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emoticon Hi Everyone...

My name is Deby... Along with ADHD... I have a lot of Anxiety Conditions...


I do not like the term DISORDER... at my age ... I have come to KNOW

it is my NORMAL... and along with ADHD.. I have Conditions due to my

Childhood TRAUMAs....

Wishing Everyone all the best and much Success

~*~ LOVE ~&~ BLESSings ~*~ ALLways ~*~Deby~*~

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Amen indeed, Smidgon. You and I are only two years apart, and I suspect we both were seen as naughty little girls who deserved a spanking. I don't know that there was much awareness back in the 1940's

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AMEN!

"All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose."

Romans 8:28

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I'm glad to see some action on this team. My ADD/ADHD is a real handicap and disability. I'm not ashamed to say so. I'm tired of being the bad little girl who does it on purpose.

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3/20/16 6:31 P

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Hi, I joined awhile back, but, just got around to posting.
I was x some years ago. I have a son, whose 52yrs. Now has Autism. High functioning, has all but outgrown it.

I am completely lost, my son now has colon cancer. Hubby has bowel problems will undergo testing.

Add to the ADD, Fibromylgia and Chronic Fatigue Sydrome. No wonder I feel so messed up. At the x of x the doctor said it appeared I had tolerated it quite well all those years, she would leave well enough alone. So, I wasn't over medicated.

I am now almost 76yrs young!

I hope to make friends here!

"All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose."

Romans 8:28

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3/12/16 8:02 P

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Hello, Health Hermit! Isn't it good to find out what is going on! We're not bad kids, we're not stupid kids, we do not deserve a spanking. It took till I was 55 before I found out what was going on. But then finally everything made sense.

I do use Adderall, but medicine doesn't do much for me. What I need more is STRUCTURE! I need punctuation throughout the day. I need specific things to do in specific places, things which involve seeing other people.

No, I can't stay at home and write down a schedule for myself. I won't last five minutes. I need to go out to somewhere. I like working, having a job to go to. But now I am unemployed. "Retired" is a more positive word than "unemployed", but the reality is I'm having a hard time functioning without outside obligations.

Clutter is another thing that blows my mind. It's a vicious cycle. I create clutter, and the clutter paralyzes me, so I make more clutter.

Anyway it's good to see you here. I hope you'll feel supported and validated.

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3/12/16 6:39 P

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Hi all! Just joined up. I was diagnosed with ADHD almost 4 years ago now, and boy did my life male SO MUCH MORE SENSE. I've tried a couple of different meds - Vyvanse made me anorexic (yikes), Intuniv didn't do much of anything, now I'm going back to Concerta which works, but makes my face feel weird. It's nice to see a team for this :)

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3/7/16 8:36 P

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Hello, Katie...isn't it nice to learn that you're not a bad girl doing it on purpose (which is what my mother would scream at me), but that you have a real reason that is not your fault at all?

It was a relief to me to learn that there are reasons for how I function and what I can and cannot do. I'm not bad! I'm not lazy! I'm not willfully naughty! I'm not being a slob on purpose because I don't care! My problems are real.

Glad you're here!

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Hello! I'm Katie! I'm 26, I live in Massachusetts, and was just diagnosed with ADD a few months ago. Knowing -why- I've never been able to get organized has been such a relief to me. I started ritalin in January, and it has helped a lot. I'm still not quite where I want to be when it comes to having my ADD under control, but things are getting better. I'm still learning new coping skills, and trying my best to live a normal-ish life. :)

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I'm glad to see a new person here, Milladamen! Lucky you were diagnosed at 29. I was in my mid fifties when I was finally diagnosed, and I was glad to find out that I was not a bad person after all. I just have ADD/ADHD. I no longer punish myself for failures or accept that I'm a no good person when I fail. There's a reason why things happen this way. I have ADD/ADHD.

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Hi, I'm Camilla from Norway. I got diagnosed last summer at the age of 29, and am still figuring out what this all means. I just recently started university again, and am struggling a bit with balancing homework and my job in retail. January and February are always super busy at my shop, seeing that one of the important people goes on vacation, and people tend to get sick when it's cold. Now, however, we're entering March, and I have some hopes to shed the almost 10 pounds I gained due to stress and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Now I actually have time to work out, and the longer days make me more motivated to not eat a lot of crap due to feeling crap (which makes me feel like crap, and therefore making me eat more crap. Stupid circle.)

As soon as the snow and ice melts, I'm gonna try out running. I hate winter, which is kinda weird since I live in Norway, and I hate snow and ice. I'm guessing it's gone by mid-April, at least. You never know, though. All the 20 inches need to melt.

I'm pretty lucky, movement-wise, where I have a job where my steps average around 10k on an ordinary work day, so when I started my job last year (and cut out all types of snacks, soda, cakes and the like for two months because of a challenge) I lost a lot of weight. So I know how to do it, I just need to focus on doing it. And there's my problem, really.

I've been on and off SparkPeople since 2009 (I used a different account then), and I really hope I'll keep motivated for a while longer this time, since I only keep at these things for, say, 2 months or so at a time.

Oh, and I am married, with no kids. We're planning on moving to a place where I can get a cat, though. We both love video games and other nerdy things. We actually met playing Dungeons & Dragons. Been together for ten years, and married for a little more than one.

So, hi team!

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Hello I am new to spark people. I have ADD and translocation of the chromosomes. I was hoping to also meet other people have Translocation but not sure if anyone on here does. But I am lucky that we have come a long way from when I was growing up. My mother hid my differences and so I always felt like I was in the dark even though I was taken to different doctors and in special classes. When I was in my 20s -30s I felt like I was lazy and my fault if mistakes were made. One day someone made a comment to make an app with a DR. So I went in and was actually given a real diagnoses. I was put on medicine and my test scores in the military went up by 60 points. I was on average 140 and before I left involuntarily my test score was 200. I can't turn back time but only thrive and meet other people who have the same struggles as I do . I hope that I can meet people like me and share stories and now be able to look back and laugh at them. I want to grow into the adult that I am suppose to be.

