Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 8

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  IWant2Believe profile page
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    Quote from rbs105
    Has anyone who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD taken wellbutrin and found it to be helpful?? I know it is primarily for depression, but I was told that it would help alleviate sx of ADD also. I have been borderline dx now, but I am also dealing with alot of other things that made a psych dr I've been seeing to think I would benefit more from starting with wellbutrin and seeing if that would help with the ADD then starting in on adderall or other things.

    I posted awhile ago about this and have been in to see someone. When they tested me for ADD/ADHD, I actually did pretty well, but the dr said she could tell I needed a very controlled environment to be able to concentrate.

    I am graduating in May and have done okay, but definitely am at the point that I need some sort of assistance to keep things straight-in life and in school. I am just wondering if anyone has had success with wellbutrin or if I am wasting my time. Thanks

    Ruth
    It does not help, take medication for ADHD, then the symptoms that are making life difficult and are causing the depression diminish, ergo, the depression diminishes.
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  3. Visit  chadash profile page
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    Quote from Bipley
    What drugs have you tried so far? Have you ever tried amphetamines? Wellbutrin? Anything other than Straterra?
    I have never taken any other meds for add....I am 53 and was just diagnosed for the first time. I sorta knew, my daughter was diagnosed in high school, and the Dr implied that she probably came by it through your's truly. At work, folks would say, why are you always running, why dont your sit down? guess that's the hyper part, the the attention part, but anywho, organization is my greatest struggle. I also tend to hyperfocus, which helps with learning, but I tend to function like a rat on acid
    I think the doctor just wanted to try me on something that was for adults with ADD, but I have had family ask if I am depressed or something, and the straterra seems to suck some of the motivation out of me. I wasnt sure if that meant I don't really have ADD, or if that is just the drug is not suitable.
    Thanks for asking!
  4. Visit  OliveVinesRN profile page
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    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.
  5. Visit  Bipley profile page
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    Quote from chadash
    I have never taken any other meds for add....I am 53 and was just diagnosed for the first time. I sorta knew, my daughter was diagnosed in high school, and the Dr implied that she probably came by it through your's truly. At work, folks would say, why are you always running, why dont your sit down? guess that's the hyper part, the the attention part, but anywho, organization is my greatest struggle. I also tend to hyperfocus, which helps with learning, but I tend to function like a rat on acid
    I think the doctor just wanted to try me on something that was for adults with ADD, but I have had family ask if I am depressed or something, and the straterra seems to suck some of the motivation out of me. I wasnt sure if that meant I don't really have ADD, or if that is just the drug is not suitable.
    Thanks for asking!
    It is still a fairly new drug and honestly, I haven't met many folks that like it. One guy (police officer) said he noticed some difference but not enough to continue taking it.

    I would really encourage you to find something that does work for you. Life is pretty amazing when it isn't a constant struggle and you know what? The funny part is that the struggle is the norm for many of us. When the struggle is gone that is when you realized it was there.
  6. Visit  chadash profile page
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    Quote from Bipley
    It is still a fairly new drug and honestly, I haven't met many folks that like it. One guy (police officer) said he noticed some difference but not enough to continue taking it.

    I would really encourage you to find something that does work for you. Life is pretty amazing when it isn't a constant struggle and you know what? The funny part is that the struggle is the norm for many of us. When the struggle is gone that is when you realized it was there.
    That is a very interesting insight: I have found that true many times.
    Just never put it into words. Thanks!
  7. Visit  Medic2005 profile page
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    I need some suggestions on the med, I beleive i have ADD i was taking concerta 54mg, Currently not taking nothing,I can take it for a while when i was taking it,It seemed to help although after a month or so it seemed like it had no affect, Anybody else have this problem or is it just me.yes i have been diagnosed with ADD or Bipolar I dont Really remember. Thanks you for any info or help on the question @ hand



    Sincerely Jerry

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  8. Visit  button2cute profile page
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    Hello, All

    Happy New Year.

    Jerry,

    I would suggest for you to discuss it with your family physician or the physician or the person that diagnosis you. No one on this site cannot provide you a list meications that control the s/s of ADD/ADH. if someone one did not know your medical hx and it can place the person in a lawsuit and you are practicing outside your licensure.
    I would suggest for you to read information provided by the intennet as well as communicate your concerns with your physician accucrate and updated information. on the issues.
  9. Visit  Pvt. Parts profile page
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    I've continued to read this thread and frankly, some of the responses I've seen clearly demonstrate some ignorance by some posters -- both stigmatizing ignorance and ignorance in the form of misinformation.

    I really have nothing to contribute except to say that my experience with my ADD has been quite different than most of the other experiences I've read here.

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

    I believe I either have this or bipolar disease.
    I'm glad you mentioned this.

