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Old 09-26-18, 05:06 PM
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Question Would you say feeling overwhelmed is a contributing symptom to your ADD?

Since I've been treated I often look back to my old self and reflect on the differences.

A big difference that came to my mind this afternoon was how overwhelmed I use to get when things I needed to do seemed too far out of reach and unmanageable. It got to a point of procrastination that I felt the word collapsing around me. I would literally curse the world and myself with hate, and cringe at the thoughts of my short comings. It was as if I was a frog in a pot of boiling water wanting to jump out at my work, but I'd stay and sit and the hot water took me over. I would seek a friend and talk doom and gloom for hours or even days. It was the brink of a mental breakdown if not it. The outcome was odtene giving up or giving in, and the sad thing was giving up did occour in such a manner that my life aspirations and well being were truly effected.

In the almost year of working on myself and taking medication, I have realized that this often occurrence is absent in my life. Furthermore when comparing it to other factors, it seems to be the number one contributing factor of my ADD's effect in my life.

Have any of you felt this same way?
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Re: Would you say feeling overwhelmed is a contributing symptom to your ADD?

yes
I had really no idea how overwhelmed I was, every single day. I have been diagnosed for almost a year and it changed my life.
it makes me sad to think about it now.
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Yes I just don't know how to fix it..
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Re: Would you say feeling overwhelmed is a contributing symptom to your ADD?

I would say feeling overwhelm IS A MAJOR SYMPTOM OF MY ADD!!!

I can get over whelmed even on medications. I have so many things I need to do I don't know where to begin. I have to make a list of priorities each day - the trick is there can only be three things in the list. Any more than that then the list itself overwhelms me.

Medications help me figure out what actually need to be on the list - Today it was request withdraw of my retirement and apply for part time work. I not only applied I scheduled an interview. I was going to do it yesterday but discovered my computer mouse grew legs - so yesterday it was buy a mouse, rebuild a cat feeding station and take hubby to get truck. Oddly enough take hubby to pick up truck turned out to be the hardest task - only because there was a wreck. At least it was not due to my ADD!!!
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Re: Would you say feeling overwhelmed is a contributing symptom to your ADD?

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I would say feeling overwhelm IS A MAJOR SYMPTOM OF MY ADD!!!

I can get over whelmed even on medications. I have so many things I need to do I don't know where to begin. I have to make a list of priorities each day - the trick is there can only be three things in the list. Any more than that then the list itself overwhelms me.

Medications help me figure out what actually need to be on the list - Today it was request withdraw of my retirement and apply for part time work. I not only applied I scheduled an interview. I was going to do it yesterday but discovered my computer mouse grew legs - so yesterday it was buy a mouse, rebuild a cat feeding station and take hubby to get truck. Oddly enough take hubby to pick up truck turned out to be the hardest task - only because there was a wreck. At least it was not due to my ADD!!!
That's great! And I can relate to the list part. I'm a list maker too and when I make my next day into robot functions meds or not I'll freak out.

Enjoy your retirment!!
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Re: Would you say feeling overwhelmed is a contributing symptom to your ADD?

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Since I've been treated I often look back to my old self and reflect on the differences.

A big difference that came to my mind this afternoon was how overwhelmed I use to get when things I needed to do seemed too far out of reach and unmanageable. It got to a point of procrastination that I felt the word collapsing around me. I would literally curse the world and myself with hate, and cringe at the thoughts of my short comings. It was as if I was a frog in a pot of boiling water wanting to jump out at my work, but I'd stay and sit and the hot water took me over. I would seek a friend and talk doom and gloom for hours or even days. It was the brink of a mental breakdown if not it. The outcome was odtene giving up or giving in, and the sad thing was giving up did occour in such a manner that my life aspirations and well being were truly effected.

In the almost year of working on myself and taking medication, I have realized that this often occurrence is absent in my life. Furthermore when comparing it to other factors, it seems to be the number one contributing factor of my ADD's effect in my life.

Have any of you felt this same way?
Especially with large jobs like cleaning my basement/man cave which is a trainwreck about every three months. I'm overwhelmed by it and avoid dealing with it.
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Re: Would you say feeling overwhelmed is a contributing symptom to your ADD?

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Since I've been treated I often look back to my old self and reflect on the differences.

