04-24-05, 11:54 AM
Hi everybody! I'm so excited to post on this site...I have always known that there was something very different about me...extremely creative, VERY scatter-brained, unorganized, you know. But I always did well in school so nobody would ever guess that I had ADD...Anyway, I have two kids with special needs, one is mildly autistic and we don't know what's going on with the other one yet, but I stumbled upon a screener for ADD in a magazine and about fell off my chair. Nobody believed me, of course, because I was "so smart," and so nobody supported me. I finally got the nerve to go to the doctor and he didn't believe me (internist) either, but he gave me a prescription for Strattera and said if I have ADD, the meds will work like a lightswitch, which they did on day 7 of taking them. It was at first a 40 mg. dose that totally snapped me up and got me organized, so much so that I wanted to cry because I was so happy and kind of sad that it took me so long to figure out (I'm 34). Then the meds weren't working anymore so I increased the dose to 80 mg and it snapped me back up there again. Then it wore off again. Just went to the Doc this morning again and he told me it was probably the placebo effect and that the mind is a "very powerful thing." All I know is I have GOT to get back to where the Strattera had me at first. Has this happened to anyone else? The physician I went to bumped me up to 100 mg of Strattera and referred me to a psychiatrist. Why do I not feel comfortable being on 100 mg. of Strattera? It seems like an awful lot, but what do I know? I'm excited to go see someone who might be able to help me. Any info is GREATLY appreciated!!