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In 1998 ... I was Diagnosed with PTSD... along with that came many other
conditions... Diagnosis's ... GAD.. PD.. ADHD.. Disassociation Disorder...
Depression... Social Anxiety (Phobia) Agoraphobic Tendencies...

(I choose the word Condition to DISORDER ...
Since it is the result of my TRAUMAs & Abuses from Childhood...
& my self conditioning as a coping mechanism to Survive I had
to heighten my Senses to stay Aware of what was going on around me)

(1998-2001) In the beginning I was on Medication... I now have found life - skills and
able to keep myself in check... noting I am open to medication.. if/when
I feel I am not able to Care for myself By Myself


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I take Wellbutrin AND Vyvanse; both are a real help. But I have had psychiatrists tell me that Vyvanse is "not indicated" by the FDA for adults, and refuse to prescribe it for me! Apparently they think that ADD/ADHD symptoms don't occur once one becomes 18 years old.

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I had been on Wellbutrin and could not last a month. I cried at the drop of a hat, I was miserable. I took myself off it and told the doctor I was not taking that anymore. I felt worse taking it than not. I just can't do it, that drug is a nightmare. I knew some other people that took it too and they said they too had horror stories to share. I am sticking to my vyvanse and trying to deal because i really don't want to get into anymore "shrinky" situations.

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I see that I am replying to an old topic. I went to a shrink who confirmed my diagnosis, but was unwilling to prescribe stimulants. He had some thing about "drugs". So he insisted that I take Wellbutrin.

It wasn't working. I didn't feel right on the stuff. I wanted to get off that garbage. I called him, but he refused to tell me whether I could stop cold turkey or should taper off. He told me to keep taking the stinkin' medicine. I went stone paranoid and rolled up in fetal position under the table.

Umm... this is NOT something I am accustomed to doing. I do not just decompensate and roll up under the table in a paranoid fit. This is not me. Something was REALLY wrong with the Wellbutrin.

My Sweetie took the phone from me and gave him the business. Really yelled at him. The stupid shrink finally told him I should taper off, but it was against medical advice. Idiot shrink wanted me to keep taking the medicine and keep on with a treatment that didn't work and was creating problems for me.

This isn't the first time a psychiatrist has done the wrong thing and refused to take responsibility and correct the situation. Some psychiatrists will throw the patient under the bus and label the patient crazy rather than to admit that the treatment didn't work.

Now, this is ME. Welbutrin doesn't work for ME. But it works well for other people. Don't go by what I say. Other people do okay and do benefit from this. On the other hand, if it doesn't work for you, you aren't crazy. But on yet another hand, it works well for SOME people.

But I won't take it. It's the wrong thing for me.

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I am not on any medication but my boyfriend is and I have some questions for anyone who has had experience with Vyvanse and Wellbutrin. My question is this: is is common to experience emotional numbness and irritability? If so, how does one cope?

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For me, depression is about feeling disempowered. And I do feel disempowered with this disorderly miserable ADD/ADHD. I'm having a really hard time focusing. It's 3 PM and I still don't have anything to show for myself today. I had intended to get all sorts of things done, but I'm nowhere at all. I'm going to try, but most of the day is now wasted.

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Thanks for the reminder that we don't need to do things perfectly. Perfection can lead to all or nothing thinking and when one is depressed, along with ADD, not much gets accomplished!

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SallyAnn, You don't fail until you quit trying. Even then, you can start over!

Besides that, I can't believe that you've failed at everything. Surely there's one thing you're doing right. For instance, you joined Spark People. emoticon You must care a little bit about your weight. emoticon

I want to suggest a few things:
1. Join the team "Dealing With Depression" and maybe "Starting Over: Weekly Mini-Challenges."
2. Go outside and walk! Even if you can't walk far, it will make you feel better.
3. Chose one or two things to work on, not that whole list you made!
4. Quit trying to be perfect! Nobody is perfect, but a lot of us ADD/ADHDers think we're suppose to do everything perfectly.
5. Write down everything you attempt to do and/or give yourself a HUG for each one! It doesn't matter if you did a good job, it matters that you tried.

