Greetings fellow CCW brethren. I've got a serious question that I would like some council and advice on before I make any next steps. I've been a concealed carry permit holder in the state of Colorado for a few years now. I was recently seen by a physician due to chest pains and during the examination the doc inquired if I had any family history of ADHD. His inquiry was due in most part to my having typed out the patient forms instead of writing them out... he says none of his patients do that. Anyways his inquiry about the ADHD got me to thinking so I started doing a little research. I didn't even know this was something that adults had until looking into it. I do however have many of the classic symptoms. I have a hard time paying attention to details to many things that seem trivial. I'm easily distracted when trying to concentrate on tasks. While some things I'm over-organized on and pay too much attention to the details... in many other things I'm very unorganized. It is getting to a point to where it is affecting my work performance when it comes to meeting deadlines. 99% of the time I'll meet the deadline but it seems that it takes twice the effort or twice the amount of time (overnighters and weekends) to accomplish what I know are simple tasks. It also affects the relationship with the wifey in that many times when we are having conversations I get lost in the conversation and can't remember what she said 5 minutes later. When trying to work on tasks I find the slightest interruptions completely throw me off my groove and it takes what seems like forever to get back in it.
I haven't been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD (because I haven't seen anyone about it yet). I've never really been considered a scatter-brain (I've always been a great learner and I would think most people I know would say I'm a smart to very smart guy depending on the situation) but my forgetfulness and lack of ability to concentrate on things seem to be magnifying over the past few years when it never really was a (noticeable) problem in the past.
Since it is affecting my job performance (even if nobody has said anything to me because I put in all the extra effort to make it less noticeable... I still notice it) and my relationships when it comes to communication I would like to get it looked at and taken care of... nip it in the bud! I have a concern though and that is possible effects and outcomes when it comes to my permit to carry (or even own) a firearm. I've always answered honestly when purchasing a firearm or filling out my application for the permit. I've never been committed for anything, I'm not on any mind-altering substances (or really ANY substances for that matter) and I've never been a threat to physically harm anyone else or myself. My fear though is if I go to a shrink (sorry to any of you psychiatrists or psychologists out there, I don't mean it to be derogatory) and it is determined that I do have ADHD and am possibly prescribed something to help get that focus back so I can do better in my job and relationships... am I at risk of losing my ability to conceal carry or even worse... own a firearm?
I'm a 50/50 carrier... half of me carries because I believe in the 2nd amendment and think it is a right that everyone who can legally exercise should exercise and the other half of me carries because I believe that people are ultimately responsible for their own safety and I want to make sure I'm responsible and prepared in case I ever needed to protect myself or my family with force. So obviously I would hate to lose my status when it comes to owning and carrying a firearm. But I also know that I'm having trouble focusing on things that are obvious to me should be easy to focus on and I can't let it get to the point to where I lose my job because of that and I feel so guilty when I notice it affecting how I relate to my friends and family.
So while carrying is so important to me in a number of ways, I can't place it on a higher platform than my job and/or my family (even though my family is one of the main reasons I started carrying). Do any of you have advice or knowledge as to what may happen to my concealed carry status if I go see a shrink about possible ADHD? Maybe there are ways to work on it without medications but if I were prescribed something like maybe an adderall (or whatever else they prescribe for that) how would THAT affect my ability to carry?
I appreciate the thoughts and advice.