My psychiatrist won't give me any medications for my ADD. She wants proof from my teachers that they think I have ADD. My teacher don't pay attention to me. They have 7 different classes with about 25-30 other students for 40 minutes a day. They dont know if im paying attention or not. All they notice is the loud people. My psychiatrist gave me forms for my teachers to fill out to show that I have ADD. They never filled them out because I forgot to give it to them. School is out for me and both me and my mom think I have ADD. Shouldn't that be enough I dont need teachers to fill out stuff? Any suggestions
I can certainly identify for your desire to have treatment. It is difficult to suffer and feel like the person whose job it is to relieve that suffering is holding back. This is a very complicated double edged sword. Psychiatrists are under the microscope these days with the influx of ADHD diagnoses that accumulate every year. Stimulant medications (specifically the amphetamine salt combo, i.e. Adderall) are highly addictive and can ruin someone's life. The doctor is trying to do his/her job and at the same time ensure that proper diagnostic and prescribing protocols are being monitored. So, it's not about you. I know we don't want to hear that when we are suffering but it is true. In order for the psychiatrist to make a valid diagnosis, they MUST prove that symptoms presented before age 7 AND that the symptoms caused dysfunction at home, School, or socially. By asking you to provide information from your teacher, they are trying to get you accurately diagnosed. Let me ask you, if you were to slip inside the mind of your Psychiatrist, and you had a patient who is asking for highly addictive substances AND they failed to gather the necessary information in order to make a diagnosis, would you maybe think that the patient doesn't place a high priority on treatment. If I was in true need of something to make me well, I would move heaven and earth to get it. You stated that you forgot to give them the paperwork. That happens, its part of being human. But have you tried making contact with your teachers since school let out? Have you sent an email or two asking them to please verify that you are having difficulty? The biggest mistake we make is believing that we are entitled to the treatment we desire and have no regard for the medical professionals whose job it is to ensure our safe treatment. There are plenty of less complicated meds for ADHD such as the non-stimulant variety. They are not controlled substances and they have no reported risk of self-dosing. Ask your doctor about those.
On a side note, I came from a family of teachers and let me tell you, they are aware of mostly everything and everyone in their classroom. Your teacher may surprise you with how much she pays attention to you.
May you be safe, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy, may you live with ease.
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