Nurses with Adult ADD - page 3

Hi all, As a prospective Nursing Student I am curious if there is anybody out there with Adult ADD (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder). I was diagnosed with ADD as a child and have also been... Read More

  1. by   nurse1day
    Hello All

    Glad this post is up. I am a nursing student and have felt for a long time that I have ADD. I know that it is hard for me to concentrate especially since we have one lecture a week that is 4 hours and 30 minutes. We do get a break but I find myself constantly having to leave the classroom because I can't sit still. I actually work with kids with ADHD so I did realize my symptoms but I was sort of in denial. It is so hard for me to pass nursing classes because I cannot concentrate. In clinical I am fine but in class I am suffering. I also have a learning disability which adds to my frustrations.I know I am smart and can do this I just need help. I actually made an appointment with a psychiatrist so I guess that is the first step. Thanks for the post and Good Luck to everyone

  2. by   Residentmaid
    I can't tell you how relieved I am to see that I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE. While I have always known that something was different about me, I just recently found out what. It is a relief and a burdon at the same time.
    I am very easily distracted from my med cart, which is a hotspot at my facility, constant interuptions, hear every bell and alarm in the building, have much difficulty listening if others are talking near by. I interupt people without realizing it.
    I am just now starting med therapy, and will soon start seeing a therapist. I have been going to a great chat room on mondays and Thursday @ 9:30
    Hope we keep this thread alive!
    Sharon LPN
  3. by   trvlnurs
    I just started a yahoo group for nurses with add so we can sure our stories. will place as many files I can find to get as much information out there to help with organization, information on ADD and anything else that could help.
  4. by   trvlnurs
    Tell me what things, methods, techniques have you used to stay organized. I to work in ICU and always look for new methods to stay on track. Lets share some ideas with each other. I
  5. by   Rhon1991
    Quote from trvlnurs
    Tell me what things, methods, techniques have you used to stay organized. I to work in ICU and always look for new methods to stay on track. Lets share some ideas with each other. I
    The thing I have to do to know what needs to be done as Im taking report is put a line out from it so it catches my eye and I know I need to checkmark it or put in a result...
    Hgb___ (when the nurse says, I meant to look it up but didnt have time or whatever)
    So through out my scribbled report I will see little things with lines out from them telling me I need to do that.

    The first thing I do after report then is my 'to-do' list on each pt PCP (remember this is icu, dont think i would have time to do this on the floor?)
    e.g. bloodsugars and meds due:


    So then I write BS result in there (small, just so I recall what it was to chart it) then, a little line thru it to show that I charted it where I was supposed to. A checkmark by the med time. I'm kinda anal this way... I just cant depend on my mind to remember and so that I dont waste time rechecking myself.

    I found that Im slow until I get a system down. Because otherwise Im constantly rechecking myself. When you have a systematic way of doing things ABC and not ACABCC... then its a timesaver and you can trust that you have done B if you have done A. Does that make sense? It took me about 4 months to get a system then about a year to perfect it and really pick up the speed. Hope that helps some!
    Last edit by Rhon1991 on Mar 5, '04
  6. by   Rhon1991
    !Edited- imagine the above meds and blood sugar 'to do list' without the [right]s....
    Last edit by Rhon1991 on Mar 5, '04
  7. by   fluffybear
    I was diagnosed with Adult ADD December 23rd, 2003. I am 27 years old. This was only after I researched it online and approached my doctor about it. I have constantly had different anti-depressants pushed on me since I was 15, which I refused to take because I never thought that was my problem. I lacked drive, energy, had great ideas, but got distracted easily unless it was something I really wanted to do. When I talked to my doctor, she was like AHA! She hadn't thought about ADD because it's always the classic symptoms that the public knows about, but it can manifest quite differently in some girls and women.
    I have always done well in school, although having to stay in a structured class room frustrated me, and I dropped out at 16. When I returned at 20, I was able to go at my own pace and excelled. I never had close friends through school, feeling that I wasn't the same as everyone else. I also have this unbelievable temper that would just flare without warning (prisoner of the moment is what "they" call it now) until I exhausted myself. I started in a nursing program at this one school ...... well that was a BIG mistake, but definitely not my fault since I know the evil instructors have done the same thing to one student in the class prior to mine and to at least three classes since mine, however, I digress. I then got into my present nursing program and am loving it. I have organizational issues now that I am on the surgery ward. But, the word and the line is the way I keep it all together too!
    JP ____ Drsg ? _____ Lung assess _____ BSx ___ Abd assess ______
    and so on, then when I have to chart the info, report off to the primary nurse, and to the student coming on to replace me, it is all there and I don't go off on a rambling babble. It works well, and checking it regularly allows me to know what things I've done, and what things must be done, and I am then able to set up my time appropriately. A little thing that I've added though is two fifteen minute "screw-up" times too. This allows any unplanned incident (ie. catheter pulls apart from the collection bag and urine ends up all over the floor) to also have it's time without it upsetting the schedule.
    I have to say though, I have been on a classic ADD medication since the 23rd of December 2003 and I feel like a totally new person. I can concentrate, my procrastination level is minimal, I can have conversations with people without blabbing to such an extent that when I think about it later I'm embarassed, and I even went on a 12 hour bus ride a couple days ago and was able to write an essay without getting distracted! My relationships with my friends and family are improving ten-fold too.
    It's been great to read the postings on this thread. I have a greater confidence now of my own success once I'm out there working.
  8. by   leslie :-D
    even if i didn't want to disclose my add, it's so hard not to when you see so many of your collegues struggling with the same issues. my dtr. was diagnosed when she was 4 yo......she is now 14. but through her diagnostic tests, that is when i wondered if it was a familial trait. i have yet to share my childhood with her in great depth but boy, sometimes i feel i am the prototype for add. so now here's my question to all you adder's: have any or many of you gotten into trouble at work because of your uncontrolled impulses? it's because of an impulse and a hyperfocus situation where now i'm in some trouble at work. because of me focusing on just one aspect of a particular situation (thus, missing the big picture) and then acting on it (impulsively), it has currently created a big problem that ended up being a huge problem. anyway and again, do any of you ever find yourself in hot water at work because of uncontrolled add?
  9. by   Chaya
    I especially am relating to LoisJean; I'm also older; when I was in school as a kid, there was no such dx as ADD. The set of symptoms I had were considered a character defect and not a disability; my report cards always read "does not apply self". I always felt different and not quite "with the program". I would continually "zone out" and have to bring my attention back to task. While listening in class, my comprehension was always a beat behind so I would sporadically miss portions of the lesson. Many years later as an adult nursing student we studied ADD and it clicked; this is me! By that time I had come up with numerous compensatory behaviors to cope with daily living. I find I have to write everything down to keep it straight. For me it is the act of writing that helps me remember; although I check all lists at the end of my shift, if I've written it I'll remember it. I need to write down all meds and tasks. As I assess or take report I simultaneously write down items I will need to report on to the next shift. I find I need to "sequence" a procedure or even my schedule in my head and think about what I will need before I can begin or I will be running around in circles. This drove my nursing instructors to distraction because there would be a time lag during which I would look blank while I formulated an answer or considered my next action. (This enraged them; for this reason I don't think they would be receptive to being asked to have patience with my disability). I do best multi-tasking as it keeps a certain momentum going for me and helps prevent procrastination, however, I also do best in a fairly stable environment where patient changeover is less. The good news is I realized I must have been pretty intelligent to come thru all this at all as I frequently had to go back over class material I had not grasped from the instructor and teach it to myself in a form I could comprehend.
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Great thread.

