General Practitioner Dr Adult ADD

General Practitioner Dr Adult ADD

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ADD Lady

United States

#1 Feb 22, 2012
After recenly moving back to Ky, I'm looking for a new General Practitioner. Other than the occassional cold and flu, I have no conditions that require monthly medication with the exception of my adult attention deficit disorder. I'm 40 years old and have struggled with this most of my life.
Having been diagnosed towards the end of high school, I know with all certainty that I'd never have graduated H.S. or College without medication/treatment.
There have been several periods during my adult life in which I've gone for several months without medication, in hopes of being able to manage my condition without it. Unfortunately, during these periods, my quality of life suffered tremendously--even costing me my job on one occassion.
I'm posting in efforts to find a good all around family physician, who is up to date and current enough in his/her practice that they take this disorder seriously and are willing to prescribe common medication used to treat this--in my case vyvanse.
I had the unfortunate experience of making an appointment with one doctor already (in the small town where I live about an hour outside of Louisville) with terrible results. After waiting nearly all day just to be seen, I ended up leaving without a prescription for my medication, and insead one for an anti-deppresant. This particular doc, quite old,believed that add/adhd was a condition only seen in children and that I should've "grown out of it" as an adult....I'm serious.
That said, I'm hoping to avoid another similar situation by asking for others in the community to kindly offer their opinion of a good doctor in which I should see for this.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post and any assistance you may offer will be tremendously appreciated.
Too tired

Erlanger, KY

#2 Feb 22, 2012
Look up river city psychiatry. They are awesome. Very educated on add in adults. It's hoops getting in but once you are in it's worth it. A gp is not who should be dealing with meeds like this.
ADD Lady

United States

#3 Feb 24, 2012
Too tired wrote:
Look up river city psychiatry. They are awesome. Very educated on add in adults. It's hoops getting in but once you are in it's worth it. A gp is not who should be dealing with meeds like this.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to respond to my post. I truly appreciate it more than you can imagine. It's been close to 3 months now since I've been off my meds....and I am already beginning to see the effects in my life.

The reason I posted for a GP, is because that's who prescribed my medication for years; after my diagnosis and initial prescription from a psychiatrist. It was just alot easier and certainly less expensive this way.
I'm just curious though, why is the place you suggested so difficult to get an apointment with? Also, I haven't seen a psychiatrist since being diagnosed, which now seems like forever ago. How is the process at this facility.....Do you like your doctor, easy to talk to, non intimidating, etc....
ADD Lady

United States

#4 Feb 24, 2012
Too tired wrote:
Look up river city psychiatry. They are awesome. Very educated on add in adults. It's hoops getting in but once you are in it's worth it. A gp is not who should be dealing with meeds like this.
Sorry, I also meant to ask if you have to see this psychiatrist every month?
Just wondering because after college I worked pretty intensively with a "life coach", recommmended for many adults with ADD, who are getting into the work force, having difficulties at work, need help with time management, setting goals etc.
I suppose I'm just hoping I won't have to go through all of this again.....as a newly diagnosed patient would.
Too tired

Erlanger, KY

#5 Feb 24, 2012
http://rivercitypsychiatry.com/index.html

It takes a while because they want serious clients is what I'm thinking. Like some people just go through making appointments and don't care to cancel or see soonest when they can get in. You could probably fill out the paperwork and take it to their office and make an appointment. They have their application you can download from their site. Take any medical records you have. They don't give you a hard time about it because their docs are smart enough to tell by talking to you. I go once a month plus I have major depression and bad anxiety to the OCD point. Good luck.
concerned

United States

#6 Feb 24, 2012
Too tired wrote:
http://rivercitypsychiatry.com /index.html
It takes a while because they want serious clients is what I'm thinking. Like some people just go through making appointments and don't care to cancel or see soonest when they can get in. You could probably fill out the paperwork and take it to their office and make an appointment. They have their application you can download from their site. Take any medical records you have. They don't give you a hard time about it because their docs are smart enough to tell by talking to you. I go once a month plus I have major depression and bad anxiety to the OCD point. Good luck.
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.....I TRULY mean that!!!!!

Of everyone out here, you took the time to offer genuine advice and help :)

You're not the only person I've heard about having major depression with ADD, but it is not something often discussed. In fact, before I was "officially" diagnosed with ADD, I was in the midst of a major depression (lack of motivation, extreme isolation--almost to the point that I didn't leave the house). Once I began treatment with meds for ADD, it COMPLETELY turned my life around and got me focused an on track.

I don't mean to be nosy...I can totally relate to your condition, but what combination of meds have you found to be effective for your depression?
Too tired

Erlanger, KY

#7 Feb 24, 2012
Lamictal for mood stability
Cymbalta depression
Vyvanse add
Tempazepam sleep (chronic imsomniac)
Clonazepam panic and anxiety.(real low dose) I have bad compulsive thoughts irrational N clonazepam helps me realize it's silly

I've done better than i have in years
abirkhead

United States

#8 Feb 29, 2012
I also am a patient of River City and they are amazing ! Dr. Wozniak is an expert in treating women with ADD. If you already have a GP where you were living, you can get the files sent to a GP here. My friend had same issue as you and when she moved here she had her records sent to her new Dr. She sees Dr. Kevorkian (lol.. Yes that's her real name) and she wrote her the rx that she had been taking before the move.... No questions. Some GPs won't write add meds as they aren't familiar etc.
Dr. K 's office is over in the Lyndon area I think!
Good luck!
Heather

Lexington, KY

#9 Feb 7, 2014
Too tired wrote:
Lamictal for mood stability
Cymbalta depression
Vyvanse add
Tempazepam sleep (chronic imsomniac)
Clonazepam panic and anxiety.(real low dose) I have bad compulsive thoughts irrational N clonazepam helps me realize it's silly
I've done better than i have in years
I have tricare it doesn't look like they accept it. How much is it out of pocket do you know? Will they test me for add?

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