With my thyroid tests coming back basically fine and no medications helping my depression so far, I'm starting to think I might have adhd(which I've thought before, wasn't sure tho). From what I've read tho adhd and autism, while not being the same things, do overlap. I'm wondering if any people here have had some combination of adhd, autism and/or depression, or who have been misdiagnosed with one while actually having another?
There use to be a lot of misdiagnosis in young children on the autism spectrum, many times they were diagnosed with ADHD because some of the behaviors in autism can look like adhd but they aren't. However, that doesn't mean a person can't have both. From what I know it's very common for people with autisim to have depression, they go hand in hand. If you have autisim you probably have trouble with anxiety and depression along with a long list of other symptoms/ traits.
I know some people can take an antidepressant that really helps but the depression can still sneak up and get a hold of you for a few days then pass over like bad weather for a few days. Have you tried Lexapro yet?
@Fohb460 I’ve tried several but not that one
Let your doctor know.... see if he/she can tweek your meds or prescribe new meds if nothing is working. Glad for you that your tests are fine.
@constructionjim my general doctor that I’m currently seeing only has me on a BP medication bc she wants me to see a psychiatrist which I don’t have the money for. Idk, it is but I’d rather my test came back showing that I had thyroid issues bc atleast I would know what was wrong with me.
Ive had my thyroid tested a million times always fine, but when I took selenium (which targets thyroid health) I immediately experience better mood within a couple hours. However I took selenium for years, and I think you can overdo it and experienced some nerve related tingling. So I stopped taking it, and began to eat salmon fish instead, kale, beets, chia seeds. I removed myself from my family and lived alone and was single---miracles do happen. I recommend taking selenium, every second day for a couple months, it could help a lot. It's just a supplement, like fish oil for example. You can also get it from foods, so you could eat more of those foods.
@Blueberries1234 what dosage(mcg) of selenium do you recommend?
They have ADHD meds if they diagnose you. If you are maybe those meds might help.
Tell your doctor that you don't have the money to get diagnosed by a psychiatrist. Maybe she can make a referral to see if your insurance will pay. If you don't have insurance tell your general doctor maybe they have other ideas how for you to see that other doctor. You really have to have a diagnosis correctly before they can treat you with the right medications.
chia seeds and selenium. Absolute life changers, for me. Then I moved away from home, and everything got even easier... I discovered my source of stress was the people and their criticism and judgement. Nothing wrong with you, absolutely normal reaction to toxic environment.
While they can overlap, ASD, ADHD, and Depression are very different diagnoses and are treated in different ways (meds or not)... I would recommend talking to your doctor about community mental health options for you, which tend to be covered by insurance and/or more affordable. You don't need to see a psychologist for diagnoses, unless you want to do formal Autism Spectrum testing (which involves hours of multiple assessments). Any MA-level therapist can technically diagnose you, but a lot of clinicians aren't comfortable diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD) and will refer out.
The weird thing is -even when you go to an ''ADHD specialist'' as I did, they still didn't do any 'formal' testing, etc... I thought I was a candidate for EMDR due to cptsd dx, but I was told, 'no your recovery is not at a place to be able to handle emdr sessions yet...hmm ok.
They sent me to a Psychologist who gave me Ritilin RX which gave me instant increased anxiety and headaches.
Absolutely don't need MORE anxiety!
I feel that most professionals do not understand women's health (especially menopausal phase)...all these hormonal levels, enzymes both losses and gains very MUCH affect our Mental health...research has caught up to ''Mind/ Body'' connection but Training for Doctors def HAS NOT caught up.
Really sick of forking out Dollar$ to these people who are ''throwing darts at a dart board''-hoping some obscure Med - NEVER covered by INS is going to do some miracle.
There might be miracle recoveries out there for some people but not for me.
@Littlesis7 Im not an expert, but I think unfortunately like you said everyone is different and react differently to medications. So if you experienced anxiety from adhd medication it could be something else may work, like you said there may be an unknown variable, OR your inattention could be from something else, not ADHD. I know in my case, I experienced difficulty remembering, focusing, working memory was impaired, difficulty remembering simple words----and these for me, are directly as a result of childhood trauma, narcissist emotional abuse, chronic severe stress, grief, all of which led to poor diet (because I was in a freeze state, I developed poor self regulation including not drinking water and skipping meals). For those reasons combined, I experienced horminal imbalances , thyroid dysregulation, and adhd type symptoms. They LOOK like adhd symptoms, but once I start eating every meal, and eat highly nutritious foods, drink water, and remove all stressful people from my life and enjoy my day—“adhd” symptoms are much much much better. I went from not being able to form coherant sentences or remember things—I felt like I had dementia… to functioning almost normally. I can remember things again, I can make jokes. I am ALERT. You likely do have ADHD if an expert diagnosed you, but what I mean, is that these other things like diet and water, are really big factors that are missed opportunities for major improvement. Stress actually caused the hypothalamus of the brain to shrink in depression. And ptsd symptoms really mimic adhd which *some experts fail to acknowledge. If ritalin isnt working naybe a different med will. but also try this other stuff <3