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  • in reply to: Reaction to XR after taking a few years!? #126618
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    Update- 1 year after the migraines became chronic. Still have them. New nuero thinks they are related to my adhd and a sleep disorder. I did a sleep study. Yup. Have a sleep disorder. No meds worked, so we tried botox in the head (ouch). Seems to help, but  still have them. Just not as bad. I use an injectable med for when they get horrific, but since the botox, I’ve only had a few nightmare ones.

    But it wasn’t the adderall, which I am still taking, because my family hates me when I don’t 🙁

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    in reply to: Modern Family Got ADHD Right! #126219
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    Just saw this again. Started right at the ADHD scene. This time my husband was in the room. He laughed so hard. Me too (again)!

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    in reply to: Reaction to XR after taking a few years!? #125338
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    LOL! Yes, exactly. Mileage varies.

    I’m wondering if lexapro would work. I saw somewhere that it was related, and I’ve taken it before for post partum depression without any side-effects. Right now, though, I’m back on the adderall (as of this am), and took the aleive that he prescribed. I’m hoping I get more benefit out of just taking the aleive. I’ll call on Monday and see what he has in mind, instead of effexor, I guess. Even thinking about effexor makes me nauseous this morning. Yuck!

     

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    in reply to: Reaction to XR after taking a few years!? #125335
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    I started getting these a few years back, before the adderall, unfortunately. I wish it were something as easy as that. Also, I did come off the adderall for a bit, but there was no change.

    He did indicate that it was an off-label use, and that does concur with what I found on the web. There were studies for adhd and some effect. However,
    I did take this effexor yesterday. I won’t be taking it again. Side effects, especially the nausea, are awful 🙁

    Definitely not for me.

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    in reply to: Reaction to XR after taking a few years!? #125321
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    Okay, update…

    Went back on Adderall. Turns out the anxiety was a whole new symptom of my horrid migraine auras. I’ve been getting them every night for about 2 months. Includes all sorts of fun things like vertigo, light and sound sensitivity, anxiety, and soul crushing depression. I had no idea that migraines could have mental symptoms like that. Crazy.

    Went to a neurologist today, though, who is prescribing something that should work for both migraines and ADHD- somehow related- I dunno, I was having a dang aura and wasn’t paying attention. Hubby was there though. He says it made sense.

    Anyhoo- going off the Adderall and onto this other stuff- Venlafaxine. Wish me luck! Off to the forums to find the Venlafaxine thread!

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    in reply to: Reaction to XR after taking a few years!? #125115
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    I was told I could drink up to 2  cups a day on adderall. However, more than one would send me over the edge. I found I didn’t crave it anymore, anyway. Guess the adderall was doing it’s job. I’m only up to one to two cups a day- usually one, now. Really, aside from the jitters, it’s working alright for now.

    Yes. A break is nice. One less pill to remember is one less pain, I guess. It was working so well, though. Really, it was easier than coffee. I really hate remembering to make a cup in the morning. LOL!

     

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    in reply to: Reaction to XR after taking a few years!? #125108
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    LOL! Thanks, Blackdog! For both the kind words of support and for coming to the defense of ADHDers everywhere who use Adderall.

    I did see my doc. We have decided to see what happens without Adderall, or any other meds. His non-ritalin suggestion was Straterra, which is also an anti-depressant. My last experience with anti-depressants didn’t go so well, and I just don’t want to go there. He’s being extremely patient with me, and agreed to see how things go unmedicated, for now. I have another appointment next week.

    I enjoy being back on the bean. Oh, how I missed coffee. So much fun. However, for all the bad rap Adderall gets, I have less tolerance to coffee and really can only do about a cup or two a day. My heart doesn’t like it as much as my brain does.

    I’m getting along a lot better than I thought I would. Emails are a mess, but those were on meds, too. Really, I only see a difference with my motor mouth. I’ve started finishing other people’s sentences again, and interrupting. Oh, then there’s the jumping to conclusions thing. I’m told that’s a smart people thing, too. I’m going to pretend it’s all because of genius, and not ADHD. Okay, it’s ADHD. I know.

    Other than that, I’ve got tools and strategies going in my life to help out. Summer is coming, which helps greatly. I may have to back off of a few activities, but am waiting to see, so as not to dump stuff impulsively- I’m trying to be cautious here.

    Really, coming off the adderall was fine. No withdrawal symptoms and the anxiety seems to have disappeared. So far, so good.

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    Oh, btw, all of these anxiety attacks are while the medication is active. I feel actually better when it wears off. Also, I’ve been taking the same generic for a long while. So that’s not new. Also, when I switch to the quick release (small bit my doctor had me keep on hand- had it around for a year or two in the cabinet), same symptoms.

