Zephyr1355

298d

Is it worth it (considering American healthcare) to try to go in to see if I have ADHD? I have severe GAD and some of the symptoms with that seem similar to those of ADHD but ADHD is also hereditary in my family. My family with ADHD have been telling me that I also have it but I can’t tell if it’s just my symptoms of anxiety they’re noticing… I would like clarification but I don’t want meds especially if any of them might be addictive. (I have a bad past with addiction to OTC & prescribed painkillers.) My immediate family, mainly my parents are trying to convince me that it’s not worth it but it also kills me not to know. Do you guys think it’s worth it for me to go find out?

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    • sleepyhippo

      298d

      From my experience, dealing with American healthcare and finding someone to actually diagnose you is one of the most difficult things to do- just got my Autism diagnosis and it took 3 years, saw 2 different ppl, and ended up paying 2k with a payment plan because the person who could actually diagnose me didn't take any insurance. That being said, the closure, relief, and clarity is beyond worth it. With my ADHD, I got that diagnosis in 2013ish. You don't have to go on medication- I have gone both with and without it. When I went without I would manage the ADHD with a certain amount of caffeine in the mornings and I found that to be as helpful as medication until the caffeine impacted my anxiety lol

    • Skittles22

      298d

      Getting a diagnosis and treating it with medications are two different things. I say go for it. If the doctor tries to prescribe a medication for a diagnosis, you can always ask for other treatment options.

    • MM3F

      298d

      Hi Zephyr, to start with, interesting fact: as a member of your family is diagnosed with Adhd, there is a 50% chance you too will inherit it. I'm not sure how the American health system works but I would defiantly recommend finding out as putting you on the right medication could change your life. Without going to a doctor there are 2 over the counter items that can help with Adhd: caffeine and nicotine. While I wouldn't recommend these because of their adictive qualities many people suffering from adhd will tell you that these help to tunnel the 10million thoughts going through your head and help you to focus.

    • sleepyhippo

      298d

      From my experience, dealing with American healthcare and finding someone to actually diagnose you is one of the most difficult things to do- just got my Autism diagnosis and it took 3 years, saw 2 different ppl, and ended up paying 2k with a payment plan because the person who could actually diagnose me didn't take any insurance. That being said, the closure, relief, and clarity is beyond worth it. With my ADHD, I got that diagnosis in 2013ish. You don't have to go on medication- I have gone both with and without it. When I went without I would manage the ADHD with a certain amount of caffeine in the mornings and I found that to be as helpful as medication until the caffeine impacted my anxiety lol

    • Zstephaniet

      298d

      I have adhd and not on medication but getting a diagnosis is extremely important to start understanding the things you do. I got dog nosed like 3 ears ago and talking with other people with adhd and reading up on it has helped not only my mental health but with making school and time management and just how I vocalize to my family about my issues so they can understand! It’s worth the diagnosis 100%

      • Zstephaniet

        298d

        @Zstephaniet Also researching it there are two medications that doctors prescribe you that are not addictive! You just have to vocalize to your doctor that you have that past which can be rough

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