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Hello team! My name is Shari (yup, my mom really liked Shari Lewis)

While having my son assessed for ADHD, I had a bit of an "aha" moment. So many of his "symptoms" were things that I had been living with for as long as I can remember. Could I have it too?!? Apparently, Yes!

My doctor has been quite supportive and we are currently doing a bit of a drug trial to see if that is a good option for me.

I have to admit it frightens me a bit how much better I function when I am on my meds. I don't like the idea of "needing" a drug. But for now it is working for me.

I do like the idea of finding some good coping strategies and building some good habits. I hope this team (and sparkpeople in general) can help with this.



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Normal? What is this normal you speak of? I know not this word 'normal'.

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Thanks for the welcome.

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Hi Re_Anne! Yes, the side effects of so many meds are scary or screw up our minds more than they already are with ADD/ADHD. It is rough living with this diagnosis. But I have learned a few techniques just to be able to function in the "normal" world.

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So many pretty posts and not enough of an attention span to read them all @@

Hi I'm Re_Anne and if I remember right I'm 36 years old. I don't remember when I was diagnosed but I think it was in the last 10 years. If you hadn't guessed I'm not medicated - everything I've tried has side affects that I would choose adhd over any week of the day.

Anyway nice to meet all of you!

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Heather - I can so relate to much of what you have said. There are so many similarities including lack of focus and inattention. I have struggled with it all of my life without knowing what was wrong with me until 8 years ago.

Setting an alarm is a good idea. For me, I take certain pills when I first get out of bed. Others right before bed.

Glad you joined us.

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Hi all,


I have not been diagnosed offically but I would say all the signs are big red flags that I have ADD. I'm pretty certian I was ADHD when I was younger but the hyper part seems to have calmed down. I have learned to focus more but I get such tunnel vision I have trouble seeing everything around me.
My problems are going and doing multiple things at the same time (sometimes bored, sometimes it just happens as I say autopilot). I forget a lot of things, more so then before. I do one thing and I get distracted I forget what I was doing. If someone starts asking me to do something I will drop what I'm doing so I won't forget what was asked of me to do.
My brain sometimes get scattered when I'm emotional or stressed and I don't always know what is wrong. It takes me about 2 or 3 days to understand why I'm so overwhelmed (IE: What caused me to be stressed or emotional).
I actually have an alarm to remind me when to take my pill for the day so I won't forget.


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Hello, Judi...what does VA care do? Do you have choice, or do you have to do what the doctors tell you to do?

I'm depressed, and no wonder. I have ADD/ADHD, and I'm a caregiver to a beloved but difficult man with dementia and multiple health problems.

And antidepressants don't work for me.

And now I'm so disappointed. I tried Ritalin, and it actually had a gentle anti-depressant effect, which I welcomed. But by ten days later the side effects were so bad I had to stop the medicine.

Anyway, here you are too now! Check out the forums and see where the action is and who is talking here. I hope I'll see you again on this team.

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Hi there all, my name is Judi. I am trying to get my life together. I was laid off in May and my husband lost his job in June and we don't have regular insurance and I am no longer on the meds that were working for me. We are on VA care since we are veterans. The doctors have diagnosed me as being depressed so they have tried making me take antidepressants which don't work. I am hoping to get a job soon so that I can get the meds I need. So I am back to doing this w/out any help medicinally - oh joy!

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I do use the daily container for medicine. But I have to discipline myself on Sunday to fill the containers for the week. If I bumble around and don't do it Sunday, the whole week is likely to pass without my getting things done.

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Welcome to the team. I agree that when we have ADD it is not easy to remember all of the meds we take or tasks that we need to do. I place my meds in order and move them to another spot everyday. Thererfore, I know what I have taken. I have tried using the plastic containers that you put you pills in daily. Believe it or not, it seemed like too much work for me. lol

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Hi! I'm 24 and just discovered I have ADD. It's not really all that surprising considering both my brothers were diagnosed as children, the thought had just never crossed my mind, I thought I was just ditzy. I immediately called my mom after my therapist (who I was seeing for anxiety) first suggested it to me. We talked for a while, she was just as taken aback as I was. After we both did some research into ADHD in women it became clear that a lot of the characteristics fit my mom too. We accepted and adapted to the boys' struggle but never even considered our own battles. We both are so good at adapting to our surroundings as a way to survive but never accepted the notion that we were working against our natural functioning, in turn wearing ourselves out just trying to get by.
I was tested and more than definitely fit the bill. I've started Vyvanse in addition to the Zoloft I was already taking. I love the Zoloft, my head felt a lot clearer with that boost of serotonin but to be honest I haven't had much luck with the Vyvanse. I move up to 40 mg in a week, we'll see what that does. My doctor is a strong proponent of healthy living and supplements. So in addition to those meds I'm taking vit D in the am and omega3 in the pm and vit B . Did I mention I have ADD? How am I supposed to remember all of that and you know eat fresh food and exercise and do the things I enjoy? I guess that's why I'm back on sparkpeople, help me through this important, yet trying time of self improvement once again.
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Welcome to the team. I wish you much success on your journey. My two daughters both have been diagnosed with ADD. I remember always daydreaming and never focusing in school. How I wish I had known what was wrong with me at that time.

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Hi, my name is Tura. I was diagnosed with ADHD, along with bipolar disorder and OCD, back in 2007. I always knew something was "off" but wasn't sure why. It was a relief to finally get some answers. I'd start off each semester in school, determined to do better and I would...for a while. Then my performance would take a nosedive. My teachers all said I wasn't "living up to my potential" since I tended to score high on those state tests they make you do. Although, my bipolar symptoms are more or less under control, the ADHD still creates plenty of chaos in my life. Instead of my schoolwork being affected, it's my finances. My son also has it so homework time is always an adventure! lol

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Welcome new members!! Please drop over to our daily chat thread.

