Struggling with ADD

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    Question for all of you nurses/students! I have had ADD since I can remember... I haven't been on medication since I was 12, and I am now almost 28. I am starting my pre-reqs, and when I took Biology last semester it was the hardest class I have ever had!! After taking BIO I felt devastated because I wasn't sure I could get through all the science pre-reqs and nursing school. I really hate how ADD meds make me feel, but I feel I should start taking meds to help me through school. Do any of you suffer with severe ADD and take meds? I am the worlds biggest scatter, brain and I have the hardest time focusing on anything. Having ADD has not only been a challenge with school but also with any job I have ever had. Words of encouragement would be wonderful

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    I don't know if I have ADD but I'm pretty sure I do! I've not been able to afford to see a physician so I had to power through. I have difficulty focusing, and when I don't get something I freak. Honestly, I feel you need to sit and think about defeating this problem you face no matter how hard it is. Also, if you don't work out...start it helps a lot. Running, biking, going to the gym and eat good food. What medication are you on? I've taken vyvanse my friend had back in high school, makes you really focused! Anyway, keep your head up! Get a tutor!
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    I don't know if I have ADD but I'm pretty sure I do! I've not been able to afford to see a physician so I had to power through. I have difficulty focusing, and when I don't get something I freak. Honestly, I feel you need to sit and think about defeating this problem you face no matter how hard it is. Also, if you don't work out...start it helps a lot. Running, biking, going to the gym and eat good food. What medication are you on? I've taken vyvanse my friend had back in high school, makes you really focused! Anyway, keep your head up! Get a tutor!

    Thank you I currently am not on any medications, but I do it really healthy!! I will admit I don't exercise too much, but I do enjoy my hikes. I am going to look into medication, and I am also going to start exercising more in order to clear my head!
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    I am a nursing student, second year, and I was just diagnosed with adult ADHD over the summer. Just having a confirmation of ADHD (lol that wasn't really a thing when I was a kid!) has changed my life. I've been researching a lot about it, and speaking with other adults and students with ADHD, and have found some really great tips to get organized, study, and stay on task.

    I made it through all the pre-req courses, but I had a heck of a hard time with them! Especially anatomy, because of all the memory and small details, and math, which I have always had a problem with. My first semester of nursing school was incredibly hard - it's learning a new way of thinking, much more studying, and a TON of information! I made it through by the skin of my teeth.

    In my second semester we had three chances to pass a drug math test, and, I failed all three of them with flying colors. My prof. and I talked about the possibility of dyslexia, and I got set up for testing through the Disability Support Services department at my school. They gave me the info on where to get tested, and helped me to sign up for a grant to cover the cost of the testing. I couldn't do it right then, since you have to be registered at school to get the grant. So, I worked for the summer, and put my nose to the grindstone when I came back for second semester in the fall.

    I went and got tested (ironic that the test for ADHD takes 7 hours ), and it came back negative for dyslexia, but, positive for severely debilitating ADHD. I still had to finish up the semester, and just passed by a mere 0.04 points... lol too close for me! Over the summer my doctor put me on Adderall and an antidepressant.

    The medications made a huge difference at my summer job, and an even HUGER difference with nursing school. It's much easier to stay on task now, and retain the information I study (woah!). I know being armed with the information I learned while waiting for school to start has definitely helped. The one thing I learned today is that clinicals are WAY too overstimulating for me to take the ADHD medications there, but, that's okay! It's all a learning process!

    Have you talked to anyone at your school's disability office? They may be able to help you out with some information! And, talk to your doctor about it, too. I wish you the best of luck!!!
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    I take generic Adderall and can see a big difference in the days at school/work when I forget to take it. Its amazing how much of a difference it makes for me. There are soooo many different brands of ADD meds on the market, have you talked to your doctor about non stimulant meds? My little brother tried Adderall, Concerta, Vyvanse...and they all made him crazy. Switching to Strattera finally worked. Everyone is different I guess, it could be worth bringing up with your doctor if you've only tried one brand.


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