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Old 12-04-10, 05:09 AM
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First off just wanted to say Hi and that this is my first post. My name is Chris, I'm in San Diego right now and am 24 finishing up my last couple years at UCI. I am constantly faced with issues that I pretty much have to deal with by myself and when I came across this forum, thought it couldn't hurt seeing if there are other people going through similar problems/situations/etc that could maybe could share how they deal/cope/remedy the situations and that brings me to my kinda story/problem I have been going through for 6+ years now. I know its long and appreciate you even reading this far

So as a kid I never liked to think I was that adhd child so I would always not take things my mom took me to seriously up until the middle of high school when started listening to what some of the "specialist" had to say, oh he has a learning disability (that was my favorite). But even by then my nick name in hs was add. I always in visioned ADD/ADHD as something people just said to get more time on tests or just to get drugs. I had all the symptoms that everyone always said and it just went beyond that, I couldn't possibly finish a single task, and would just have a pile of things that were half done, I would always have meetings with my teachers showing them that I truly understood the material and was not as retarded as my grades showed and that I was a bright kid. It was always when it came to me and my brain showing it on my own it would just be cluttered with stupid stupid careless mistakes, and there was never a time issue while taking tests just that I'd be thinking im doing it right but just first thought answers, I would never go back to check, it was always onto the next raddled thought. Reading was always the hardest for me no matter how hard I concentrate because I would start to read and literally the first couple words would make me think of something which sparked a thought of something, then to something I have to do that day, then another past memory, then something else. Once I finally realize my eyes are still going through the motions of reading I am pages into it and I have no idea what was just read. This would happen no matter how hard I focused. Paragraphs literally took 10's of mins to finish.

Anyways,

Once I started seeing my psychiatrist and realizing that ADHD was real and found out that I did indeed have severe ADHD we decided to slowly look at medication options and started slowly trying different medications and decided upon Concerta. I kinda saw an improvement in High school but it was clearly apparent when I moved away to a different junior college to try and start fresh and see what I could actually do on my own. From then on I was straight A student and transferred to a UC. This is in no way tooting my own horn because this is where my issue with everything comes in

I have to study all day(7:30am -11pm mon-sun) in order to compete in my classes, which is basically physics and math problems all day. I love math so that isn't an issue the issue is with concerta. I have tried adderol and my Dr and I can defiantly say its not for me. I felt more like I was on a DRUG and not myself instead of just being able to focus, but with the Concerta its a constant balancing battle for me. The Concerta does wonders for me to the point that I am actually able to function with everyday life. After the 3 years at JC I thought that you know I could do this without the meds and sure enough that first year at UC I was exactly how I used to be. Grades fell, all thought organization was out the door, I was just right back into my old failing self. So I started slowly back on it with a better dr who I felt was better in the sense he wasn't just trying to make money or my family happy that I'm this coma boy or something. I felt as if I can tell him everything that is going on and we can compare and discuss what he and I thought might be best (kinda like an experiment on my body, weighing everything out and making a better decision.) Its been about a year and a half since I have started up again and am back in the balance war with it.

Positives:
-I am succeeding in life (I don't know really how to put this into words really, its just nice not FAILing at everything, and I don't mean just school, just everything I would want to do I could not do it in a successful way)
-The things that I want to do get done, when I start something I actually have a rewarding outcome
-Its just the opposite of what I always had to deal with
-All the work that I am putting into what ever aspect of life the outcome is the way I actually was trying for and not riddled with careless errors

Negatives:
-Appetite? Whats an appetite? I literally have to force myself to eat, and because of this I lose weight, and so its a struggle keeping myself in the window of weight I want to be in

-On some days I get what I think is anxiety...badly. on those days I am constantly feeling like I have to take a big deep breaths to catch my breath, and I have this horrible uneasy feeling, almost as if you left the stove running but instead of a stove I don't know what it is just uneasy. On those days my social interaction with people become different too, (I've always been a amped on life guy, or comedic relief, I get enjoyment out of making people laugh or just enjoy themselves more) but when I get this kinda social awkward feeling, its hard to explain just that when I'm with some people(good friends or not) I'm usually kinda quiet and in my own head and thinking that they are thinking I'm awkward cause I am quiet which then makes me feel more uneasy and more in my head, sounds stupid but it happens. The times it does I usually try to kinda isolate myself or be with people who I feel comfortable enough to show or explain whats happening, On the bright side how ever when I fully engulf myself in something that involves critical thinking (say Dynamics problems), that uneasy horrid feeling is covered and replaced by a great feeling of being clear minded and 100% focused on the problem at hand.

