Should I see a psychiatrist?

Cavium JqFrjV1n
Apr 11 45 Comments

I have difficulty focusing on any task. I am very easily distracted. I procrastinate a lot. I have consistently misses deadlines at work. Due to this, I have lot of stress. To make up the lost time at work, I work at home late hours as the deadline reaches.. I suffer all these for years, almost all my career(10 yrs)

I don't know if I should meet a psychiatrist. I tried lists etc.. But, I fed up as the problem reoccurs again and again.. Probably I have ADHD

People with Adhd, what triggered you to seek medical help and diagnosis? Should I need one?

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  • Microsoft shambu
    I am in same situation as OP. Until there's something which is pressing or threatening, I have no motivation to do things. I did well in schools getting 4gpa but then I've been not able to focus on work. Terrible procrastination. Lack of energy and feeling sleepy. I resort to changing teams frequently with the fear of getting piped. I've gotten lucky at interviewing and have jumped repeatedly to gain a high TC but everyday life is a struggle. Can't get shit done. I'm perpetually depressed. No interest on anything in life including sex. I sometimes suspect if it's due to low testosterone. I plan to go to a doctor..I have no PCP. So have to find one.
    Apr 11 20
    • Cavium JqFrjV1n
      OP
      I started morning prayer daily. On a streak of 4 days.

      I procrastinated writing a design document on friday which due on Monday today. Weekend went with family activities.
      Result of this, woke up 5 am today and worked ass off to finish the doc. Lolzz
      Apr 15
    • Microsoft TheGreco
      Good progress OP. Did you look at options for professional help or still thinking about it, trying the self-help route first? 😊

      I kept up with my plan for workouts, deep breathing and meditating. A little off on the diet regiment, anxiety about future career prospects. And ways off on keeping up with work deadlines. Need most attention on disciplining sleep and work. I’ll probably end up finishing “urgent” work items through tonight. Can’t be delayed anymore.

      All this time trying to remind myself that glass is half full and life is relative (comparisons make it look good or bad).
      Apr 15
    • Panasonic Avionics CmjE05
      I was literally about to post this post, and ask what has helped people.

      I've been on adderal it doesn't help it made my life worse... I've suffered from Anxiety and Panic disorders for some time now. I was also on anti depressants and the only thing I can say about those is they made me not remember anything that happened while I was on them and pretty much made me a different person for the worse.

      Not really sure what to do anymore caffine used to help but due to the anxiety and panic which I'm mostly overcoming after the past 10 years... haven't drank caffine since 2012.

      Nothing is interesting anymore, unless I have a deadline things don't get finished and even then they only get finished at the end of the dead line when I feel pressure.

      I also have family at home and find it hard to even spend time with them (kids and such) sometimes or be entertained by what they're doing... am I a monster here? Is it wrong to have to force myself to spend time with them? Or have to force myself to drive into work into the morning? Not wanting to do anything really.

      I kind of have my ups and downs some days are great, some are just complete shit.
      Apr 15
    • Microsoft shambu
      Just to update, I too am keeping up with physical activities. Past couple days not too bad. Still a bit slacking on work but much better
      Apr 15
    • Facebook oldskool2
      These are my symptoms exactly too. Opposed to medicine at the moment since I haven’t tried anything else yet.
      Apr 24
  • Google hTED02
    I am in same boat here is my story . I am totally apposed to medication. But I was suffering at work so decided to take psychiatric route. Was prescribed medication. They are wonder drug . It gave me a high but with it can crash and when I was high side effect was that I was horny which is ironic cause I got rid of a problem and got into other distraction. So now I take them only once a month for crucial meeting or deliverable . But what I realized the medicine gave me slow down affect . So what I do now is have selective flavored teas and light relaxation music 🎶 on. Was able to replicate same relaxing affect without the cost of medication on my body . It’s working for me . Other thing I did was increased my sleep and workouts . I am able to now focus and do my job better organically. DM if you need further inputs .
    Apr 11 2
    • Amazon Vaporeon
      I relate to this story except for the horny part LOL. The side effects of the medication are not worth it for me and the crash is horrible. I also regularly drink green tea now and take lots of supplements whenever I do take my meds so the side effects aren't as bad
      Apr 11
    • Google hTED02
      Man why I had such side effects ? Lucky me 😂😂😂😂
      Apr 11
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Visit your primary care provider and tell them what you told us. They can help you from there.
    Apr 11 2
    • Microsoft xPgf80
      This is the right place to start with Kaiser. Go visit your regular doctor and explain the symptoms.
      If you are not open to taking medication, they will likely refer you to a therapist.
      If you are open to medication, your doctor may prescribe something for you before referring you to a psychiatrist.
      If you aren’t improving, then on a subsequent visit you will likely get a referral to a psychiatrist.
      The psychiatrist will prescribe medication and you’ll have regular check ups to see how things are going.
      Often times both medication and therapy are used together, as there can be benefits derived from both techniques.

      I would recommend that you do not procrastinate on making your first appointment.