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Hi! I'm Patty from Detroit and I've been on SP for 3 years now. It has helped me get into somewhat of a routine, but I'm still tyring to improve on it.. I'm a work in progreaa,

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Hi everyone!
I'm Kim from TN. I'm new to SparkPeople so I'm not even sure if I'm introducing myself in the right place? If not, SORRY! I'm still learning my way around here. I am SO glad to have found this group! FINALLY… a group of people that can understand what I'm going through and can understand why some things that seem so *simple* to most of the world can be so overwhelming to someone with ADD.

I have to admit that the SP site has caused a good deal of "Information Overload" for me but I have just started reading the book, "The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to…" (The title was too long to type and I got *distracted* LOL) Anyway, back on track… So far, in reading the book, the plan looks simple and easy to follow.

Having ADD has been a HUGE deterrent in just about any diet program that I have tried... Before, I always felt that I had to do everything "perfectly" but could never seem to wrap my head around all of the details. I love that a grocery list is created to go along with the eating plan… that in itself will make this new eating plan do-able for me. (It's NOT a diet plan, *I remind myself*.) That, and the fact that we are encouraged to make consistent, small changes instead of diving in and changing everything at once.

Speaking of consistency… for me, that is one of the very HARDEST things to get right. So, at least until I get into the swing of things and learn to be more consistent in checking the message boards, if you respond to me, please don't be offended if I don't answer you right away. I promise you, it's not that I don't care about what you have to say… I REALLY DO! I just don't always *think* to get back on there to see if someone has responded. Though, I'm sure that at least more than one of the people in this ADD/ADHD group can relate to me on that though.
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I look forward to getting to know everyone! It's SO nice to have found a group that can relate to the problems I am faced with because of my ADD.

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These medicines are not only for depression, but they're also for anxiety. I am not depressed, so if that is only what they were for I wouldn't take it. Believe me, I will be watching for side effects. Thank you for the warning. emoticon

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Hi, I was going to send you a private message; but it said I had to confirm my email or something. Perhaps open is better - more input for others who have been there and done or tried that. Question. Is Paxil not an antidepressant? I have taken all of those. It was either Paxil or Zoloft that mad me meaner than a snake. So watch for that. I have been doing the Eat To Live and found that group here in Spark. I was winging it the first two weeks while I was trying to learn and get organized. I lost 8lbs the first week, but no more. Started the real plane according to their menus this week. Waiting for the weight to move. I am feeling wonderful and even stopped taking my antidepressant which is amazing considering that the crisis that put me on them is still ongoing. Look forward to sharing and growing and losing with youl.

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Hi Norma,
I am thrilled Norma! We can be comrades. emoticon

I was gone throughout the day. I got home after 6:00pm EST. I had groceries to put away. It was awhile before I got onto Spark People.
I have not exercised yet today, but I plan to. I will probably do 20 minutes as I did last night. Any time we put into exercise is better than no time at all.
Norma, you are more versed on ADD than me. I just got tested & diagnosed in December of 2012. I just began taking Paxil this evening. My primary care Doctor decided yesterday that we would try Paxil, 20mgs once a day. I've tried Adderall and Ritalin. Adderall did work for me in the beginning. Time will tell if Paxil will do the work. I must say I have worried about these meds messing up my brain. I fell my focus got worse. I had a hysterectomy in February of 1992; I was 46 years old then. I was a complete one. I was put on hormone therapy at that time. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2008. I had to come off of the hormone therapy then.
I just wanted to touch base with you.
I hope everyone has had a good day.
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Hi, my name is Norma and I feel such hope with finding forum. Janice I turned 67 on Dec 2, so we can be comrades in dealing with this. I wrote you once already this am and when I went to post there was some tool bar covering it and when I tried to get there it erased everything. I was putting off my workout which needed to start before 9:00 or it won't get done. Need to go do it anyway. I am interested in discussing Adult ADHD and Menapause/ dementia what is ADD and what is just add but worse? I did not learn about aADD until my 40's and never got medication until I was 54 at which time I also found where my memory system had been hiding.
Have to get back on task. Ahhhhhhhh So much on this forum I want to get to.
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Thanks so much for your note and prayers, Janis! It is always good to hear about the experiences of like minded people! I'm glad you are doing well and making progress with your meds and perspective. Outlook is sooo important! I have been doing well with Concerta. I had my dose increased a few months ago when I felt like the progress I was making seemed to be slowing down. After about a month I started noticing improvements, and it's finally to the point where I have been in just such a great mood!

Reading your post I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend the first book I read on the topic of ADD/ADHD which was so refreshing to me and opened up a whole new perspective for me. It is called "Women With Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life" by Sari Solden. It was so eye opening for me, and I COMPLETELY identify with the "inattentive type" of ADD that she describes, which is often the one that gets overlooked until later in adulthood, if at all. Anyway, I REALLY think you should read it! I think it will answer a lot of questions about self esteem and such. And don't worry, I love your long post, it sounds just like me! LOL Have a great week!

