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Getting tested/examined for ADD?

OK, I know there is a stigma about ADD because it's over-diagnosed and Ritalin/Adderall(sp) are over-prescribed, but for a long time now I've strongly suspected that I have fairly bad ADD (not ADHD), the adult form obviously. I really just want to speak to a psychiatrist and go through whatever steps are necessary to at least find out if I'm right.

I've already done lots of research online and I believe I'm on the right track, I just have no idea where to start. Most websites I've seen just say "we recommend seeing a psychiatrist." If I start calling random psychs and saying "hi, I want you to test me for ADD" I feel like I'm going to be suspected of trying to find easy prescriptions for Ritalin, which I understand is a commonly abused drug. But I don't even know how to find a reputable psychiatrist who works with ADD patients, since I don't have insurance.

Has anyone ever gone through this as an adult where you had to take care of everything from finding a professional to getting diagnosed and whatnot?
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OK, I know there is a stigma about ADD because it's over-diagnosed and Ritalin/Adderall(sp) are over-prescribed, but for a long time now I've strongly suspected that I have fairly bad ADD (not ADHD), the adult form obviously. I really just want to speak to a psychiatrist and go through whatever steps are necessary to at least find out if I'm right.

I've already done lots of research online and I believe I'm on the right track, I just have no idea where to start. Most websites I've seen just say "we recommend seeing a psychiatrist." If I start calling random psychs and saying "hi, I want you to test me for ADD" I feel like I'm going to be suspected of trying to find easy prescriptions for Ritalin, which I understand is a commonly abused drug. But I don't even know how to find a reputable psychiatrist who works with ADD patients, since I don't have insurance.

Has anyone ever gone through this as an adult where you had to take care of everything from finding a professional to getting diagnosed and whatnot?

Honestly what makes you think all of a sudden that you have such a thing? Unless you are going "I do not have attention deficit dis-ooooooooo shinny!" then it's probably just .


2nd of all: Doctors love to prescribe shit (most of the time, pending on covering their ass). They love for you to keep coming back because it's more money for them. If you really do have ADD, you will have no trouble getting "treated" and a doctor is the obvious place to go. Medical experts are there for a reason.
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It's not "all of a sudden", I have been thinking about this for years now. I just always heard about people saying they have it when they really don't and people taking the drugs for the high or whatever, so it made me shy away from looking into it more. But now it's bugging me too much. Your response is the perfect example of why I haven't done anything yet.

Anyway, you are definitely right about doctors/medical professionals which is one reason I HATE going to any type of doctor.

Still though, I have no idea where to find a psych in my area, aside from just random googling and picking the first thing that comes up.
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Go to your GP. Get a referral to a psych.
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Go to your GP. Get a referral to a psych.

I don't have a GP.
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Do you have insurance? Going to determine a lot about how you find a doc.
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Do you have insurance? Going to determine a lot about how you find a doc.

No, I don't.
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No, I don't.

well that would be step 1
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Seems really simple - go get a prescription and whether you have it or not decide if your life improves after taking the pills.

Personally I hate this crap. i had a close friend who grew up very irresponsible because his parents blamed everything on his "ADD" and currently my GF is taking ritalin for no real reason and it makes her act weird and nothing else.

I think if you have trouble focusing on tasks you should consider your lifestyle, diet, drinking habits, stress etc before resorting to pills for something as simple as "not being able to pay attention" Most shit in life is boring, you have to learn to get excited about it.
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Yeah, ok. I guess it's all in my head. thanks genmay, you always come through in a pinch.
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Yeah, ok. I guess it's all in my head. thanks genmay, you always come through in a pinch.

I don't care what I said, he said, or she said... we aren't medical experts. Go see a doc if it's a serious concern, okay?
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I don't care what I said, he said, or she said... we aren't medical experts. Go see a doc if it's a serious concern, okay?

kay.
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First of all, the latest DSM classifies all forms of "add" as ADHD these days. There are two subtypes of ADHD, type 1 Inattentive and type 2 hyperactive. I am ADHD type 1 inattentive. It should have been caught much earlier in school because I was always having trouble focusing, completing school work on time and extremely disorganized, always forgetting what I had just read or listened to even if it was the most interesting topic I had ever heard. In my late teens once I began to work I could sit there and listen to my boss telling me what to do for the day and after a few seconds I would totally blank out and start thinking about something else, literally hearing his words but not paying attention to a single thing he said.

Also when I was younger I was an avid book reader, by the time I was 15-16 It got so bad that I would read a paragraph, my eyes would follow the words but as soon as a word came up that triggered a memory, I was completely off on a different tangent. By the end of the paragraph or page I wouldn't be able to remember single thing that I had just read.

One of my counselors finally suggested that I might be ADHD inattentive because she would notice me drift off while she was talking to me and me constantly asking her to repeat herself.

At first I went to my primary care physician which just rattled off about 15 questions out of the DSM-IV and concluded that I was in fact ADHD and gave me Dexedrine (an older amphetamine, much cheaper, more pure and more potent than Adderall) because I had no health insurance and instead of $250 a month for Adderall, which was still under patent and had no generics) it was only $30-40 a month.

I think that's why there's such a stigma attached to ADHD, because most doctors just ask you a few questions and either give you ritalin or adderall.

Later on I started seeing a psychiatrist for other problems and he wanted to see how bad my ADHD really was. He had a computer test that would basically flash different letters and numbers on the screen at random intervals and you would have to press certain keys corresponding to what you saw. It measured reflex time, vigilance, memorization, concentration and a whole bunch of other stuff I can't remember. The test lasted about an hour so it was pretty thorough. He said my test scores were among the lowest he had ever seen and he had used that test on at least 100 of his patients over the years.

Now you have two options, you can either go to a doctor that just asks you a few questions, tells you you are ADHD and gives you a script for stimulants or you can seek out a psychiatrist trained in dealing specifically with ADHD and get a much more accurate diagnosis.

I suggest the latter. But be careful. Stimulants, especially amphetamines can be extremely addictive and habit forming. People will try to tell you that if you really are ADHD, stimulants won't give you a buzz or euphoria. That's fucking BULLSHIT.

For me I had to stop using Dexedrine because after a few months I started taking them to party longer (I was in college, frat parties lasting well into the morning) or to sober myself up some and become more alert after having a few drinks. After around 2 years I was basically taking more and more and when I crashed I'd take more. Next thing you know I was spun out of my mind, up for multiple days and working on my car at 3am, making everything spotless. By then I literally couldn't function without amphetamines of some form and was sleeping maybe 2 full 8 hour nights a week, maybe 3 if I got lucky.

Anyways, that's my experience and take on the whole ADHD topic. I highly suggest you find a trained psychiatrist that specializes in treating ADHD instead of going the easier route and just going to any run of the mill doctor if you are really serious about being accurately diagnosed and properly treated for it.

Or if you just want cheap pure speed you can just go to most any doc and pretend you are ADHD. Plenty of people do that.
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