      I hope it works out for you!
      Apr 11
    • Amazon Vaporeon
      ^ this is great advice op!
      Apr 11
  • Amazon Vaporeon
    I have ADHD. If it's impacting your quality of life in work and social, go see a psychiatrist. I was horribly depressed in University since I had ADHD and couldn't pass my classes. I managed to graduate but with a 2.7 GPA. Go seek help OP!
    Apr 11 2
    • Cavium JqFrjV1n
      OP
      Thanks. Should I book an appointment with psychiatrist or some other professional? Whom should i start with?
      Apr 11
    • Amazon Vaporeon
      A psychiatrist is a good start. I recommend finding one on psychology today
      Apr 11
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    Yeah, me too. I've never been diagnosed but its pretty clear. Do you want to take medication to fix it? Some people are simply opposed to that. Other non-med strategies might be available. I used to smoke heavily but stopped years ago and felt I've never had a focused thought since then. Sites like this don't help because they just feed my distraction. I have no answers, just know how you feel. Eventually you'll find work where deadlines are less important and where jumping around mixed with hyperfocusing is beneficial.
    Apr 11 1
    • Cavium JqFrjV1n
      OP
      Have you tried any non-med methods ?
      Apr 11
  • Cerner / Eng Zenobia
    Did u try meditation or workouts?

    Am not sure if that would fix ADHD, but I was going thru something similar and just 15 mins meditating helped me with it. After I stopped meditating, I am back to all these issues. Maybe give meditation a try for a week or two. Even 15 mins during lunchtime should help.

    Good luck
    Apr 11 5
    • Cavium JqFrjV1n
      OP
      Thanks what kind of meditation should I try? Can you refer a guide? Does headspace app work for this purpose?

      Regarding workout, does simple 15-20 mins jog help?
      Apr 11
    • Amazon Vaporeon
      I've found medication to be very effective on my symptoms but there are lots of side effects :(. I've been working out 30 minutes a day to try and help. Meditation is great but since I can't focus I feel easily discouraged when I do it. Sleeping enough, eating healthy and exercising all mildly help with symptoms.
      Apr 11
    • Microsoft xPgf80
      Yes, I would recommend the Headspace app for guided meditation.
      Apr 11
    • Cavium JqFrjV1n
      OP
      Thanks. Will try headspace
      Apr 11
    • Cerner / Eng Zenobia
      I don’t know how the app is, but I was just choosing a quiet room and locking myself in for 15mins. There were distractions initially from outside noise and for that I would choose any meditation music on YouTube and listen to it via headphones. But once you practice it daily, your mind will start ignoring those noises without even needing any music.

      Initial one week might be tough to concentrate and you might feel like giving up just after few mins and even if u do, atleast keep practicing for few mins daily. It gets better eventually.

      I am not much of a workout person, but whenever I do or even if I go for a walk and be closer to nature, I feel better.
      Apr 11
  • Microsoft jcdjk
    Start with a talk therapist. They will help you diagnose your condition and suggest whether you need a psychiatrist.
    You don't need to pop medicines unless you really need them. Most mental issues can be solved by some extra help from therapy.
    P.S. I battled anxiety and depression for 3 years. I am not completely over them, but so much better since I started therapy an year ago. I did start taking a medication few months ago. But I would always suggest the route of therapist to psychiatrist. Meds also will be a solution only so long as you keep popping them. If you aim to get off them someday and still be the awesome version of yourself, you should invest in self improvement.
    Apr 11 5
    • Cavium JqFrjV1n
      OP
      Thanks.. Where can I find a therapist? I am in bay area.. I have kaiser plan. What should I tell them to book appointment
      Apr 11
    • Microsoft jcdjk
      I am not in Bay Area.
      But if a friend or colleague of yours can suggest you a good therapist, nothing like it :)
      If not, you can look them up online, and tell them your problem. In this case, say that you are not able to focus on any task at hand and you feel it really affects your quality of life. You want to explore if you can find a solution by means of talk therapy.

      Expect to have follow up questions from them, like is it just work related tasks that you can't focus on, or do you feel distracted when doing your day to day activities, like reading, watching a video, talking to another person etc.
      Apr 11
    • Cavium JqFrjV1n
      OP
      Thank you
      Apr 11
    • Oath xxxcd
      Ugh, I suggest you get off Kaiser for this kind of things. Their therapists are all booked full and will only see you once every 3 months. You’ll never get treated with this kind of slow pace.

      Therapy only sees effect on the 3rd or 4th session and diagnosis / long-term treatment plan at around 10th session. You’ll have much better time going to therapy weekly and pay out of pocket. Sessions are usually $100-200/session. That puts your budget at $1000-2000 to get your problem straightened up.
      Apr 11
    • Microsoft xPgf80
      I disagree with most of this reply. The only part I agree with is that seeing a therapist once every 3 months isn’t going to be effective.
      However, I doubt that would be the schedule for you. Ideally, it would be weekly visits to start.

      The other part about getting things sorted out in 10 sessions is also an unrealistic expectation to set.

      Real mental health issues are not something that can be “cured.” They are, at best, treated. For some, treatment is very effective but it is a life-long commitment. For others, existing treatments are mostly ineffective.

      Our understanding of the brain and mental health issues is still in its infancy. Your treatment will be modified using trial and error until, hopefully, you find something that has a significant benefit.
      Apr 12
  • Microsoft shambu
    In the exact situation as OP 😪
    Apr 11 0