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Adult ADD
Aug 1, 2005
I am a 29 year old female that was diagnosed with ADD around 2 1/2 years ago. Like most people that are diagnosed with ADD in adulthood, I've been to hell and back. I also have struggled with depression probably my entire life. Deciding to go on medication was a tough decision but I decided it was the right thing to do. My doctor reccomemded I try Strattera. At the time it was a very new drug. The side effects for the first 4 weeks were pretty bad but they decreased after that.
I really thought that Strattera was this magical pill that was going to change me into the person I always wanted to be. Then reality hit. It did help me focus. Expecially when I had conversations with people. For the first time in my life I could actually have a full on conversation with someone without day dreaming about something else. But that was pretty much it. The side-effects were quite annoying . . .hot flashes, nightmares, loss of appetite(I was never hungry!).
Strattera claims to be a non-stimulant but there were a few times when I didn't have pills(ran out or lost them) for a couple of days and I felt terrible. I felt desperate and panicky! It actually frightened me. I was sick of taking pills. So I stopped.
As I'm sure many of you can relate, it's tough dealing with the fact that if you only knew sooner that you had ADD maybe things would have turned out differently. Over the next few months I let myself grieve over it. Trying to find direction and answers. Most of the time it was the whole 'why me?' thing. But I think with time I started to heal. Instead of being angry with the person I use to be I accepted it.
Then about a year ago, my sister calls me up and asks me if I wanted to train for a marathon with her. I immediately said yes. I don't know why. I was completely out of shape and about 25 pounds over-weight. The next day I ran a mile and it wasn't that bad. I continued for the next couple of weeks, running 10 miles a week. I was determined to do something crazy . . .something to prove I can follow through with something and this marathon was my chance.
I never knew I was so tough until I trained for this. In the process, I figured something out . . .I felt great! Months had gone by without a hint of depression or anxiety. I wasn't stressed out or overwhelmed like I used to be.
There isn't any medication that I have been on that have given me these results. I am a completley different person than I use to be. I just wanted to share this hoping it migh thelp someone. I'm not saying medication is bad, as a matter of fact it did help me see things I was never able to see before. but I am saying medication isn't the only answer.

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