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Hello! Please remember that my response is for information only, we are not establishing a therapeutic relationship.
I am reading your post again --
if you have any additional question, please do ask
What you describe is consistent with AHDD --if you would like a definitive diagnosis, I would suggest that you get what is called a queeg --it is a scan that Psychologists who use Neurofeedback can generally perform. It looks at the pattern of your brain waves. I have a short article about it...I'll post the link.
oh ok.. yes pls
I would not go to a clinic that charges a tremendous amount of money for this --you should be able to find a practitioner who charges a reasonable fee.
Let me get you a link for finding someone.....
uh ok.. i'm still a student and i'm super broke
i support myself so..
Do you have health insurance?
and i just am not patient and i cant wait another 2 weeks for my school's doctor to see me
i do have health insurance for students from my school
Usually that type of insurance only covers extreme illness and accident.
i saw this doctor once and tried to explain myself and she thought i had a depression instead
What kind of doctor?
she was a psychiatrist
i'm not sure what kind of doctor i should be seeing
but i've been in misery for years and i couldnt seem to find an answer until i talked to a friend with adhd
I would suggest a Psychologist because we tend to do more comprehensive testing in addition to a clinical interview.
Does your school have a counseling center?
the psychiatrist is the only doctor working in thes
OK...that might be the route you should go
the others are like interns
That's too bad
and she was about to give me z something to treat my depression
What kind of interns? Medical or Psychology? Why did she think you don't have ADHD?
psychiatrist i think
i came in and asked them
told them i couldnt focus etc.. but i did great in high school.. then i suddenly lost focus bla bla bla
If they are psychology interns, they should be able to do some testing. Probably not the QUEEG, but some other testing that could still be helpful.
i didnt tell them too much into details
all they did was kept asking me if i wanted to suicide
i was like wth..
Sounds like maybe they didn't listen perhaps?
i went to see a counselor every week to talk about myself and my days..
and my so called depression got better
now i'm no longer depressed
this thing that bothers me remains
yes here i am confirming what I read and discovered
maybe they didnt think of adhd coz i said i did well in high school
That could be. But, people with ADHD can compensate, good performance in h.s. does not rule it out.
Increased stress, like starting college, can break down one's ability to compensate.
And make the symptoms worse.
Let me see if I can find you a good screening test to take on line.....
i'm not sure to why they ignored
but i do need an affordable option to treat this
i want to be normal
Yes, of course!! The question is if you can get the Psychiatrist to listen....let me look for a minute.....
okay and thank you
Here's one --I'm going to look a little bit further
This one is a bit more comprehensive --
i will try them
how much does it cost to do the qeeg test?
It depends --but I'd expect between $125-300 depending on where you are and were you go.
no option under $100?
But, that's much cheaper than what I used to do --used to give a full battery of assessment around $1100 !!!
Yes --the cheaper alternative is to see another Psychiatrist
my score is 85
$100 -175 or so
the questions are describing me
I figured ! From what you wrote
okay.. i do have another question
to treat this thing
do i need a med?
my friend told me he had to take concerta
Meds will help you focus, they won't change anything permanently.
Neurofeedback has the potential to make permanent changes
what is that
www.eeginfo.com -- it's where you train your brain waves to behave differently
Takes time, though. You could always do it later, after you graduate -- and use meds for now.
Unless you can find a nonprofit or training clinic that offers it....
oh.. uhm that must be super expensive?
As a student, I worked at a training center where we offered it cheap --so maybe you can find something like that. You can find private Psychologists who offer it at the same rate as a therapy session, and you can find clinics that charge a TON for it 0-0
The 0-0 means nothing ;)
how much does it cost when it's cheap?
and if that can change my brain, then doesnt that mean i'm not myself though?
No ---not really we're talking about speed of various brain waves, and they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. It doesn't have anything to do with personality.
Clinics with sliding scale fees ---can vary so much ---depends --you might find something for as little as $10 per session, or you might not find anything under $40
so you're saying adhd people's brains are working differently than what a normal brain supposes to work?
Yes --the brain with ADHD tends to need to be stressed in order to focus
So --on the QUEEG there's a task where you play Ms. Pac Man with your brain --and then they can look at how your brain waves are functioning.
I'm not the best at explaining it, I don't think ---
the test is to play pacman?
what if i just cant keep imagining pacman..
That is one task ---that my friend has --you don't need to imagine.
Doesn't hurt ---you are hooked up to a computer with little electrode things pasted to your scalp in two places
And the computer shows your brain wave activity. There's a Ms Pac man (I'm sure others use something different) and if your brain waves are doing certain things...she goes, if they do other things, she stops
i got it
While that is happening, the Psychologist can look at the different brain waves and see how they are behaving.
It's pretty cool---
it sounds cool
i wonder if its fun
but thank you for the information
Yes, it is. For the therapy -- you watch a movie --if your brain waves function correctly, the movie plays. If they don't the movie stops!
You bring your own movie ----
The brain learns what to do ---
You are welcome --I hope that you can try it at some point. But, more importantly for now, is finding someone who will listen.
Because at the very least, the meds could help you a lot for now.
i really want to change this
well.. thank you so much!
i appreciate the info.. :)
Take good care!
you too.. have a good nite