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December 15, 2019 at 9:48 am in reply to: Help! My wife has given up on my ADHD brain after 8 years, I’m sinking.. #136381
I’m sorry you’re going through this.
If the meds aren’t helping, look into brand name or adjusting the dosage. The meds should be helping if it’s helped you before.
What is your current job? Any other stressors other than separation?
- This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by Skypark962.
I know alot of people that Straterra didn’t do much. That’s just my opinion on it, if it helps others–great. For people with any anxiety or depression, usually a combo of medicines can help you achieve balance. Adderall plus Wellbutrin or other combos I have taken in the past. I also used to take 20mg Adderall XR in high school & now at 34, can only handle 10mg XR, with 5mg tablet in the afternoon. Dosing is something you should always look at. It doesn’t matter if it’s the right medicine if you’re taking too much or too little & Dr.’s always put adults on a starting dose of Adderall at 20mg–which I think it too high. I think starting low & titrating–to find the perfect dose for you at your time of life.
I used to think alcohol helped, but the havoc it reaks on your sleep & body…..for the beginning affects, I’ve found aren’t worth it. Long-term, it’s not sustainable. It is a CNS depressant, whereas stimulants are a CNS stimulant. My SPECT scan showed over-activity everywhere in my brain (way more than normal), except temporal & prefrontal cortex. I am helped by a stimulant, because it seems to get the blood flow where it needs & the rest stops overcompensating. I’m lucky this is the case. Google Dr. Amen and looks at the scans & read about his research. Most people are complicated cases & may need a calming type medicine (SSRI/anti-depressant) before ever introducing a stimulant.
Watch you caffeine too….you didn’t mention it, but if you’re a monster, redbull, coffee…..those will stress you out.
Thyroid specialist are something to look at too, as the endocrine system is responsible for pretty much everything in your body. I started having panic attacks at 28 when my thyroid started acting up & every Dr. said I was in the normal range. It wasn’t until I went to an expert that knew what range it really should be in & took my symptoms into account.
I take 20mcg Cytomel, 4% Testosterone & 15mg of Adderall & I feel like everything’s in balance.
I wish you luck as your sort everything out!
December 13, 2019 at 8:36 am in reply to: Brand Name–Appeal Process. Anyone successfully go through this? #136299
I got the appeal process successfully done. I didn’t check back here—but it was worth it. Only lasts 6 months until you have it–but I’m going to check & see if I can reimbursed like you said. Thank you!
OK, I’ve got some tools that help me….
You said Uni, so I assume you’re either from Australia or England..could be wrong, but hopefully you can find these products there
1. Time Timer–On Amazon (Visually uses a red disk, to display time left/elapsed)
Time Timer Original 8 inch; 60 Minute Visual Timer – Classroom Or Meeting Countdown Clock for Kids and Adults.
a. —Tea, when I make food/tea & walk away, I set my microwave timer/kitchen timer, or I’ll COMPLETELY forget about it.
2. Asana- Time Management App (also lets you add people & msg them/spouse/friends/school project teammates)
3. Chargers kept on a power strip….then you won’t have to remember to turn off
4. Invest in an auto-shut off coffee maker
Don’t be too hard on yourself, you sound like you’re doing alot. I work full-time now & haven’t in 8 years & mostly—I’m damn tired. I need to get more sleep so my meds work better. But, you will find tips/tricks to ease all your to-do tasks & STREAMLINE stuff.
You’re not the only one. Reading your list of to-do’s–I start to feel overwhelmed.
I started using Asana bc it lets you break bigger tasks into smaller ones & check them off….which is always my big thing–so I feel like I’m actually getting somewhere.
My biggest problem in the past, was just sticking to an app or lists that work.
I’m also a BIG FAN of paper….BUT, the asana list lets you add a spouse & assign tasks, which I’ve found has made a big difference in our house. I’ve stopped using it at work (see, I’m bad about this) bc I just have to many tasks to-do…..but, I’ve found it managebable & helpful in my personal life & it’s FREE.
Oh and I’ve been told you’re supposed to “cater” your resume to every job specifically bc the ATP (automatic tracking) only picks out keywords. I’m sorry, but forget that. I’ll keep working on my resume & use great descriptors, but I’m not going to wear myself out catering to a resume for ea job—that’s RIDICULOUS.