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Hi Stephanie!
I hope your week is going better. I was diagnosed with ADD shortly before my 67th birthday in December of last year. I've talked about having ADD over the years, and I think alot of that thought came first thru words of my sister who is 2 years older than me. She would say that she thought we had ADD, and I really don't recall her saying that through her many years of being an elementary school teacher. She was a very good one too. Since I was diagnosed, she feels she probably doesn't have it. If she does it certainly didn't hurt her career any. I lacked in confidence, concentration, and a bunch of negatives (clutter has become a big problem for me). I was much of a day dreamer when I was growing up. It's strange in a way, because my poor sister was obese as a little girl in grade schoo( I didn't start having a weight problem until my later 40s.). Infact she has shared with me how a certain teacher did not include her in things even when she would raise her hand to participate. How can a teacher be so rude to reject a little child? It's bad enough they're being rejected, but in front of everyone? How horrible for a teacher to do such a thing. My sister was the one though, in all our growing up years who didn't have low self esteem issues, it was & is me. My sister went on to college, got her degree for teaching. Throughout her College years, she worked every summer being a waitress to earn money. We grew up in a little town, and every summer she would go to Chicago and stay with my Aunt & Uncle. Our Parents were hard working people getting I guess a low to average income. My sister got a student loan and after she graduated from college she began her teaching in Chicago the first year, and then drove with her new Chevy Camaro with two other girlfriends to Anchorage, Alaska. We were never belittled by our Parents, so I don't know how my Sister did so beautifully and I did not do so well. By that I mean, I don't know why I had low self esteem and felt inferior to others, and still do to some degree. I'm working on it though, Stephanie! I'm basically a happy person, and now I want to get as healthy as I can in my mind. I'm taking adderall 10mgs., 3 times a day. I will be seeing my Family Doctor on the 18th, so I'm looking forward to whatever the change will be ( I saw my Pchchologist ADD Doctor yesterday, and he is wonderful!). I do understand it can take time before our adjustment is just right with the medicine.
Please forgive me Stephanie, because I ramble on & on. I know you were feeling sad over hearing that one of your dear Friend's died. I hope that you have felt comforted if it not be from your Faith somehow, that it be through Family or other Friends. Please know Stephanie, you are in my prayers.
I do hope today is a better day than yesterday, and that each day gets better.
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Hi everyone! My name's Stephanie and I'm new to Spark People within the last few days. I wrote my first blog post today, it's a hard day for me. I appreciate any little notes and prayers you may have. Good to be here!

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Hi Everybody!
My name is Janis. I turned 67 on December 14th of last year. It was on the 13th that the Doctor who tested me went over the paper work with me, confirming it with me. Before then I've talked about it with a number of people With a support group I meet with, I've said to them a number of times, "My sister has said that she believes we have ADD and have had it all our lives!" Some of these ladies will sit at our meeting knitting or crocheting, listening & talking. I marvel at them. I can only do one thing at a time. Two of the women are at least 10 to 15 years younger than me, and they have ADD and are taking something for it. They can do multiple things; I can't. My goals at this point is to accomplish staying focused, and to be able to declutter areas of my home & life. I know the clutter, of having way too much, not knowing how to get rid of things, is so overwhelming to me. I never seem to be able to complete projects. I can't prioritize my time or day. When something is too complex for me I quit.
Now that I've been diagnosed and have very wonderful Doctors' in my life, I'm now beginning to make progress. I even met with a Life Coach this week. ( After I complete this post and I'm not sure of how I track the goal of medication, I want to check that out I started taking adderall on December 20th. I will have to see if I can find something to read on that subject. I take 10 mgs. 3 times a day.) Anyways, I plan to set my timer for 15minutes. The Life Coach suggested I set a timer on getting thngs organized. If I like how the first 15 go, I'll do 15 more. This Life Coach was someone who has ADD but she has dealt with it for many years. She is highly qualified, and she's experinced what we deal with and knows how to help children and adults. She has raised 4 sons and 3 of them have ADHD. They are all in their 20s now. I'm so happy one of my Doctor's told me she would be a big help to me; she was so right. I stayed so focused on our conversation; that made me feel like my medicine is working, and she had also told me over the phone that she would be able to keep me focused. I have always had a wandering mind. It has irritated me alot. I certainly don't enjoy it when people are talking and my mind is not where it should be.
I feel so blest with the wonderful husband that I have. I would not have made it to a number of these appointments, or possibly none because of snow covered roads, snow/rain mix and snowstorms if my husband had not been driving me to my appointments.
I want to learn all I can on ADD, and I'm thinking this should help me where I can learn from others. I'm probably the oldest one or one of the oldest people on this team and was recently diagnosed. My sister, my husband and I filled out the paper work of the many questions that helped me see (for them to see too) and the Doctor who tested me to see that I have ADD. I am happy knowing I can be helped. I definitely have alot to learn; I'm so excited about this new adventure in my life. It's nice to know I'm not alone.
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Hi everyone! Glad to find you all. :) I'm 39 and was diagnosed 2 yrs ago pretty much by accident. (I mentioned offhand to my doc during a routine visit that I was taking allergy meds with pseudoephedrine and they made me feel *calm* and *normal* for the first time in my life.) She tested me and yep, ADD. For my whole life I knew something was up. So very happy to have a diagnosis. I did some meds for a few months and wow what a difference just to see how I didn't always need to go down a rabbit hole every time I had to make even the smallest decision! Off meds now and really struggling to keep on a high-protein, low-grain, high-veggie diet with lots of exercise (2 hrs a day or more when possible). I have 3 kids and work part time so I need to sneak in exercise in any way I can. I have also been making a LOT of lists. Very satisfying to tick things off! So glad to have found you all. Finally I have some ADD peeps I can commiserate with!

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Hello. My name is Tanya, diagnosed ADHD 8 years ago and I'm still struggling everyday for consistency. My goal is to lose my pregnancy weight, at least 40 pounds, and I was happy to find this team for support from others who can really relate to where I am and where I want to be.

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Awesome I was surprised to see we have our own spark team I bet it took us awhile. No doubt we intended to on many occasions but never did just like going out to exercise. I've only had the diagnosis of ADD for 2 years. ... What .... Awesome it's great to be here and I'm kind of hoping through diet and exercise I will be able to keep most of my symptoms under control.

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Hi, everyone. I'm new to SparkPeople, I've just joined today. Wow, talk about overloading your brain....ashamed to say I've stayed on the computer all morning trying to figure all of this out
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I haven't ever been diagnosed with ADD but I seem to have some of the symptoms. Easily distracted, especially here lately.
Not that impulsive, but I have a hard time concentrating and following through often.

