Claire.W

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  • in reply to: ADHD DOCUMENTARY – Looking for participants #120430
    Claire.W
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    Hello! I’ m 18 years old and was only recently diagnosed with ADHD. I grew up bouncing from school to school, and for many of my developmental years was at a school for the arts, so my ADHD wasn’t a glaring problem when it came to my academics. Only when I attended a college prep school for my final two years, did my diagnosis become obvious. Now I take Adderall, something which has not only helped me with focus but has also taken care of my impulsive eating and easily distracted proposition. I love that you’re making a documentary about such an under diagnosed and misunderstood issue. If you still need people of my age group, I would be happy to volunteer!

    in reply to: Depression VS. Emotions of ADHD #119977
    Claire.W
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    Something to consider when taking medications for anxiety and depression, is that they usually come hand in hand for a reason. So it begs the question, which came first? the chicken or the egg? are you depressed because you have been anxious for so long that there seems to be no end? or are you anxious because you have been depressed, a very stressful situation to be in. Usually, by identifying the core issue, depression or anxiety, and treating that, your other symptoms will lessen. I’ve had symptoms of ADHD since I was a 7, and anxiety since I was 10. By identifying anxiety as the cause of my depression, and treating the anxiety, my depression began to melt away too. (It seems important to note that my anxiety was caused by my ADHD, as I was constantly afraid of being rejected for not being normal.) perhaps ask your psychiatrist about the medication which you’re taking and whether its targeting the chicken (depression) or the egg (anxiety). this may help lessen the feelings of depression which you have battled.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Claire.W.
    in reply to: Teen with ADHD #119975
    Claire.W
    Participant

    Hi! My name’s Claire and I’m 18, I’ve been diagnosed for about two years now, if you want to reach me, you can email me at claireewilkins2000@gmail.com. if you email me I can give you my number if you want, I just don’t want to post that online

    in reply to: School's discipline is ridiculous! #119973
    Claire.W
    Participant

    I don’t see this as over reacting. I’ve gone to a variety of schools (my family moved a lot as a child) and I have never experienced or seen such strict actions taken for what you mentioned. To me, it seems as though there is something deeper going on. Unless similar disciplinary actions have been taken with other students who have performed the same/ similar ways, then there might be some type of bias towards your child. Perhaps I’m over reacting, maybe in your state there is a lot more stress on actions, or maybe he goes to a school with military values. but there is something off about this situation, their lack of respect for you, lying, it all seems to be a larger issue. I would start by asking other parents and your child about the way the teachers interact with the other students. if this is a unique reaction with pertains to strictly your child or to children with ADHD then you have grounds to raise this issue to the district which may result in accommodations for you child. I hope this helps!

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Claire.W.
    in reply to: Please Help! 13 Year Old Son #119967
    Claire.W
    Participant

    The key to taking ADHD medications is constancy! i’ve been taking Adderall for about a year and a half and it was like a switch flicked when I started taking it every day, rather than when I thought I needed it. When I was taking it to study for a test, or finish a project, tasks that required my undivided focus, I was irritable, I didn’t eat, and I became almost robotic. But as soon as I started taking my Adderall every day, my emotions and actions began to shift back to where I normally operate. It takes some time, but eventually my appetite came back, I was able to joke and laugh with my family, and my perspective on life became more positive as a result of my medication and consistency. The first few days, or even weeks might be scary, it might seem as though your son isn’t himself, but if his journey is anything like mine, he’ll soon be back to his old self, but with more control and the ability to focus.

    in reply to: Weight Loss and Medication Guilt #119966
    Claire.W
    Participant

    This is almost exactly my situation! From the ages of 12 to 18 I was pretty overweight, not obese, but heavy enough that it began to affect my health. Once I was diagnosed with ADHD, and put on Adderall, my weight began to slip right off. i’ve always been grateful for the Adderall and how its given me a normal life with a weight which I can be happy at, but I know it isn’t this way for everyone. I would encourage you to think of it as not a weakness to need medication, but at a given. I doubt that you would fault a Type 1 Diabetic for using insulin. In my opinion, its a very similar situation! My brother happens to be a Type 1 Diabetic and he and I had a lot of talks when we were both starting to understand our health drawbacks. Adderall helps me function, it doesn’t make me “normal,” whatever the hell that means, but it does allow me to work like the majority of society does. Its similar when thinking about weight loss. If it was your ADHD which made you susceptible to gaining weight, then why shouldn’t the medicine which addressed the disorder help with weight too? Weight loss is a side affect, but its also addressing a side affect of the disorder. I hope this helps!

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