View Full Version : Do All ADHD suffer from motivation interest issues ?
02-03-04, 06:43 AM
Hey , I have a question and it is that , Do all ADD 'ers suffer with motivation , interest issues ?
This was an intense problem with me before meds and it seemed to get worse as I got older , the meds work well for me for this ..
I take ADDERALL XR
Have any of you had this same result ?
How many of us suffer with the motivation , interest issue ?
To what extent was this a problem for you all !
On a scale of 1 to 10 besides all the other symptoms , this was a huge 10 for me ..
Thanks for your feedback ..
02-03-04, 07:11 AM
This is a big issue for me. Wellbutrin ain't helping as much as I would like it to...
02-03-04, 07:45 AM
Welbutrin did not work for me either , it made me more awake , but did not touch motivation and interest issues at all ,..
In fact it was horrible , because I could not take a nap to alleviate the boredom , the welbutrin kept me awake ..
Some of us it seems , welbutrin works well ..
It did not for me though .... Thank God I found my current P-Doc
Motivation is my worst problem. I'm currently taking Ritalin LA, 30 mg. It helps with focus, but I still struggle with motivation. I'll be interested to see what others' experiences with meds and motivation are....
02-03-04, 09:59 AM
Same here, I'm on Wellbutrin too, but am waiting for a 'scrip for something else. My motivation is at an all time low these days. We are trying to address the underlying depression and world weariness first. For this I'm doing therapy and I think it's helping.
I am wondering if the motivational problems are at least in part due to depression and learned helplessness.
I expect not (my therapist disagrees -- she's convinced I just need a different vocation, a better boss at work etc.).
Even when I'm not depressed, there are just things that fail to catch my attention. I'm hoping the meds will help with those things I have to do to go where I want to.
Ever had the experience of talking (actually listening) to someone and feeling like you would die of boredom -- wishing simultaneously that you could just jump out the window? That's what I mean.
Motivation can be a big problem for me to. I am on a combo of Aderall XR and Strattera. That has helped with the motivation problems some. I still have them. Now if I can start one thing it really gets me going.
02-03-04, 06:41 PM
hey , citruscat2002 , therapy is good and I have done a tremdous amount of it ..
In fact my huge strides were made when I went back into therapy almost 4 yrs ago ..
But alas no matter how much I grew in that area , little held my interest .
It seemed that everyone had hobbies or things they enjoyed .. Things that floated their boat , my problem was that very little floated my boat and I always thought this was a mental issue that therapy could work me out of .. such as learned helplessness , which is a expieriencial perception that can be changed but it takes time to expierience the oppisite ..
I did do alot of growing from therapy and am forever grateful for it in so many ways , but in spite of my growth these issues of motivation and interest clung and baffled my therapist as well ..
Because I had come to a point that I should have been able to do life .....
That when I started to look into chemical reasons .. My depression was caused by the lack of fulfillment and having desire to do many things but not being able to do them .. or getting bored shortly after starting them do to lack of satisfaction ..
This made the mundane things such as housework almost impossible to do .. and then add to the mix of my brain not being able to stick with one task at a time in a priority order .. frustration was then added on top of it all ,,
I think anyone would get depressed and world weary from being in a state like this ...
I used to think what the hell is everyone so excited about ??
I could not see it .. even though I cleaned up my emotional issues to a greater extent within the past 4 years ..
I have been in therapy off and on since I was 14 years old ..
Each time I went back into therapy I got insight and changed for the better on many levels ..
I reentered therapy with a awesome therapist 4 years ago and really worked on stuff that tied all the therapy I had done all those years together .. It was like reaching the top of a mountain within myself ..
The meds are what really made my life really freeing , I have been on them a year now and am able to articulate the difference with great clarity in terms of before and after ...
I have been so bored so long I have wanted to jump out of my skin , my life , ect ect ,, Sleep was my escape but even that gets old and who wants to sleep their life away ? I knew something was wrong ..
I wonder if ADDERALL XR and Ritilan LA are the same or act the same ???
02-03-04, 07:24 PM
It's really good to read about your experiences, S7T, and I'm grateful to you for sharing them.
I agree that the therapy is a good idea and I'll continue even when I"m on meds. I've worked with a few good ones over the years, and much of it for me is simply having a regular time set aside to just have someone who listens and reflects (and it's "me" time). Even though the therapist and I may disagree about how I get there, I still feel I have her support.
If you don't mind, would you please say more about how Adderall has helped you, and how you use it. Do you take it daily or just when you absolutely need "focus"? I've heard it's long-acting -- is that an advantage?
If you wish to reply in the "Adderall" forum, I'll find there and we'll be (hopefully) forum - appropriate.
Thanks again, S7T, and welcome! :p
Looking forward to reading your posts.
02-03-04, 08:02 PM
ok I will take it over to the adderall forum then .. see you there