View Full Version : I met a psych for ADD and they prescribed lexapro


clocker
01-05-07, 03:59 PM
I hope this helps with my clarity of thought and concentration.

I dont know why i was given lexapro. But what the hey, I will give it a shot for 2 weeks.

I told the doc well I have a hard time concentrating and keeping thoughts together in my mind. And she inquired whether i get anxious. I told her i do, i supose. But, does this mean I am more in need of depression meds than meds that allow me to focus. Or does lexapro allow you to focus?

nzkiwi
01-05-07, 04:02 PM
I think she is suspecting depression/anxiety. If you are still having adhd symptoms after the depression/anxiety is treated, she might add an adhd medication to the mix. ;)

clocker
01-05-07, 06:03 PM
do you think there are also other alternatives than meds for add that seem to work.

i am just envisioning on being on several meds and that is something i really dont want.

has anyone tried hypnotherapy, acupuncture or any other alternative methods that had some positive effect

nzkiwi
01-06-07, 03:27 AM
Who knows, maybee lexapro is all you need.

HighFunctioning
01-06-07, 11:05 AM
But, does this mean I am more in need of depression meds than meds that allow me to focus. Or does lexapro allow you to focus?

There are other disorders that make it difficult to focus. It's not so much to say that X med makes you focus and Y doesn't, but what med actually corrects the problem. If the problem actually is depression or anxiety so to speak, the Lexapro may help with focus. Lexapro doesn't focus on the same neurotransmitter as the ADHD meds, and considering that it's a derivative of Celexa (having only the therapeutic enantiomer), it's very much targeted towards serotonin and doesn't hit much of anything else, compared to other SSRI's (being "dirty").

Proscrire
01-06-07, 11:57 AM
If your problems due to depression, Lexapro might really help. Of the people I know who've used it for that, it got rave reviews. If it's going to help it should be within 2 to 4 weeks.

However if there is no appreciable difference, you should go back and discuss other treatments or ask for a refferal to an ADD specialist. It's my opinion that it's always a good idea to check ADD along the the other spectrum of mood disorders, just to be sure.

nzkiwi
01-06-07, 04:04 PM
effexor and cymbalta effect serotonin and norepinephrine, these medications could help both depression/anxiety and adhd. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter implicated in adhd. Personally, I think you are better off taking an ssri(prozac,lexapro,etc), if that doesn't help then try a different medication(wellbutrin,etc). Like the previous two members said, concentration problems can be caused by other things besides adhd.:)

meadd823
01-07-07, 11:51 AM
has anyone tried hypnotherapy, acupuncture or any other alternative methods that had some positive effect

The only alternative treatment for ADD that show even slightest bit of promise according to scientific studies are along the lines of bio-feed back, even those studies are not yet conclusive. . .

lexapro is a selective serotonin up take inhibitor - in the classification of antidepressants.

As mentioned earlier poor concentration can be indicative of many conditions, it may take some time to sort and separate. I would give the medication a try as suggested by the doctor.

Remember we are only peers who are able to share with you what we have learned nothing said should be substituted for medical advice nor should you go against your doctors advice because of some thing said on this forum.

Scattered
01-07-07, 05:21 PM
do you think there are also other alternatives than meds for add that seem to work.

i am just envisioning on being on several meds and that is something i really dont want.

has anyone tried hypnotherapy, acupuncture or any other alternative methods that had some positive effect
John Ratey (one of the co authors of Driven to Distraction) has a 6 week phone class about about the benefits of exercise for ADD. Check out this link to learn more.

http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35631

Also Hallowell and Ratey's book, Delivered from Distraction has non med suggestions as does Daniel Amen's book Healing ADD.

I've gone the medication route and found that for some ADD problems it is clearly superior for me, but overall, I do very well if I exercise on a daily basis. I got through college without meds and with lots and lots of aerobic exercise to help me focus.


Scattered