Hey everyone, I got myself up to seeing a doctor finally, and I'd have to say that it wasn't quite so horrible as I might of thought. My mom has been on depression meds for many years, and I went to see her present doctor about
5 days ago to just talk, try to figure though some of my problems...or at least verify conclusions that I had already come to. I was happy to find that she was quite understanding in general...and also seemingly very informed on exactly what I was talking about
. I ended up chatting for quite a while with her, told her about
my life, how I see things, how I usually feel, my concerns about
possible ADD that had just been missed all my life...she ended up asking after a time if I thought that I was depressed. I answered with the fact that there is clinical depression (chemical imbalance), and also depression caused by simply being in a less than preferable situation. Taking into consideration my pain and introversion I'd definitely say that I find myself depressed at times, but I do not think that it is chemical. I was surprised at how much she understood, she ended up letting me know that her daughter has ADD as well...but it too was a difficult one to notice. She finally said that she does think that I have ADD or AD/HD, but as I progressed through school it was never noticed because I was just compensating for the lacking. No one could tell I might have had a problem keeping attention or on task because nothing ever really took me long enough for that to be an issue.
My dad also found that he had ADD not long ago (while going to her), and has since then gotten on some medication and is doing much better. That fact, along with many others, is what lead me to getting help. She is prescribing him Focalin right now and said that many times what works for one family member will do well for another. She put me on 20mg ER Focalin. I took them for the first 3 days but found I had an increasing headache each day, slight at first, noticeable on the second, and excruciating on the third. I am now taking Vyvance 30mg and have been feeling much better. I feel focused and have the motivation that I have always lacked to some degree, and no headache :). I hope that it keeps going as well for me as it seems to at this point, I think that this will have a positive rippling effect on all parts of my life and how I feel. You all have also been a key part in helping me to the point I am now, and I just want to thank you all and say again that I am very glad I found my way here. I will keep updates coming
Post Edited (-Misunderstood-) : 5/31/2010 6:51:47 AM (GMT-6)