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Looking for a Neuropsychologist in chicago that accepts medicaid or helps low income people.

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I got diagnosed as kid, my mom refused medication. I received SSI, and went to a school called B.O.C.E.S. because of my inattentiveness and my inability to stop daydreaming. I have always been very hyper and I don't have the ability to shut up. This as affected me negatively in my relationships. I'm 32 and haven't had a relationship since 2014. Its also hard for me to keep a job. People tend to not like me, and it makes me an easy target for scapegoating.

I've experience a lot of workplace bullying from co-workers simply because I'm different. I have been fired from many jobs for being different. Simply because people don't like me. I don't do anything to directly hurt people. There are many factors like me being gender non-conforming, (which is something I don't have control of) and also being an attractive female feeds into this general dislike of me. Since everyone expects me to behave like a feminine female because of the way I look, people tend to be disgusted with my unfeminine behavior. I have always been like this since I was a child, and I try to mask my inability to conform to gender, but the mask slips up and I cannot keep it up for long because its unnatural for me to behave like a woman.

I'm fully aware that having ADHD is a factor in my inability to conform to gender. I know medication will not cure that, I'm fine with being a non-binary person. Its not a poltical issue for me. I don't have any issues with my lack of gender. I'm perfectly happy being female. The issue is my inability to be taken seriously by people. I need a stable job. I don't want to depend on my family for the rest of my life.

I am currently back in school studying cybersecurity. I want a job where I don't interact with people very much and my skills speak for me, not my ability to get people to like me. It a high-demand career field that is friendly towards neurodiverse people. Most likely I will land a work from home job. I realized I work best alone, away from people. I have workplace PTSD. I have been bullied, sexually harassed, and violently assaulted in multiple work places. I learned the hard way being different makes you an easy target.

The service industry is rife with problems already and its not good for anyone who is neurodiverse to work in that kind of rigid environment, where everyone is pitted against eachother. Add to that internalized sexism and I'm an easy target for disgruntled women because of the way I look is mismatched with the way I behave. Luckily for me, I have ADHD so any physical attacks I have from someone, I see a coming a mile away.

I learned from experience that I need the protections that come with having a disability. I need an adult ADHD evaluation. I have talked to my primary care provider and she gave me a list of ADHD clinics but none of them have neuropsychologists and if they do have one none of them accept medicaid. I live in chicago. I need this diagnosis and the protections that come with it. I also need medication to control my restlessness and my inability to pay attention to things that bore me. It causes problems when I try to make friends since my brain likes to wander a lot. I have incontrollable daydreaming, many ideas that pop up and I never have the ability to just start what I wanna do. Its like I'm paralyzed by my multitude of ideas. I'm tired of being a 32 year old loser. I want stability in my life and I want to be able to make my ideas into reality without getting overwelmed by the steps that I need to take to make my ideas reality. I need help ASAP! I tired of seeing my life pass by and not be able to enjoy it.

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Hi, It is great that you have a plan to make life better despite past problems; that is so important! The place we had my kid's eval done, thomsonmemory.com, has a Lincoln Park location and takes medicare but I am not sure about medicaid. I do see that the DePaul center takes it and supports LGBTQ+ individuals. They have given some great talks for my kid's school. psychologytoday.com/us/ther...

Unfortunately you don't know what you are talking about. Kids are handed out adderall like its candy because teachers don't wanna deal with hyper kids. They don't go thru the same rigorious testing that adults go through. I need neurological testing to prove I have ADHD. They categorized adults and kids differently.

SO ANYONE PLEASE PROVIDE ME WITH PLACES FOR ADULTS ONLY. WHERE YOUR KID GOES MORE THAN LIKELY DOES NOT HAVE A NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST. I ALREADY HAVE A DIAGNOSIS FROM MY DOCTOR AND THERAPIST! I NEED TO SEE A NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST, NOT A CLINIC! WITHOUT THE ADULT ADHD EVALUATION I CANNOT GET MEDICATION.

Wow, no offense, but if you are always so quick to tell strangers that they don't know what they are talking about, well, maybe that is why some find you hard to get along with? :) The place I mentioned does all ages and is legit (and you would see they have neuropsychs if you looked at the info) and we DID do hours of rigorous computer-based and in person testing, and not just to get 'adderall like candy' and wow, like you know other people's issues. Testing is for sure helpful but if you already have a diagnosis from your doctor and therapist, well that is often sufficient to get meds in a lot of situations but perhaps not yours. Hope something works out.

You're too priveleged to understand poor people struggles and yes its far easier for a child to get a diagnosis. Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. Thats the LAW in Illinois. YOU HAVE TO SEE A NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST TO BE DIAGNOSED AS AN ADULT! NOT AS A CHILD!

A CHILD HAS NO NEED TO ABUSE DRUGS LIKE AN ADULT! HENCE ALL THE HOOPS I HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH TO GET A DIAGNOSIS.

I read your post and reply and started looking for neuropsych Chicago and found this Dr. on a physchology today list. The link is here too for you.

chicagoadhdclinic.com/

Maybe he is suitable. I'm in Canada so I don't know him but wanted to help. Also have you read about autistic spectrum stuff? ...I'm ADHD diagnosed and 53 but based on my patterns in life I identified highly with Tania Marshall and her list to identify High Functioning Austism in women and I noticed a few things you mentioned related to Autism in Women too. Maybe her research will be useful to you.

taniaannmarshall.wordpress....

I'm so sorry for your suffering and frustration which I can really relate to. Take or leave the resources I sent here. You're articulate and smart so you'll know if it's worth your time or not. I wanted to reach out and see what I could do to help. Thx.

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There is overlap between adhd and autism, like for example not being about to hide behind masks like neurotypical people. For me because its too much work to pretend I care about stuff I don't care about. But, I can pick up on emotions and social cues. I just get a kick out of messing with people. (I say innappropriate s--t to see how people react) Autistic people don't do that lol.

Yah...so hopefully the links I sent get you closer to finding a neuropsych to get the assessment you want. Good luck.

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