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This is certainly true for me, although it is impossible for me to know which came first. My diagnosis is ADHD (distractive), depression and PTSD. I know the PTSD is a seperate issue but the ADHD and depression are intertwined.


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ADHD-C + Bipolar 1 + chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. I did not realize I had ADHD until my moods were stabilized and I could "hear" what was going on in my head. My depressions come at the end of a mixed state, when I sleep a lot to recover.

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Hello to all. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder about 1.5 years ago. I was fortunate as I have a really good doc, and he also figured out that I have ADD. He believes that my ADD contributed to my depression. I used to work in a really high stress and noisy workplace, which apparently worsened my ADD symptoms. It is really important to pick your career and work environment wisely when you have ADD. I just didn't know I had it until my late 40s.

I wish I had known all this years ago.

Thank goodness they are better at diagnosing ADD/ADHD now. It gives the young ones a fighting chance.

I hope everyone is having a good week!

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I was dx with ADD 12 years ago, dysthymic depression about 15 years ago and bipolar disorder this Jan. 2011. So still trying to figure it all out.

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I was diagnosed with ADHD years ago, but only started treatment recently. Shortly after taking Vyvance I went from being depressed to being angry. Yesterday, I told the prescribing doctor that I am having some side effects to the Vyvance, especially anger. He said, "You may be having some side effects but anger is not one. The medication is not making you angry, it is making you AWARE. And being aware of others' behavior toward you without the distractions are causing the anger."

Then he asked about the changes I had made, the issues with people and events since taking the medication. I told him that I stopped tolerating my co-workers bullying me, my boss from being sarcastic and condescending, my family and friends from using my emotions and good intentions as a way of getting what they wanted.

I set some pretty firm limits to what was acceptable and where my boundaries are located. When I made those changes their fear of loosing control over me caused them to become extreme, more abusive, more controlling and more manipulative. Oh course the pain it caused me made me angry. I no longer had something to buffer the situations so I could really feel everything intensely. Um, maybe the doctor was right.

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I just started with a new therapist and after listening to my life story, she diagnosed me with Dysthymic Depression to go along with the ADD. She had me read the symptoms from the DSM-IV. It described me being in a mild, chronic state of depression.

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Depression and ADD....and OCD...........it ALL fights with each other. I end up paralyzed in the middle of this mess. and escaping into fantasy ......on the computer on sparks or flickr or FB waiting to hear from someone but no one ever gets in touch with me................

its ok. im gonna go make some lists.

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Thanks everyone for your honest replies! I have learned so much! I was diagnosed a year ago with ADD and suddenly my behavior made sense. I spent most of my life thinking something was wrong with me because I could not complete tasks and motivate myself to do the things I knew I should be doing.

I also have GAD and I think I have Borderline Personality Disorder. I am also a binge eater, but have learned that this might be rooted in the ADD.

I take Straterra and Effexor. I don't think either are working anymore, so I am going to ask my Dr. for a stimulant ADD medication and see how that works.

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add, severe recurrent depression, generalized anxiety disorder, 'borderline traits" NOT full blown borderline, paninc disorder, ptsd--yeah, another psychological mess here,too.
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keep trying despite failure, and if you perservere, eventually you WILL succeed.


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I was diagnosed with ADHD - inattentive type at the age of 10. Although I did not have a diagnosis, I know I struggled with PTSD due to repeated incidences of sexual abuse. I went to a psychiatrist not too long ago and was diagnosed with dysthymia (long-term, low-grade depression). I didn't consider myself depressed but after taking Strattera for a while, I have seen a big difference in my mood and some changes with my ADD (only have been on it for 2 weeks). I live a pretty functional life (happy marriage, good teaching job). I'm surprised I'm so successful given my past and issues. I thank God for the life I have.

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ADHD, mild depression wich I think it went into major depression for over a year, with being pregnant and having another child.PTSD,and anxity.

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I have adhd and anxiety my 14 yr old has adhd anxiety and mabey bipolar

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Yep, me too. ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia.... I'm a psychological mess.

