Can my recent ADHD diagnosis affect my application to medical schools?
I have recently been diagnosed with adult ADHD. I am wondering if my ADHD diagnosis will in any way affect my chances of getting into med school? Also, does anyone know if there are doctors who themselves have/had ADHD? I tried searching it up on the internet, but not much luck.
Please respond, someone. Thank you very much in advance.
Hi blockmoncherry –
I don’t know for certain, but I do NOT believe your ADHD diagnosis can or will affect your application to medical school. I don’t believe they can keep you out for having a diagnosis, although I suppose anything is possible in this day and age.
When I think of application and interview processes for college and graduate schools (including medical schools), the process is focused more on who you are and how you tell your story. If you speak with confidence and professionalism, conveying your interest in the work you want to do, that is what matters the most.
Everyone has a story to tell..everyone has differences and challenges….it’s just a matter of how you convey them.
Back to the diagnosis and affecting your application. I just don’t think it’s possible… That to me screams discrimination, and yes I know plenty of people who have gone to medical school who have ADHD and who are now wonderful doctors in many specialty areas.
The only places I have really heard about ADHD impacting your ability to perform certain jobs is in the field of being an airline pilot (if diagnosed and taking medications), and perhaps the military has some regulations around the diagnosis.
Other than that you should be good.
Are you looking for specific doctors with ADHD? I had a client who was an incredibly successful family physician who has ADHD, and has achieved amazing things. A very close friend of mine is a psychologist who has been diagnosed with ADHD.
You can do this! If you are passionate and focused, you can make this happen.
Hope this helps.
Rory F. Stern, PsyD
“Former therapist” and ADHD Coach
We have a 12 yr old with PDD/autism and we need suggestions on getting him to mind and stop lying.?
He was diagnosed with PDD last year finally and that answered some questions we had. He constantly does things that he knows is wrong and he constantly lies. It is so frustrating for us we just don’t know how to handle this, all the ways we have tried is not working. He is 12 yrs old but his phys. eval. put him mentally at 6 to 7 yrs old. He has ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Dyslexia, Numerical Dyslexia, Definent Disorder, which really makes it bad. If you have any suggestions please let me know.
There are several things to consider.
1. Is he lying to get your attention or to get out of potential trouble?
2. How are you responding to the lying and misbehavior? If you are getting very angry and giving him lots of attention for the behavior, that alone could be reinforcing it.
Things you might do:
1. Give him a TON of attention when he is doing the right thing.
2. When he is caught in a lie, be calm and firm. Do not show angry facial expressions. Impose whatever consequences you have decided to use. Do this every time.
3. These children are highly visual, so take some pictures of him doing the right thing and make a chart. At the beginning of each day, go through the things that are right. Tell him he will get a star every time he chooses to do the right thing. Set a goal for how many stars he needs to get to receive the reinforcer. Show him a picture of the reinforce. Set the goals low at first so he is able to get the reinforcer. Then fade it by requiring more stars. Do this SLOWLY!
4. When he makes the wrong choice, take him to the chart and show him what the right choice would be. Tell him kindly that you regret that he made the wrong choice and that you can’t give him a star. If it is possible, let him try again to make the right choice and then give him a star.
5. Use a highly valued reinforce and make sure you set his goal low enough at first so that he gets the reinforcer. Be sure when giving a star or reinforcer, to praise him lavishly. This will help him pair a tangible with an intangible and eventually, you may be able to fade out the tangible.
How can you tell if an autistic child is also ADHD?
I have an 8 yr old son who is autistic and ADHD also runs in my family. Basically it seems ADHD and some form of the autism spectrum does as my nieces and nephew had one or both and my daughter is ADHD with testing for aspergers goin on. How can I get my son tested for adhd since he is non-communicative?
ADHD is commonly misdiagnosed with people that have Asperger’s Syndrome. The theory isn’t the change of mind but the fact that an obsessive mind causes them to move onto other subjects. One thing will cause another thought and so forth. This is not ADHD but doctors are more interested in prescribing Ritalin since this is an income stream for them. I would tell your school and they can test him or I would call a psychologist that specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders and they will diagnose.
why do some people have mental problems while others dont?
i have aspergers syndrome, crowd anxiety, depression. my friend has ADHD. my aunt has depression.
why do some people have mental problems while others dont?
I am not saying there are no mental problems but one should ask why USA seem to be the most depressed country in the world? …while there is no medical objective test to prove someone has any of the psychiatry diagnoses.
This 2 minutes long video explains the difference between diagnosis in real medicine backed up by science and psychiatry diagnosis like ADHD backed up by personal opinions.
Psychiatry – NO SCIENCE-NO CURES (4:54min)
Can psychiatrists help you with antidepressants? Are there any cures in psychiatry today? How many people have been cured? What are your chances?
Check it for yourself – hear it from interviewed psychiatrists.
The definitive documentary on psychotropic drugging—this is the story of the high-income partnership between drug companies and psychiatry which has created an $80 billion profit from the peddling of psychotropic drugs to an unsuspecting public.
