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Apr. 18th, 2010

Lily- smile



 We've all been there. We're there now. At least I am.
I was diagnosed with ADHD innatentive type or whatever it's called (ADD) when I was 7, and now I'm 15.
And it's a sunday night.
And I'm sick, and I've got a headache, and I'm TIRED.

And I've got homework.
A whole shitload (pardon my french) of homework. All due in exactly 13 hours and ten minutes.

Now idk how many of you girls are still students, but any way you should all know what I'm going through right now, right? I've got a term paper and all this other crap and I'm just feeling depressed and helpless and frustrated and well, you get the idea.

So my question is, can any of you ladies help out a young high school girl who can already see her life spiraling out of control? I'm not talking medication, counseling, meetings here, I mean any little short term remedies?

What helps you get focused, start working? What helps you calm down? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks :)

Mar. 31st, 2010


Need some advice...

Hey guys! I was wondering: does anyone here have experience facilitating meetings and/or being a consultant? I have to do both for my new job, and I'm petrified, because I really struggle with reading cues, realizing what needs to happen next, listening and thinking at the same time, talking and thinking at the same time, and, scariest of all, coming up with ideas/creative solutions on the spot, which is basically what they need me to do! Does anyone have advice? Also, having ADD, planning is tough. I often spend hours preparing, then find in the actual meeting that what I prepared is almost entirely irrelevant, even too basic for what is really needed...

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Feb. 9th, 2010


Please advise! Thanks!

Hey guys - I am really good at my job, but I go through periods of serious struggle because of my (non hyperactive) ADD. For instance, for the past two months, although my personal life has been getting a lot better, I've been pretty low-level productivity at work. Like today I dropped something off at a shop for valentines day, and the owner was openly peeved that apparently I hadn't contacted her about this pretty important project she was helping us with. I seem to have totally blanked out and didn't realize u needed to communicate with her or just forgot - I'm not even sure which!

Anyway, it's pretty common for
to have even 2
months of just dropping the ball on various things, and it's really upsetting because I really care about what I do. And often when things at work are good, I start forgetting to pay
my bills or clean my house or call my friends - in short, I can only be good in one part of my life at any given time.

Does anyone share this experience and have some suggestions about how to deal with and recover from and even avoid habit these times of droppig the ball, low productivity, and even failure, especially at work? All my counselor really advised me was basically to accept that that's just how my brain/life is... But gosh, won't I just end up with no job, no friends, and no money if I don't find a way to at least manage these issues?! I am so grateful for any advice you guys can give me! Thanks!

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Nov. 8th, 2009

All I Have


ADD and my life.

So I've recently discovered that I probably have ADD.  This has been monumental in my life.  Only so much so because I've gone through my life feeling like there's something wrong with me...constantly, things go wrong and I don't know why...and after so much pain, so much reprimanding and ridicule and blame was put on me and the answer is something as simple as ADD?  It was almost bitter-sweet finding out.  (There's so much more to this but this is all that needs to be said for my main point).

Everyone around me refuses to believe that I have ADD.  I have been told by 8 out of the 10 closest people to me that I'm just careless and lazy (which I of course interpreted my whole life as me being a screw up).  My cousin (who I'm very close to) refuses to believe, REFUSES!  And I don't know why!  I got into an arguement with her because she just kept calling me careless!  (There's also so much to this).

So my question for everyone is why do people refuse to accept this, and what do you do when they don't accept it?

Just a note, I haven't been officially diagnosed with AD/HD, but even if I am (which I'm sure I will be) I'm sure that my family would just tell me that, "Anyone can get diagnosed, they over diagnosed, you don't have it."

Aug. 27th, 2009


Question about medication (methylphenidate)

I'm a 30 year old woman who has just been diagnosed with ADHD a couple of months ago and I need to make a decision as to whether I want to go on medication or not. The main medication offered in New Zealand is methylphenidate (ritalin) and I'm curious as to people's experiences who have been on it.

What aspects of ADHD did you find it helped with? Which ones did it not help with?

What kinds of side effects did you have?, etc.

I have a meeting with a psychologist next week to decided whether i want a referral to a psychiatrist for a prescription so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also apologies if this pops up all over the place as I am cross-posting at a couple of other communites.

