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  • in reply to: Lost in Despair, Husband Unemployed AGAIN #87018
    sjkaplan
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    I have had ADD all my life. As a result, I have gone through many jobs. However, I also made it my business to learn as much as I could about ADD. The most important thing I learned was in which work environments an ADD person would be most likely to find success. Here is a short list, though I am sure you can add others:
    1. Teacher
    2. Cook or chef
    3. Photographer
    4. Writer
    You see the pattern. ADD folks do best in an environment where they work alone or are self-employed. The stress of supervision when one has an ADD resume can be overwhelming. And, because ADD. people have a flexible sense of time and time management, working for someone else can cause problems. ADDers often practice
    brinksmanhip. This means leaving a project until the last minute, at which point the ADD person can be a hero by completing the work at the penultimate moment. This can be managed by if the ADD person is self-employed. It did for me. I used my years of communications experience to become a high-tech PR consultant. I became successful and my practice thrived for over 25 years. Hope this helps.

    in reply to: Too old for Concerta? #69415
    sjkaplan
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    I did not write my previous post clearly. What you were taking IS an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) and can cause suicidal thoughts. My mistake was in lumping bupropion into that group. Bupropion is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs). A different drug class, but one that can still cause suicidal thoughts in some people. I apologize if I caused you any confusion. I will say, though, that it is unusual to take just one med for ADD (or other conditions). Often, two or more are prescribed, as together they work better than any one drug. The rest of my previous post stands. You need more information so you can be comfortable with what your doctor prescribes.

    in reply to: Too old for Concerta? #69409
    sjkaplan
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    All SSRIs have the potential to cause suicidal thoughts. That’s why, during each visit, the last of the mandatory questions is, “Do you have suicidal thoughts?” You do not say what other medications you take. Some meds cannot be taken with SSRIs if you are over 40 because of P53 (ask your doc what this means). In fact, before you see your doc, make up a list of questions you need answered. You can do your own list or find a list online. If your doc can’t or won’t give you complete information, find another doc.
    Good luck!

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