Hang in there—I would feel the exact same way in your shoes.
I too am going through the interview process & it feels like getting reamed.
I keep a typed cue-card in case I get stuck, but invariably it feels so awkward. I hate that they ask the same questions that are clearly listed on the resume & I’m expected not to answer verbatim. That just seems inefficient. If you cared about hiring me, you’d have read the resume. This is the 3rd interview in 3 wks, I can tell I’m getting better. I’ve never heard of robo one-sided interviews like that, that’s weird. There’s no way I’d be able to think on my feet & not start sweating & panicking. I’m 17 classes from graduating & have spent 1/2 my life working in business. Most of the time, if you’re inteligent–someone is going to train you or show you the job–you just have to be teachable. Heck, invoicing could be done by monkeys & yet it seems they are just scrutinizing over every detail. I’m trying to keep an open mind, but the job market is VERY different from the last 10 years I was in it. I’m 34 & this just seems like alot of red tape.
Have you tried the brand name adderall to see if you have the same problem. I have been experiencing severe side effects from the manufacturer Prasco Adderall XR 10 and I’ve spent half my life taking stimulants. Although it says its a “side effect” that doesn’t mean we should all just accept it as normal, it may just be that generic is CRAP.
Keep notice if his symptoms worsen. Not everyone is helped by stimulants that have ADD. There are non-stimulants & some people REALLY need a combo therapy like Wellbutrin or Gaba to balance out their chemicals before adding or trying a stimulant. I personally have a temper & have to work on it, I try to self regulate & immediately apologize bc I know it’s not ok. I try not to make it a habit, I just really suck at handling stress & have to watch myself from directing it at my partner. Usually I am subdued when my partner says he understands and expresses that he sees I’m having a difficult time of something.
Sometimes I think we get into bad habits as a couple & we have to be careful how we talk to each other, through stress etc. Having a kid adds alot of stress. Not apologizing, though, is not ok & making a habit of it is not ok. You’re either a partnership that occasionally and healthily argues or it’s a warzone & you’re fighting against each other.
I wish you the best and hope that his angry outburst are just a way of his brain stimulated itself, some people fight alot & don’t realize they’re doing it for those reasons.
You don’t owe anyone any explaination. I know she is your best friend, but if she truly is, she needs to work on her understanding. ADHD is a neuro-development disorder that shows up on brain scans. It is 100% legit & you can show her brain scans on dr. amen clinics website: under “The Science.” You should not feel bad or shame bc someone doesn’t understand. I’m sorry about all that.
July 19, 2019 at 5:34 pm in reply to: Brand Name–Appeal Process. Anyone successfully go through this? #122785
Thank goodness my sister paid me back this month so if I need to grab ONE more bottle before I see the appeal process decision…..see this is why most people don’t bother…who can afford $229/mo and wait 30 days to hear a decision. Thank goodness for goodrx $229 buys almost 700 of the generic, but what good is it when your whole life can’t function correctly.
July 19, 2019 at 5:32 pm in reply to: Brand Name–Appeal Process. Anyone successfully go through this? #122784
Awesome, thank you. I will also definitely make copies & get a fax confirmation. I can’t believe this happened today, but I accidently grabbed the generic and all the crappy side effects returned! I thought, I better check which bottle I grabbed and BAM, right there was the damn generic, you know they virutally look the same except for what’s written on them. I NEVER in all my years have had ab/intestinal tightness like I do with this Prasco Generic….it’s WORSE than garbage. You’re right the paperwork says they need documents on WHY I’m better with the brand name—it’s the difference between DAY & NIGHT & now that I have a good medication that works, I can actually read what they’re asking for & follow the instructions. THANK GAD.
I LOVE fanny packs—-where did you get yours?!!??!
I had United Healthcare & they covered even name brand. Sometimes the pharmacy tells you “your ins. doesn’t cover this” when really you just need the pharmacy to fax a prior authorization to the dr to fill out & return. You shouldn’t be paying for your ADHD meds (especially generic) out of pocket.
This is really great advice.