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Old 11-09-09, 07:08 AM
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Howdy from California

Howdy.

I am a 21 year old male and I was diagnosed with ADD in early elementary school and my mother to this day suffers from ADD. Struggled throughout grade school and am now struggling in my third year of junior college. I'm taking 12 units... I was doing OK... but now everything has just piled up.

I'm taking 5 mg of Adderall XR and 300 mg of Wellbutrin daily. A few weeks ago I went to the dermatologist who said that 1-10% of people taking Wellbutrin develop acne, which he said is quite high. I used to be on 40 mg of Adderall and then 20 but in January I had what I was told was a "vasovagal reaction": I fainted. This was attributed to the Adderall and I tried going without it. This didn't work out very well so I was given the 5 mg I am currently taking. All of these adjustments have been made by my physician, who I can tell is hesitant of prescribing Adderall; he wants me to see a psychiatrist. I haven't been to one in several years. The last one moved 40 minutes away, asked the same questions to which I had the same answers, and charged $20 to write prescriptions between visits.

Oh, yes, Wellbutrin. Well last weekend, after consulting my physician, I tried going without it. It didn't go well! I've been home alone for a month on account of my dad and stepmom starting a business in Oregon. That last sentence seems like it ended too soon, doesn't it? Right. I went crazy. Perhaps not in some ICD-type definition, but in my opinion. Maybe it was just a reverse placebo effect, or maybe I really do need this medication, but I was just completely anxious about everything.

So I got back on the Wellbutrin Wagon and i'm doing a little better, certainly less anxious.

It's past 3:00 a.m. (I have class at 9 a.m. tomorrow!) and I know I am just joining this website and typing this unnecessarily long letter as a form of procrastination. That's my trouble. I spend all of my time freaking out about procrastination and not getting anything done instead of just doing it.

I realize my problems are minuscule from the perspective of onlookers in distant galaxies, but in this empty house they are great! I have a 200 page play to read and direct (by tomorrow I think, lol), 1000 word essay dues Wednesday, play critique due like 3 weeks ago (oh the double-edged sword that are teachers with flexible deadlines), test in subject of which I have no idea it is on Thursday... several chapters to read and prepare for a test on Tuesday... tons of stuff for the flexible-teacher class. I don't know if I can BS for much longer

God, this has got to be 1000 words, right?

But wait, there's more!

And then there's the job search. From April to August of 2008 I had a nice little State internship making $10 an hour, but then I studied abroad for 3 months, so I naturally had to quit. My dad and stepmom, whose house I currently reside in, are due to move to Oregon by the end of the year ó and it's already November! I'm fine with working (at least I think I am), it's just... the hunt! That's all I have to say about that.

Like I said before, I'm very conscious of my procrastination and laziness. It's extremely frustrating. I do unnecessary tasks that take just as much effort and time as the ones that are pressing. I'll read the newspaper instead of shaving, take a walk or drive instead of studying, or write extremely long forum posts instead of writing essays.

But I'm going to take initiative: I will shower and take out the trash instead of rereading and proofreading this post.

Blerg!
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Hi blerg, welcome to the forum!

I'd say you're in the right place, much of what you've said sounds very familiar. You're definitely not alone, and it's nice to meet you!
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Hi and welcome!

I noticed that you take Wellbutrin and it helps with anxiety? That's certainly not what I would take it for myself! Sounds like you are stressed out. Personally-- I am not a doctor-- but I think something along the lines of celexa or Lexapro might help more with that.

To me, it seems like Wellbutrin might have the capacity to put you in a better mood sure, if life was good... but considering the chemicals it works on preventing the re-uptake of: norepinepherine and dopamine, and then combined with Adderall, which actually reverses your pumps of those two neurotransmitters from blow to suck, putting even more in there, it seems that might stress you out more if you are under a lot of pressure like that.

But, then again, I am not a doctor. I am kind of surprised your doc hasn't suggested an SSRI rather than Wellbutrin, though, to be honest.

Anyway, welcome to the forums! Great people here :-)
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Hi and welcome!

I noticed that you take Wellbutrin and it helps with anxiety? That's certainly not what I would take it for myself! Sounds like you are stressed out. Personally-- I am not a doctor-- but I think something along the lines of celexa or Lexapro might help more with that.

To me, it seems like Wellbutrin might have the capacity to put you in a better mood sure, if life was good... but considering the chemicals it works on preventing the re-uptake of: norepinepherine and dopamine, and then combined with Adderall, which actually reverses your pumps of those two neurotransmitters from blow to suck, putting even more in there, it seems that might stress you out more if you are under a lot of pressure like that.

But, then again, I am not a doctor. I am kind of surprised your doc hasn't suggested an SSRI rather than Wellbutrin, though, to be honest.

Anyway, welcome to the forums! Great people here :-)
Neurotransmitters... if i had read the book and studied in my ongoing biological psychology course I feel like I would understand this. Ironically I have read the first few pages of the section on ADD... but I never got much further.

Yeah, I have no idea what's going on in this post. Thanks a lot for your help, though.
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welcome....a newbie myself from socal....certainly seems like you young man are in the right place!
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