Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 10

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   chadash
    That is so strange, I can't imagine someone coming to the ER to get ADD treated. What do they say: I can't get my house organized, I'm ditzy on my job and walk too fast....oh my heavens....this could be fatal!
    Clearly, that must be drug seeking...duh.
    I have to tell you though, I have never been on anything but straterra which aint great.....if there is something that can help me after all these years I would like to see it. Is that drug seeking behavoir?
  2. by   kathjo
    Hi, this is my first posting. I've been a nurse for over 30 years-worked in a hospital setting for 15 and in medical sales for 15. I can relate to all of your stories about ADD/ADHD. I was diagnosed with ADD (not the hyperactive ADHD) when I had my son tested (he was about 7 years old). The psychiatrist said he didn't have it but I did! He also diagnosed me with chronic depression. I felt fine, and thought the doctor was out of his mind & didn't know what he was talking about. However, all the symptoms fit, even all the way back to grammar school. I figured what the heck & tried a few antidepressants for only 3 weeks. What happened after that was terrible: I developed severe tick syndrome. I had these ticks for almost 2 years after, even after not being on the meds! Over time the ticks became weaker & weaker, and now it's been about 10 years since I tried these drugs. I still get little twitches whenever I exercise. Needless to say, medication was definitely not for me. I noticed most of the ADD medication has a warning for tick syndrome, so I can't take any ADD meds. I've just learned to live with it like most of us do. I try to think positive about the disorder; most of us with ADD are very creative and very intelligent people and other people wouldn't know what to do without us. We have the patience of a saint and can fix just about anything; most people don't have our talents.
  3. by   jubeepepper
    I was diagnosed with ADD as a kid and then also as an adult. I took Ritalin for several years but then found that it just increases my anxiety so I used Paxil (made me fat) and the Wellbutrin (made me quit smoking). I usually work with kids in a psychiatric hospital inpt setting and have found that the ADD actually helps me do my job because I am pretty silly and scattered and the kids can relate to that, thus open up to me. My co-workers think I am great although do get frustrated with me, they say they have found that by placing their hand on my arm before telling me something important, they get my attention, and I am more likely to focus and listen. I wouldn't trade it for the world.
  4. by   sweetiepie, rn
    What you wrote was so funny and so true. Thanks for your reply. It made my day.
  5. by   sweetiepie, rn
    (this is my second attepmt to reply with quote. disregard the first reply)

    Quote from Bipley

    What about moving! Ever tried to move to a new house and you don't have the slightest idea how to organize where everything goes??? I have a friend that organizes, tells me where everything goes and then I'm good to go. But to do it myself I'd end up with a huge pile of what-nots in the middle of my living room floor.

    CLEANING! Aaarrrrgggghhhhhhh! I start off realizing a drawer needs to be organized. I go to put something from the drawer in the closet and I realize the closet needs to be cleaned and organized. I find a book from the closet that needs to be on the bookshelf and the bookshelf needs some serious work. By the end of the day my house is in chaos, I can't find a bloody thing, and my living room floor is up to the ceiling with all the stuff I'm organizing.

    Ever see the commercial on TV talking about AD/HD? They flip through the TV channels at lightening speed to show viewers what the AD/HD mind is all about. They aren't doing it right! Not only do they go too slow they don't finish the thought of the channel before flipping to a new channel. I do!!! I have one thought, think it through just enough to move on to the next thought. 'Course, I think that's the case but problem is, I forgot my last thought. As soon as I remember what it is I'll be sure to put much care into that task.

