The first psychiatrist immediately diagnosed me as ADD because he saw me with my crossed leg swinging back and forth. He told me that depression is usually related to the ADD. I have a niece with it so I am familiar with it. My twin and I looked at the assessment and figured we are part that. As an RN since 1979 and have had depression since 1981(well, I started counseling then), no one had to tell me that I was depressed. All the abuse, it isn't suprising.
Anyway, I tried to tell this Psychiatrist such and I seemed to have been ignored. When he walked out of the office, to copy something, I asked him was he discounting the the years of abuse, from practically infancy to now, in contributing toward the depression. He said no, not in the least. When I left, I had the impression that ADD was being written, on my chart, as my primary diagnosis, if not secondary.
To say the least, I walked out of the office, shaking my head and feeling the need to call my counselor for the next Psychiatrist, on that she knows. I followed thru with the second opinion and he looked like he was going to lean the same way, so, I got the results of the PsychMed assess. results that summarized that I DO suffer from primary severe depression and secondary anxiety disorder. Right now, Dr #2 is adjusting my meds and I am praying that the side effects will abate and I will be good as new.
Thankfully, my husband was not critical when the side effects of the Abilify kicked up badly. He was impressed with the way that I called the pharmasist, with the time frame of dosages and increases of as well as when the side effects occured and what they are. He was really impressed with my professionalism with the Dr., as if I was a nurse and not the patient. I tell him and my family, once a nurse always a nurse.
I long to get back to my nursing career. The patients are my passion.
Thank you for asking. It is very kind of you.
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