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Does anyone get SSD for Adult ADHD?

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Posted May 22, 2006 at 7:36:49 PM
Subject: Does anyone get SSD for Adult ADHD?

I have tried to take courses for medical coding and computer skills, Been tested 2 years ago for ADHD. I thought for years something was odd with me. I thought to be honest it was my upbring in a alchaolic family. Thought the years I have been so talkative, anxious, constantly on the run around house and work. I quit school in 9th grade, got married, took GED, took (281)hours of Early childcare Development, computer and clerical course,this past year I took medical coding (2 kinds), EKG Tech. I can't function to even go find something anymore. On my last job, I got hurt and it was so terrible, my boss told me to go get nerve pills, and come down, not to be so friendly to everyone and talk. She told me not everyone is as friendly as I am. Honestly. I told her she was not gonig to remove my personality..Besides it was hospital. Aren't you suppose to be friendly towards people? Then ,,My nerves really got bad. So, Doctor wanted me to get tested for ADHD before he can treat me for it. Now for the past 2 yrs. on meds. see him every 3 months. and, no improvement at all. He doesn't ask me much each time I go. I tell him very little and leave. thats it.Husband calls me names since I have gotten tested. Like $$**( brain!!) He has been out sick on Total disability since 1995. Heart, diabetes, storkes. I have been taking care of home and him. Whats a person supoose to do anymore.I am 55 yrs old and still want ot move on. Its like having a stubbling block ahead of you all the time.

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Marcia Adams

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Posted:May 24, 2006 10:47:06 AM

It sounds like your friendliness could use some refining - not taking away your personality, but helping you actually *be* friendly instead of being too much of a good thing. Part of friendliness is quiet listening, too - and it can be learned :-)
Don't know what your chances are for SSD.
There are some neat books like "Out of the Fog" by Kevin Murphy and Suzanne LeVert that have ideas for getting ADHD stuff - well, not under control maybe, but at least not running wild :-)

Sue J, webmastress www.resourceroom.net

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Posted:Jul 29, 2006 11:38:34 PM

That does not seem like it would be possible because you can have a job with ADHD maybe if you had something eles. It is possible to get severce to help you fing a jod. It is called vocational rebilation (VR). You can find you local office and they may pervibde education, technology or sevice to help you find a jod or keep a job. It is impotant in how you ask for service no not ask for money or college. say i have a disabily and need a jod or need to keep my job?

Special ed in more ways then one.

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Posted:Aug 01, 2006 4:38:45 PM

Have you asked your doctor about screening you for bipolar disorder? I'm on SSD but not for ADHD (which I have) but for bipolar disorder. It is a chronic, lifelong disorder and many times it goes undiagnosed--usually written off as a 'personality' problem or chronic depression. It is even mistakenly dx'd as ADHD (especially if it not the inattentive type). Stimulants can make things far, far worse--even with a dual dx of ADHD, they are almost always avoided as treatment. Wellbutrin and Strattera have been shown to be effective and have a much lower risk.

Some psychiatrist (despite the evidence)that bipolar disorder in an adult is just a morphed form of ADHD experienced as a child. Not true even though distinguishing the two can be difficult--takes a good p-doc to tell the difference. Wellbutrin and Strattera have been shown to be effective and have a much lower risk.

Finding answers can be extremely difficult. Despite the often striking patterns of mood cycling and other symptoms, it is missed again and again. Even with severe problems, I didn't find out what was going on until 11 years had passed since the first episode. By that time, the illness had chewed up a large portion of my life--stable now and putting the pieces back together.

Many other people with this disorder have had the same experience. Divorce, family conflict, and job loss/poor performance are common in untreated cases. It is a chronic, relapsing disorder but it can be greatly helped by medication. Psychotherapy can also help by aiding a patient to make changes in their expectations, lifestyle, and emotions about having a disorder like this.

If you want to learn more try

After you have read some of the things there, you might want to talk to your doctor about it.

I am not a doctor, mental health specialist, social worker, or nurse. I have learned a lot but I am by NO MEANS saying that you do have this disorder or any other. I have no knowledge, authority, licence, or anything to diagnose you or anyone else. Only a psychiatrist that you see as a patient can determine this and treat you for it so I urge you to talk to your doctor for more information.

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