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I have several dx with my ADD, bi-polar, Borderline Personality Disorder, Self-defeating Personality Disorder and Prominent Avoidant Personality Disorder, and yes, you are so right ... very hard to have all this "stuff" and still try to live normally.

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im still stuck every now and then i get a little day where im motivated. maybe i slept better the night b4 or maybe i ate better the day b4 ..or maybe everything is right with the kids and with my dad. And the weather is good................then i get up motivated...but then there are days and days strung together that everything goes wrong and i only have myself to blame. and give up

i realized i have OCD the need for order. And it makes me just crAZY that the ADD doesn't allow me to fullfill that need. thats pretty depressing.

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SALLYANNE - I completely understand your feelings. I feel a failure in so many aspects of my life. Even now, my daughters are grown...youngest making so many terrible choices, etc. All we can do is take each day as they come. Don't give up. Move forward. emoticon

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Hi Sallyanne. I think there is one thing you didn't fail at and that is in joining SparkPeople. You're on your way to life you can care about so don't give up on yourself. emoticon

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1).


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well, i realized that i have failed my whole life with everything

as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, as a member of a community, as an employee,

i have no motivation. I can not even finish reading one SEGMENT of a magazine article. I don't care about my house or yard. I dont care that im fat i just dont care.



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Hi Gals!

This post made my day. I've been really down due to weight gain from taking steriods in January for asthma and being bedridden due to vertigo/migraines all spring.

To the mental health issues:

Bipolar II
ADHD
Major Depression
Eating Disorder Both Anorexia/Bulimia
Agoraphobia/Social Anxiety

My son also has ADHD. We both talk about the problems we encounter with the illness. Some days can be so frustrating. This week I really struggled with the ADHD. I just could not focus, get myself together to function and keep things strait- even with a planner. I still managed to go to the wrong doctor appointments/wrong day/etc. It has been a disaster of a week. Hopefull next week will be better!

I lost 35 pounds initially when I started with Topamax but regained it when I took Abilify. Then I got switched to Seroquel XR. I also take WellbutrinXL and Lorazephan. I have a prescription of Ambien but I hate to use it. It is a wicked drug!!

The weight issue is really upsetting me. It is more than just 'gaining weight' and oh, I'll lose it. The eating disorder problems have kicked in. I don't like seeing that happen. It scares me. My DH does not seem alarmed. Ugh!

Need to feed my munchkins.. Got to run!

Happy Chattin'!

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prozac is great. combined with concerta i felt almost normal well, i did fee l normal except for the extra 80 pounds i gained the first 6 months .....and kept on for , well the rest of my life even though i havent had the drugs fo r10 years because no insurance.

with the depression sometimes i want to die.

but now i have grandchildren and my kids need my help sometimes .\ e

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Hi Linda,
I've had depression/anxiety all my life as well as add. I think now it may all be connected considering what my life has been like. I'm on Prozac, been on it for about 6 years now and it's helped so much! I still get depressed but it's nothing like it used to be. As for the anxiety, there was a time I didn't like being out socializing for long, driving, and lots of other things but I'm much better in that area too. Now if this adhd medication helps I just may function quite well!
I'm here if you need to talk or what ever! :)

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Re Wellbutrin, my Husband tried this last year and he was brilliant on it but here in the UK it is not licensed for use other than to help you quit smoking (as Zyban) so he couldnt carry on with it! SO annoying, no GP will prescribe it for longer than 12 weeks then you cant have it again for 6 months...its due to the heart seizure risk apparently....I did tell them that if my Hubby wasnt on it he was at risk of suicide but they just shrugged!!! What can you do eh!
Interesting to read as my husband is deeply depressed and suspected ADHD plus Bipolar.
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I have ADD and Bipolar which are both being treated.

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Dysthymia is a mild but long lasting depression. Most people with dysthymia are reasonably functional and don't seek help. I know that I didn't think of myself as depressed but when I reflect on the answers I gave my psychiatrist I can see how the diagnosis makes perfect sense.

