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27 June 2005 @ 11:13 am
So as I was sayi--ohhh, shiny!  
I went this morning for my follow-up on ADD testing. During his preliminary assessment, the doctor had been skeptical that I had it, but after review and some computer testing today, he's fairly positive I do. He was initially thrown off, I think, by the fact that I did well in college. He seemed hung up on that. But many other things matched up. I personally wonder if the symptoms were masked by depression.

Anyway. I have a medication review tomorrow. Am curious to see if they'll chage or add something.

Today, at work, I work. And on breaks will try to answer some recent comments.
the_shoshannathe_shoshanna on June 27th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yay for useful diagnoses that help guide treatment/management!
julia_herejulia_here on June 27th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Actually, doing well in college isn't at all uncommon for ADD folks; I swear that undergraduate education is designed for us. I have a BA, Summa cum Laude, from WSU on top of a TESC BA. I got it by a combination of doing all my reading in the first three weeks or so of the semester and all my writing within the last 48 hours before the assignment was due, and living on coffee and Sherman's Turkish Ovals most of the time. Turns out that Nicotine is one of the most effective CNS treatments for ADD and caffeine potentiates its effects.

If I had inherited the genetic combo that makes people prone to alcoholism, I probably would have come out of the two years at Pullman an alcoholic, too; given that of the people I was drinking with (and drinking under the table) three are now admitted alcoholics and one is dead of cirrhosis. But I got out and got away from the binge drinking culture and lucked out.

So, welcome to the Sibhood of the Squirrel.

Julia, checking to see if I remembered my morning does of Adderall

Lumenara Dhahm: incendiarylumenara on June 27th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, Adderall. :-)

I have not been doing so well in college, but prior to that I always did well in school, which probably helped to mask it for me. Plus, you know, all the coping mechanisms.
julia_herejulia_here on June 27th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
It really is a matter of finding the right major, I think- not to mention that I managed six years of college and two BAs without ever passing a math class, by the simple expediant of picking the right colleges and the right programs. I don't think that's possible any more; my son has had calculus in one and introductory statistics in the other of his first year programs at TESC.

Adderall is cool for me; Miss Perfect (the other offspring, Class of 2006, honors student) takes Concerta and does really well on it.

I've spent most of the past dozen years hanging out in the ADHD online community and reading and writing about the stuff, so I tend to blather on about it worse than other things, even.

Julia, sort of a wind me up and see me go kind of situation
Lumenara Dhahm: incendiarylumenara on July 1st, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
I should probably quit hijacking eliade's journal on this. Maybe start a thread for us to ramble?
Anna S.: harry-pottereliade on July 1st, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
No, no--keep talking! I mean, if you want to, you can of course post elsewhere, but I'm fine with being hijacked. *g* And of course, it's interesting to me!
niqaeli on June 27th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
I can't remember if my friend's sister as ADD or ADHD. But, anyway, her sister got diagnosed with one or the other and medicated. Turns out, however, that the symptoms that got her sister looked at hard and eventually diagnosed for? Stacey's been coping with them for years. She's self-medicated her way through high school and several years of college so far on caffiene by drinking the sludgiest, nastiest coffee ever. She's also not officially diagnosed, but, uh, yeah. If she doesn't have it, I'll eat my hat.

So, uh, yeah. How well someone does in school depends on the person and their coping mechanisms and their school(s) and if they've found any way to self-medicate.
kittygoslingp on June 27th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about ADD but I'm guessing (and hoping) that in a curious way this diagnosis may be a relief because now you can get on and do something about your symptoms as opposed to worrying about or being distracted by them.
Anna S.: weiss-happyeliade on June 27th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
It's interesting you should say that--after the appointment this morning, I had a strangely productive day here at work. *g* But yeah, I hope it'll lead to some better treatment.
Herself_nyc: Jayne with big gun by teh_indyherself_nyc on June 28th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
Dadself was diagnosed with ADD for the first time recently at age 77, so it's never too late. And he did quite well in college too! In fact, he tested in the highest percentile for all mental acuity.

Unfortunately, the ritalin gave him an arrhythmia, and now he's in cardiology-hell, which I am hoping will get resolved soon so he feels better. :(

But I'm glad you did this for yourself, and hope you get the help you need.

And I envy you your Weiss icon, which is better than mine.