Is there as much of a stigma against non-stimulant medicine?

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    • #195985
      onaverylongpath
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      I’m trying to get diagnosis and non-stimulant treatment in what feels like unfriendly area of the medical turf. I know “stimulant medication” is a class 2 hyperspace felony FDA code word that Doctors don’t want to touch, but how about non-stimulant medication? Does that raise the same red flags when you talk to doctors about it?

    • #195987
      Patsyann
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      I take the non stimulant drug Atomoxetine. I think it was originally an antidepressant but didn’t work too well. Sorry, that doesn’t answer your question though. Are you wanting to try one?

    • #195988
      onaverylongpath
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      Thanks anyway!

      Yes I am. Many people, including my own research, has said that stimulants would not be good for my bipolar. I believe non-stimulants work for many, and I might be in that group. Its worth the risk, I just have to figure out a way to get there with limited options and judgmental doctors. This question is about navigating the gatekeepers biases correctly and learning what not to say.

      I know from my parent’s struggles trying to get pain treatment how quickly the label “medication seeking” can get applied and stick and ruin you.

    • #196002
      Patsyann
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      Ah, a fellow bipolar sufferer and ADHD. That was the reason I wasn’t prescribed stimulants. Also I am prone to tics which stimulants can make worse. I live in the UK and attend a specialist adult adhd centre so my medication was, and still is prescribed by the psychiatrist. Although I am 66 I was only given an adhd diagnosis a couple of years ago, up til then it was just bipolar. Do you see a psychiatrist for bipolar?

    • #196010
      onaverylongpath
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      I’m actually so well stable on my bipolar regiment that everyone agrees shouldn’t be changed my former psychiatrist was comfortable just telling my primary care doctor to just keep prescribing the meds and ordering a lithium test once a year. I’m extremely lucky that by now bipolar is a non-issue in my life.

      I’m hesitant about seeing him because I’m worried he’s latched on to “bipolar only, no commodities”, I saw him for 4 years fidgeting in his chair saying “bipolar is good but I’m just still stupid and can’t make progress on any of my life goals” and he was quicker to follow me on a crazy OCD diagnosis than notice this. Also, it is office policy to only talk about ADHD after neurological testing and my recent test said “it must be some untreated facet of your well treated bipolar that is causing this.”

      See https://www.additudemag.com/forums/topic/how-to-get-mental-health-professionals-to-listen-past-bipolar/

    • #196156
      the-nerdy1
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      In my personal experience, my parents did not want me going on a stimulant, but when I told them how the non-stimulant I was prescribed (atomoxetine) works, they calmed down a bit. The psychiatrist couldn’t prescribe me a stimulant because of my own medical history, and I’d need to be cleared for it first. I guess since then they have opened up to the idea of me being on a stimulant, but that also happened as they developed a better understanding of ADHD and its impact on me.

    • #196523
      Gazettechan
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      Interesting thread, thanks for sharing.

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