Aug. 25th, 2009



Can't focus today

So instead of working I'm playing around on dragon cave.

Now I have these eggs:

Adopt one today!

Adopt one today!

Aren't they cute? I want them to hatch, but now I suddenly dread the extra responsibility of having virtual dragons to raise. And I'm not getting anything done. The internet was probably one of the worst things to ever happen to people with ADD.

Aug. 14th, 2009

Kenshin Beatings


Strattera Alternatives?

OK, so I'm currently between health-insurance plans, and I'm out of Strattera. I was taking 50mg BID, for a total of 100mg, and 10mg of Adderall PRN, for when the Strattera wasn't enough. Right now, I'm trying to stretch the Adderall as far as it'll go, and augment it with other stimulants such as caffeine in order to maintain some sense of focus. However, I don't enjoy the ZOMGTWITCHY sensations that come with this particular combination of meds.

As such, my question is this: What other alternatives do I have that would possibly make me less twitchy? Going off meds completely isn't an option, as my brain then slides down the slope into "durrr...can't function" mode, the ADD takes over, and I want to shoot myself in the head because I turn into a bloody moron.

Help plz?

**Xposted around**

Jul. 20th, 2009

All I Have


Hi :) And question.

I was just wondering if synthetic hormones like the birth control pill can affect people who have ADD.

And I mean, if the person is not taking any medication other than the birth control pill, and if the person also has AD/HD, can the hormones make the AD/HD person become extremely depressed and anxious?  Is there a link?

Thanks :)

Apr. 27th, 2009



Generics-different brands

This maybe cross-posted and apologize but thought this was something I should bring up. I take Wellbutrin for my adhd and until now things have been great it does what is supposed and as far as I can tell there are no side effects. Until this month I was also using supermarket pharmacy for filling the prescription again not a problem they gave me a very nice generic version of the med it worked great. Well last month or really a couple of weeks ago I decided to try some of the online pharmacy because many tend to be cheaper or at least can be.


So I happily send my prescriptions off to Costco Mail order pharmacy and my medication arrives on Friday, the first thing I note is the pill is much larger then from my last prescription, but I look at the labeling and on the internet and it is the same thing just from a different company so it is a different generic then I am used too.  I shrug that off. Then I take it the next day and there was a difference I felt edgy and fidgety and all sort of off not something I have felt before my first suspect was luckily the meds. It turns out I am right this version of the generic wellbutrin has a different delivery system then the one I had been taking. This one releases the drug about 4 times faster then the one I had been taking giving me four times as much of the drug at once. Which explained how I was feeling but having discussed with my husband we decide to see if the feeling are a fluke or not.


So I take the medication yesterday, I didn't feel quite as bad, still fidgety but not the same underlying almost panic I felt before. Of course I also had some beer yesterday...My husband and I discuss it again and decide I should take it for a week and keep a diary to see how I feel.  So I take this morning and I feel awful again, now of course I had a blood test this morning so I had to fast last night, which could be why I feel this way, .but I took the drug on empty stomach both Saturday and Sunday. I guess I will keep taking it and see how the week goes, but I hope it gets better because at the moment...I can't get anything done at the moment. I was wondering has anyone else had the same experience.

 If anyone wants more information there is very good article about how generic can be different then the brand name...email or post a commentme and I will send you the link.

Apr. 9th, 2009



Helloooo out there :-)

I just joined. I'm 36 years old and I have ADD like woah.

Unfortunately, I don't have an official diagnosis at this point - but I'm about to start looking around for a doctor who will take me seriously. I've always wondered about it but was pooh-poohed whenever I suggested it as a youngun (apparently I'm just lazy and need to get my a*s* into gear *rme*); but what's really confirmed it for me is the fact that all three of my kids have ADD also (medically confirmed by Flinders Medical Centre Paediatric) ... and they are just exactly like I was as a kid (and am now, but I can fake it these days LOL).

We are of the vague and unmotivated type and not even remotely hyperactive ... total procrastinators. :-)

Anyway, I thought I'd announce myself and say hello. Now I'll go and read everything.

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