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Old 08-14-17, 07:44 PM
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Hi from Australia

Hi all,

I'm fairly certain my story isn't a unique one but here goes. I was just diagnosed a few weeks ago (age 46) by my psych who treats me for Bipolar Disorder, after we got on to the topic of how much I struggle with university, despite having quite a high intelligence. He's seen my pattern of not finishing the many degrees I've started over the last couple of years because I get distracted and struggle to focus or retain information. We talked about my high school history where I had the usual teacher comments, "is intelligent but does not apply herself..." I'm unmotivated and have a terribly memory for chores and appointments even if I write them down, which my parents always put down to deliberate laziness no matter how much I swore to the contrary. It all seems so obvious in retrospect, doesn't it?

Anyway, I have an appointment to discuss treatment tomorrow and will be due to start medication on Thursday (was waiting until new sleep meds kicked in before starting anything else). I have no idea as of yet what I'm going to be prescribed, but I assume something along the lines of Dexedrine since Australia has limited treatment options?

I'm a bit nervous about taking a stimulant since my track record with drugs usually equals all the side effects, but I'm also looking forward to being a new kind of normal.
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Welcome GypsyJ!!

You will lots of support and help here!! There is a whole section for those of us who have co-morbid conditions which is very common. Check it out to see how people with Bipolar Disorder and ADHD manage.
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Thank you! I'll check it out for sure. I could definitely use the guidance
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Re: Hi from Australia

Welcome to the dark side...
Dex is available in AU and I think one of the methlyphenidates?
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Re: Hi from Australia

Welcome

I'm a recently diagnosed (2.5 years ago) from Aus too. I was diagnosed by a fabulous psych in Westmead, Sydney. My doctor prescribed Ritalin, which I trialled, and it did not work for me - certain symptoms were eased but my focus was no better. I was then switched to Dex, which "worked" for me, however after about 12 months I made the decision to go off medication and manage in other ways - being normal took away a little bit of my 'x' factor, such as my ability for abstract problem solving. Unlikely a problem for others, but for me I just wasn't a fan of the meds.

From what I remember, there are 3-4 medications that will be prescribed in Aus depending on whether your doc diagnoses you as inattentive, hyperactive or combined. It's very much a trial and error process. Good luck!
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