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...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
Be in the world, not of it....
Went to the doctor this morning. She wants me to get formal ADD testing, and the place she wants me to get it is covered under my insurance plan, and outpatient mental health services are 100% covered under my insurance plan, with a deductible waiver, so if it counts as that - I tossed off an e-mail - I should be covered.
My doctor does not like to start patients on stimulant medications as adults because then switching off them is a horrible pain in the you-know, secondary to adults really tending to enjoy the "kick" of stimulants. And Strattera is so much easier to use and less addicting. So the plan is, if you wanted to know, O Best Beloved, that I'm to go get formal testing from my doctor's favoured choice of testers. We agree that I am too smart for my own good - intelligence somewhere in the 140+ range by informal testing; I skewed the IQ tests in kindergarten by reading the instructions over the examiner's shoulder and blurting out the answers before she could tell me what to do. We agree that ADD testing can be, like all tests, "gotten around" by someone who is quick enough and clever enough to find the flaws in the testing, as no test is perfect. After all, I'm in this predicament because as a child I was smart enough to get away with being ADD. She had this problem with her own very-bright son. So it's off to a tester who can skew the test to accurately evaluate my symptoms.
That done, we'll give Strattera a try. Possibly not in time for the Boards, but I'll do my best to keep on compensating. This vacation has helped.

Will be heading out of town tomorrow to an undisclosed location somewhere north of here for a little R&R. I may or may not be online; most likely not. We'll be home Friday, for those who are coming early for Saturday's party, and there will be people here in the meantime. Anyone who comes Friday, however, gets to help with final clean-up of the house. :)

now feeling:: awake awake

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xarkos From: xarkos Date: May 26th, 2004 12:30 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I wish I had such an easy time. A little over a year ago, just after I turned 23, I finally got someone to say I have ADD, no test, just the head ADD guy at Western Psych asking me the usual DSM questions and consulting the unholy, err.. holy, yeah that's it, bible. Wrote a script for a book he wanted me to buy and read... I still need to do that actually, but when everything else fell through that month that became a non-priority, and he wrote a script for Strattera. I was lucky that Pitt's pharmacy didn't carry it at the time and in fact had no clue what I was talking about. Between me showing up and them receiving a shipment of the drug for me they found out I didn't have insurance. Apparently my stepdad's insurance stopped covering me when I was 23, we all thought it stopped when I was 24. Of course, this meant a not very pleasant bill from Western Psych when my car was wrecked, I was unemployed, and my credit card just maxed out... I was not happy. Such is my life though usually, ehh, c'est la vie. "la vie." ehh
cheyinka From: cheyinka Date: May 26th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Good luck with the Strattera, although if you have any nervous behaviors keep an eye on them, as they might intensify dramatically.
From: dr_bobbie Date: May 26th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Now you got me wondering whether I should be tested...
turnberryknkn From: turnberryknkn Date: May 26th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Congrats on finishing your third year. Enjoy your holiday. :-)
kimbyrle From: kimbyrle Date: May 30th, 2004 05:16 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Just FYI, my doctor tried me on Strattera and I hated it. About an hour after I took it my consciousness level would flatline and I could quite literally fall asleep while standing up. Then an hour after that I would be wide awake. I couldn't take it in the morning, because it would put me to sleep at work, but I couldn't take it at night, because I'd wake up from a dead sleep and be unable to go back to sleep. Maybe you'll have better luck, but personally I can't speak highly enough of the tried-and-true stimulants.
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: May 30th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
My family has a history of horribly depression on stimulant meds, so we'll see.
If I wind up getting anything. My insurance doesn't cover ADD at all, and I don't know if I can afford :(
kimbyrle From: kimbyrle Date: May 30th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Suck! What kind of insurance doesn't cover ADD??? Strattera is nasty expensive, being a new drug and all.
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: May 30th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Medical student insurance, I guess. :P
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: May 30th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
And in comment to my own comment...
"horribly depression"? whoops.
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