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Old 11-18-11, 08:31 PM
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ADD & addiction is alive and well in Tucson

Hello to everyone!

Almost everything I googled on ADHD, meds, and treatment has led me to this forum. Glad to be here.

I'm 42 and got diagnosed last year while going to grief counseling after the death of my daughter, a subsequent depression, addiction relapse, and termination from my job. My nursing license was nearly revoked because because of it all... And that gave me the motivation to get back into recovery after 13yrs clean and sober before the relapse. My drugs of choice are benzos and opiates.

My psych dr has me on 80mg adderall, 30 mg remeron for mood. 60mg would actually keep me up for 24hrs so I've adjusted to around 35mg adderall a day. It used to be Vyvanse 60

I really wished I could've gotten diagnosed sooner as I'm certain life would have been much better. Just like Biedermans research shows, untreated ADD manifests as addiction into adulthood in addition to criminal behavior and a host of negative outcomes. The ADD diagnosis certainly explains a lot about my behavior & personality: my love for anything that breeds excitement. Gambling, driving fast, toxic relationships, and all kinds of risk-taking behaviors. In school I loved the "feeling" of ditching class more than the reason for ditching. (not to mention also that I couldn't really concentrate longer than a couple of minutes which made school quite boring unless the subject was one I was interested in) . And procrastination behaviors, too. Now i realize why my performance level goes up when under pressure. Can anyone relate?

I am like a new person since I started the meds. Prior to then, my mood was dysphoric and depressive most of the time. I thought of it as a serious character defect...my apathy, lack of curiosity, and motivation. Prior to the ADD dx, I dabbled with every tricyclic, ssri, and whatever I could find to elevate my mood. No wonder I found 450 of Wellbutrin worked the best, it's a dopamine agonist, though not enough to help the ADD.

Hope I can at least help others in the forum as much as I've been helped.

Thanks.

Marshall
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I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that you will find the forums supportive.
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Hello Marshall & welcome to the forums!I am so sorry for your loss.I know you will find lots of support here.Good luck.
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Re: ADD & addiction is alive and well in Tucson

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Hello to everyone!

Almost everything I googled on ADHD, meds, and treatment has led me to this forum. Glad to be here.

I'm 42 and got diagnosed last year while going to grief counseling after the death of my daughter, a subsequent depression, addiction relapse, and termination from my job. My nursing license was nearly revoked because because of it all... And that gave me the motivation to get back into recovery after 13yrs clean and sober before the relapse. My drugs of choice are benzos and opiates.

My psych dr has me on 80mg adderall, 30 mg remeron for mood. 60mg would actually keep me up for 24hrs so I've adjusted to around 35mg adderall a day. It used to be Vyvanse 60

I really wished I could've gotten diagnosed sooner as I'm certain life would have been much better. Just like Biedermans research shows, untreated ADD manifests as addiction into adulthood in addition to criminal behavior and a host of negative outcomes. The ADD diagnosis certainly explains a lot about my behavior & personality: my love for anything that breeds excitement. Gambling, driving fast, toxic relationships, and all kinds of risk-taking behaviors. In school I loved the "feeling" of ditching class more than the reason for ditching. (not to mention also that I couldn't really concentrate longer than a couple of minutes which made school quite boring unless the subject was one I was interested in) . And procrastination behaviors, too. Now i realize why my performance level goes up when under pressure. Can anyone relate?

I am like a new person since I started the meds. Prior to then, my mood was dysphoric and depressive most of the time. I thought of it as a serious character defect...my apathy, lack of curiosity, and motivation. Prior to the ADD dx, I dabbled with every tricyclic, ssri, and whatever I could find to elevate my mood. No wonder I found 450 of Wellbutrin worked the best, it's a dopamine agonist, though not enough to help the ADD.

Hope I can at least help others in the forum as much as I've been helped.

Thanks.

Marshall
It looks like you are in Tucson, Arizona as well. What doctor do you see here? I cannot find a doctor anywhere in this town!
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