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I've just been diagnosed (at age 23) with adult ADD. All my life I've been dealing with frustration over a lack of focus and organization that, until recently, I thought EVERYONE must deal with consistently. My self-esteem plummeted as I told myself that I simply must not have the personal character to excercise discipline over my everyday life. I've been in 9 car accidents. I have been a bored B-average student with (seemingly contradictory) National Merit and law school scholarships based on high standardized test scores. My mind races so fast and I have so many unfinished projects laying around that I sometimes feel that I'm literally going insane. I have been in and out of passionate, quick relationships (dating AND friends) since high school, and find that I have a short attention span for people. I can't watch TV for more than 30 minutes, even though I WANT to. I have been trying to fix, understand, and accept these parts of myself for as long as I can remember. And all along, I thought that everyone else had already achieved that "goal." I'm sure you all know what I mean. :)

This may sounds strange, but I'm actually relieved to find out that there might be a neurological condition that has made focus and discipline difficult for me! SO ANYWAY, I've just been prescribed a trial (10-pill) set of 20mg Adderall that I'll start taking TODAY. I've read some things about the non-stimulant drug "Straterra," and there seem to be very mixed reviews. I'm going to try Adderall, but I don't want to get addicted to some kind of "upper" that effects my sleep patterns and changes my personality. On the other hand, I'm afraid of the moodiness and sleepiness that Straterra seems to cause in these cases about which I'm reading. Any suggestions from ADD adults who have experienced both? I realize the reactions to these drugs are very personal, but I'd like any advice you can offer...

--- Katie
:rolleyes: [QUOTE=catatbu]I've just been diagnosed (at age 23) with adult ADD. All my life I've been dealing with frustration over a lack of focus and organization that, until recently, I thought EVERYONE must deal with consistently. My self-esteem plummeted as I told myself that I simply must not have the personal character to excercise discipline over my everyday life. I've been in 9 car accidents. I have been a bored B-average student with (seemingly contradictory) National Merit and law school scholarships based on high standardized test scores. My mind races so fast and I have so many unfinished projects laying around that I sometimes feel that I'm literally going insane. I have been in and out of passionate, quick relationships (dating AND friends) since high school, and find that I have a short attention span for people. I can't watch TV for more than 30 minutes, even though I WANT to. I have been trying to fix, understand, and accept these parts of myself for as long as I can remember. And all along, I thought that everyone else had already achieved that "goal." I'm sure you all know what I mean. :)

This may sounds strange, but I'm actually relieved to find out that there might be a neurological condition that has made focus and discipline difficult for me! SO ANYWAY, I've just been prescribed a trial (10-pill) set of 20mg Adderall that I'll start taking TODAY. I've read some things about the non-stimulant drug "Straterra," and there seem to be very mixed reviews. I'm going to try Adderall, but I don't want to get addicted to some kind of "upper" that effects my sleep patterns and changes my personality. On the other hand, I'm afraid of the moodiness and sleepiness that Straterra seems to cause in these cases about which I'm reading. Any suggestions from ADD adults who have experienced both? I realize the reactions to these drugs are very personal, but I'd like any advice you can offer...

--- Katie[/QUOTE]
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