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Discussion in 'Confidential Consult' started by Tildy, Jan 1, 2009.
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Time to get seen by a psychiatrist. Definitely one with both adult and the child & adolescent background. The adult-only psychiatrists can have unreasonable concerns about using ADHD medications, in case you need it.
ADHD/ADD are many things. You may be smart enough with raw intellect to overcome a lot of difficulties, and yet at some point have to study so much material that you are no longer able to get it all. There are several options available, if indeed you have ADHD. About 1/4th of my ADHD patients are adults who either were taken off meds when they turned 18, just because they "shouldn't need" them anymore, or they were never officially diagnosed and treated.
Do you see dogs too? Tildy, like all Jack Russell Terriers has severe ADHD and could use your services.
To the OP: In general, unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise, keep the acceptance you have, get the evaluation and therapy you need and do well in medical school.
Dogs are all nuts from ADHD, got a few wild ones myself.
Generally, once you make it to medical school, the system wants you to succeed. The States put enormous amounts of money into medical education and will do just about anything to keep you going and succeed.
So if your focus is lousy, seek help, report the long-term patterns, relate what happens when you drink caffeine or take no-doze (and don't take any after 4-5 pm), explain how you function when sleep deprived, rule out thyroid, blood sugar or sleep apnea problems, and then go about your business becoming a help to your future patients.