Luckily some anti-depressants are helpful for both ADD and dysthymia.

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I can't find it again,But someone mentioned Dysthymia,What is that?

To be happy and healthy in body, mind and spirit ,and set the best example for them, so that my children will be too. That's what I aspire to., to be the best ME I can be!


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Goodness! So much info to digest!I've suffered with ADHD MOST of my life.Wasn't diagnosed with it really, until my late twenties, early thirties.Probably the latter.But only have been taking meds for it the last 3 years or so.Therapy by itself wasn't helping. It took a long time to put everything together.I was on Ritalin and Wellbutrin,(been on that for more years than can remember, probably over 8)But together only a few.Now switched to Aderall (day) Effexor (night). No weight gain, but weight loss, 15 Lbs, since the beginning of summer when I started this combo.I DO notice BIG difference in behavior and mood when I forget to take my Effexor,because I don't miss taking Aderall.I have Suffered with varying bouts of depression since my son was born almost 9 years ago.Though I didn't realize it, looking back, I have suffered with PTSD from past childhood sexual abuse ,for most of my life.This pops up less frequently than it used to, but when it does ,it among other things mentioned, causes me to be less receptive and close to my husband at very intimate times.It's hard for him to understand, and relate.He takes it as a personal assault.What he doesn't seem to get ,is that so do I, but in a much different way!I'm so glad that there is help for us,and It's a relief that others out there do understand my plight ,and CAN relate!It's a load off of my already busy mind!

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Ella, my daughter's therapist has told me many times that people diagnosed with ADHD usually have other problems my daughter's is ODD. She has included Bi-polar as one of those that happen a lot.
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I've been diagnosed with both ADD and dysthymia.

Several medical professionals have told me that in their experience the non-hyperactive sort of ADD is prone to depression.

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Yes, I have ADHD and also struggle with depression and anxiety. Additionally, I have been diagnosed with bipolar 2, but I wonder if that is because the ADHD can look like it at times.

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Yes! I have had ADD all of my life but it really didn't bother me until the last year or so. I was put on Adderall and today is the 2nd day of being on it. I noticed a difference at work yesterday almost immediately! The doctor said it would either work right away or not at all. I am glad I decided to finally visit him.

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I used to take adderall & it made all sort of difference in my mood. It also seemed to help me sleep at night, go figure. I've been off of it due to no $ and waiting on SSDI. It just came through & will start this month. I can't wait to get back on it.
Definitely talk to your doctor.
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Welcome...I take Strattera and try not to miss a dose. I agree, talk to your doctor.

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Welcome!!!

I take Concerta and it is a med that you should not miss taking. I take it every day no matter what. You might mention this to your doctor.





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Hi. i'm new to the site and recently was diagnosed with adult ADD. I'm currently taking 54mgs of concerta. A few days ago I decided to miss a dose of my concerta because I didnt have any activities that I needed to focus on. When I did this, I was EXTREMELY moody to the point where I was aggressive and also frequently crying for no reason. I was wondering if anyone felt similar symptoms when they went off concerta or other ADD/ADHD medications. Also, I am not diagnosed with having depression or mood disorders of any kind.

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Hi all. New to the group. I have tried many meds. I am on Cymbalta for my anxiety and depression and Vyvanse for my ADD. They seem to be working well. I just have to remember to watch my dosage as I lose weight...and really tune in to how I feel. The hard part is forgetting to eat during the day. Then, the meds wear off and I am starving and binge! The food tracker has been helping me a lot with this.

