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Old 02-08-10, 09:47 PM
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Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

I was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago. I honestly don't know if I really do have it because I didn't really show many symptoms before highschool. The main reason for me getting tested was because of my grades. Here are some of my symptoms.
If I am interested in a subject I can usually concentrate fine.
If its boring I space out big time.
I have a hard time starting things especially homework.
Sometimes I can sit down and to whatever sometimes I can't what so ever.

AND this one I do not understand> during school I have no sex drive then during winter break or summer vacation it goes back to normal. I didnt pick up on this until it happened continuously when getting out of school. It's weird since I am still young and this should not be happening to me

Is this an anxiety problem? I am obviously stressed in school. Should I ask my doctor to try to treat anxiety and see if my concentration goes up.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

You can have both. Perhaps you do.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

Usually anti-anxiety meds make people sleepy/tired, that's what I heard.
Maybe a combo of stimulant and anti-anxiety meds might work. Go to your doctor and see what s/he'll say.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

Very likely you have both. I was diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety disorder about 7 years ago. Since then I have read that they go hand in hand, depression too. For anxiety I found Kava KAva helped when I was having major problems. Drinking camomille tea and lavender helps with anxiety as well. MY anxiety has calmed down a bit, now I am working on the adhd part.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

Is there anything out there that won't make me tired that will work all the time? Instead of just taking it when I need it that way it can keep me at a certain level constantly. I know ssri's are used but I am afraid of the side effects that come with these.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

well butrin, strattera
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

coffee ha ha! that ups my anxiey though. I have been taking ltyrosine. still a little sleepy but focus is better and i am much calmer and happier. I drink green tea too.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

I dont really think that sounds like anxiety, sounds more like stress, If your stress levels are higher at school it can definately affect your sex driver. You also say you didnt show many symptoms before high school? that would concern me a bit as the criteria to diagnose adhd says that the symptom need to have started by the age of 7. you also are only mentioning school. how are you symptoms outside of school? Another criteria is that the symptoms must affect your life in at least two areas, work/home/school.

Obviously I am not a Dr and my opinion is based on limited knowledge. But everything you have described could all be a direct result of stress. Stress will cause many of the same symptoms of ADHD.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

The only difficulty I have is concentrating in school. I space out and I take adderall and it usually works but sometimes it doesn't so I'm not sure what"s going on. Im thinking of trying an ssri because to be honest the worst side effect of that are sexual side effects and I really cant get any worse.
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Re: Do I have ADHD or Anxiety???

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The only difficulty I have is concentrating in school. I space out and I take adderall and it usually works but sometimes it doesn't so I'm not sure what"s going on. Im thinking of trying an ssri because to be honest the worst side effect of that are sexual side effects and I really cant get any worse.
im tellin you, give wellbutrin an honest go
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