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hi I'm Jeanne, 47 year old diagnosed about 5 years ago after my son was. I've lived with depression for a long time, and have seen a lot of improvement in my life thanks to antidepressants and therapy. I could't understand why despite my positive mood (people are shocked when I tell them about my depression) I was so fuzzy mentally. My shrink suggested that I try Ritalin and it took a while for me to try it because I was worried about using an abusable drug. Since then I've learned that as long as you don't shoot it up or whatever, its fine. I am in a period of transition after being forced out of my career due to struggles my undiagnosed adhd caused. I was great at some of my duties, terrible at others. Guess which ones were more rewarded in my field. So,I am in the process of reinventing myself slowly and steadily, making sure that I have the flexibility to take care of myself and my family. I was recently diagnosed with pulmonary embolism,and I tire extremely easily. So, I need help getting back on the fitness track and making my health a priority.With Adhd, it is hard to handle basic day to day responsibilities, and I have a tendency to put myself last until I "catch up". uh yah. Like that happens often. I need encouragement so that I can find the right balance between caring for myself, responding to my families needs, and improving my financial security.

Does anyone else have pulmonary embolism? I have a hunch that it might be related to ADHD, especially inattentive type.

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Hi, I’m Mich… 41 year old, single mom to a 7 year old son. I was only recently diagnosed with ADHD after doing extensive research in regards to my gifted, yet seemingly unmotivated son. The more I read, the more I realized that I, too, displayed many of the traits of ADHD. I sought out a diagnosis just for my own peace of mind.

Now, armed with a diagnosis, I’m not sure how to proceed. First on the agenda would be to figure out how best to manage my ADHD. Not sure if I want to do meds, behavioral modification training, coaching, or a combination. Hoping to gain insight from others who have learned to be successful, both professionally and personally.

Thanks, in advance, for any direction!

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Greetings all! Name’s Melinda and I’ve been living with ADD pretty much my whole life. From the ages of 6 – 8, I was in twice a week therapy sessions until I was diagnosed at the age of 8. Since then, staying focused has been a constant struggle for me. I was put on Ritalin pretty much right afterwards. I continued to take it until my early 20’s when I got sick of the up and down the medication would give me. I found that after a while of taking a particular dosage, I would see the effects start to drop off. So I decided to quit cold turkey. That was a mistake.

Now 10 years later I’m not doing too bad. I do see how the ADD effects my professional life as well as outside of work. It’s a struggle I don’t think most people can understand. I find that I miss small details or forget important things very easily so I have to double my efforts to stay focused.

College, like many other people I’ve known, was a problem for me. Left to my own devices, I was skipping classes in favor of hanging out with friends and doing more fun, instant gratification things. This is something that has contributed grately to my weight gain. I was 160 lbs in High school. Still large, but not like I am now. I have topped out at 246lbs at my heaviest.

I wanted to join this group to help stay motivated and remind myself that I’m not alone. Find pointers and helpful tips from others on how they stay focused and get themselves on track rather than take the easy way out.

Feel free to friend me if you like.

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Hi all my name is Elvie and I was first diagnosed with ADD 7 years ago. Unfortunately, I did not take it serious since I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time. Since then I am in therapy because I am bi-polar. The doctor put me on Adderral a pretty high dosage but, I don't really think it is working too much. I think I've had ADD since I was a teenager. I was never able to finish projects or goals. Barely made it through high school. Started college and dropped out a lot of times. I change majors all the time in college also. I am in my forties and I am still a mess. At least now I see the mess before I didn't. I have two children and pray they don't get this. Having ADD is really hard to go through life. I believe in medication because without I could not function. I am glad I am in a team with people who understand where I a coming from. Thanks for listening/reading.


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Hi! My name is Suzanne, I'm 38 and was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I have been on Ritalin for a month almost and my house has never been so clean! I am working with a psychiatrist that I like so far. She has referred me to a therapist to help motivate me to exercise. I was initially ticked off that I wasn't diagnosed sooner, but I am trying to take that all in stride one moment at a time. I am very glad this group is here. It was kind of hard to find, but I am glad to be here. Thank you!

By the way, I've been on Spark for 2-3 years now, with very little success. And now I know why. :)

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I am joining this team because I can relate to nearly all the posts I've read here, though not actually diagnosed with ADD so far. My partner thinks I have ADD (he is diagnosed ADHD along with some other things, and has lots of therapy experience) I hope that sharing experiences with others can help me deal more effectively with things like procrastination, distractions, brain fog and lack of focus, disorganization, difficulty with goals, while working to balance a variety of health issues and healthy lifestyle challenges. Maybe someday I'll have a diagnosis for this, but not until I get new employment and health insurance. SP is one of my tools for keeping focused on health and weight loss as well as social interaction. I currently take medication to manage MDD (depression) along with therapy, about once a month. I know I'm not just lazy. It is not only a matter of will, but a complex of things that constantly fluctuate. I keep working on it, stay hopeful, and believe it is up to me to do the work. Sometimes it just seems really hard, and progress is slow.

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Hi my name is Michelle. I am trying to lose weight and get healthier. I have ADHD and have been diagnosed not once but twice. I was on meds and it was really helping. At 44 I was able to start college (I dropped out of high school at 17 and got my GED at 18) and finish with a BS degree. I just finished my MS in epidemiology and I am concurrently doing a PhD program. I was doing well but for some reason I stopped taking the meds and stopped seeing my dr who is 450 miles away (I moved for school but go back once every few months to visit my family so I continued to get my perscriptions from my doc back home. Anyway I stopped and then things started going downhill. I have been missing assignments and getting so disorganized and falling behind on everything plus other symptoms were really getting out of hand like impulsiveness, forgetfulness etc. Then I went to try toget meds up here going to the student health center at school. Basically I had to get a new assessment and then when I went to seee the doctor she took my blood pressure, which has never been high, but it was 145/90 or something like that so she did an EKG and said I had something wrong with my heart and would not write the prescription.

