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Hi all....my 19 year old daughter who has had problems since she was 14 was recently diagnose with ADD Type 6 "Ring OF Fire"/Mood Disorder by one of Dr. AMEN's clinics using SPECT Imaging as well as a thorough psychiatric evaluation and testing. We had lost over 4 years not knowing what was going on and our daughter refusing to accept that something was wrong, that is, until she saw a visual scan of her brain all lit up with hot spots all over the place!!! If anything was going to convince her this was it!!

The treatment plan recommended to us was that she be started on an anticonvulsant (Lamictal) since the mood centers of her brain were involved which would stabilize the ups and downs and irritability that she was experiencing. After she was up to a therapeutic dose of Lamictal and she was still "stuck in having things her own way" or experiencing impulsiveness it was suggested that an antidepressant should be added. And after that if needed an ADD med such as Daytrana be tried.

Our daughter is away at college in her second year. She started the Lamictal at the end of August and has been following up with a psychiatric Nurse Practioner at college. She brought a copy of her SPECT findings as well as her diagnosis using testing, history and a thorough intake as well as the suggested treatment plan for the NP to look over.

She went to see the NP for the second time who had decided to increase the Lamictal the first time they met to 150mgs before adding anything else. I was really happy with this plan.

Meanwhile we have noticed some improvements as has our daughter. When she calls her conversations are not as flighty with her jumping from one subject to another or her talking about something going on in the room at the same time. It was actually pleasant talking to her and we didn't end up in an argument with her hanging up like we had going on last year. She also said that she was not as upset as usual by things people said or did and was able to sleep better too. The biggest thing was that she didn't feel as if she had to be doing something every minute of the day and was able to relax more.

Today the NP decided to start her on Wellbutrin saying that it would help her ADD and wasn't a stimulant. I thought that she was perhaps convincing my daughter that this was an ADD med since I always throught of it as an antidepressant but when I looked into it I did find out that it is used for ADD when I read that it is also sometimes used to treat episodes of depression in patients with bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods) and to treat attention deficit disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age). This definitely describes my daughter and I was actually not only surprised but impressed that the NP picked this particular med and was relieved especially since I was concerned about my daughter's drinking habit and use of recreational drugs including Adderall that was not prescribed to her. At this time I am convinced that alot of her alcohol and use of other substances had more to do with self-medicating than anything else.

So.....I was wondering if anybody else was ever on Wellbutrin for their ADD and how it worked and what to expect.

Any insight and advice would be most appreciated.

Thanks ~ Goody:angel: :wave:





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