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An_255524 posted:
I'm not sure where to start. I made an appointment with my physician who is older and wanted to be tested for ADHD. He basically told me that he could not help me and was going to send me to a Neuro Surgeon. I called to make the appointment with the Neuro Surgeon who cannot get me in to his office for 8 weeks. I'm currently on Zanax for anxiety; however I think I've been mis-diagnosed. Can anyone tell me if they have had to go through this many appointments and spend this much money to just find out if I have ADHD. I've done all of the paper tests and they all say yes; you have ADHD. It's very frustrating that my own personal doctor can't diagnose me. Why do I have to see a specialist and why do I have wait another month and a half before I can get some help?
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atti_editor responded:
Hi and thank you for posting!

Diagnosing adult ADHD is a difficult thing, and as this WebMD article says, for an accurate diagnosis:
  • A history of the adult's behavior as a child
  • An interview with the adult's life partner, parent, close friend, or other close associate
  • A thorough physical exam that may include neurological testing (this may be why your primary doctor referred you to a neurologist)
  • Psychological testing
are recommended. You said that all of the tests you've taken have said you have ADHD? Were these self-administered paper tests, or did you see a professional before your doctor for evaluation? You might find these articles about 10 adult ADHD symptoms and ADHD medications and other treatments interesting. The second article has some self-care tips, such as setting aside time for organization and not being hard on yourself, that you might practice while waiting for your appointment.



Getting a proper diagnosis is important, as ADHD if left untreated can really affect all aspects of your life. I'm sure others on the board will comment with their testing experiences soon.



Best wishes,

Atti
 
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blt01 responded:
Hi my name is Brenda and I have a grandson I am raising with adhd. We live a small town about 90 miles from a bigger town. I did take him to a doctor that specializes in adhd testing and once the dx was given he told me to work with my local doctor for tx. The doctors here have not dealt that much with adhd, so I know what you are going through. I am a nurse so I did take some courses in adhd and try to keep up with the different treatments but at this moment I am on the site asking for some help myself. Good luck and if I come across anything thaat could help you I will post it.
 
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ageless72 responded:
Hi An_255524, I read your post from a month ago on WEBMD. Sorry, this is my first time to the sight and I never post however, it seems a lot of us with ADD AND ADHD have physician or diagnose problems. After 24 years, my doctor retired and just gave me a list of head srinkers to find one I liked. It has been impossible so far. Some do not take over 55, others do not take medicare, and the one that did see me has REAL ISSUES of his own in my opinion...and after seeing me twice, said I think you would be better off finding someone else. On the first visit, he want to change all my meds - NOW I AM VERY LEARLY of any doctor that wants to change all your meds on the first visit. I did not think he knew me well enough to make those calls. In any case back to you - most of the doctors are phychrist so the fact that he has picked a Neuro Surgeon makes me wonder if he thinks you are ADHD not from childhood, but from injury? My other doctor that I had 24 plus years kind of thought maybe I was from childhood, but I never thought so. I have found that it is much easier to just agree with there hypotheses. After some detail research, I conclude for myself it could have been after the 86 accident. The area of the brain involved with ADD/ADHD is at basis of brain or top of the spine, and that is also the area that controlls the R.C.C. (Respirator Control Center) so I asked Dr. R. how many patients with Add/Ahdh did he have that breathing problems like me. He said 12 out of about 20. I found it interesting, but have never been able to prove anything. It would really take a Doctor in the know to figure it out.
During the 24 years, Dr. R. and I never found an antidepresentant that would help me that I was not allergic to it, had very adverse effects, etc. SO I WAS ON THE ZANAX too. PLUS Valium when necessary. I only took them when absolute had to have them - they can be very addictive and harmful to the brain. Now that I have Elderly they even say the Zanax can kill me. Well, so be it, sometimes it can not be help. I CERTAINLY DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY SAY. "THEY" MEANING THE PHARMACOLOGY WORLD. At drugs.com there is a way to get all sort of info and one thing that I got was a ranking of the AHDH meds and I was surprised how high OMEGA 3'S ARE LISTED. My heart specialist (she's great) recently put me on the liquid Carlson's Omega DHA/EPA etc. and it seems to help some. I was on 4 of my pills a day, but this new wack-o cut me to 90 (3/day) - so now I only take 1 (sometimes 2) because I am PMO because they are so hard to get and he does not want to see me anymore - so I must hunt for a new head swrinker in the amazon (wild world)....just wonderful at age 72, femme sole.
And all because I would NOT LET HIM be incontroll and put me on some heavy duty ZYCOT MEDS. I do not want to walk around looped and I do not want any damage done to my brain. Hard enough - fighting dementia - and normal wear and tear. Well, I wish you luck. KEEP researching. By the way, do you have ALLERGIES? I DO, & they now know there is H1, h2,h3,h4 and those histines are made in the same are of the brain as DOPAMINE? So I am wondering how many have Allergy/Asthma and Depression? It could be ADD/ADHD is just another form of Depression that they had no other cure for it, and no way to explain it. The depression is only in waves or comes and goes very quickly, and much have some tye into OCD too. Just thinking out loud and NONE OF THE ABOVE IS MEDICAL ADVICE, just friend chat. I would like to hear your follow up. Thanks for posting. Oh, I waited 3 mos to see Dr.H. who does not like me and wants me to find someone else. HaHa. He who waits ?
 
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mayer1980 replied to ageless72's response:
This is actually my original post; but my account is locked so I had to open a new account. I just wanted to send a follow up to my original post. I did end up waiting the month in order to speak with the Neuro Psych Doctor; which was recommended by my doctor. I actually feel happy that I did speak with Dr. R because he has opened up the doors to explore exactly what is going on with me. We both firmly believe that I have ADHD; however I have to go back for more testing to make sure that it isn't bi-polar. The symptoms can be very similar and he does not want to "label" me until he is certain. My next appointment will be on 4/15 and it consists of a 4 hour head evaluation. He did suggest that I start to see a psychiatrist for my past problems; however I've never been a big fan of airing my dirty laundry. What is funny is now that he has opened my mind we now find out that this isn't adult ADHD; but most likely something I have lived with since I was a child. My biggest complaint about the entire situation is the fact that my personal doctor (not Dr. R the Neuro Psych Doctor), acted as if ADHD is a made up thing. He had no concern for what was happening with me and had no reasonable explanation as to how to go about fixing this. He also stated that my symptoms are all due to the daily grind of life. UGH! Needless to say I will be finding a new doctor who is more understanding. I hope you are all doing well with your treatments. It's great to have you all here for support.


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