    My child has ADHD and like others here, in educating myself about my child's wiring problem ,I have realized I have it too. I relate so to what ya'll are saying here. Mine is a milder form than my son's and I suspect my affinity for caffeine helps me with my focus. My perfectionism and hypervigilance (I was a straight a student by necessity...HAD to hyperfocus to make it...background interference frustrates me...i was a front row student all through school)) is how I coped with it. Thanks for this forum....good to know we aren't alone. I also thought I was wierd as a kid...always felt my son does as well.

    Between this thread and the kid ADHD thread I am sniffling my way through all the posts...very emotional topic for those of us living with it. Hugs to all here!
  11. by   Bambi
    I can't believe how much I relate to almost everything being posted here. I know I have always been different, but I had felt pretty dumb in school, until I started college. I have done pretty well, as I have been on the honor roll, national dean's list etc. Although I get pretty bored and burnt out with school quickly.

    I have taken approx. 5 tests today for ADD, and have scored very high, so it is likely I have it. I have almost all of the classic symptoms, but I never would have guessed I possibly have ADD.

    While in nursing school, I was extremely nervous and anxious in clinicals, to the point I had a hard time performing tasks. Although I had no problems with passing skill assessments, unless I was in a room full of people. I still get very nervous about returning to the RN program. I had to withdraw due to some family issues in Jan, but I hope to go back in the fall (this makes me very nervous). I am sorry to ramble here, but I would love to hear from others with ADD, please feel free to pm me.

    I am so glad I am not alone, and I certainly don't want to use this as a crutch, but I really would like to get some help, I do not want to feel the same way in RN school as I did in LPN school, extremely anxious, nervous, unfocused, asking people to repeat what they said too often, etc.

    PS: Is there any research and or explanations to what causes ADD?
    Last edit by Bambi on Mar 5, '04
  12. by   TracyB,RN
    Very interesting thread & what timing . . . my daughter just started on Adderall XR 3 weeks ago. She is 14 & has been under the care of a psychiatrist for depression. She has been on Effexor XR for 3 months & what a drastic difference that has made. Then once she started improving on the Effexor, we started to notice that she was acting like her old self again, bouncing off the walls, fidgeting like there was no tomorrow. She literally couldn't sit still for 30 seconds. I asked the psychiatrist to screen her for ADD, he was surprised at first, then after their session, he even commented on how fidgety she was. Put her on Adderall, & it was almost instant relief. She could actually study. She started on 10mg & just today had her 1st dose of 15mg. Just a few days ago, my daughter came up to me, & said "Mom, this med just isn't working." Called doc & increased her. She called between classes to let me know that she is feeling OK. At first I was leary of "doping her up." But, my God. The difference in this kid is amazing. She only takes it on school days, but secretly, I want to give it to her daily. Off of it, she can't stay on task for anything.
    In recent years, I thought that I had ADD, also. Job hopping, always said I was trying to find my niche. Truth is, I get bored to tears if I am in one place too long. And organizing, I am always over-organizing, I am the queen of the check-off list. I HAVE to have a list to even just get through any day, even a day off. And caffeine & nicotine. . .interesting connection. . .My vices. People have often commented how much soda I drink. It totally makes sense. I think I am going to make an appointment for myself.
  13. by   Silicone
    Quote from trvlnurs
    Bought an invisible clock to wear it vibrates every hour to remind me to check MAR's and do vitals on my patients, it has helped.
    I've never heard of such a thing, but I could sure use one.
    Where did you get it?