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Old 08-29-04, 09:10 PM
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Finally a good online forum! (Ontario, Canada)

Just a quick bit of an introduction of myself. Im a 41 year old male who was recently re-diagiagnosed with ADHD. I say re-diagnosed due to the fact i was diagnosed as "hyper-active" as a 7 or 8 year old. As was the case then things were thought to have corrected themselves through puberty and adolescence.

I came about the re-digiagnosis in a round-a-bout sort of way while acting as a corrabrative witness for my brother while he was being tested for ADHD(he is 49). While listening to the Dr. ask the questions and reading the questionaire i all of a sudden came to a realization. This was me in a nutshell!! After years of knowing something wasnt just right and trying to track it down with my family physician, treatment for depression, lack of concentration, inability to stay focused and finish through on jobs, general fatigue, i finally had a reason (and not an excuse) for what it was.

After a trip to my family doctor an appointment was set up with a psychiatrist who specializes in nothing but diagnosis of Adult ADHD. Sure enough the diagnosis came back as positive for ADHD. Its been 6 weeks since the results came back and since that time i have been using wellbutrin (which oddly enough had been prescribed to me by my doctor while we were trying to treat me earlier) 150 twice per day, and gabapentin (which is supposed to stabilize my extreme temper swings) 300 mg twice per day. I do seem to see some changes in my mood, but no changes in attention span or ability to concentrate. I discussed this with my doctor after the first month and he wanted to wait another month to see if the wellbutrin helps. He seems reluctant to prescribe stimulants because he thinks that getting to the root of the problem is better than just controlling the symptoms. But to tell the truth at the age of 41 ive buggered things up enough in my life that im somewhat desperate to right things and i would really like to try the stimulant route for its "quick fix" as my doctor described it.

So much for a short intro huh? Sorry to ramble on as i did, but im really looking forward to reading through all the posts and gleening what info i can out of them, so when i do see my doc ive got a bit more info to put through to him.

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As you can see I haven't been on here long but felt the same way. Finally a good online forum. I kept searching under message boards and didn't come up with much. There seems to be a lot of activity on here.
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Thanks for the intro, yes wellbutrin doesn't do much. Helps for some though. I'm 40 & just trying to figure out what's going on too.
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Welcome! I'm pretty new hear myself. I should be getting an evaluation this Wed., but as you said, once I did the online test for ADD, it was definitely me in a nutshell. Character flaws finally explained.

I wonder what your Dr. meant when he said to get to the root of the problem. What would you do? That is what I am anxious to see on Wed.
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I think the doctor doesn't believe the ADD is a significant factor and he may need another doc or encourage the doc to learn more by asking something carefully thought out at the end of the session & maybe he could think about that & talk about it next time... (hint-hint).

I've been getting this same routine from a whole team of professionals & it's taken me a long time to only very recently accept the ADD & stop feeling hesitant about their assumption that the 'real' root of the problem is emotional issues. I have emotional issues but I have ADD too & it explains an awful lot. The truth should not be avoided & the doc is attempting to do that.


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I wonder what your Dr. meant when he said to get to the root of the problem. What would you do?

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I do seem to see some changes in my mood, but no changes in attention span or ability to concentrate. I discussed this with my doctor after the first month and he wanted to wait another month to see if the wellbutrin helps. He seems reluctant to prescribe stimulants because he thinks that getting to the root of the problem is better than just controlling the symptoms.
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First off i would like to thank you all for the warm reception, it certainly made me feel welcome.

As far as the doctor sayinh he wanted to get to the root of the problem i think he meant by trying to adjust the neurotransmitters with the antidepressants as opposed to just making temporary corrections with the stimulants. Does that make sense?
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Seratonin is only one neurotransmitter & it's not used to treat ADHD it's used in antidepressants like Prozac for depression. Dopamine is the most reliable neurotransmitter to adjust for treating ADHD & norepenephrine sometimes works (that's what's in Wellbutrin & Strattera).

If there is also depression or anxiety or whatever, it's often best to treat that first but it will not have any effect on the ADHD. All of those are generally for long term treatment though sometimes people do just need a nudge in the right direction & can go off meds. Sometimes ADDers only need the meds for a while like that but it's rare. Antidepressants like effexor are typically prescribed for life. The withdrawal is worse than heroine. The side effects can be vey bad and Strattera has some really icky side effects. The stimulants do not have those problems. They are like candy compared to most antidepressants so really they are much safer... that's why I'm complaining about the whole "root of the problem" comment.

Is it your diagnosis adult ADHD specialist doc doing the prescribing or the general physician?

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