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After several conversations with my mother, who also happens to be my employer, I've begun to think that I may have ADD or ADHD.(Not sure of difference) I've been on Zoloft for three years due to SEVERE panic attacks. I also have a rage problem. It seems that my anxiety manifests itself through outbursts of anger. The Zoloft has all but cured the panic attacks. (Haven't had one since I started Zoloft) I still have an extremely short fuse though. Looking back at when my panic attacks started, they were work related, I think that the anxiety may have been brought on by my inability to perform my work duties. I was a financial planner, and often would forget to return phone calls, which would lead to a client calling to yell at me, which would lead to a spike in my anxiety, which would lead to a panic attack. I have had tons of jobs in my life and besides working for my parents insurance company, I rarely last more than a few months at any one place. I also flunked out of college. I've always been told by everyone that I was lazy, but I swear I've always tried my best.
Well, my mother recently saw a show on ADD, and called me to tell me that she thinks I may have it. I certainly do fit the profile. I'm beginning to think that the panic attack problem and the anger problem may have been due to ADD.
Now, on a side note, my sister began Zoloft around the same time as me. She didn't have panic attacks, just severe depression. She had problems performing at work as well. She recently went to her doctor, and she prescribed her Adderall. My sister cannot be happier. She's been on it for four months, and says that it's completely turned her life around. I went to the doctor yesterday hoping for the same results.
My doctor, although in the same office as my sister's doctor, was very reluctant to prescribe Adderall, as he says it is "legal speed". He prescribed Wellbutrin instead. I understand why many doctors feel uncomfortable prescribing Adderall, but I was convinced he would prescribe me Adderall since it worked for my sister, and we are genetically similiar.(Not sure if ADD is genetic or not). I guess I may be impatient, but listening to my sister, I can't wait to improve my work life and personal life.(My fiance is getting pretty tired of my temper issues) Should I try the Wellbutrin, or see another doctor who would be more willing to prescribe Adderall? I know I'm being impatient, but after years of struggling with an inability to multitask, a temper problem, a procrastination problem, and work related stress, and now finding out that ALL of these problems are possibly fixable, I'm very excited to turn my life around. Do I have a bad attitude about this whole situation? I don't know what to think.
Jay, I won't go into all the detail - if you want to read the history, do a search on this board with my name and you'll find lots. In a nutshell, my son struggled with ADD (inattentive) forever. We tried him on Ritalin then Dexedrine when he was 5. Three months on each. Ritalin brought on tics and made him zombie-like, Dexedrine he seemed so happy, but the teacher said he did better in the classroom on Ritalin. Pulled him off everything to reevaluate. Didn't like meds so young in the first place and no one could prove to me that he 'really' needed it.

Went back on meds when he started 7th grade (13 yo) due to declining grades and years of social misbehavior in the classroom. I wanted to make sure he had the best start possible and didn't want to ignore the obvious (by now) signs. If there was something that could help, you need to go after it. He was having trouble with his relationship with dad and brother too. It really makes a difference when the people who are around you understand how to deal with this and not escalate situations. There is a method to the madness. Takes lots of patience and practice to get a good rythm going.

Doctor wanted to put son on Concerta. Son CANNOT swallow. Tried all kinds of things. So, I asked the doctor for Adderall. He was a bit reluctant because he was not as familiar with Adderall as he was with Concerta. But, we weren't doing Ritalin again because of the tics. He did start on regular and went to XR. For him, the XR did not work. Went back on regular. He took 30mg once in the morning on school days only. With Adderall you do not have to build up a tolerance like Strattera - you feel the affects right away. His grades greatly improved and he started getting nice comments on his report cards about him being a pleasure in class!

Ok, where am I going with all this...I have to tell you that only once I took a pill to see how it affected me. I work at a computer all day and am always 'wandering' off topic. Well, I sat and actually did work all day. I think this med can probably help anyone even if they are not ADD/ADHD. If your insurance covers the cost and your doctor has prescribed you Strattera, that means that he believes you have ADD. There is no reason you should not be able to insist on the med you have done research on. If the doctor monitors you with Strattera, he'll monitor you just as well with Adderall. Sometimes I think it's what the doctors need to 'push' for their suppliers (sounds bad - lol). If you are not having good results with Strattera, and I would think being that sleepy could cause big trouble, you need to be aggressive.

good luck





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