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Need help sorting out what to do now.

I was just diagnosed last week. I’m still learning about it… I never thought I could have it.
My school is being supportive (e.g. getting me note takers) and my professors are being flexible on due dates, but this is a really crucial semester. I’m so nervous that this is going to mess everything up. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do? I’m so exhausted from fighting 4 anxiety disorders, major depression, and ADD.


Relax.  I know it’s difficult to do and balance all the homework and due dates.

Take you school up on all the assistance they offer at least initially.  After you learn more about how this affects you, you will pick and choose what kinds of help you need/want.

Stay open minded about different ways to manage your life at least initially.  Your gonna have to learn what works best for you the hard - trial and error. 

Doctors and social workers always want to go straight to the drugs.  That is pretty much a personal decision.  Keeps this in mind though,  Different drugs affect different people differently. smile  Symptoms are so varied that the drugs that work well for you won’t work well at all for someone else. If you get a quack who is a real quack stick to your guns.  Only you know what is working for you.

If you decide to try the non drug route there is lots of advice about diet and excercise.  Once again let experience be your guide. 

the biggest problem is that there are so many different ways to screw up the human body chemistry so that will get you ADD like symptoms.  We don’t have sufficient medical knowledge to understand the complexities.  That is why treatment is hugely a matter of trial and error.  Just stay strong and you will eventually find the path that is best for you.

Posted by juntunen on Mar 05, 2014 at 11:08am

Thank you for the reply and encouragement.
I am taking my school up on accommodations, and it is likely that I will get onto meds.
My doctor thinks that the ADD is the underlying thing causing my severe anxiety and some of my depression. I’m willing to try ADD meds to see if they help, my doctor is pretty cool and I like him a lot.
Once again, thanks for the encouragement!

Posted by mzungu on Mar 05, 2014 at 9:57pm

Having a great physician is wonderful. This will make all the difference. And I’ve seen many cases where the improvement was dramatic and powerful.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Mar 08, 2014 at 4:38pm

Hang in there, I am unemployed and currently in school. I have Epilepsy and am 100 % sure that I have ADD. You may have to work slightly harder and as long as you have a good doctor, support from friends and family as well as school is more than others may have.

Look each day as a new start on a different path to travel. As each day passes look for things you may not of noticed yesterday and tomorrow shall be another journey.

Best of luck DanT

Posted by DanT on Mar 12, 2014 at 7:42pm

Thank you. You are right, I am blessed that I have so much support. I also am blessed that I have access to medication.
I appreciate the encouragement!

Posted by mzungu on Mar 12, 2014 at 8:20pm

mzungu, just checking up how are things going at this point of time? When I was about 22 years old and finally accepted the fact that I am an Epileptic, is how people label conditions in different ways because they just don’t know better.

For example I was working for an engineering group and a close friend of mine dropped by, he did not know about my Epilepsy. He commented to me how some people just don’t belong due to medical conditions. It did not take long to let him know his drinking problem is just as bad if not worst.

Currently my wife is not comfortable with the thought that I may have either ADD or Executive disorder but, I feel a lot of this is fear for me and my health.

However she does believe in me and my decision of getting tested.


Posted by DanT on Mar 19, 2014 at 5:51pm

You’re so fortunate that your professors are being acommodating.

I too was just diagnosed a week ago and already I’ve been told that allowing any due date flexibility on assignments would “not be fair” to the other (norma) students.

It’s so frustrating. I’m not asking for much flexibility, and not even most of the time.

Posted by ElaineU on Feb 09, 2016 at 2:02pm

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