I’m Salah, 24 y-o med student and, as I’m sure a lot of you may have done at some point, I’m strongly thinking that I might have ADHD
I have taken some tests (WHO’s) and read about the diagnosis criteria from DSM-V and DSM-IV-TR (cause that’s what we use in my country) and It also strongly indicated an Attention Deficit disorder without hyperactivity (Altho I do experience some of the hyperactivity symptoms often enough, It is not as predominant).
I am also a freelance artist on the side, on top of some half-time jobs to finance my studies. Suffice to say, it is not easy. Especially the freelance part, I have a lot of trouble finishing projects, typically I would do most of the ‘interesting’ stuff, as in drawing the assets etc; and then when the boring (yet easy) part begins (compiling the assets to make it compatible with the engine, which is basically just exporting the assets I already created) I completely lose interest and it takes weeks to do something that should only take a few hours.
The only saving graces are ‘deadlines’ which help me work more at the end of a project. But it’s really beginning to take a toll as sometimes the deadline of a project would coincide with an exam date; and even though I might think I can, I cannot do everything at the same time, something gotta give, this has begun to negatively affect my grades and my work.
I don’t know what to do about this. I live in a third-world country; there’s barely any support for ADHD children and I have never heard of a psychiatrist that can help adult ADHD patients (They’d probably tell me it’s normal to feel that sometimes; even when I’d tell them I feel that every single day). What’s more, my country does not allow selling psycho-stimulants, meaning that Ritalin is basically outlawed. Strattera has been allowed for the last four years since it’s technically not a stimulant; but it’s prohibitively expansive and I simply can’t afford it.
That would leave non-medicated therapies and strategies, since I can’t find a specialist for ADHD patients in my town, this would probably need to be something I’d have to do on my own. I would appreciate any helpful resources you might throw my way.
Thank you brains