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Offline AdrianConrad

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Peace Corps Medical Application ADD
« on: March 19, 2015, 08:07:55 PM »
Hey guys.  I am having a problem with my medical application part of the Peace Corps. On my application I wrote that I had ADHD.

Quick Backhistory: I have spent years of my life thinking that I had this because of troubles I had growing up. I found myself almost incapable of getting good grades, socially awkward, and a few other issues. My parents kept sending me to get tests done. I became much more successful as I became older, but this idea that I had ADHD was always in my mind because it was always repeated to me by teachers, specialists, and others. As a result, I have spent most of my life thinking that I have ADHD when I really don't (ironic).

Now Peace Corps wants the data on ADHD and when I was diagnosed. Only problem is: I don't have any. I just recently found out from my family that this was not true. I don't want to look like a liar...does this make me look bad?

Offline balkandina

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Re: Peace Corps Medical Application ADD
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2015, 10:41:48 PM »
I would just call the nurse in the medical office and tell her what you just wrote here. It won't make you look bad, just honest :)

Offline Jeff

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Re: Peace Corps Medical Application ADD
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2015, 06:57:48 AM »
I had a similar situation the first time I joined Peace Corps.  When I wasn't doing great at school, my parents sent me to a psychiatrist who said I had ADHD, prescribed me...something...which had absolutely no effect.  My issues were not ADHD, but rather just I wasn't enjoying school (at the time).  This was about 8 years before I was invited, so I had no idea how to get in touch with the psychiatrist I saw, and I was worried that if I just wrote a statement saying I didn't have ADHD in the first place, that they would just laugh when they saw it.

So, I ended up (on PC advice) having to go see a random psychologist, discuss my psychological history and current mind set, and he wrote a statement stating that he believed the diagnosis was in error, and that I was having no current issues.

That seemed to work.
Jeff
RPCV - Ghana, 03-05
PCV - Macedonia, 15-17

Offline AdrianConrad

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Re: Peace Corps Medical Application ADD
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2015, 11:01:04 AM »
Hey Jeff, thanks. I am supposed to leave by the end of June. I am unsure if they will ask me to take a test or not, but does it take a long time to get tested for ADD?

Offline Jeff

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Re: Peace Corps Medical Application ADD
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 11:16:16 AM »
For me, it wasn't so much as a test as it was a discussion with a psychologist to explain the situation and explain how I was functioning at the moment.  Literally just a normal, 1-hour appointment.

If I remember correctly, the psychologist typed up a report/statement, and mailed it to me within a few days, then I just submitted it to PC.

Jeff
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Offline mhemmen621

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Re: Peace Corps Medical Application ADD
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2015, 04:51:39 PM »
Jeff you are a life saver!!! This is what I was planning on doing with my situation as well. I was given a mental health dx when I was in the middle of a divorce with custody battle (my kids are grown now), many many years ago. I don't ever see a psychiatrist, my primary doctor writes for my meds (which I don't think I need). It's one of those things where I just took what my doctor gave me. I get sad and cry like anyone else - when a pet dies, when you break up with a significant other etc. But normal stuff.

I definitely think getting a new evaluation will be my best bet. Hopefully it won't interfere with my departure!!!!