A big difference that came to my mind this afternoon was how overwhelmed I use to get when things I needed to do seemed too far out of reach and unmanageable. It got to a point of procrastination that I felt the word collapsing around me. I would literally curse the world and myself with hate, and cringe at the thoughts of my short comings. It was as if I was a frog in a pot of boiling water wanting to jump out at my work, but I'd stay and sit and the hot water took me over. I would seek a friend and talk doom and gloom for hours or even days. It was the brink of a mental breakdown if not it. The outcome was odtene giving up or giving in, and the sad thing was giving up did occour in such a manner that my life aspirations and well being were truly effected.

In the almost year of working on myself and taking medication, I have realized that this often occurrence is absent in my life. Furthermore when comparing it to other factors, it seems to be the number one contributing factor of my ADD's effect in my life.

Have any of you felt this same way?
Yeah, for sure. It's like, you almost don't let yourself feel good, or don't feel you deserve to feel good, and you fall in a worse and worse funk. Up until about a week ago I really felt like I was coming "unglued". Worrying about my daughter's ADHD and moods was stressing me out more and more, as did the constant feeling that I needed to take deep breaths and feeling unable to, to the point where it was turning into depression and I wasn't enjoying anything anymore. Even my therapy just seemed to reveal an insurmountable obstacle, instead of filling me with hope for improvement.

A couple of things seem to have turned it around:
- I stopped goofing off and worrying about my home and personal life at work. I don't think I realized how much this was hurting my self esteem, the feeling that I wasn't performing like I used to. Getting a few major projects completed or closer to completion gave me a big boost.
- I thought about my medications and talked to my doctor. He recommended boosting my Olanzapine by a bit to help me feel less "unglued". I had done some research and he concurred that Zyprexa is used for depression too, especially with a component of severe anxiety.
- I paid more attention to my kids, instead of getting irritated at them and then obsessing about whether I'd messed up again afterwards. In general focused more on home life, and being kind to everyone.
- Tried to put less pressure on myself to be perfect, including in my spiritual practice, and just do what I could. Also, I need to face up to the fact that the breathing problems might be with me for a while, until I switch ADHD meds or get more of a handle on the anxiety and stress, and whatever is driving it. In such situations, you have to ask yourself, "if I feel like this the rest of my life, can I deal with that?" Not, "I can deal with this now, but only if it goes away eventually."

I also realized that maybe dredging up the past in therapy in hopes of squashing whatever demons were driving the inability to feel good might not be so constructive, but just a rabbit hole. I think boosting the Zyprexa a bit helped get me out of that rut. I think I was fooling myself in thinking I could get off of it, because I had titrated down to a really low dose, and thinking back, it seems the downward spiral started when I started that process. I don't think I'll go all the way back up at all, but maybe halfway there is the "goldilocks zone" where I feel alert but not unhinged.

Anyways, I see the doc Monday night and talk therapist Sunday, and will keep y'all posted.

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Getting overwhelmed easily is one of my biggest issues. This leads to anxiety, brain fog and tiredness. Then I get more overwhelmed and it self-perpetuates.
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I would say feeling overwhelm IS A MAJOR SYMPTOM OF MY ADD!!!

I can get over whelmed even on medications. I have so many things I need to do I don't know where to begin. I have to make a list of priorities each day - the trick is there can only be three things in the list. Any more than that then the list itself overwhelms me.

Medications help me figure out what actually need to be on the list - Today it was request withdraw of my retirement and apply for part time work. I not only applied I scheduled an interview. I was going to do it yesterday but discovered my computer mouse grew legs - so yesterday it was buy a mouse, rebuild a cat feeding station and take hubby to get truck. Oddly enough take hubby to pick up truck turned out to be the hardest task - only because there was a wreck. At least it was not due to my ADD!!!
I totally agree that the ADHD causes the feeling of being overwhelmed,
not that getting overwhelmed causes ADHD symptoms.

Sorry about the bad trip with the wreck. Wrecks and heavy traffic definitely
make me feel VERY overwhelmed.

Good luck with the part time job. I worked part time until I turned 65.
I would have kept working but my back has been so much worse since I was
in a car crash 3 years ago. It was time to get Medicare to find out what all
was wrong with my back and what could be done.
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