Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:47 AM
I got involved with the disabilities office my junior year in college (this was in 2003; please quit playing pranks on my lawn silly kids ).
I was given a proper diagnosis of MDD with suicidal features and referred to a hometown tdoc for counseling and got a recommendation sent to my GP that I start on SSRIs.
That was the year my life rocketed into outer space, for better or worse. Had it not been for the intervention that my university helped me initiate, my life would have rocketed in the exact opposite direction and my parents would be mourning the loss of their only child.
And no, at the time, I didn't tank my grades, partially due to following similar regulations to what resonance had posted. The lowest grade I ever got was a B (thank God we had no +/- system; it'd surely have been a minus!) in calculus-based electric/magnetic physics. Which is a useless subject anyways in health information technology, which I am now in my third year of PhD studies for.
Meanwhile, as I sit here doing my PhD studies, I am wondering if I should "come out" with the fact I have AD/HD. I got through my MS with a high GPA and not telling anybody I had AD/HD with latent depression. Heck, I got all of my GPAs (or lack thereof) with no accommodations at all, no matter how stupid that may have been. However, telling my advisor that I have AD/HD would probably boost my grades (or at least give me extra time on future exams). Not that I believe in exams at the PhD level of study. I never had any timed exams during my Master's program and only have had them in one course during my PhD course of study (and the validity of said exams has been debated by fellow students, but that's another subject for another rant).
CAUTION: I'm a graduate computational medicine/allied health information student, and NOT a licensed clinician of any sort in any part of the world. I can come up with lots of algorithms, generalities, and statistics but cannot provide specific medical advice for you! You, along with your healthcare provider/pdoc/tdoc/etc. are the best decision makers for what is best!
Me: MDD, AD/HD, Asperger's/HFA/PDD-NOS/WTF, REM behavioral disorder/misc. sleep issues, some variant of PTSD... toss in hypothyroidism, post-meningitis-related Parkinson's disease/tremor, early stage pulmonary hypertension from a connective tissue disorder that wants me dead before age 60, and a few misc. manly hormone issues, and you'll get a few insights on where that PTSD came from.
Now on: Cymbalta, mirtazapine, oxybutynin, clonazepam, lamotrigine, clonidine, levothyroxine, metformin, Testim. As Velvet Elvis implied, I sound like a freakin' maraca salesman when I go through airport security.