    There is research out there showing that a differential dx of bipolar II disorder (rapid-cycling) has been given to people with severe ADHD. I hope you and your Dr. nail down the correct dx before even thinking about treatment and medications -- I doubt you'd want to be on lithium if you don't need it; the same for amphetamines.
  10. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from Pvt. Parts

    There is research out there showing that a differential dx of bipolar II disorder (rapid-cycling) has been given to people with severe ADHD. I hope you and your Dr. nail down the correct dx before even thinking about treatment and medications -- I doubt you'd want to be on lithium if you don't need it; the same for amphetamines.
    actually being on a small dose of lithium wouldn't be the end of the world for those with severe add/adhd; it is a mood stabilizer afterall....BUT being on amphetamines and being bipolar could be disastrous as it could (and probably would) induce uncontrollable mania. it's imperative that a definitive dx be made to ensure proper treatment. my dd who was dx'd w/add when she was 4 yo by a team of pediatric specialists, is now being told that it was probably early onset bipolar.

    leslie
  11. Visit  chadash profile page
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    Quote from Pvt. Parts
    I've continued to read this thread and frankly, some of the responses I've seen clearly demonstrate some ignorance by some posters -- both stigmatizing ignorance and ignorance in the form of misinformation.

    I really have nothing to contribute except to say that my experience with my ADD has been quite different than most of the other experiences I've read here.



    I'm glad you mentioned this.

    There is research out there showing that a differential dx of bipolar II disorder (rapid-cycling) has been given to people with severe ADHD. I hope you and your Dr. nail down the correct dx before even thinking about treatment and medications -- I doubt you'd want to be on lithium if you don't need it; the same for amphetamines.
    I am another poster (not the one you are addressing) but I did ask my doctor about this. Apparently, bipolar is not simply an issue of degree (that is, not just more severe ADD), but rather has clear characteristics. I quess this can overlap in some people. She told me that ADD was my diagnosis, and she saw no indications of bipolar. I dont know if this helps, but correct me if I misunderstood what she told me. Psyche stuff is way over my head...
  12. Visit  sweetiepie, rn profile page
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    My name is lateefa and I was diagnised with ADD 3 1/2 years ago while I was in nursing school. I was not coping with school. I had a very hard time keeping up with clinicals and paperwork. After being diagnosed, the trouble I had with getting things done on time and focusing made sense, but I was able to compensate at that time. My mom and dad are both supposed to be evaluated for ADD/ADHD because they definitly see the symtoms in them. My mom definitly has ADHD which could explain not finishing HS, poor money management and her hx of drug and alcohol abuse.
    Anyway, as a nurse, having ADD has made adjusting to being a nurse very difficult. Although I was on meds, I still had a hard time adjusting and my nurse manager put me on extended orientation because of med errors and poor time management. I have improved. However, as a rehab nurse it has felt like an upward row with only one oar on a turbulent river. I don't take my adderall because it started to keep me awake when I needed to sleep.
    I'm pretty optimistic about the future. I plan to seek more suitable employment within the next six months. My coworkers like me and think that I am a pretty decent nurse. I like my unit but I realize that I could not work there for a long time under the emotional stress of feeling like I can't always keep up. I fanyone has sugguestions on what field of nursing/ type of job would be more suitable for a young nurse, let me know. Thanks for reading .
  13. Visit  Swanee profile page
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    Funny Metron that you started this. I'm a psyche RN, 13yrs sober and ADD diagnosed 3yrs ago. I was pulled in by my supervisor on an inpatient unit and she sent me to a doc at Yale who specialized in ADD. I happened to live right outside of New Haven so it was convenient.
    I was always in fist fights growing up, couldn't listen or keep friends and spent my life being independent and picking the high stress jobs - case manager, MR to psyche and then psyche ED as a new nurse. We transcribed orders by hand there and I was always missing things! I left the job before getting fired and ended up in the inpatient psyche unit when my supervisor sent me to the doc. Once on meds, people kept asking me what was wrong because I was so quiet. The clincher was when I noticed that people were being nicer to me. I was able to listen to them and even care! A friend of a friend said something that stuck with me. "It's so nice having beth around now that she doesn't need to be the center of attention." I never realized that I couldn't sit still. My brother and I drove my mother nuts! We have determined that it came from my father (it is passed on by the way). He's text book and is getting worse now that he's pushing 80.
    I feel like I'm at an AA meeting. I thought my problem was only alcohol but now realize that I was medicating with alcohol. It helped me relax.
    After the last 3 1/2yrs, I'm realizing that it's time to get out of home care. I'm being given an opportunity (with 20 yrs of experience) to develop a psyche nursing program and step out of direct care. Home care is bad for us! Can't get started and never finish. It's a pitiful cycle and the demands continue to increase. It's sucking me dry.
    Finally I'll be in the idea business where I thrive. The ideas never stop flowing which is one of our assets!! Wish me luck and thanks everyone for sharing. I will keep in touch.
  14. Visit  Swanee profile page
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    I've been where you are, 20 yrs later. Ritalin LA was better for me than adderral. I was up all night on that and my face broke out at 40! Ask your doc.
    I've found that now that I'm on meds and 13 yrs sober, I don't even want to work in rehabs or the ED type setting. Outpatient nursing of some kind (I'm in psyche) - clinics or other small group work. I'm going into program development/marketing for psyche nursing. Stay away from the type of nursing or the type of setting that is the most difficult. We struggle at work with this diagnosis, don't add to it with a hard job. I was transcribing meds by hand in the ED once. My mentor suggested it wasn't for me! I couldn't see it. You're so young and there's a shortage. Talk to other nurses and you'll find something that works.


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