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Been on an antidepressant since 1998, anti anxiety med since 2000, Strattera since 2005. Taking sleep med since February - a big help. I had finally gotten over being angry about ADHD and I was doing really well until I found another issue, prosopagnosia (face-blind)the first part of March. Not a mood disorder. For me, it just means I can't recall faces of anyone from memory. For example, I cannot remember my husband's face unless I am looking at him. I can't remember my parents faces unless I look at pictures of them. And I don't remember anyone unless I become close to them, I mean I don't recognize them when I see them. That's not the same as not recalling a person's name. I means I don't recall the person. There are three women in the building where I work that I can't tell apart. Period. I don't focus on facial detail and recall it like most people. In fact, I have trouble remembering sometimes whether someone wears glasses or not unless I see them (including my husband) and sometimes can't readily recall someone's race. It has created a great deal of problems for me in feeling connected to people. And I am sure it contributed to the depression and anxiety as did the ADHD. I wonder if anyone else has this disorder? It's relatively rare but does coexist with ADHD and other disorders in the autism spectrum.
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Hi- I was diagnosed clinically depressed back in 1992. Not until 1999 I was diagnosed Adhd.

no way will i ever try to get off my anti-depressant. I tried once and I will never try that again ( at least that's how I feel at this moment).

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Thanks so much for the post. It feels so great to know that there are others out there who have the same issues that I do. Counseling over the years have helped me with my PTSD...I have come so far, and yet feel that I have a way to go.

I'm going to talk to my doctor about taking strattera and I too want to wean off the Effexor, especially if it's adding to my weight gain.

Thanks for the support...I appreciate it!





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I've been on Effexor for a long time too. It has been wonderfully helpful in stabilizing my depression and I certainly don't want to go back to a life with depression.

I've gained 90 pounds in ten years. I can't remember exactly when I went on the Effexor but ten years is close. I had no idea that it might be part of the weight problem.

I'm now taking Strattera and Effexor. I hope one day to just be taking the ADD med. If it is possible, I know that it will require a lot of work on my part to overcome all my ADD stuff, however, the meds are working. Yeah!

I know what you mean about people not understanding. I had lunch with my mom and my sister yesterday. I had told them my experience with being uninterested in going to the bookstore because I had things that needed to be done and how without the medication I would have so been in the bookstore for hours just looking around. They were both like "really?" My sister said she just knows she has to get certain things done and gave the example about LOST coming up the next day (today) and she said, "I know when I get home from work, I'll have to empty the kitty liter, feed the cats, fix dinner, clean up, take my bath and wash my hair so I can sit down in my comfy chair and watch LOST." My mom said she is reading a book that is so hard to put down but that she knows she can't read it until she has her duties done for that day, then she can sit down and enjoy the book. I just looked at them and said "not me. Without the medication, I'm kind of like spinning around not knowing what to do first, or next or whatever so it I go to my comfort thing (usually reading)" I think they are finally beginning to understand; at least I hope so.

I've also dealt with PTSD, talk counseling with a great counselor really helped me with that. I definitely understand about not being able to discuss certain things you have done in your life with anybody. That is a hard one. God has been a big help to me in that area.

I would definitely encourage you to pursue treating your ADD in addition to your long term depression and PTSD. I've just started my journey but I'm glad I started it.

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Fellow ADD'ers/depression sufferers...
My brother is Bipolar and I was diagnosed with PTSD, ADD and long term depression. I've been on Effexor for about 7 years.

Until reading this forum, I never realized that the medication may be a cause of my weight gain.

Overall, the medication is good. I would be scared to death to go without it...although a life without meds is a glorious thought!

My biggest problem??? My finances and NO ONE understands it! They just accuse me of being irresponsible.

Sexual promiscuity was a major issue for me in the past...although, I have found that seriously reducing my alcohol intake (rarely have it now and not to excess.

There's aspects to my "personality" disjunction that I just do not discuss with people. It makes relationships nearly impossible.

So...because so many of you can identify...what is the thought on stopping medication...or should I just change in order to have help with the ADD symptoms??

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Sharon, have you had a doctor check your vitamin levels? Maybe you are lacking in one of those. Just a thought. I hate it that you have to be on so many medications.

I see that you are at goal weight that is fantasic. Does your anti depressant work? Are there more up days than down days? I think I've mentioned before that I wonder if my depression and insomnia were really symptoms of ADD. I hope that is the case and that I can someday be weened off the anti depressant and sleep aid. I hope for you a very blessed week with nothing but good things to distract you.

