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  • in reply to: Confused about the ADHD brain #131128

    mia_green_eyes
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    That’s why I (kinda jokingly) started a post a few days ago (that no one answered) suggesting ADD be renamed “Attentional Diversity Dynamic” lol. To me that says … not neurotypical but recognizing different ways that different brains are (currently) “wired”. Who wants to be neurotypical anyway. I thought about the name because my friend gets upset when I call myself attention “deficient”. So I started thinking, well maybe the name does affect how I look at myself.
    Re the ADD / ADHD brain possibly being smaller … I think that is just the one part of the brain ? So maybe other parts of the brain are larger to compensate is my guess (which could be where the “gifts” come from) ? Also my understanding is that brains can change throughout our life-time as we learn & change habits etc (neuroplasticity). I am no expert here.

  • in reply to: N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT) #130871

    mia_green_eyes
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    Thanks for replying emp233 !
    I read the article so will just try regular L-Tryrosine.

  • in reply to: Zombie Syndrome on Adderall XR? Need help #127403

    mia_green_eyes
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    Hi, I was on zoloft before too … for eight years. I did find that the zomig made me sort of “emotionally numb” and unmotivated to do things (happy to stare into a computer though) … so I slowly reduced it bit by bit … and increasingly felt like “myself” again ! Perhaps I did not need the zomig anymore… or not as much. When I started it I was depressed.
    Now I am trying Adderall XR (only 5 mg) and having mixed results. It makes me feel calm and very focused on the task at hand (great for simple housework or shopping). But any challenging “thinking tasks” I cannot figure out…like solving a problem, prioritizing, being mindful etc … are very difficult to do on the Adderall XR. So I am going to ask the doctor about a different stimulant I think and look into supplements, nutrients, diet etc. I strict regular bedtime also greatly helps me.


  • mia_green_eyes
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    I should add that the 5 mg “Adderall XR” is the Sandoz generic.
    The 10 mg Adderall XR” I tried was generic that said “ACT”

  • in reply to: need help with balancing meds and supplements #125455

    mia_green_eyes
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    Hello, I am no expert, but I was on Zoloft for 8 years for anxiety (and originally depression). I slowly tapered off Zoloft (which took me about a year as it needs to be done slowly). Now they think I have always had ADD, and I am trying Adderall XR. I find that the Adderall XR lowers my anxiety (I was very surprised) similarly to what the Zoloft did. I wondered when reading your post, if lowering your Zoloft slowly might be something to try … to see if you still need the zoloft / need that much zoloft … now that you have ADD medicine (and if you are no longer depressed?). Maybe lowering the Zoloft will help your ADD problems. Zoloft’s “job” is to increase serotonin basically … which, at least for me now… too much serotonin seems to worsen my ADD symptoms and make me groggy / sleepy. Hence I started thinking “dopamine” … which led me to the ADD med.

    When weaning the Zoloft, I found that when I lowered zoloft by 25 mg it took two weeks for withdrawal symptoms (increased anxiety unfortunately) to go away. I would think it was telling me I wasn’t on “enough”. After doing this repeatedly I was not fooled…and waited two weeks, at least, to assess…and yep each time anxiety went back down.
    I reduced Zoloft too fast, at the end, by 50 mg to 0 mg, and suffered vertigo for two weeks (I have heard worse stories).

  • in reply to: Posting Again (shorter) Dr Amen's work / methylation #125435

    mia_green_eyes
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    Thank you so much for all the replies ! It is definately making me feel less alone. I felt “odd” having “both”. I will look into all the things suggested.
    Re undermethyation, I am not clear re if that means an impaired ability to absorb folate from vegetables as well as artificial folic acid ? Can you “fix it” by just eating more foods that contain folate ? I realized I have not had a lot in my diet.
    Also, I started taking daily one (under the tongue) methyl-folate 500 mcg and one methyl B12 500 mcg. I plan to double that. Not sure if this simple plan will backfire or not.
    Thank you everyone. I don’t want to make this “too long”.
    One note re the vitamin Inositol (re Dr Amen’s article). I took it when younger with positive results re anxiety. They need to tell people though that it could interfere with birth control. It made me so fertile that I ovulated/cycled every two weeks. It is commonly used to increase fertility…

  • in reply to: Coping as an artist? #124688

    mia_green_eyes
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    Hi, I thought I replied before but I guess it did not post.
    I do artwork and writing. It seems to be one huge “batch” that hopefully will get all finished at some point. This last year I have focused on “organizing it all”. It is all digital luckily. And I forced myself to stop start new ones. This has not been an easy process to do. My brain would rather keep starting new creations !
    I think I will always have to work in “limited batches” though.
    I read that Robert Bateman cannot simply work on one painting from start to finish and keeps a half dozen paintings going that are at different stages (rotating). His would be too agonizingly detailed for me to finish (even in batches).

