Attention Defecit Disorder has my full attention (just about)...



Sigh...  I don't know where to begin about the topic of ADD.  It's been affecting my life in so many ways lately.  Today I was so bummed when one of my best friends told me she got ADD meds.  We both have been thinking lately about how badly we need to get on meds, and we both made Dr. appointments.  Well, i guess there is a big difference between Air Force doctors and Marine Core doctors.  We both were previously diagnosed; but she was prescribed meds, and I was referred to a psychiatrist to get them sometime in the next few weeks.  I know they have to look out for drug seekers (which I am not... but I realize they wouldn't know that), but man I am going to have a rough time getting ADD medication if I am not allowed to bring my boys to the appointments!

I was diagnosed with ADD close to 10 years ago.  It made my whole life make sense all of a sudden.  It was a complete and utter shock to realize that not everyone else in the world felt like I did.  Sometimes I still wonder how most "average" people think and feel, because there's just no way of knowing....

...Or is there?  I am hoping that being on ADD medication will give me a more "normal" sense of normal.  I tried for a long time to resist them and focus on behavior modification.  I am a firm believer in using medications only as necessary.  I have now reached that point of necessary!

One good book all ADDer's (or those who dearly love and ADDer) may want to read : You mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!  This book is simply a must read!



5 comments:

Heather said...

I'm going to have to look at that book! My step-mom recently brought up the thought that I may have ADD and so far, it seems logical. Unfortunately, we're between insurance plans right now and they won't even schedule an evaluation until I have it again.

I can tell you that my family doc put me on a med for my anxiety in the meantime and I have never felt this close to normal! I hope you feel the same when you get your meds!

TheSublimeLife said...

Thanks me too! And good luck! the book is eye opening- even for me having read so much and being DXed YEARS ago! It's my top pick, go to ADD book!

cheekymama said...

Hey there, had to stop by from SITS on seeing your title. My hubby's diagnosed adult ADHD and after reading through symptoms I certainly fit the profile and there's a strong current running through both our families. The book you mention has been a real help to hubby and I've started reading it too.

He recently bought me ADD Friendly ways to Organise your Life, which I find great whenever I'm organised enough to sit down, read and try to implement!

Good luck chasing up those meds, hope it works out for you.

from Babes about Town
http://babesabouttown.com

TheSublimeLife said...

@cheekymama- I stopped by your blog a few days ago! Loved it! There are a lot of undiagnosed adults because ADD didn't start being recognized much until the mid 90's. Women are especially overlooked because they tend to suffer from ADD vs. ADHD. That's what happened with me. It wasn't until after I was put on academic probation at my first college. I'd probably have a degree now had I known younger, but it's all character building right?! Once I knew how to manage ADD I was VERY good with college- but had to stop for a bit with my two young sons being born.

bernicewood said...

I also have adult ADD, was not officially diagnosed until last year, but have had classic sysmptoms. I usually could cope ok (my house was usually a wreck and I had 50,000 unfinished projects at one time!), but last year I was completely overwhelmed with my job and everything I had going onin my life. Doc put me on meds and they helped for quite a while.

This summer I ended up with anxiety and depression issues as well, so now I am off the ADD meds and trying to work out the other issues. Hope to go back on the ADD meds, but felt they may have contributed to the anxiety.

It is a delicate balance to work out! Good luck!
Bernice