-The last major side effect from it is that I don't get any sleep. I try to take it at 6 am so that the 12 hr time release will be worn off so I can sleep but doesn't always work, I spend hours upon hours in bed with my eyes closed but just begging to be open, I literally feel like I have to work at keeping my eyes closed, I have even begun to use one of those eye masks, sometimes it helps but usually I just look at dark until my alarm goes off.



Now after reading that you are prolly first thinking, was there a cliff notes to this guys post? then prolly one of two things, I can see where your coming from or wtf is wrong with this guy; either way I'd like to hear anything that popped into your head while reading, has any of this happen to you, same side effects?, fixes that you've found for side effects? Also if anyone is taking some sort of medication that they really find effective, I'd like to bring it up with my DR. I am very cautious when it comes to these ADHD meds because of the stimulates and amphetamines but I do know that with out some sort of medication my life will be a constant struggle in ways it shouldn't be which makes the side effects not look that bad. If you got this far, thanks for reading, appreciate your time.

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Old 12-05-10, 09:50 AM
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Re: New here and wanted to see if anyone relates

Hi Chris, welcome to the forums!

I did indeed read your whole post. Well, honestly one paragraph I skimmed but the rest I really did read.

I don't take Concerta so I'm not any help on that front, but you might want to post your questions about the side effects or read what others have written in the Concerta forum here , where you're sure to run into others who are on the same medication.
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Whoops, lotsa lines. But you have nicely paragraphed them which we very much appreciate as ADDers being a bit allergic to text walls.

And a somewhat belated welcome to the forums! I hope you will enjoy it here.
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Hi and welcome and I am looking forward to reading your post! Honestly!
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Re: New here and wanted to see if anyone relates

Chris that was too long man... You gotta pick the gems out of your post and add to them as needed. With enough information so we can understand what your main question is without sorting the post. You posted like your never coming back again to add to that book
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Re: New here and wanted to see if anyone relates

Hello Chris, welcome to ADDF.

My granddaughter took Concerta for about 18 to 20 months. She didn't have any increased anxiety on that med, but she didn't have any appetite either. She's always had trouble falling asleep, and the Concerta didn't help although I don't know if it actually made it any worse. We started giving her Melatonin a little before bedtime and about 90% of the time it worked very well.

She switched from Concerta to Vyvanse when the Concerta began wearing off sooner and sooner in the day. Vyvanse was horrible for her. She's taking Strattera now and doesn't think it helps. It probably doesn't help the same way the Concerta did, but we could tell when she stopped taking it for a week without telling us. We thought 40 mg was the highest recommended dose but have learned that 80 is actually tops. So we will probably ask the doctor if she can increase the dose a little bit the next time we get a refill.

One reason there are so many different meds for ADHD these days is that people all react differently to them. What works well for one doesn't work at all for another or causes horrible side effects. Each person needs to work with the doctor to figure out what works best for him/her.

Cliff notes might have been good - but since you broke your long post into smaller paragraphs, I found it fairly readable and understandable. thanks.
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Re: New here and wanted to see if anyone relates

Thanks for to everyone who replied and read my post. I realize now there is specific places for post like this but it was my first and I kinda just made an impulse to get everything I was having trouble with. Funny someone with ADHD acting impulsive, bet this site hasn't seen that before, lol. But thanks again to everybody again.

I have actually been trying to talk to my doctor about different options and his opinion on everything, I just wanted to see if other people kinda had my situation with the Concerta just to give myself a reality check that other people go through it and also to see what other people have done to either cope with it or maybe other prescriptions they went to instead.

I'll keep my posts in there proper thread tho, lesson learned!
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Re: New here and wanted to see if anyone relates

Wow um ah - BRAIN OVERLOAD!

I am proud of myself for reading that whole thing but I seem to have forgotten most of what you said.

Yes I thin it would be best for you to put your concerta concerns in the concerta forum. I've never taken it myself so I wouldn't know how to repond to that part.

In any case welcome to the forums and good to meet you!

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