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I HAVE BEEN AN DEPRESSION AND OTHER MENTAL CONDITIONS
MEDS FOR 18 YEARS. AT THAT TIME I SPENT 7 MONTHS IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL. RECENTLY I EAS DIAGNOISED WITH ADD. WHAT ELSE NEXT. I TAKE 19 MEDS A DAY ALONG WITH 2 TYPES OF INSULIN.

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I'm afraid too. Long term depression is no good. I won't be doing anything without lots of discussion with my doctor. I just hope that it is possible.

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I feel the same way about my anti-depressants but am afraid to due to I didn't get relief until my late 30s after a lifetime of depression.

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I find it interesting that so many of us are depressed for years when in all likelihood if they had known it was ADD we may not have been depressed at all. I would love, love, love to get off my anti depressant. In the months prior to my ADD diagnosis I also started experiencing overwhelming anxiety which I notice seems to be common. I hope, hope, hope that my addressing the ADD will help in that area too. Perhaps I am being too optimistic but this is the first time I've thought maybe I can only be on one medication instead of three. I forgot about the chronic as in years and years of insomnia to which I finally got prescribed sleep meds which have given me several years of sweet sleep. If I could accomplish that one my own (with help of ADD meds) I would be so happy and so would my bank account. Anyone think it's possible?

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I have been depressed off and on (on was like 5 years at a stretch) since at least 27. I had migraines since 18. They stopped at menopause. Amazing.

I still get depressed.....just got off meds in December 08. And then I hit a period of unbelievable irritability. The doctor wants to label me bipolar, but I have never been psychotic....hypomanic, yes. My counselor says it is uncontrolled ADHD, but bipolar. I want to believe him.

When I was on antidepressants, I was TIRED all the time, regardless of how much sleep I got, how much or little I did. I went off cold turkey (as a nurse, I tend to forget that cold turkey can be rough) and then was hit with irritability.

I am taking methlphenidate (Ritalin) a couple - 3 times a day. I seem to be under pretty good control. Time will tell.

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I too have depression along with my ADHD. I also have had migraines. They seem to have lessened in severity since the birth of my 3 year old. I think it's all about getting on the right meds. I am one of those who has tried to go it alone without medication and the last time I tried that my husband said he was leaving!!! I am a faithful med taker now!




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Normal is a town in Pennsylvania. It has no bearing on real life except for the people who live there.

I knew about my depression long before I knew about my ADD, but I'm convinced that the latter led to the former.

My first bout of depression was when I was eleven, in sixth grade. That was also the first year when I couldn't pass all my classes just by doing the work on the spot. All of a sudden, organization, study skills, and planning were more important than plain old smarts.

My teachers? It seems like I remember every one of them sitting me down and telling me that I wasn't working to my potential. I was too smart to be getting Ds and Cs. I needed to work harder. And I didn't understand why I couldn't bear to sit in front of an open textbook for more than a minute.

Since then, the stress of dealing with the combination of real life and my ADD has led to other bouts of depression. The last one was a year ago, and it was the worst ever. Not going back there. Ever. Whatever it takes, I'll do it.

So, I've been focusing on exercise, good nutrition, lowering stress, and getting as much sunlight as possible (deficiency of vitamin D is implicated in depression). I also take 40 mg of Prozac every day, and I expect that I will for the rest of my life.

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I feel like a complete failure. I work my A$$ off to be the best the next time. I'm highly competitive. Hold myself to extremely high standards. But in the end, when I do less than I think I should, I try to recognize my accomplishments, as hard as it is.

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I was initially being treated for depression and A.D.D., but my psychiatrist put me on Lithium as well for....well yall know what that's for. And I've got an anxiety disorder as well. It's pretty bad for tests. I HAVE to be the best. I CANNOT fail. I guess that's where it stems from.

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I have bipolar I with add and issues with anxiety. I'm on meds and in therapy. Some days are better then others.

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I am 58 and was diagnosed with ADD three years ago.

I have always had chronic low-grade depression, ADD, fairly recently realized I have some issues with hoarding (accumulating stuff I don't need but buy or get "just in case" an issue different from simply cluttering or the disorganization that results from the ADD), and fairly chronic insomnia.
And I have to work hard to maintain my self-esteem.