  • in reply to: N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT) #123288

    mia_green_eyes
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    Wow Penney, I read that article by Dr. Amen … thank you !
    While I am getting off track on this thread as to N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (as opposed to regular L-Tyrosine or stimulant meds), his article talks about an “Over-Focused ADD” which sounds very similar to OCD. I developed “OCD symptoms” at age 38 which has always to be odd timing. Zoloft (an SSRI) worked for 8 years (though tended to make me a bit groggy and “very creative”) until I was in late peri-menopause and then my bigger issue became worsening “focus type issues”. Btw I have heard, re Zoloft, that while it is meant to increase serotonin (via inhibiting re-uptake), it inadvertently also does the same, to lesser degree, for dopamine. Now I am almost two years “after” menopause. I tried the Adderall XR three times last week. It did not make me more anxious … it made me more calm and “focused on the task at hand” and it emptied my brain of “the chatter”. Not a result one would expect from a stimulant med if my issue is “just OCD”.

  • in reply to: How do you cope as an artist? #123171

    mia_green_eyes
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    Hello, I do digital artwork as well and like you have many unfinished pieces. So I totally understand. The interesting part of each piece is the first part … when it is being developed. There can be a long tedious process of finishing details. I have found some ways to cope with this, and to “finish”. You are not alone in this. Robert Bateman, who does the very fine detailed natural paintings (he even uses a magnifying glass), loses interest part way through. I read that he does his paintings in batches (of a limited number) … say six for example … with each painting at a different stage. So he might force himself to work on the “details” of one painting in the morning and then in the afternoon reward himself by working on a newer painting that is still in the fun developmental stage. Or perhaps he works on several at a time on different easels (rotating) idk. But I find that thinking in ” batches”, and working in batches, helps keep me more interested. And digitally, I can group pieces together in a file by type / subject etc. As long as I am putting in the hours, and don’t keep starting new pieces, but instead rotate what I am working on, then at some point it will all get done I figure. And switching it up helps make everything seem a little more “new” … so I am not as tempted to start yet another piece. Kinda like toys in a toy box.

  • in reply to: Adderall XR and caffeine sensitivity #122410

    mia_green_eyes
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    Well, I got it and tried it today finally … the Adderall XR 10 mg.. at 9:30 am. It is now 6 pm and I can tell it is wearing off/down. I was so relieved no problems with my heart going weird and it made me less anxious. It made me not ruminate/worry/overthink (not sure if that is my OCD or ADHD that makes me do that). I also felt like I was “here” and was not escaping into the digital world or my head. I noticed many things in my apartment I was unaware of lol. I actually felt happy and wanted to do housework ! Just was doing what was in front of me. But I also could not prioritize or analyze or figure anything out when I needed to. What was I supposed to be doing today? Who cares lol. I felt like a happy zombie in “la la” land (great for breezing through OCD triggers and not feeling scared of them). I did not feel that I could manage to get groceries (not referring to driving…I mean the store). I did not feel I could manage to go anywhere and succeed (except I could have happily went to bed lol). I am thinking that halfway in between ” today’s brain” and my “normal” brain … might work … 5 mg instead of 10 ? Or maybe this wasn not typical? It was kinda like being drunk or something. Not energizing either …
    Any thoughts ? I am not taking it tomorrow … maybe Wed or Thurs try again …

  • in reply to: Adderall XR and caffeine sensitivity #120868

    mia_green_eyes
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    Thanks for the replies. Thanks Alli for saying you did not find the Adderall was the same as coffee. I have not yet filled the Adderall prescription as my son’s graduation is Thurs evening. But mostly, I remembered re coffee, that I once dared to drink about a quarter of a cup full (the most I ever tried) and had such a severe case … of my heart racing and feeling suddenly flushed … that I never tried again. That is what made me think of it when prescribed Adderall that it too is a stimulant. I think I may try dividing up the crystals in the capsule to (if I can) take like 2.5 mg the first day … then increase it… if that is possible.

  • in reply to: Try Medicine to Determine if ADHD ? #120700

    mia_green_eyes
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    Hi, thanks for replying. From what I understand the XR version lasts 8 – 12 hours depending on metabolism. That is very good to know you have not had to increase the dosage.

  • in reply to: Try Medicine to Determine if ADHD ? #120664

    mia_green_eyes
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    Thanks Penny. Your post was helpful. She had me fill out an ADHD questionaire and prescribed Adderal XR 10 mg. In trying to research this med there are sites saying that people develop tolerance to it, then have to get higher and higher dosage … that dopamin receptors “down regulate” in response to the med… making one more deficient in the end (worse off than if they had never started it). One site I read said not to take it more than once a week for this reason ! Is this true that everyone develops tolerance? It seems to me that if this was the norm that no one would have had success taking Adderall XR long term (at same dose) … and there are people that do take it that way ?

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