I went to the cardiologist that she referred me to. He took another EKG and said there is nothing wrong with my heart and my blood pressure was only 130/80 there. So he wrote to her and said she could prescribe the meds but she wanted to be sure so she monitored my blood pressure for a month (it was normal every time I went in) before she would write a prescription and then only for half as much as I was taking which I know won't help because the doctor at home started with that amount and had to up it. But she says she wants to see what it does to my blood pressure and maybe it will help a little.

So now it has been almost three months since I got my assessment done and still the meds will not work. I don't think she realizes that they either work or they don't they don't work a little bit, at least not for me.

I went to this doctor because my medical insurance as a graduate student is not so great but it is free to go to the doctor at student health services. I think I should look for another doctor but I feel like I have been through so much with this doctor I don't want to go through this whole thing again.

Sorry for the long post but I thought that this might be a good place to vent and get some advice from those who might understand. It seems like there are many people (including this doctor) who think that ADHD is not real and I should just get more organized. I am seeing a cognitive therapist to try to help with this and even he says it would probably be better if I was on meds at the same time as therapy (he is a psychologist so he cannot prescribe).

Anyway thanks for listening or reading or whatever



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Thanks IMHAGTR for the information about aspartame. I really don't use that but I have been using something similar that is a no calorie sweetener. It contains maltodextrin and sucralose so I'm wondering if it has the same effect. I will give it a try to see if it helps. Thanks again for replying.

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Welcome, Karen! I just read your post and was wondering how much artificial sweetener you consume in a day. I had similar symptoms as a teenager and it turned out to be a reaction to aspartame. The dyslexia bit is very familiar. I also had seizures. All of the issues resolved themselves after I stopped using aspartame. Just thought I would share. Good luck!

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Hi everyone. My name is Karen and I joined SP eight weeks ago and found this SparkTeam recently. I was being treated for depression (for about five years) when I started having some problems with being distracted, unable to focus and concentrate, confusion, songs repeating/playing in my head and it was difficult at work to do my job. My primary physician referred me to a psychiatrist in January. He changed my anti-depressant to Bupropion (generic Wellbutrin) and I started to feel a little bit better after a couple of weeks. Then it stopped working. He told me I have ADHD so he increased the dosage to see if that would help and if not he would add a stimulant. The increased dosage hasn't helped and now I have developed more problems with being forgetfull, misplacing things, talking the right way or saying it wrong, writing/typing things wrong almost as if I was dyslexic. I just started taking Adderall five days ago and I haven't noticed any improvement yet. I have to call the doctor back in two weeks to let him know how I'm doing. I hope this medication works because I'm about to go crazy! I've read some of the messages posted here and I can relate to them. I also read about some books to read and the website CHADD. I will have to check it all out. I'm looking forward to talking to everyone. By the way, SP has helped me lose 16 pounds so far!

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Hi everyone. My name is Chris. I am a 32 year-old that has dealt with ADD my whole life pretty successfully after a diagnosis in 5th grade. I am working on a major life transition and have constantly ran into issues due to my ADD. It is something I constantly work with and have had success in my life by use of Medical Biofeedback and habit training to over come the problems. The drug treatment is a last resort for me. Currently I am re-educating myself as what it means to be an adult with ADD.

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Hi everyone,

I have been a member of this team for a little while now but I forgot to introduce myself. I am 31 years old and was recently diagnosed with ADD. I am sure I have had it most of my life but I didn't notice any major problems until after I had my son. People were pretty cruel over the years. They would always tell me something must be wrong with you. It hurt but I tried really hard to move on and forget about what they said. I have generalized and social anxiety as well. This is my year to work on my wellbeing for myself and my family. I felt such relief when I was finally diagnosed so I could start healing and feeling better. I am currently taking Vyvanse. It helps me be more calm and focus. I like it so far. I really like SP. I started it almost a year ago, but I wasn't consistent until now. emoticon

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Hi everyone

I'm 29 and I've had ADHD since I was a child (though back then it was just called ADD), though I don't show any signs of the hyper part. I have my good days and my bad days with the ADHD, and to be honest I have days when I can't tell if they are good or bad. On top of ADHD I have depression, and social anxiety, so I don't get out much. I first came to SP a year ago, but didn't keep with it, and now I'm back to try again. I look forward to reading everyone's posts.

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I am 27 years old, currently in a masters program for Church History with fingers crosses for a doctoral candidacy position in an English Department.

I am a walking DSM. It currently stands that I am diagnosed with Bipolar II, ADHD-C, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Chronic GAD, and while there is no "official names" for my phobias, I've been told my irrational fears of jellyfish and being poked in the shoulder are definitely real. The diagnoses may change soon, though. My new psychiatrist wants to screen me for Asperger's Syndrome. She thinks that it would make sense with everything I've been diagnosed with, plus all my textile/sensory issues that everyone else has ignored. So we'll see.

I use to run cross country for my college. At my smallest, I've been 5'7 and 85 lbs. At my *healthiest* I would say 130lbs and most of that was muscle. I've almost reached 200 lbs, and I am now at 180 lbs. I would like to get to 135, and be fairly toned.

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Hello to you all. I'm Meagan and I have not been diagnosed, but I know. I've known for a long time. Years ago I was married to Satan and his son had been diagnosed (I believe this was a misdiagnosis)... anyway, while learning about the 4year old with a new diagnosis of ADHD, I started reading EVERYTHING and studying it even harder. The little guy lived with his crazy(over the top) mother and Satan got random visits. I was married to Satan for 6 years.