Right now I am on Strattera, Alprazolam (Xanax), and Rozerem (sleep).
The Rozerem works if I go to bed early enough and it is the only medication I have tried that allows me to dream and wake up rested instead of feeling drugged.
The Xanax does help a little with the ADD in terms of focus. Strattera is too new for me to let you know if it is helpful. It is supposed to help deal with the ADD, depression, and possibly the hoarding as it relates to OCDP (which I don't know how to explain).

Although inconvenient at times, I find ADD to be a blessing in disguise - see a post I wrote in another discussion area. I find that exercising chemically fights depression and helps me feel better about myself. T

he hoarding/clutter issue gets to me and the only solution is to deal with it every single day - no weekend vacations for me. Some days it's easy, some days it's a struggle, some days I am just angry I have to do it every day, and some rare days I seem paralyzed into inaction. I am not sure if that comes first or the depression comes first, but it's demoralizing to have to deal with. That's when it is time for me to get help

I can see through this thread I am not alone. And you can see that I have lived through these times. How? I ave educated my friends and family that if I don't connect with them, I need them to contact me. They do. I am grateful.
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I have bipolar type I along with my ADHD. I have also read that migraines go along with these (maybe more bipolar than ADHD?) which I also have. My ADD is actually more of a problem to me than the BP; at least with BP you have good days+...mine is more like months+ thankfully. However with ADD, you just don't get a break from symptoms, that's the case for me anyway. Even when my ADD meds are helping overall, I still struggle to some degree with starting and completing tasks. Inattentiveness is a problem on some days as well. People hear bipolar and think that is so serious, and ADD is so over-publicized that I think the difficulty that sufferers experience is overlooked.

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I was a sour son of b.i.t.c.h, was on effexor for a year. But went to a psychotherapist and got some mastering skills and life got more better without meds. I didn't understand the rules of interaction between people. I guess I needed a okay and a method to tell strong ego people to shut up in a pleasant way and accept I have feelings and need space to helps solve problems. I don't really need alot of company, as have been a loner all my life, now people approach me it feels kind of strange be accepted. My depression comes from feeling stress when there is nothing to stress over (I keep waiting for something bad to happen, which is not always the case since I got alot of stuff undercontrol.
I will always be scared of my postbox (unexpected bills, hate travelling with the bus and have to keep coaching my son his fear of his closet and under his bed are just as unreal as my anxieties..) My mood disorders flare up with the boyfriend locks himself out of his home, forgets stuff twice and return twice more. And then still can't settle down to let us our three ADHD*er eat our meal in peace lol. I have a short fuse, he is in denial of his ADHD...


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I, too, suffer from severe depression along with ADD. I'm on 300mg wellbutrin in the morning & 15mg effexor at night. This combination has helped the best so far because the wellbutrin gives me energy.

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I have known for several years that I had ADHD but never bothered to have it treated. Over the last couple of years things just spiraled out of control and I ended up seeking help for the ADHD. During the "official" diagnosis process I learned that I also suffer from severe depression. I started taking anitdepressants last summer but haven't found one that works yet. My psychiatrist wants to me get the depressin under control before dealing with the ADHD. In the meantime I can only handle working part time and we are working on disability. Sometimes it's all just overwhelming and frustrating.


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I had a year on Efexor for anxiety. It helped but my before photo on my sparkspage is the result of it..

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I have also been treated for depression, although I didn't get serious about taking medication for it until about a year ago. I'm on Wellbutrin, which is also one of the first medications they try for adult ADD. The doctor had switched me to Prozac, but it made me sooo tired, and unlike the Wellbutrin, it doesn't work for ADD, so he had me go back to Wellbutrin at a higher dose. I'm hoping that it will work, or at least make some difference, since my husband and I are trying to conceive, and it's considered safe in very early pregnancy--and some women take it their entire pregnancy. The psychiatrist said that Straterra "should" be okay to take until I know I am pregnant (I'd go off it at that point), but to check with my OB. Adderall would be out of the question.

