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Old 05-28-03, 12:54 AM
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i am 31 years old, newly diagnosed

I was recently diagnosed, put on adderall and the lights started to come on for the first time in my life. I have been prescribed a truckload of psych meds and this is the first on that has ever helped. i am finally starting to feel normal and i have many questions. please respond...
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Welcome Steve to the Forums. What are your questions?? There is tons of support here.
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well, in a nutshell, I have been seeing the same psychiatrist for approx 15 years. Over the years I have been diagnosed with bipolar,
schizoaffective,
personality disorders,
chronic refractory anxiety and depression with arrested psychosocial development,
panic disorder etc.

and have been put on a number of meds including
lithium,
zoloft,
paxil,
wellbutrin,
geodon,
risperdal,
xanax etc.

and i was suicidal and ended up in rehab for a drug problem.

It never crossed my physician's or my mind that I might have ADD. (Unfortunately, I have come to discover that there are number of physicians who do not believe in the reality and severity of this disorder).

Well, it only took 15 years but I finally got a second opinion and was immediately diagnosed with ADD and put on adderall. The drug has changed my life. I am actually coping and functioning like a "normal" person which is truly a miracle for me. I have also been clean and sober for over a year, holding a job, keeping my life more organized and my hou
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sorry, too long a message. are there others out there like me?
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No your message is not too long. The boxes here accomodate all the words you need to say! Anyway, your testimony is very inspiring indeed. Thanks for sharing it. Yes I am like you in that I FINALLY found a medication that works well enough to allow me to function, in fact better than function, THRIVE I would call it, in life. Sounds like you are too
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I kinda know what you mean. I've had many titles myself and I think I'm just ADD for many of those symptoms are like ADD. I too was suicidal when I was younger but I haven't felt that way in over a decade. My doctor wants me to try abbuteral does it dampen your mood? I mean when I was on ridalin it made my creativity go byby. Also my emotional level was well non existant. I was like a zombie.
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hey there, welcome to the board steve...well, I just joined recently as well although I have known about my ADD for 8 years now, and have been taking meds for about 6, I have gone through some of the same things you have (depression, suicidal thoughts...[although that was when I was much younger and my sister found me in time to save my life for which I will always be thankful]...). I have been fighting my way through college, university and now grad school with some residual alcohol issues (they come in waves, but I always seem to rise above the problems...). Remember, that if you're still alive, you're obviously a strong willed person, a fighter who will not give up on himself...thats a great thing to be with ADD...I think everyone on this board shares that trait for sure...we're all a pretty brave lot for dealing with the crap we get dealt by non-ADDers throughout life and from our own quirks as they will cause some issues for us...once again, welcome (i've only recently found this board as well, but feel welcome already).

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Welcome Steve

Hey Man "What is normal" I've been looking for it for a long time (Grin)
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Hey Steve,
I have only been diagnosed with 3 things: Borderline Personality Disorder with Narsistic traits and ADD. the first 2 were the mistakes right before reaching the ADD, which I new all along that that's what it was. I think out of all the Disorders out there ADD would be one of those ones you could self diagnose, to an extent of course. When I read up on ADD it was like breath of fresh air. It was everything that was going on inside and out. There was no doubt in my mind and I had concidered other things before but with everything else there was only 1 or 2 things I could relate to. Adderall was another gift from the Gods. I knew I was smart and had so much potencial but I just couldn't get a grip on it. It seemed like the harder I tried the further away it got and then I would end up failing in my efforts. I think the misdiagnosis came from me finally giving up and becoming suicidal in a sense. Self destruct mode, they saw that as Bipolar and just plain ol depressed. The Meds they prescribed me made it worse. I was taking an antipsycotic and antidepressents. The first one was a mood stabilizer(sedative), so I would cry all of the time and I really hated myself and everyone around me. I would fall asleep while driving or working. Anyway, it was really messed up but I went along with the doctors orders until I absolutely couldn't take it anymore. Now we are headed in the right direction but the amount needs to be increased and they're laggin' on that. I think I went off track a little or maybe not, just a little too long. I hope that doesn't bother anyone. Bad habit.
How well does the Adderall work for you?
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Welcome to the boards Steve!! Doesn't it feel nice for a change to feel like you have a handle on things!! It's great to have you here. You have a load of people here who will help you in any way that we can. I myself have been diagnosed ADD since this month... fairly new to it & have much to learn myself. Good luck in your journey.

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