Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 7

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Bipley profile page
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    Quote from earle58
    but tom is right. add/adhd was the diagnosis of the 90's.
    True yet not true.

    We are talking adult AD/HD. In kids this is over dx'ed but in adults it is under dx'ed.

    My S/O's brother in law is a dog. He's a ... I don't have the words. Supposedly he's a child psychiatrist. He hands out ritalin like candy and why? According to him parents demand it.

    What doc gives out what PARENTS demand?? What a piece of scum. He fully admits his patients are NOT AD/HD yet he hands out Rx's like they are candy on Halloween.

    But when it comes to adults this just isn't true. We are sersiously under dx'ed. It was my S/O that dxed me and that was only after many many verbal fights and confrontations. I still reject what he said.

    He claimed I was ADD. Bah!!!!! I'm ADHD! So there!
    Last edit by Bipley on Dec 28, '05
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    Quote from earle58
    i speak from experience because my dtr was dx'd when she was 4 yo. we had her on and off meds. when she was off meds, she was problematic and terribly stigmatized by the teachers. and these same teachers would comment on how most of the class had add/adhd. i was highly involved in the school system during my dtr's elementary yrs and met enough teachers to see their prejudices against children that acted anything less than the stepford child. now the millenium's latest dx is bipolar.....anyway, i can see where you would take offense at tom's comment for those who do have add/adhd; but it was an extremely casually, overused dx once upon a time.
    Someone I respect a great deal is an elementary school teacher. Each year they are given some sort of file or document on each child with a history of each child. If the kid is AD/HD, or, they just plain don't want to learn, it's all in their "file". Well, Margaret refused to submit to such tactics. She absolutely refused to read each child's "file" (for lack of a better term) and she decided to make her own determinations.

    This taught me a great deal about the power of suggestion.

    Margaret was a childhood neighbor of mine. But she had a pool and I got to go swimming whenever I wanted. As a responsible adult she was always there when my friends and I went swimming, but she also gave me a great deal to think about, even if it wasn't until I was an adult.

    People that are older than me ALWAYS have something to teach me. People that are younger than me merely ALWAYS have something to teach me. :wink2:
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    Quote from DecafMom
    I take Strattera and it has done wonders for me. Not only do I feel much calmer inside, my sleep is better. My dreams are not incredibly outrageous. It was interesting reading this thread. It's hard to believe that there are still people who believe that if you can't see the illness it must not be real.
    Strattera still scares the heck out of me. I'm still afraid that I'll end up doing the Thorazine shuffle. I just don't like HOW that drug works.

    I'll stick with my cavity causing, anxiety causing, increased h/r causing Dexetrine.
  4. Visit  button2cute profile page
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    Hello, All

    There are many drugs on the market to treat the symptoms of ADD/ADH. Each individual is different to another and not every medication has the same reactions on others. Each individual must find a medication that will provide them a decrease in the symptoms and each person must be comfortable with their choice and medication. Therefore, it is okay to agree to disagree dur to your findings but not for the whole population.

    I take strattera and I have experience of a dry mouth. So, I am increasing cold water and gatorade to resolve. My physician is aware of the symptom. Since I have been taking the medication my attention span is longer, concentration has increase, I am able to read the internet much longer and other materials, and able to understand the materials a lot better. I used to have the short attention span, I was bored very quickly and had to find something to keep my attention span and I did not have any patience at all and very impulsive by getting up to run the halls in schools for ten minutes and then I was calm. I still have a lot of energy to burn up and it is control by planning activities that are physical for the release of energy. Therefore, it has been a great medication for treating my ADD/ADH.

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/517583
    http://www.ncpamd.com/adultadd.htm
    http://www.adult-adhd.com/

    Please read the articles provided above and research the journals for more information to increase your knowledge and awareness of adult ADD/ADH.

    Thank you
  5. Visit  rbs105 profile page
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    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
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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
    I know of one person that takes it and she likes it.

    I wouldn't take it but the reason is due to the side effect I happen to get from the drug. Wellbutrin is the same as Zyban and a few years ago when I was quitting smoking I was taking Wellbutrin. Sleep was something that came to a quick end. I was lucky if I could fall asleep and get 2 hours. I was miserable. That is one side effect that many people seem to have, but... not all.
  7. Visit  chadash profile page
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    I just started on straterra a couple months ago, but it makes me feel a bit sad. I have never taken anything before. Any suggestions about meds?
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    Quote from chadash
    I just started on straterra a couple months ago, but it makes me feel a bit sad. I have never taken anything before. Any suggestions about meds?
    If you are feeling badly the drug is not working for you. I still swear by plain old, tried and true Dexedrine. I like the short acting version. I have more control over when I want to take it and when I want it working.
  9. Visit  button2cute profile page
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    hello all,

    Chad, inform your physician right away. Your physician can make the adjustment as well as to tell you more than we can.

    Okay....
  10. Visit  chadash profile page
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    Thanks! I am due for an appointment, and I will ask her about a change. I tend to be a bit jolly normally, and wondered if the straterra was just making me feel more 'normal', but I some days it feels more like depression. It really gives you an understanding of those who struggles with depression all the time. I can't imagine what a burden that must be.
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    Quote from chadash
    Thanks! I am due for an appointment, and I will ask her about a change. I tend to be a bit jolly normally, and wondered if the straterra was just making me feel more 'normal', but I some days it feels more like depression. It really gives you an understanding of those who struggles with depression all the time. I can't imagine what a burden that must be.
    My first doc told me something I really believe to be true. You just have to experiment with various drugs until you find what works for you. You and I may well have exactly the same dx but the tx may be vastly different. What works for me may or may not work for you. Thus, you experiment. I was lucky, my S/O is a psychiatrist and he's pretty darn good. He is the one that told me for years I have AD/HD. He is the one that suggested Dex and although I have tried other drugs Dex is what works best for me.

    You have to be willing to spend the time and effort to see what works. If you are feeling depressed, there is a serious problem. Check out the way your drug works, that's not a good sign if you are depressed.

    I have to say, I am always leary of new drugs, ANY new drug. If I was a doc I'd likely be using Penicillin for the first time right now in 2005! LOL I like to wait out new drugs and see if they are pulled from the market before using them. So I was totally unwilling to try your drug. I like Dex. I have total control over it, I take it and it works for exactly four hours. Then I can take another dose or not, my choice. It is quite effective, side effects are well known, and for me it simply works.
  12. Visit  chadash profile page
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    Quote from Bipley
    My first doc told me something I really believe to be true. You just have to experiment with various drugs until you find what works for you. You and I may well have exactly the same dx but the tx may be vastly different. What works for me may or may not work for you. Thus, you experiment. I was lucky, my S/O is a psychiatrist and he's pretty darn good. He is the one that told me for years I have AD/HD. He is the one that suggested Dex and although I have tried other drugs Dex is what works best for me.

    You have to be willing to spend the time and effort to see what works. If you are feeling depressed, there is a serious problem. Check out the way your drug works, that's not a good sign if you are depressed.

    I have to say, I am always leary of new drugs, ANY new drug. If I was a doc I'd likely be using Penicillin for the first time right now in 2005! LOL I like to wait out new drugs and see if they are pulled from the market before using them. So I was totally unwilling to try your drug. I like Dex. I have total control over it, I take it and it works for exactly four hours. Then I can take another dose or not, my choice. It is quite effective, side effects are well known, and for me it simply works.
    Thanks for the encouragement. Staterra is new, so the side effects probably have not been completely explored. Every one is different chemically!
  13. Visit  Bipley profile page
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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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