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  • in reply to: Depression VS. Emotions of ADHD #120012

    broccolisalad
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    The drug you are on doesn’t work for a lot of people for depression, so that is not uncommon. You have to try a lot of different drugs until you find one that works. Some add drugs like adderall also have an anti depressant effect, so you might want to try that. As for what it is, whether the ADD or depression, not sure it makes sense to separate them. ADD can cause depression, but it is still depression. And regardless of what caused what, the key is finding a treatment that works for you. This likely means trying lots of different medications, and possibly going to several different therapists. In the long run what treatment works for what person varies so much that it won’t be very helpful to know which came first.


  • broccolisalad
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    Teva is the only generic people should get- it for sure makes a difference. Not all pharmacies have it, I know Walgreens does. But I would also try the immediate release kind (still Teva) It is so much more flexible. Some days I need more than others, and others days I want to take them at different times, etc. The results have always been pretty consistent with me. Most side effects went away after a few weeks. So at least try a few weeks as a lot of the side effects can go away and the good effects stay. After a few months on the drug the only side effects I notice are dry mouth (but not that bad) and the occasional headache, not more than once a week and it goes away with Tylenol.

  • in reply to: My Psychiatrist Refuses To Help Me #115949

    broccolisalad
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    I’m really sorry this happened but you have to find another Dr. My job requires me to move a lot. Each time I have to find a new doctor, and each time it is a ton of work, making phone call after phone call where I am told they won’t help me. But so far, in four different states, I have managed to eventually find someone who will listen. And once they listen they give me my meds. It is unfair and a lot of work, but if the meds are that important in your life, you have to be willing to do this.

    The best place to go is a private psychiatrist. Centers with multiple workers have much stricter policies. The down side is this is very expensive, and they almost never take insurance. I don’t know your situation, but I know with me every other financial cost in my life comes after my medical care. I cringe when I think about how much money I spend on this, even when I have good insurance! But being able to live a relatively normal life is priceless.

  • in reply to: I feel like I’m just awful at my job #115774

    broccolisalad
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    Have you seen a therapist and tried medication? Is this something you want to do for a career, or is it just a job for the time being?

    Guilt is very common with ADHD. It has ruled my life. I don’t think you can get rid of it, but just learn to live in a way that you don’t do things that make you feel guilty as often. Therapy and especially medication can help, but you often have to try many therapists and many medications before finding the right match. The other thing is finding a job that is best suited for your skills, where organization is not that important, etc.

  • in reply to: Unintentionally Discarding Important Items #115773

    broccolisalad
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    I do this all the time too.

    Three times this year I lost a $300 piece of athletic equipment. Twice I left it against my car and drove off, the other time I have no memory at all of what happened, just that when I went to go grab it, not there.

    I lose my keys and cell phone several times a day, I usually find them but I spend probably 60 minutes a day searching and super stressed when searching. Maybe 90 minutes.

    I do also do dumb things like drop and break things a lot too. I was kicked out of my cell phone insurance program for using it too much (not kidding). Also not kidding, a few years ago I was kicked out of AAA for locking my keys in my car too often. Luckily I know have keys that make it impossible to lock yourself out.

    I just started taking meds which has helped with work concentration, but I’m not sure if it has helped with this. Guess I will have to wait and see.

    Oh, and losing things like this has happened my entire life. When I was a teenager it would stress me out so much, because my parents would be furious. I lost my grandmother’s ring and a $200 dollar jacket when I left it at a park. The ring was in the jacket pocket. That one was hard.

    I don’t know if your therapists advice is helpful. Sometimes I am rushing, but other times I am not rushing. My mind is just day dreaming.

  • in reply to: Strange behavior part 2 #115564

    broccolisalad
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    You should search for the best psychiatrist in your area. Since the stepson is older you can look at book teen and adult specialists. Whatever is going on is most likely beyond ADHD. As for your own son, why don’t you let him shower in your own bathroom or something? He shouldn’t have to put up with this.

  • in reply to: Any Tips for Overcoming "Anticipatory" Task Avoidance? #115553

    broccolisalad
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    OMG – I have this exact same problem! It gets in the way of my work frequently, because most of my work is from at home. But if I have an event during the day, say at 2pm, I just can’t bring myself to do anything before. And while sometimes I can do stuff after, it typically takes me a long time to settle in and get started. The main thing I try to do is schedule everything for either before 11 am or after 5pm. Sometimes if the task is late in the evening I can get in a bit of work before, and if it is early in the morning I have time to recover. I just started taking add meds and I will see if it helps. They are already helping a lot with focus…I’m just hoping that doesn’t change. It is so crazy to have gone my whole life and like you not really knowing all the abnormal things I do can be explained.

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