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I am supposed to go for a two hour psychological exam in two weeks at the VA. This was ordered by the psychologist I saw after the psychiatrist could not figure me out.

This all started with my father dying and it kinda snowballed into trying to find my problem out.

Has anyone gone through one of these exams and what does it entail?

My private psychiatrist says I have adhd but I keep changing meds and really don't feel much different. Except for the Clozepam that helps me stay calm and sleep.

All I want is to be able to concentrate so I can read a book or organize my clutter. Be able to remember to turn the stove off and not forget that I have something cooking and not let it burn up. I start my breakfast and then decide to get on the phone and call about something and my breakfast burns. Maybe I need to go back to cold cereal. My wife keeps telling me I left the stove on again. I don't do it on purpose but just get distracted and forget. I know how serious this is but don't know how to stop this. I think I will put a sign by my front door " turn off the stove ".

Don't bother with this I am just rambling as usual.

Cuchi

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Did they tell you that the appt was for testing? Just curious.

The stress from your Father passing away is more than enough to cause your lack of attention span and memory problems...don't let them slap an ADHD label on you so quickly. I'm very sorry to hear about your Dad. My own Dad passed away about 2 1/2 years ago...it's very hard, there are bad days, horrible days and some not so bad days thrown in there.

You will make it.

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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) can, and will, cause the "forgetfulness" that you describe.

I know.

Trust me.

Now, I'm in no way saying that that is what ails YOU.

But, I'd forget that I put the dog out (poor mutt, I looked out in the backyard once and he was standing there at the back door, covered in snow...I wondered where he'd been all day).

Or, I'd forget to pick up my wife from work (we just had one car so I'd drive her to work......she learned to call me to remind me).

And, I'd never, ever remember to put the trash out on pick-up day.

Heck, I'd even forget what day of the week or the month that it was, and I mean, day after day, because I could never remember what day yesterday was.

The psychologist did the "okay, now I'm going to tell you something, then, in a little while, after we visit some more, I'm going to ask you what it was that I told you...................". Yeah, RIGHT! "Well", he says, "I see that that didn't work so how about we count backwards from 100?". NOPE, doc, why don't YOU count backwards from 100, while I try to remember WHY I'd like to count backwards from 100, and, oh yeah, while we're at it, where's the parking lot, and where's my car, and where's my ass 'cause I can't even find IT.

It got better, much better, after several months of medication adjustments, etc.

NOW, NOW I remember things that I WISH I could FORGET!

Oy Vey!

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I am supposed to go for a two hour psychological exam in two weeks at the VA. This was ordered by the psychologist I saw after the psychiatrist could not figure me out.

This all started with my father dying and it kinda snowballed into trying to find my problem out.

Has anyone gone through one of these exams and what does it entail?

My private psychiatrist says I have adhd but I keep changing meds and really don't feel much different. Except for the Clozepam that helps me stay calm and sleep.

All I want is to be able to concentrate so I can read a book or organize my clutter. Be able to remember to turn the stove off and not forget that I have something cooking and not let it burn up. I start my breakfast and then decide to get on the phone and call about something and my breakfast burns. Maybe I need to go back to cold cereal. My wife keeps telling me I left the stove on again. I don't do it on purpose but just get distracted and forget. I know how serious this is but don't know how to stop this. I think I will put a sign by my front door " turn off the stove ".

Don't bother with this I am just rambling as usual.

Cuchi

Your signature shows 100% SC. Why would you want to ask the VA to consider a private psychiatrist's diagnosis of ADHD, when that condition is non-compensatable?! The two-hour exam would prolly entail psyche testing. Who ordered the testing, the VA or your private shrink. Cover your 6! ~Wings

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Cuchi:

I hope that you get to feeling better. Sometimes the loss of a parent is almost impossible to deal with but you can and you will get better.

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