Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 10

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Hey all! I was wondering if there are any nurses with ADD/ADHD out there who want to comiserate and support each other? I know I need the help/advice. It might also be a place for "regular" people (I hate the word normal) to... Read More


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    Quote from chadash
    Thanks for the encouragement. Staterra is new, so the side effects probably have not been completely explored. Every one is different chemically!
    What drugs have you tried so far? Have you ever tried amphetamines? Wellbutrin? Anything other than Straterra?
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    Quote from rbs105
    Has anyone who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD taken wellbutrin and found it to be helpful?? I know it is primarily for depression, but I was told that it would help alleviate sx of ADD also. I have been borderline dx now, but I am also dealing with alot of other things that made a psych dr I've been seeing to think I would benefit more from starting with wellbutrin and seeing if that would help with the ADD then starting in on adderall or other things.

    I posted awhile ago about this and have been in to see someone. When they tested me for ADD/ADHD, I actually did pretty well, but the dr said she could tell I needed a very controlled environment to be able to concentrate.

    I am graduating in May and have done okay, but definitely am at the point that I need some sort of assistance to keep things straight-in life and in school. I am just wondering if anyone has had success with wellbutrin or if I am wasting my time. Thanks

    Ruth
    It does not help, take medication for ADHD, then the symptoms that are making life difficult and are causing the depression diminish, ergo, the depression diminishes.
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    Quote from Bipley
    What drugs have you tried so far? Have you ever tried amphetamines? Wellbutrin? Anything other than Straterra?
    I have never taken any other meds for add....I am 53 and was just diagnosed for the first time. I sorta knew, my daughter was diagnosed in high school, and the Dr implied that she probably came by it through your's truly. At work, folks would say, why are you always running, why dont your sit down? guess that's the hyper part, the the attention part, but anywho, organization is my greatest struggle. I also tend to hyperfocus, which helps with learning, but I tend to function like a rat on acid
    I think the doctor just wanted to try me on something that was for adults with ADD, but I have had family ask if I am depressed or something, and the straterra seems to suck some of the motivation out of me. I wasnt sure if that meant I don't really have ADD, or if that is just the drug is not suitable.
    Thanks for asking!
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    Hello, and thanks for bringing up this subject.

    I believe I either have this or bipolar disease. Because, at work, when I work on the floor, I have a hard time getting started once I sit down and actually have time to chart and do things. I sometimes find my desk area all unorganized and messy and I just can't keep up with things, like my pen.

    And I find myself writing little post-it notes or jotting things down on a piece of paper towel to remember what patient wanted what or when I gave a PRN med. And the kicker is, I often loose the note during the shift and I run back and forth into patients' rooms because I always leave something behind. And people laugh when i tell them that I write notes to keep up with all that's gone on during the shift. And I always leave last. I have been fussed at by my manager a few times for leaving too late, sometimes 2 hrs later. And everyone always tells me that I am too hyper and talk too much and tell me to calm down. I don't know what to do and I don't want to be on medication. But, it makes my job hard because I get overly stressed and uptight about everything.
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    Quote from chadash
    I have never taken any other meds for add....I am 53 and was just diagnosed for the first time. I sorta knew, my daughter was diagnosed in high school, and the Dr implied that she probably came by it through your's truly. At work, folks would say, why are you always running, why dont your sit down? guess that's the hyper part, the the attention part, but anywho, organization is my greatest struggle. I also tend to hyperfocus, which helps with learning, but I tend to function like a rat on acid
    I think the doctor just wanted to try me on something that was for adults with ADD, but I have had family ask if I am depressed or something, and the straterra seems to suck some of the motivation out of me. I wasnt sure if that meant I don't really have ADD, or if that is just the drug is not suitable.
    Thanks for asking!
    It is still a fairly new drug and honestly, I haven't met many folks that like it. One guy (police officer) said he noticed some difference but not enough to continue taking it.

    I would really encourage you to find something that does work for you. Life is pretty amazing when it isn't a constant struggle and you know what? The funny part is that the struggle is the norm for many of us. When the struggle is gone that is when you realized it was there.
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    Quote from Bipley
    It is still a fairly new drug and honestly, I haven't met many folks that like it. One guy (police officer) said he noticed some difference but not enough to continue taking it.

    I would really encourage you to find something that does work for you. Life is pretty amazing when it isn't a constant struggle and you know what? The funny part is that the struggle is the norm for many of us. When the struggle is gone that is when you realized it was there.
    That is a very interesting insight: I have found that true many times.
    Just never put it into words. Thanks!
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    I need some suggestions on the med, I beleive i have ADD i was taking concerta 54mg, Currently not taking nothing,I can take it for a while when i was taking it,It seemed to help although after a month or so it seemed like it had no affect, Anybody else have this problem or is it just me.yes i have been diagnosed with ADD or Bipolar I dont Really remember. Thanks you for any info or help on the question @ hand



    Sincerely Jerry

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    Hello, All

    Happy New Year.

    Jerry,

    I would suggest for you to discuss it with your family physician or the physician or the person that diagnosis you. No one on this site cannot provide you a list meications that control the s/s of ADD/ADH. if someone one did not know your medical hx and it can place the person in a lawsuit and you are practicing outside your licensure.
    I would suggest for you to read information provided by the intennet as well as communicate your concerns with your physician accucrate and updated information. on the issues.
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    I've continued to read this thread and frankly, some of the responses I've seen clearly demonstrate some ignorance by some posters -- both stigmatizing ignorance and ignorance in the form of misinformation.

    I really have nothing to contribute except to say that my experience with my ADD has been quite different than most of the other experiences I've read here.

    Quote from OliveVinesRN
    Hello, and thanks for bringing up this subject.

    I believe I either have this or bipolar disease.
    I'm glad you mentioned this.

    There is research out there showing that a differential dx of bipolar II disorder (rapid-cycling) has been given to people with severe ADHD. I hope you and your Dr. nail down the correct dx before even thinking about treatment and medications -- I doubt you'd want to be on lithium if you don't need it; the same for amphetamines.
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    Quote from Pvt. Parts

    There is research out there showing that a differential dx of bipolar II disorder (rapid-cycling) has been given to people with severe ADHD. I hope you and your Dr. nail down the correct dx before even thinking about treatment and medications -- I doubt you'd want to be on lithium if you don't need it; the same for amphetamines.
    actually being on a small dose of lithium wouldn't be the end of the world for those with severe add/adhd; it is a mood stabilizer afterall....BUT being on amphetamines and being bipolar could be disastrous as it could (and probably would) induce uncontrollable mania. it's imperative that a definitive dx be made to ensure proper treatment. my dd who was dx'd w/add when she was 4 yo by a team of pediatric specialists, is now being told that it was probably early onset bipolar.

    leslie


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