Not until after I left him and got some Counseling did I start to learn about my ADD. I knew I was different and had lots of procrastination (Lazy) issues - but didn't realize the connection. I am not a believer in ADD meds but I would like to be tested. However, my new hubby is a large believer that EVERYTHING can be 'fixed' by God's hand. This is quite the OverStatement for him, but that's another story. Because of his beliefs, I also know it would be next to impossible to get 'mental health counseling'. So, I twiddle my thumbs, well, at least until I come up with a New Plan of the hour.!! emoticon

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Hello everyone! My name is Elliott and I've attempted SparkPeople in the past, but never really stuck to it. I'm hoping that since I am focusing on more than just weight loss this time that I will make finding my spark a real part of my daily routine. I don't really remember having issues with attention deficit disorder as a child, but my siblings tell me I had pretty obvious signs even then. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my youngest son (5 years ago) that I notice how it really started effecting my life. It started with an inability to stay focused on one task while I was cleaning. My husband and I originally just laughed about this. However, it seems that I have deteriorated since then. I have serious problems completing tasks, a short attention span, problems sleeping, an inability to keep still for even 5 seconds, a problem with procrastinating, anxiety, and an apparent inability to have a normal conversation with my neighbors due to my "mile a minute" sentences and frequent "going off on a tangent" conversation skills. I've recently been informed that all the behaviors that seem to be holding me back and making my life difficult are attention deficit behaviors. I had no idea how many aspects of my life were affected by my ADD! I want to get this under control and I'm hoping to do so without the use of meds. I'm first attempting to make diet and exercise changes as well as having my husband help get me organized so I can try to stay on track. Wish me luck! emoticon

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Hi everyone! I've been on spark one year+ but just found this team. Reading through the posts just hit me hard, I relate so much. I was diagnosed at age 13 but my mom never told me She didn't want to medicate me and I choose as an adult not to medicate myself, just a personal choice. I am a very creative person and don't want that to change. I do feel completely overwhelmed at times, I just never understood why things seemed so much easier for other people. I am totally distracted, cannot hold a thought and am ALWAYS forgetting. I have sleep problems and I can't calm my brain down. Eating a diet of whole foods and exercise does help. I genuinely like who I am as a person but sometimes life seems to hard to manage. I also drive my poor husband crazy and he begs me to take meds.


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Hi y'all!
I just turned 33 yesterday, but had no interest at all in celebratin my birthday. In fact I slept most of the day which is pretty much my routine these days as I can't sleep at night. I have a boyfriend who works out of town so I'm all alone which is just as well as he really can't handle me when I'm not being controlled by my meds anyhow. I live 1500 miles from home. About 3 years ago my parents convinced me to come home for a visit and made me an appt with the doctor that has been treatin my dad for the last several years as they noticed the same behaviors in me. I was diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and borderline personality disorder. (Thank goodness we stopped short of bi-polar). In about 4 mos she got me to a combination that allowed me to function again. It was durin this time I also joined SP as my weight was up and she suggested exercise and a high protein diet would help. I was able to come back down here and continue treatment with a local doc and hold down a job. But when I lost the job I lost insurance and the scripts. I've been off for several months now and feel myself spiralin down to where I was. The parents finally caught on recently and graciously offered to make an appt for me and PAY for a visit. Just tryin to hang in there for the next few weeks.

Just wanted to thank all y'all in advance for listenin and giving me a place where everyone understands EXACTLY how I feel and can relate to the crazy and irrational thoughts constantly racin through my head.

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Hi y'all,
I'm Artielle from Ky. So glad to have found this forum. I sometimes feel so alone since I live I an isolated area and everything is so far away. I don't make friends easily.

I am going to the Psychiatrist tomorrow to get back on meds, so I may be back to post again. Otherwise I will probably forget I joined. That is my biggest problem, memory. I know this doc will want a CT scan. They all think I have a tumor or something!

Anyway, hope you all have a great day.

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Sorry the shinny was distracting me

I'm Reah, 36 years old diagnosed as an adult - I think they were spying on me when they wrote up the criteria for ADHD combined type for the DSM IV.

I actually joined months ago but never posted.

So glad there's a team here on SP for adults with ADH...Ooo! It sparkles!

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Hi, I'm Julie and I'm 38. I've known that I have ADHD for many years but my symptoms were pretty manageable as an adult after about a year or two after I graduated from college but became worse after having children. I'm glad to have found this team!

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Hello All-

I am Kristen, i'm a 27 year old wife, mother of two, and doctoral candidate..i'm finishing my PhD up in May in microbiology and immunology and have just been diagnosed with ADHD. However, my insurance through the university doesn't cover much, so it will cost me $200 out of pocket just for analysis. I apparently was the only one that didn't know I had ADHD, I just thought my brain worked faster than other people. :) Silly, i Know. I don't want to medicate because i am also very creative and with previous psychiatric drugs (antidepressants) i lost all of my creative spark and all emotions. I am trying to help myself with diet and exercise, cutting out sugar and eating clean.

I joined SP in 2008 and lost 23 lbs, then gained all the weight back when i got preg with my son in 2009. He was born July 2010 and since then i have dropped 22.6 lbs..i'm a slow loser, but i have a goal of 145 which is less than 20 lbs away. I will be really happy even if i make it to 150.

The ADHD symptoms are rearing their ugly heads more now because i am having to focus on writing my dissertation and finishing my research and i don't have a lot of outlets for energy, so here i am. It's nice to meet you all!

Always on to better things! Constantly trying to improve all aspects of myself physically, mentally, socially, and psychologically.

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Welcome Stephanie!
I'm 27 and was diagnosed just 2 years ago. I initially had depression and anxiety for a long time and it wasn't until I got a handle on most of that through therapy that I realized I still couldn't focus or get organized (which is when I got tested for ADHD). I find that I still have moments when the ADHD gets really overwhelming and that is what tends to cause the anxiety and depression to show up once in a while. Each person is different though I firmly believe that many of the strategies help various aspects and that a lot of things are interrelated and we shouldn't necessarily try to pull out parts but use a holistic approach.
Hope you find the team helpful!
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Hi, I am Stephanie. I am 25, and I was just recently diagnosed with ADHD. I think I have been in denial since the initial diagnosis a few months ago, but I have started reading more about it lately, and I am starting to think that maybe they're right! The inattentive type, especially, sounds so much like me. Not that that's a good thing. :( Along with ADHD, I have also been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I thought I just had depression, had no idea about the anxiety and ADHD! I suppose they might be all tied together, somehow. Apparently, my thyroid levels were just SLIGHTLY low, as well. I almost don't know what to think--do I really have all four of these issues, or is it just one that's causing all the others? I don't know! Regardless, I am here because I need to and want to lose weight and start living a healthy life!

