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    • #140154

      Hi all
      I am a 39 year old woman and have only been diagnosed roughly December last year with ADD (inattentive) (but have already been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety and been on anti-depressants for 20 years) and have tried Ritalin which didn’t work too well, and then onto Dexamphetamine Sulfate which according to my husband and daughter made me super angry and more irritable. I am now trialling Zyban (Bupropion or a believe Wellbutrin) with my Dex and my anti-depressants until the Zyban kicks in and then I will be taken off the Dex and then hopefully the anti-depressants. I am looking for anyone in Australia (or elsewhere I guess) who has taken Zyban and their experiences with it. I am also keen to speak to anyone who has taken Dexamphetamine and had anger bursts where they couldn’t control their outbursts. I am ALSO super keen to just chat in general with anyone in Australia about life in general with ADD, anxiety and depression. Please reply!! Mary-Anne out!

    • #140241
      Penny Williams

      Here are user reviews — Wellbutrin: https://www.additudemag.com/medication/wellbutrin/ and Dexamphetamine (ADDerall is brand name): https://www.additudemag.com/medication/adderall-xr/

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

      • #140326

        Hi Mary-Anne:) I am also in Australia and am in the process of getting an official diagnosis so I can’t help yet with meds but I am also super keen to talk with fellow Australians about their experiences etc. I have a strong familial history of undiagnosed/late diagnosed ADHD (I am also inattentive) and I am a clinical nurse and have done a heap of my own research into symptoms etc and know 100% that this is what I suffer with (my GP and family all strongly agrees). I have been battling with depression and anxiety for years beginning in early adolescence and have only recently had the breakthrough after several misdiagnoses that the major cause for my issues is ADHD. Anyone free to chat would be very welcomed! Elly

    • #140301

      Hi, I’m in Australia and I was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago and tried both Ritalin and Dexamphetamine. Ritalin wasn’t quite right for me either but was amazing in the beginning, I still have fond memories of how slow my brain felt the first few days.

      Dexamphetamine was a horrible experience for me personally, I couldn’t sleep and when I finally did sleep for a few hours I dreamt of being awake. I was more irritable than usual and became paranoid and anxious. No anger outbursts but I wasn’t on it for very long.

      After a few tweaks to the Ritalin dosage that also weren’t quite right I ended up annoyed with the whole process and (typical for me) stopped seeing the psychiatrist. Instead I worked on getting regular exercise and doing some sort of meditation each day. It wasn’t perfect but was helping, but now am considering a change in routine again…

      • #140567

        Hi Betty
        Thank you for your post.

        It is interesting to see that other people have had similar issues with Dex. I too was also anxious.

        Like you, I am trying to exercise regularly and do some sort of meditation each day. I think it all helps – especially the exercise and hopefully the right meds will to.

        Keep plodding along.

    • #140565

      I would love to chat – maybe if you would like – we could chat outside of here too. I am in Newcastle. Where are you based?

      Thanks for your post Elly. I have only been taking the Zyban for about 6 or 7 days and am still weaning myself off the Dex so I won’t know for sure until I am completely off the Dex. I hope it works. I hope getting your diagnosis helps. Let me know how it goes. I wish I knew more about it – so I could help myself. I have researched but don’t get very far. My hubby doesn’t agree that I have ADD, so that makes it hard.

      I have had depression and anxiety for over 20 years and to now be told that I have ADD and that could be causing the depression and anxiety was an eye opener. Still getting my head around it all. No one in my family has been diagnosed with ADD/HD but have been diagnosed with depression and other mental illnesses.

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by mdykes.
    • #140684

      Hi all, there is another Australian adult link, just search for ‘Australia’ in the forums and you should find it.

      • #144124

        Hi Macushla,

        I tried to reply at that other thread but for some reason it wouldn’t let me… sigh.

        Cheers, Tikay

    • #140836

      Hello, Today is sunday 02/02/20 and I am inviting you to contact me about wanting to chat with other Australians with ADHD.

      I am 59 years and live in Queensland. I suffered for many years with treatment resistant depressive illness before being prescribed dexamphetamine. From my very first dose the dex lifted my depression and opened my mind to a new way of thinking. I have since been diagnosed with adult ADD and believe it was ADD that causing my mental health issues all along.

      Fortunately for me I have had a very good response with being prescribed dexamphetamine and have virtually no side affects. I have learned to not take any dex after 1pm because I might have trouble getting off to sleep but other than that for me it has been a life saving drug.