    Oh, and speaking of typing... anyone HATE proof reading? You already READ what you wrote, MUST you read it again? Heck NO! Go by the basic AD/HD standards, if it isn't spelled right then SOUND IT OUT! Is that really asking so much? Fun-e-tics darnitall! Sound it out!
    LoL That was very funny and so true. Thanks for sharing. It made my day.
  6. by   wwnurse
    Thanks for starting this thread. I only have a few moments to spare this evening, but I am looking forward to visiting again soon. Just for the record, I was also a high school drop-out. I never even finished the 9th grade but passed the GED w/flying colors. Then I just sat on it for 15 years until I saw a special on MTV about ADD & college that sounded like my acedemic life so I got tested and confirmed my suspicions. I got meds and started college at 34. I wish someone would have picked up on my problem in elementary school. I love school and I currently have a 3.6. I did two semesters with meds and this last one without (I start clinicals this month and didn't know if it would be frowned upon in this profession so I wanted to see if I could make it without them). Sometimes I worry nursing might not be the best idea for an ADD'er but I am betting on the hyper-focus kicking in .
  7. by   jubeepepper
    GOD staff meetings are the worst. I either try and get super involved (and angry) about an issue and get in trouble or I sit there and doodle for about 10 minutes and then have to leave early. Treatment team or team conferences have never been good either, sometimes hours long listening to the same docter tell the same patient all his or her theries on why they are the way they are. I just want to blurt out everything I know he will say fast so it an be over with. I have to carry a notebook every where I go so I have something to do, write letters, draw, pass notes, whatever....
  8. by   leslie :-D
    oh Lord, the urge i get to dopeslap the back of so many heads in hopes of making them talk faster/spit it out.
  9. by   chadash
    My poor husband. He claims that he rarely needs to finish a sentence, I am there to do it for him...They do say opposites attract.
  10. by   MCF
    Hi, sorry I don't have time to read ALL these posts today, even though I'm not gainfuly emloyed. But I have to relate one of my horror stories. I was being treated for ADD last year (finally got an official dx). Strattera exacerbated my interstitial cystitis, so the doc tried Concerta. I took it for 2 weeks, and then stopped because I was feeling more aggressive and impulsive which increased my interpersonal problems on the job. Yes, my manager and co-workers were informed and supportive, but that only goes so far when the workload is putting everyone into meltdown. Anyway, 2 weeks later I found that my manager had audited most of my work during that two week period and found an incredible number of errors, ranging from the trivial ("she never complained about that before!") to the serious: e.g., I had entered some work as being completed when in fact I didn't even begin it. This was following on the heels of a few incidents where I made awful mistakes even though I was really trying. For instance, failing to report a patient who was apparently suicidal. I'm wondering if other people with either bipolar and/or persistent anger/aggressiveness have similar problems with stimulants. I've found some benefit from an online training program at Also has lots of info that may already be familiar to you. Anyway, I just wanted to make a little contribution - see you all later, Marie
  11. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from MCF
    I'm wondering if other people with either bipolar and/or persistent anger/aggressiveness have similar problems with stimulants. I've found some benefit from an online training program at Also has lots of info that may already be familiar to you. Anyway, I just wanted to make a little contribution - see you all later, Marie
    omg, mcf....someone w/bipolar and/or persistent anger/aggressiveness should never take a stimulant of any kind, as it only serves to induce more mania/aggression. i would go to a reputable psychiatrist and have him medicate you appropriately. you can write the apa and they will refer you to your state's apa (american psychiatric association). please, do not take anymore meds for 'adhd'.....

    actually, here's a list of their directory; just find your state and email them:

    with peace,

    Last edit by leslie :-D on Jan 7, '06
  12. by   MCF
    thanks for your response - yes, I dumped the inadequate shrink who was supposedly an ADD specialist. I have many years experience dealing with my moods, including 10 years in 12 Step Recovery. Great stuff! The re-programming approach at the web sites I mentioned is most encouraging, as a drug-free treatment (hopefully!)of the roots rather than the symptoms.:Singing:
  13. by   granna94
    ]Here is my intro: any comments anyone?
    Hello everyone! I received my Bachelor's in Nursing after hard work in 1991. I was 37 years old then.I am returning for another interview at a state prison where they had told me I would not get the job even though I interviewed well, because I am on probation for 2 mistakes in 1995. I was out of nursing for awhile and was reinstated in CA in 2004. I went to a nursing refresher school and worked in a LTC for 2 weeks. I love older people. I made a med mistake, was fired, and was diagnosed with adult ADHD. (I tried to tell doctors in the 80's and then again in 95 I had ADHD, they said no. I was also diagnosed in 99 with it, because I convinced a different doctor I had it. I went off the meds when my husband went to PA school because I thought maybe it went away and we could not afford the meds with no insurance)This is what caused the first two mistakes and the recent one. My background is ICU, home health, step-down and sub-acute. I was ICU for 3 and 1/2 years. I cared for prisoners there too. Suicide attempts. Lots of MVA's. I was CCRN 94-97. My favorite job was home health. I love teaching. I have looked for many jobs. The larger hospitals won't hire me because I am on probation. The smaller hospitals won't hire me because they don't have enough staff. The Blood Center would not hire me either.I need maximum supervision for the first 6 months. some of my newer friends are wondering why I continue to stay in nursing. My older friends and my former ICU team leader on nights, who will give prospective employers a recommendation for me, is glad I am returning to nursing. I cannot teach or work for travel agencies. I don't want to work in ICU or ER. I worked in a small hospital once and loved it, had a little bit of everything, back when I was good a t starting IV's.
    Isn't it odd that they asked me to come again for an interview? They are not calling it a second interview but a new one. The first one had 4 nurses with one doctor asking me scenario questions.
    I sent a fax, describing my situation, to Lois Capps in Washington. She is rep for Santa Barbara and a former nurse. She helped spearhead a bill that will improve the nursing shortage problem. I also want to contact Senator Cantwell in Washington State who understands about adult ADHD and wants to increase public awareness. I also have been emailing a nursing school teacher who has ADHD.
    Any comments anyone?