Anyway...I'm off the subject now. lol

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I have problems with depression. I don't have to take additional meds for it yet. The Adderall takes care of it. I recently took myself off of my meds. They don't seem to work for me anymore. The only thing is my depression is coming back. I wrote my last blog about this a bit.

I also had postpartum depression really bad after both pregnancy's.

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I have had ADD for as long as I can remember since about 4th grade. I took meds on and off until high school and then stopped, after being married for a couple years, the added stress caused it to get worse. I was diagnosed as being depressed and had some anxiety, but once my meds were under control the depression went away. I have read in a few ADD/ADHD books that depression can be a side effect, especially if not properly diagnosed.

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Well, it is probably a relief to finally have your results. But it certainly is a big change in your life to exercise everyday and to quit your job!!! Good luck and let us know how you do. I also have depression and take counseling bi weekly which seems to help.

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Although I'm the one who initiated the evaluation, it's a lot to process that I have this "disability" or so it's called. First thing is to go to a psychiatrist for meds for both disorders and then start regular counseling. With a gym membership and several exercise DVDs you'd think it would be easy for me to exercise but the depression keeps me from wanting to do much of anything. I can say, though, that I walk up and down the stairs at work, which is something, I guess.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1).


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Wow, Vanessa, that's a lot! When I read "exercise every day" I thought that might be hard. Then I read "quit my job" and the exercise didn't seem so bad.

Any thoughts about what you are going to do? Hang in there - knowing what's wrong is a big relief, and helps you handle all the rest.

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I got my results today. I have ADD with a bit of inattention and a major mood disorder (depression). I need counseling, to exercise everyday, and to quit my job.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1).


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I have had a heavy clinical depression, it is there now but with exercise and good food I can keep it on a low plain. My youngest ADD has a tency to depressive moods and my oldest ADHD/Asperges son is in a steady state never really reaching completely happy. Ritilin gives him a 10, but he wants it down to on a scale of about 7-8 to feel normal.
If I try to work out my youngest sons problems he goes from sad to evil vicious from 0 to 5 seconds. We have to leave him alone until he contacts us (comes out of his autism mode). His form for ADD makes everyone miserable as has huge behaviour deficits when off. Then he can flip at the throw of a coin suddenly and he is good again and appologize. My oldest son and i can't survive living with him for long periods of time because he is so extreme and will hit us (if something happens suddenly and we verbally ask him to keep his comments to himself.)
He has a huge respect for his foster father, and knows this behaviour will not be accepted. He gets stuff removed from him, and they are cold to his attitudes. He never hits them, because his foster father is a phsycotherapist and can stop him before he starts. He was at a special home for mentally ill children to find out how to control him, they gave this info to us. But it is still hard to work him out as so many things affect him differently to us other ADHD'ers..
I go around with a huge anxiety, but try to push it aside to make life function..

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Along with the ADD I have major depression, anxiety.
, and DID.

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I went to a psychologist. First meeting she asked a lot of questions about my life and what symptoms of ADD I have. The second meeting took 3 hours of cognitive and personal testing of almost 400 T/F questions about my believes and feelings. My last meeting with her is next week to get my test results and the next steps for me to take.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1).


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Hi Vanessa - what kind of testing did you have done? I'm trying to find some kind of testing for my mom. I don't remember there being any tests available back when I was diagnosed. Thanks.

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I've been medicated for depression for the last few years but the regiment never quite worked as well am I would have liked, especially lately. I recently got tested for ADD so depression is probably co-morbid for me, also.

~ Vanessa ~

I present my body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is my reasonable service (Rom. 12:1).

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1).


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Yes, Depression for me. Before I was diagnosed ADHD I was treated as Bipolar, but now it's clear that ADHD with "co-morbid" Depression is more accurate, and the treatment is more effective as well.



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It is said that many adults with ADD also have depression or other mood disorders. Is this true with you? I am being treated for major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It is difficult to have a "normal" life when so many mental health issues are going on....just wanted to know if any of you suffer from similar problems.

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