But appearances are deceiving.
How valid are psychiatrist’s diagnoses—and how safe are their drugs?
Digging deep beneath the corporate veneer, this three-part documentary exposes the truth behind the slick marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal a dangerous and often deadly sales campaign.
What are the alternative treatments for ADHD in a preschooler?
My four year old son was just diagnosed with ADHD (more hyperactivity than attention). My husband and I will choose the medication route only as a last resort after all other methods of treatment have been exhausted. I’ve heard about cutting sugar and processed foods out of the diet and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (flax seed and fish oil), but is there anything else out there that is safe enough to try?
Rebecca M –
There are a number of alternative “treatments” for ADHD, but I would first be curious to know a lot more around the circumstances of how your child was diagnosed? A child as young as 4 has a LOT going on…and while one can start to think that it might be ADHD, I am always hesitant about making a diagnosis at this age.
A 4 year-old child is still growing and developing, and has so much to absorb from the world.
I really applaud you for taking this stance to use medication as a lost resort.
I would strongly recommend speaking with a “therapist” or coach who specializes in ADHD and child development. I would also encourage you to focus more on the behaviors that you are noticing, rather than the “label” of ADHD. There are a lot of different things that can look like ADHD when it is not really ADHD.
So to answer your question, I would really take a look at how your son is different…and what strategies you are using to support him. In my work, I often find that having the right strategies can make all the difference in the world.
Also – diet can play a significant role or have a great impact. Cut back on sugar, increase protein (especially in the morning), and focus on a balanced diet that is a lifestyle and a “punishment.”
RHH: Buy or Buy: Kendrick Lamars Section 80 is best mixtape of the Year?
BQ: Favorite Reg?
BQ2: Reg u dislike the most or dumbest?
Aite FCK u guys for putting me on the spot. So now I’m dropping some knowledge on u motherfuckas it wasn’t a studio album. It was a retail mixtape/ digital album but not a studio album he hasn’t dropped one yet so yea stfu
Buy a hard copy thats actually signed on his record labels website. The sites down but you could probably email them for a way to buy it. ADHD is my favorite song
Of the ‘smart’ kids in your classes, how many do you believe listen to metal?
If I went out of my AP English class, I’d have to say at least an eighth listen to metal, with the upper majority listening to at least rock.
In my AP Gov class, I’d have to say another fourth listen to metal, with a good deal listening to at least rock.
What about your guys’ classes?
Okay, I was just wondering because I have noticed a disproportionate amount of kids who listen to metal in the upper echelons of my class.
Man, the answer to this is so simle, ALL OF THEM, think of it, if they’re acctually smart they know what good glorious music sounds like – such as metal. And all the stupid kids listen to taylor swift and the jonas brothers because they’re not smart enough to realize that its just some kids who’re singing someone elses songs and pretending they’re cool.
DAMN YOU JONAS BROTHERS!!!
On another note, to acctually anser your question in a more serious manner i think i agree with you that he kids that are “academic smart” don’t listen to metal, but i don’t think they listen to music really, alot that i know just aren’t erally into music. The people i do know who listen to metal are usually peolpe like my self ADHD and obsessed with pig squeals, growls, and lyrics about standnig knee deep in blood.
My 5 year old is taking gummy omegalicious omega 3 formula.It helps with brain,memory and mood.
I have noticed a difference and she has only been taking it for a month now.
Do you know of any other vitamin that helps with hyperness.
I am not trying to medicate my child.I have heard that there are some vitamins out that help with ADHDsymptoms.Do you know of any?Thanks.
I would give her a vitamin D supplement (along with her multivitamin). A lot of people have said that their ADHD symptoms improve dramatically from it.
There are studies being done now that show most of us are deficient in vitamin D since it’s absorbed through our skin by being in the sun (without sunblock) and most of us are indoors almost all day. You can get vitamin D in food to but, only a fraction of what is made in our skin.
Why is children’s mental health so widely disagreed on?
EAch doctor see something else, labels it one thing (adhd) another doctor says aspenger (low spectrumautism) another bipolar, another odd or conduct disorder. all with the same titles and education. How do you ever really know what is wrong with your child? And how do you make sure your child is getting the correct treatment is the diagnose is so different?
Is their a test that can watch brain activity, to see if something is wrong with the way a brain is suppose to work?
Diagnosing a mental illness is often very difficult, because there are so many variables, especially with children. With children under 18 some behavior is appropriate at one age but then most out grow it. Mental health issues are NOT an exact science like most or at leastt many physical illnesses.
Occasionallyy there are blood test or MRI but not usually. And let face it with younger children they often have some trouble expressing how they are feeling.
As far as the best diagnosis, I would go to the best psychiatrist that you can find, one that specializes in children- youchild’sd’s age. I would not take a child to a general pract. For a psych. Evaluation-they just do not have enough experience or training to stick a label on your child for life. Most doctors are reluctant to give a BiPolar diagnosis until well past 18 yrs. If I can answer any other specific questions please email me. God Bless REGGIE
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