what is the nsh? and also, what could be more scientific than a test to discover the average time it takes a person to fall asleep? this= 15 min. for normal folk, if yours tests < 7 it = a n. or an I. h. diagnosis w/mslt.
your dr. can prescribe stimulants once this is established, if they are well tolerated you are a safe driver, provided you yet respond to your rx. time will bring loss of this w/these meds. perhaps your md will raise the dose to get you wakeful again.
they must remain well tolerated thereafter, mentally and physically.
to endure successfully a lifetime of stimulant induced wakefulness via ever-increasing doseages you must be, and must remain at all times, strong/healthy in both areas. negotiating w/an md to provide same successfully may prove extraordinarily difficult. I do not know, but I very strongly suspect this becomes less of a problem if you are on private pay.
when at first experiencing the effects of these meds I would strongly advise not acting on any seemingly good idea you have about anything until you yet find same idea good after these effects vanish. your blood pressure must be kept normal should you and your md go forward w/such a regimen, lisinopril does it in my case.
the mslt, if +, is your md's 'permission slip' for granting you access to these meds. nothing else is needed for medical justification, ever, thereafter.
I strongly recommend you get an mslt. I don't know what to tell you if you get a false - though. It didn't happen to me.
best wishes/good luck.
p.s. - I just went back and read your post again. I now see that unless a scot sometimes does not need to drive until later in life, you are just a kid.
these days the only stimulant they prescribe is a new drug called nuvigil. it works fine for some. for others it does not. sometimes you must allow months for it to work right. if it does not work for you likely insistence on your part shall become necessary before your md will go forward w/one of the older drugs.
if he or she does beware of it, even as it may prove of benefit to you, which it might or might not, once it is begun. never forget: speed kills.
also, the scientists say a cure is forthcoming in a few years. and there are other alternatives today. I can sure relate to your sit., my untreated n. caused me to drop out of school in the 8th grade.
be sure to stay in school.