January 27, 2019 at 11:01 am #107653PeabodyParticipant
At age 61,my symptoms have been getting worse for 12 years now,since my wife passed.
After watching ADD&loving it,I am pretty sure that I have it. I also think I’ve had it since I was a kid….I am a hs dropout with a ged. I’ve had maybe 12 to 15 jobs as a adult, excelling at the ones I was interested in, an not so much the others.
I married at 33 and that wonderful wife of mine seemed to make all my imperfections disappear. Then at 49 she passed away in my arms one morning. So I might have some PTSD in the mix.
The first time I felt anxiety I was 5 or 6. My dad was slapping my mom around n my 12 yo brother got between them n said leave her alone n he got knocked down too. Well I remember that feeling to this day.
Anyway, with no money or insurance it is not possible for me to pursue a diagnosis or afford privy meds. So my plan is to get some celexa from my family doctor n try to mix in some lifestyle changes n hope for the best. Tho I don’t want to waste another 12 years.
So has anyone else tried anything similar with any success. Or any helpful tips?
Thank u for your time. I hope everyone here gets some relief from there mental pain.
January 28, 2019 at 9:07 am #107687Penny WilliamsKeymaster
Celexa is an antidepressant and sometimes used for anxiety, I believe. I’ve never heard of it treating ADHD symptoms.
Common treatments for ADHD are: stimulant medication, non-stimulant medication, and some meds used off-label (Wellbutrin, tricyclics, etc…).
There are alternative treatments too, like diet, exercise, meditation, brain training, and supplements.
There are some clinics around that do free or sliding scale appointments and evaluations. That could be an option.
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January 28, 2019 at 4:09 pm #107763PeabodyParticipant
Shortly after my wife passed, o was given celexa for depression n anxiety. It was very helpful in getting through my day.
With no insurance, the cost of a diagnosis from a therapist n expensive meds r out of my reach for now.
Anxiety seems to peak in the winter for me, so I could use some relief right now. So the celexa plan is a cheap quick start that is achievable for me.
House is dirty, dishes dirty, unfinished projects ect. I think it’s my best choice for at least getting things under control for now.
After watching ADD&loving it, I felt great. I finally figured out what has been wrong all my life. I thought….all I need now is a diagnosis n the right meds. Well a replacement for my 17 year old truck and the 23 year old roof has been on the list awhile now and they must come first.
I do thank you for the info you gave me. I think it will be helpful.
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