Posted by MomO3 on May 14, 2002, at 15:17:27
In reply to Re: Self Diagnosis Anyone?, posted by bookgurl99 on May 14, 2002, at 4:04:08
When I went to my pdoc for the 1st time 2 months ago, I was just SURE I had ADD... I brought my amen clinic check list with me, talked with him for an hour - he prescribed adderall.
I guess I was overly optimist hoping that the meds would 'solve' it. Within 2 weeks I was in despair because they weren't having the desired effect.. I started to second guess - maybe this is not it, maybe ADD is wrong. I went through concerta then dexadrine for 2 months and told the doc this is NOT it for me. I am yelling at my babies and this will not work.
My Dad is clearly bi-polar (but would never set foot in a shrink's office). So in the back of my mind I am thinking.. well maybe... Without changing the original diagnosis the pdoc prescribed neurontin instead of the stimulants. So in researching neurontin & BPII, I also found Asbergers Syndrome(very mild high functioning autism). I have traits for that one too. So now I am feeling like a hypochondriac (sp?).. and I am wondering if I should stop all the research and let the doc do his job... but it's hard to accomplish much in a 15 minute follow-up... I just don't know what to think or what to do...
> What are you concerned about? You feel that you were misdiagnosed?
> I understand how you feel, both in self-diagnosing and in regretting it. My pdoc is very cautious. He thinks I may be BP, but started me just on an AD recently to see if I'm 'merely' having severe anxiety. I'm so unable to focus that I want to call him and say 'put me on a mood stabilizer now!'