Health QuestionsCategory: MedicationsAny students with ADD?
Username asked 3 years ago

I am a Law student and have various coping methods to deal with my condition.
 
Because I have to remember a tremendous amount of cases, I find that writing in order to memorise is a must.
 
I do not go to lectures because my brain just does not follow for more than about 15 minutes.
 
I do not take notes in order to read them later, but do take notes for the purposes of remembering.
 
What strategies do you guys use?

8 Answers
StrungOutOnLife answered 3 years ago

Re: Any students with ADD?
I download the notes for Biology in PDF form, because that’s the form they’re and there’s no way I could write down all that crap.

Username answered 3 years ago

Re: Any students with ADD?
Quote from StrungOutOnLife on 23. Feb 2006 at 05:42:

I download the notes for Biology in PDF form, because that’s the form they’re and there’s no way I could write down all that crap.

 
When I was in first and second year I did not take one damn note from the lectures that I did go to.
 
Reading from prescribed texts is the best way for me to work.
 
I have still been very successful though, and because your Honours (I’m in Scotland) requires you to work independantly anyhow, it has been a blessing in disguise for me.
 
I would like to try a med for ADD but I do not think that stimulants and I will get along.  In fact, it would probably cause me no end of problems, even if it did help my concentration.
 
Something like Strattera would be OK, but I am on duloxetine and do not want to stop taking that.
 
I guess I will just carry on like I have been doing, – it has worked.

crazyweasel answered 3 years ago

Re: Any students with ADD?
So, why do you think stimulants and you won’t get along? I have to ask, you seem to be wishing upon a star, and yet not finding one.
 
Oh, and yeah, writing helps immensely, even if it’s just a word or two so that you know what everyone else in the room is thinking about that minute.

Username answered 3 years ago

Re: Any students with ADD?
Quote from crazyweasel on 02. Mar 2006 at 21:32:

So, why do you think stimulants and you won’t get along? I have to ask, you seem to be wishing upon a star, and yet not finding one.

Oh, and yeah, writing helps immensely, even if it’s just a word or two so that you know what everyone else in the room is thinking about that minute.

 
Stimulants and I probably will not get along because although I have had tremendous success with curbing my axiety through medication and hypnotherapy, I am still prone to panic.
 
I also suffer from tourettes and OCD.  
 

schagc0123 answered 3 years ago

Re: Any students with ADD?
does this sound like ADD?
 
If I am not mentally engaged, a song will play in me head.  when driving in the car the radio plays NPR and my mind generally pays attention.  if I have heard all the NPR I can stand the CD plays.  usually it is Tupac from two decades ago.  when nothing is playing my mind starts its own soundtrack.  it can be music for the mood I am in–floyd is common.  “don’t look so frightened this is just a passing phase one of my bad days.”  
 
I have a lyrical mind.  songs just appear.  sometimes it is the the most recent song played at a store or in the car, or simply mentioned by my brother as we talk on the phone.  trouble is the damn song stays in my head for hours, sometimes days.  the same song comes into my head for days at a time when I am not mentally engaged.  I can even attend to a conversation while my mind sings the song.  this bothersome musical loop is what contributed to my withdrawing from grad school.  any class that was boring wasn’t attended to–the songs played over the dull lecture.  I suppose it could be considered daydreaming in a way, a mental wandering.  I could read sections of a book while the songs played, of course my mind was going through the motions of reading as the song dominated the foreground, but the text was never absorbed.  
 
my brain sings to me. I have some control over it.  I can change the channel from van halen to bach then from bach to floyd, but unless something catches my attention, my attention is with a song.  
 
“…regular crowd shuffles in, there’s an old man sitting next to me making love to his tonic and gin…he says,”son, can you play me a memory, i’m not really sure how it goes, but it’s sad and it’s sweet and i knew it complete when i wore a younger man’s clothes.”