For many years I've dealt with depression/anxiety and for the last year have been on meds for ADD (vyvanse). I just lost my job, one I've had for 9 years. A new company bought us out March 1st and a month later I'm out :( I had trouble catching on to the new programs and made a lot of mistakes initially. I had a lot of brain fog, confusion and took me longer to get a handle on things. I also was in panic mode and had trouble internalizing it. It didn't take long before the new boss decided I wasn't right for the job. He did not like me and had no trouble getting on my back about things. He actually emailed the office manager to watch me because he didn't believe that I could do the job. I was referred by my psych doc to another doctor who could give me a battery of neurological tests which I asked for to document my conditions. That will be coming next month.
My son who is now in his thirties was diagnosed with ADHD in grade school and was on Ritalin. I have so many signs myself; I have a lot of trouble with little details, my short term memory is pretty much non-existent and I feel like my motor is in overdrive all the time. I get bored and restless really easy and have to always be busy with something. I have no patience and always talk over people in conversation. Numbers are the worst and I'm always transposing letters (ironically I'm a typist by trade. Thank God for spell check!). The Vyvanse has helped and I do feel that I do have ADHD. I guess I'm just looking for another opinion since I have never been technically diagnosed yet. Do you think I have ADHD just from what I've told you?
The vocational rehab rep I am working with actually feels that I was let go because of my "mental instabilities" and I believe so too. I don't know where it will get me now since I already lost the job, but maybe it can help me in the future if I can find another job.
Hi, Lynn - welcome. Sorry it has taken a while for anyone to respond. And I am sorry you lost your job. That is a huge blow.
So you have been on Vyvanse for a while, but no official diagnosis? It certainly seems as though you have many of the symptoms. It doesn't sound like the Vyvanse has helped where needed, though, if it didn't enable you to manage your stress enough to keep your job - perhaps another med might end up being better for you.
I hope the vocational rehab person didn't just tell you that you had mental instabilities and then sent you on your way. It can help tremendously to know more about yourself as you look for another job - what are your strengths, areas you struggle with, the kinds of jobs that might suit you more, the type of bosses you want to work with, etc.
Hi Jenny thanks for responding. The psychiatrist I see who regulates my meds actually put me on Adderall but due to my insurance I had to switch to the Vyvanse. He never sought to get me tested and I think put me on the ADD meds at my request. Now a year later I AM getting tested as I said. That will happen in a month. My voc rehab adviser told me that once I get the test done and he can review the results, he will help me find something that would be a good fit for me. Hopefully something will come of it. I actually stopped taking the Vyvanse after I lost my job. My insurance dropped covering all ADD meds for adults. That is another reason for the testing. I need to have a pre-auth in order to get it covered again. I stopped because just in case I can't get it, I will have some to take if and when I get another job. I have noticed since being off of it the last few weeks that my memory has gotten worse and I am more restless, tho that may be used to just being home. I try to keep busy and get out like going to the gym, but when I'm home I am easily bored.