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I'm sorry if this gets too long. A little over a year and a half ago, my DH was diagnosed with ADD. His doctor, a neurologist, put him on Strattera and also on Lexapro because he felt he was also depressed. I didn't really see a big improvement in his ADD symptoms, but his depression was a little bit better.

He went back to the doctor in early March of last year. He changed his ADD meds to something else (I can't remember which one) and kept him on the Lexapro. He gave him samples of both because the meds were so expensive, and his insurance wouldn't cover it. He is a truck driver and ran out of meds while on the road. He had what we have called a panic attack while he was on the road. I'm not really sure if that's what it was or not. He went into a rage, basically, and couldn't stop crying. His work took him off the road and wouldn't let him go back until he got a doctor's note. His neurologist couldn't get him in for over three weeks. During this time, he bugged the doctor's office so much about getting in that basically the neurologist said he didn't want to see DH anymore and referred him to a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrist agreed that he had ADD, but he also thought he had OCD. He said that his mind wants to fixate on something because he has OCD, but it won't let him do to to the ADD. This causes an adreline rush, which in turn causes him to rage. He put him on Depakote. He didn't take it very long, because he lost his job and lost his insurance. He has a thing about money. He can spend obsessively on some things, but he wants to stick to a strict budget. It's almost like he doesn't know what he's doing when he does spend the money. But, let him really need something and he won't spend the money.

Anyway, now, he can't go back to the doctor until July, because his new insurance will consider it a pre-existing condition. I know for a fact that he has ADD, but I just can't seem to get behind the OCD part of it. He's not really obsessive or compulsive, except when it comes to money. It seems like OCD and ADD would be two illnesses that you can't have together.

I'd really like to know if anyone else has had both of these things diagnosed or is his doctor really out in left field? I'm also going to post this on the OCD board.
The OCD diagnosis came about because of the panic attack he had while he was on the road. He was trying to get his truck to fit in a space, but something kept happening to keep him from being able to do it. He said that somehow a thought came into his head that if he didn't park the truck where he had to, he was going to get fired. So, he got mad about all that was in his way, became enraged (he didn't hurt anyone, just a few of his personal belongings in his truck) and then broke down crying over what he had done.

I don't have any doubt in my mind that he has ADD. He also suffers from dyslexia, and he says that most of his other symptoms all started when he was a child. He is probably a textbook example of ADD, but the OCD just doesn't sit well with me. I majored in psychology in school, and I know most of the symptoms of OCD. He just doesn't fit there. To me, because of his mood swings, he's more bipolar, but he doesn't really fit there either. I really want to help him, because sometimes, he can be rather hard to live with, especially the mood swings. And, he suffers from guilt because of them, too, and I hate that for him. He's my husband, btw, not my son.





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