable of keeping up with my racing thoughts.
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  13. Visit  Bipley profile page
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    Quote from sweetielin
    when i first started as an lpn, i had to have an extra 3 months probation. i'm very forgetful. i have to make lots of notes for myself so i don't forget to do things. it takes me so long to do everything. i know that i cannot be as good as fast as an experienced nurse but still i can't help but hold myself to high standards. i feel i have to work 3 times as hard to be half as good.
    i sincerely know exactly what you are talking about. but i have to tell you, you are not on the correct meds. i can't even sit down and read a book without dexedrine. i'm old school when it comes to ad/hd and i like plain old short acting dexedrine. my np lets me work with the dose in whatever way works for me. sometimes i don't take any, sometimes i take 15mg. i never ever need more than that. usually i take 5-10mg at a time. it works for 4 hours and then you need more.

    adderall is great for those who don't want that extra control i need. sometimes i don't want it, sometimes i do. sometimes i only need it for half the day.

    when you are on the right meds and the correct dose, there won't be a doubt in your mind. i wouldn't wait for other meds to kick in, i'd keep trying different amphetamines. that is what works best for us. tried and true.
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  14. Visit  jh479352 profile page
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    I read on this forum that another nurses with ADHD can read an order and miss part of it. The ex. was tylenol 325 mg. 1-2 q4-6h for HA. She would not even see the 1-2. I have that same problem and can't figure out if its my ADHD or my dsylexia.
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