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BuxomDivaParticipantDecember 18, 2010 at 1:50 amPost count: 109
Amylazz, there are a wide range of symptoms that come under the umbrella of ADHD and we experience them to a greater or lesser extent at different times.
Billd is right, you need to see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis, and don’t get discouraged if the first one you try is of the mindset that there is no such thing as adult ADD. Sadly there are a lot of them out there!
Good luck. Let us know how you make out.REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantDecember 16, 2010 at 7:13 pmPost count: 109
You’re right it is very hard to qualify apparently. A paralegal I know has never had a client with invisible disabilities get the CRA credit. I know of one person who got the disability tax credit for herself and her children but I’m not sure what she told them in the part of the application the person completes for themselves. She was working for Dr. J. at the time so I know the doctor’s information would have been done well.
By the way, this is not new. ADHD has been recognized as a disability for many years. I got the bursary for disabled students from the Ontario Student loans program back in 1998. Since I’ve been on ODSP for years now (for my ADD) the CRA credit would not make any difference to me; the only tax refund I get is the Ontario Tax Credit relating to the rent I pay.
It’s always worth it to take every tax credit we can! Good luck.REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantDecember 16, 2010 at 6:09 pmPost count: 109
What you’re describing sounds like OCD to me, which is how anxiety manifests in some people. Are you on any medication for the ADD? Perhaps you would benefit from medication to reduce your anxiety too.
It doesn’t sound ridiculous at all. Good luck!REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantDecember 13, 2010 at 9:22 pmPost count: 109
Now I’m even MORE confused! I recently called Dr. J’s office and his outgoing voicemail message says that he is ONLY taking on adult patients at this time.
I don’t know what the heck is going on anymore.
BuxomDivaParticipantNovember 23, 2010 at 6:06 pmPost count: 109
Try writing a letter to CAMH protesting the loss of Dr. J.
He used to take on a few new adult patients every summer; I’d love to get the stats on how long the waiting list was! His admin staff has been cut to the bone too.
I was really lucky to get in when I did, as more recently he’s only been able to take on new adult patients if he was seeing their child. I was actually seeing him for several years myself before he saw my son.
Good luck to you too!REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantNovember 23, 2010 at 3:27 pmPost count: 109
well MerryMac I like the way you think
in the final lecture of the series Dr J used to do at CAMH, he always talked about the upside of ADHD, and I’ve heard him say many times that if he ever needed a cop, a fireman, or a paramedic, he would HOPE that person had ADHD – that’s the thing that REALLY sets us apart – we’re the only ones with a cool head during a crisis
it’s the REST of the time that we get in to trouble – certainly true in my lifeREPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantOctober 28, 2010 at 1:26 amPost count: 109
BuxomDivaParticipantOctober 28, 2010 at 1:24 amPost count: 109
@Curious – they might not refer to them as ADD meds per se but I’m sure they have information on SSRI’s, stimulants, whatever you might be taking – you might need to educate yourself a little – for example Wellbutrin is a brand name for buproprion (or something like that anyway – I have ADD I can’t remember this $hit! lol)REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantOctober 20, 2010 at 3:49 amPost count: 109
curious it would depend what kind of medication you’re on I expect. the advice to check with motherisk is excellent.REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantOctober 18, 2010 at 11:47 pmPost count: 109
Larynxa, I hope you are not experiencing any of the nasty side effects of the Seroquel that my friends have; one man I know gained 100 pounds on that stuff!
I have set a new standard for getting distracted which I wanted to “share with the class” as it were.
On my way out of the local convenience store last night, I was distracted by the front page of one of the local papers announcing that they were supporting a racist homophobic misogynist for mayor. I got SO caught up that I actually forgot I had left the dog tied up outside the store, outside my line of sight as I left the store and came home.
It took me THREE HOURS to realize the dog wasn’t here. I ran back in bare feet and shirt sleeves. Thank GOD the poor puppy was still there waiting for me, and he must have been well behaved or I’m sure the neighbours would have called the cops/animal control.
Chinook got lots and lots and lots of attention when we got home. Poor puppy!REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantOctober 18, 2010 at 11:40 pmPost count: 109
Larynxa I guarantee CAMH won’t help you – they are forcing Dr. Jain to give up all his adult patients – they don’t g.a.r.a. about us at all.
The College website does have a section to find a doctor who is taking new patients; the problem being that Dr. J. is the only one in Toronto with expertise in ADULT ADHD since the death of Dr. Turgay.
You can screen by hospital at least.
What kind of gigs are you talking about?REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantSeptember 29, 2010 at 4:31 amPost count: 109
here’s an idea – forget the list! I know, easier said than done, but getting bogged down in all the things we didn’t do yesterday or last week can really get in the way of getting through TODAY
I know there are all kinds of books out there on organization and time management and all of those types of things – but those of us with ADD are playing with a different deck as it were so those strategies don’t necessarily work for us – it’s interesting that you mention the clean sink cuz I read that one on Flylady!
see if you can find away to give yourself permission to start a FRESH list and break things down into today, this week, this month or whatever…
good luck!REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantSeptember 29, 2010 at 4:27 amPost count: 109
P.S. here’s some info on the proposed DSM V http://www.zimbio.com/Psychiatric+health/articles/tN5lOpkaSqR/Overview+Proposed+DSM+V+ChangesREPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantSeptember 29, 2010 at 4:25 amPost count: 109
I know what CAMH says about it as I’ve been seeing a specialist there for over a decade. They make the diagnosis based on extensive q & a – as I recall my assessment took over 50 pages of questions I had to answer – and it has never been suggested that a brain scan was in any way necessary or advisable.
If it took him 2 years to get his patients stable on meds then he must have been doing something wrong! Although to be fair my specialist also has a degree in pharmacology so he REALLY understands all the ins and outs of the pharmacological options.REPORT ABUSE
BuxomDivaParticipantSeptember 29, 2010 at 4:21 amPost count: 109
@Saffron – I hope and pray that this ridiculous law has been overturned, but I did read that in the state of Florida parents risk having the state take their children away if they refuse to medicate, based on a “diagnosis” from a teacher – there is so much wrong with that picture I don’t know where to start! ironically, in the province of Ontario, despite tons of documentation that SSRI’s are contraindicated for children under the age of 18 the Children’s Aid Society is famous for pumping their charges full of Zoloft et al – news flash – you’ve just taken the kid from his parents OF COURSE he’s depressed!!!!! (my son was once in care for 3 months and he experienced PTSD-like symptoms for years after he came home – it was VERY traumatic for him!)REPORT ABUSE