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Hi Carol....welcome back!

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Hi everyone! My name is Carol!
I'm not new to the team but I wasn't there for a long time...I had problems with my gallbladder and that made me overweight again :( I gained back all the 35lbs I lost!!!
I was diagnoses with ADD a few years ago.
I'm back to make it happen again!


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Hello and welcome to the team!!

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Hi,
My name is Marie and I am a 52 year old empty-nester. I was reading the previous posts and am amazed at how many adults with ADD there are. My story is so much like most of yours. I've had it all my life but in "my day" they didn't know about the inattentive type of ADHD. One of the good things about ADHD is that we develop ways to adapt to our attention problem so as I grew up I was able to keep a job and finish school. I always joked that I had ADD, but thought that since I was able to be a somewhat productive member of society that it must not be bad enough to get diagnosed and put on meds. But what I wasn't thinking about was the qualilty of my life. Always running around trying to catch up because I had trouble keeping up, and being so overwhelmed all the time just trying to stay afloat. I have also, like someone mentioned earlier, took more time to get the job done, and definitely had some problems along the way although my effort was always good.
It wasn't until recently that I guess my disease process worsened because of age and depression, etc. .. I began having worsening problems with memory. So I went to the neuologist and was tested and luckily didn't have sz, alzeimers, etc..I was found to have chonic depression and put on anti-depressants. I went to a psychiatrist to monitor my meds and was diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type. I know this is wierd but I was actually happy. Finally there was a name for the issues I've always had and it was treatable. After trying a non stimulant med which did not work, I was put on Adderall. It made a difference but still I am having some issues so he increased my doseage yesterday. I was already on Celexa, but I asked him to change me to Wellbutrin because I read that some anti-depressants are more helpful with ADHD and Wellbutrin is one of them. I am also getting counseling. I have stared doing a lot of research and am learning that planning is very important. There are so many things I want to do. I am working on a list of what I need to do daily, weekly, etc.. and am hoping to make a schedule that will be helpful with the assistance of my counselor. I would also like to know if there is a way of eating that is an adjunct to treatment in ADD. Anyway I am so glad to have company on this journey in you guys and look forward to interacting with you.

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Welcome Michelle! Glad to meet you. It is good that you were diagnosed and now can learn more about ADD.

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Hiya....new to the Team, but not to Sparks. Heck, still adjusting to the ADD diagnosis, even though it was almost a year ago. Who'da thunk it?

Anyway - I'm Michelle, from Maine.....until last year I had no inkling I was ADD...and even then I argued that I was Bi-P not ADD....but, here I am.



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Hello & welcome to our new members!

As far as exercise....check out the exercise videos on Spark. There are workouts for everyone - please Sparkmail if there are any questions.

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Hi everyone, I've been around on Sparkpeople for a while but only just clued into how I my ADHD could be affecting my workouts. Specifically not changing exercises often enough because I like my routine! Any suggestions or links would be appreciated.

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new to the team! I haven't been diagnosed with add/adhd yet but my son has & after lots of research i think i might have it! Does anyone have tips/tricks to help transition from being a stay @ home mom to having a full time career? just wondering:- ) Thanks
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Welcome to the team. It is good that you found a medication. I hope that it does help you cope!!

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Hi, I'm "Red" from Pennsylvania, I was recently diagnosed with ADD and am on my second day of taking Vyvanse 50 mg. For the past year or so I've been told that I can't concentrate on one thing long enough to finish it...I procrastinate quite a bit, need to de-clutter big time and lots more symptoms that you all probably know already. I have been in SP for a few years, trying to get healthier. Besides having a thyroid that doesn't function properly, and high blood pressure/cholesterol, and arthritis all for which I take meds, I now have ADD. I thought only children and teens had this. Wrong! I probably had it for years but never realized it.
Hopefully I am now on my way to some sort of organized life...yay!

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Yes, it all makes sense when we find out what has been wrong with us. Keep in touch with us. Good luck with the hip surgery.

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Hi, everybody. I haven't been diagnosed, but when I find somebody that can test me, I will be! My nephew has it, then my sister said she had it. Then my son was diagnosed with it. At least 1 granddaughter has it. After doing some research, I realized why my life has been the way it's been! lol
And yesterday, after leaving the hardware store and driving to Target, I realized I didn't have my purse and must have left it in the cart in the parking lot. Sigh. This is not the first time this has happened. Luckily, I got it back intact, but it could have been a real pain, as I'm due to get hip replacement surgery in a week and don't have time to deal with anything other than what's on my plate right now. At least I know there might be medication that will help.....

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Welcome...come join us on the Daily Chat thread.

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I'm Aine. I'm 36, married with 2 daughters (both ADHD as well..*sigh*) I am currently on Welbutrin for depression, but they have decided as long as I am able to "function" they really don't want to put me on any specific drugs for the ADHD. I wasn't diagnosed till recently, mostly because wait I did for a living allowed me to bounce back and forth and was made up of mini tasks that i could manage to get through. Self medicated with coffee and cigarettes starting at 15, but I quit smoking in last October and I am getting sick of a drinking 2 pots of coffee a day. Trying to focus the energy into something positive, and I would like to be in shape enough to do well. ( I started fencing 6 months ago, but most of my competition is 10- 15 years younger than me.) I guess we will see :)

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Welcome!! So happy you joined us.

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