My daughter was recently diagnosed with inattentive ADHD a few months ago. She was performing very poorly at school and I ruled out ADHD as I didn’t realize there was an inattentive type. When I looked online at the 9 signs of inattentive ADHD I could see that my daughter strongly exhibited all of the 9 signs.
I went through the process of taking my daughter to see a paediatrician, having a series of questionnaires to be completed by myself, my wife and my daughters teachers at school. The questionnaire results showed a strong theme of inattention, distractibility along with poor academic performance particularly incompletion of school assignments.
The paediatrician had determined with these results that she was borderline inattentive ADHD. Being a frustrated parent I said that I would like to get her to try the medication to see if there is any improvement in her symptoms. The paediatrician accepted my request and put her on 15mg Vyvanse.
Prior to my daughter starting the medication I decided to do quite a bit of research and become a little concerned about some of the horror stories regarding the side effects of these meds. I decided that before giving the meds to her that I would trial a 30mg dose of Vyvanse myself to see what she may experience.
Upon taking the med I could not believe how motivated I felt to get things done. I felt the way that I have wanted to feel for most of my life. I have spent countless money on stimulants and nootropics over the last 20 years in an attempt to improve both my motivation and focus to achieve better outcomes at work and chores around the house. Nothing I have tried even comes close to achieving the benefits of vyvanse.
I then started to think that maybe I also have inattentive ADHD and went through the online 9 symptoms of inattentive ADHD in relation to myself. I can see that I have all of the 9 symptoms of ADHD but to a much lesser degree than my daughter. I have been able to successfully complete a double degree at university, hold down a senior managerial job for the last 20 years.
Some of my ADHD traits are:
- Lack of motivation to get much done.
- Distracted by any noise in my environment.
- Hyperfocus (obsess) over certain ideas that I later look back on as being ridiculous.
- Have trouble watching new movies as I find it difficult to understand what is happening so I tend to watch movies that I have seen before so I know what is happening.
- Poor short and long term memory. If you ask me to repeat a sentence I would be able to repeat a sentence of no longer than 6 words.
I also have a physical disability that gets worse with age. I am now 45 but expect that I will need a walking frame by the age of 50. My current job is a manufacturing manager and requires me to be able to walk around machinery which is becoming increasingly challenging as my condition get worse. I have already fallen over at work a number of times luckily without no major injuries.
Should I talk to my daughter’s paediatrician about an ADHD diagnosis given my situation. I don’t think that I would bother if I didn’t have my physical disability as I don’t think that my ADHD symptoms are bad enough to warrant medication however I think that my brain needs to be functioning better going forward in order for me to be able to offer more value to my existing employer or any future employer given I cannot perform my role physically as well as an able body person could.
A change in career is an obvious option however I am unlikely to get anywhere near the salary that I currently am on given that I am in a specialized role and any change in career would be limited to a job that does not require much walking.
Since taking the intial 30mg dose of Vyvanse I have tried another 6 doses of Vyvanse at 30mg on each occasion and found that the result is the same. I become a highly driven individual where I am much better at work, able to complete more household chores and am a better parent. It is a game changer and would give me a more fulfilling life. No longer would people see me as being lazy. I see no negative side effects.
By the way my daughter has been on the med for a few months with amazing results. The transformation in her schooling is unbelievable. Before she was going to drop out of school at age 15 and now the possibility of going to university is a reality.
What would you do?