      My depression and difficulty organising my thoughts were so severe I was constantly fighting just giving up and letting myself become another statistic in Australia’s shameful suicide rate.

      If any of you have been discriminated against by health professionals for having a disorder that requires a schedule 8 drug to treat your symptoms please know you are not alone. Although my psychiatrist has been very professional I have had to deal with an ignorant pharmacist who felt she had the right to shame me in front of other customers. I live in a rural area and my health should be confidential but that hasn’t happened for me.

      I am mentioning these things so you know that I can empathise with you the difficulties we face through no fault of our own. I am not sure if it’s appropriate to put my email address up here but please do not hesitate to respond because I am more than happy to provide support. You would be doing me a huge favour as I feel very alone and isolated myself.

      I have no experience with Zyban myself but I do know someone who was prescribed it to help stop smoking.

      Best wishes, Michelle

    • #144125

      Hi mdykes,

      I am German but I live in Australia, QLD.
      I have been diagnosed back in Germany a while ago, unfortunately my meds (brand) aren’t available here, therefore I have been going without meds for the last 9 years.


    • #172980

      Hello there. I just found this forum in lockdown time. Brilliant.

      I am a 65 year old professional woman in rural and remote Western Australia. I have been diagnosed by both a psychiatrist and a specialist psychologist – just to make sure!

      I have been doing weekly Skype therapy and this has been the most rewarding experience ever. While not keen on medication, I am trialling dex and that is going really well – except for restless legs at night, which a heat massager can fix.

      I would love to chat with other latecomers, who like me reflect on a lifetime of confusion, guilt about decisions not thought through, failed relationships, doing a bit of everything (well) but a lot of nothing, or grief at how it all could have been different with an early diagnosis.

    • #173474

      Hi all. 36 y/o professional in Perth, WA here. I was on Dex about 16 years ago at uni and while they worked I didn’t really like how I felt on them. Currently unmedicated and would love a chat 🙂

      • #173511

        Hello Piratepug.. I am curious about how the dex made you feel, given that you felt it worked. It’s working for me but I haven’t been only anything else so have nothing to compare it with.

    • #178784

      Hi. I’m 48 and recently diagnosed with ADD. I’ve been on Dex for about a month. I’m worried I’m dosing incorrectly as I only take 2.5mg throughout the day due to shift work and find it tricky to balance when I work late.

      I do get side effects, headaches and anxious at times.

      I would love to hear your thoughts.

      • #178897

        hello pennyj … I have been on dex for four months now. Started on 25mg twice a day with the instruction to increase as required. So I experimented with all sorts of combinations and dosages until I could find my sweet spot. And I have found it for now at 50mg early morning and again early afternoon.
        Can I suggest you play around a bit and see what effects you get, though I acknowledge your shift work in that? In my experience, 25mg over a day does sound very low to have an effect, such as on anxiety. Also I found I had to drink a lot more water to keep the headaches at bay.
        Apart from that, I can only describe my experience as fantastic. Life has never been better.

    • #178905
      ADD Mum

      Hi there,
      I’m 37yr mum of 3 from QLD. I’ve been on Dex about 23 years, it works wonders for me, being off it during pregnancy was so difficult.

      I was diagnosed at 14 so like many of us I started researching and trying out things, here’s what I’ve learned for me and hope it helps.
      Diet is important, I’ve very sensitive to sugar I get emotional of it and fatty foods make me foggy. I know this for sure but still I’m not great with my diet. Yes exercise can really help. I have anxiety and depression so I get the VB up, it’s what your body naturally uses to fight anxiety and if yours is low you will have restless sleep and a short burst on energy in the morning and then be exhusted in about an hour. Iron is another to watch, low iron makes you dizzy, forgetful, very tired and grumpy, you could sleep all night and still wake up tired. I don’t know if it is related to my ADD but my iron and VB drop very easily so I’m always watching myself and taking vitamins.
      You see the world differntly and that’s ok, you are probably the smartest person in the room even if you don’t say a word and it can be very frustrating dealing with people who aren’t at you intellect.
      What we lack in keeping the house clean we more then make up for in who we are as a person, someone wise, compassionate, creative, funny the list goes on. It is easy to get down on yourself when you have ADD, but ask someone what they see in you and you will be amazed by their answer.

      regarding outbursts, many ADD people have an explosive temper it can be sudden and shocking even to them, you can get a handle on it though. I don’t know if that helps you, but I hope it does.

      ADD Mum

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