    Anybody know if going off of it for a while then back on helps?

    About the business insider link…no mention of dosage, or the difference in how it functions in the ADD brain. Not sure about NPR and Business Insider putting up party pics attached to side effects. Seems weird and accusatory, somehow. Like we all take it just to party. I’ve never felt like partying on this drug. In fact, it kinda keeps me from being an all around ass.

    Oh, it’s going to be hard if the people around me have to deal with “that” me again. Heck, I don’t want to deal with “that” me again.

    Seriously, this sucks.

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    Okay- no time to read all the posts, so I’m just responding to the first one:

    OMG! YES!!! I actually did a little research and found that anxiety can develop after a few years of taking the drug. The reason I’m actually in this part of the forums is that I was looking to see if any of my TotallyADD peeps had issues like this.

    I went on adderall about what, 3 years ago or so. I’ve just started developing anxiety in the past few months. I’m not really an anxiety person, outside of my PTSD moments, which are fewer as I get treatment. But every day things are starting to cause me horrible anxiety. Like talking to my boss, or husband, or hell, just getting out of bed in the morning.

    My problem is that without Adderall, I’m not sure where to go. 5mg of Ritalin had me so drowsy, all I could do was sleep all day.

    Guess I get to call the doc. Guess what I’ve been having anxiety about. The damned phone.

    This sucks 🙁

    Glad to know it’s not just me, though. Sucks that it’s you, too, but hey, at least we’re not alone.

    I <3 this place.

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    in reply to: Facing the World video #123424
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    Yup. Totally get the commiserating thing. LOL!

    Wow! They are very similar. Lots in common. Funny how different families can have the same weird patterns in them.  I even have a brother with a “truth” problem. Okay, well, I have 9 siblings. Odds are I got one of every variety, I suppose.

    I also tend to innocently screw up other people’s evil plans. LOL! I don’t mean to, but I do. It gets me in tons of trouble, even though it really should be getting the person who is planning the evil in trouble. That never seems to work that way, though. I guess I should learn this lesson, at some point, and stop talking to the evil people. Hard to do when they are family, though.*Sigh*

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    @Blackdog. Siblings. UGH! My older sister is the same way. EVERYTHING! And she’s  not nearly as smart as the rest of us, but she has to know more, and if she doesn’t, she has a tantrum to hide the fact she doesn’t. That tactic has actually worked. It worked until I started medicating my ADHD, anyway, and now I can calmly sidestep her, instead of feeding the monster as some strange way of getting my adrenaline going. Oh, life is so much better now. LOL!

    @bigchi, the genetic thing is not relevant, as my sister is adopted. However, I do wish she would let me talk to her daughter about it. It might make her daughter feel less strange and weird. I know I grew up feeling very isolated because of my own ADHD issues. It makes me sad to know her daughter might have this and may not have anyone to speak with about it, that knows her and what she is going through.

    LOVE the ADD and Loving It?! movie. Started me on my path to dealing with my own ADHD, and brought my husband, the former extreme skeptic around. Man, I do love PBS.

    Thanks again, Rick!

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    in reply to: Help nominate TotallyADD for an award! #123278
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    Done!!! Thanks for the link. What a great way to thank these guys who give us all support for free! I have no idea where I would be without this website.

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    in reply to: Dealing with a parent with ADD #121774
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    LOL! @Rick, we used to take advantage of my parents, this way. They would set rules, and quickly forget them. Unfortunately, now my kids have me figured out.

    Dealing with my own ADHD Dad, though, has other issues. If that is what the original question is about, mostly it revolves around my father’s explosions and his tendency to want to ramp up his adrenaline level by arguing. Since I have ADHD, as well, he would pick fights, but I’d more than willingly jump right in there with him. Sound familiar? It has gotten worse with age, and, understandably, when he is going through a rough time.

    Now I can see this coming, and I’ll call him on it. He and I both laugh, and then I take advantage of his non-medicated state (he thinks he doesn’t have ADHD) and quickly change the subject. The only problem I haven’t figured out how to deal with is when he goes all inappropriate in front of the kids. UGH!

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    in reply to: Does anyone else have friends? #121773
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    Friends. UGH! Why is this so hard?

     

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    in reply to: Explain the anger/temper #121772
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    Here’s what I actually feel in my head when I go through that. Usually, it’s when I can’t find something, or when two or three things are happening all at once, sounds a lot like your hubby…

    It’s like a pressure builds up in my head. I can’t think. My brain gets stuck. It’s like it’s interrupted. Like a “brain fart” but more than one at once. Kind of like when I tried driving a stick shift and it would lurch forward, but not really go, just stop…lurch…stop…grind…lurch…grind…stall…SHIT!!!

    Emotionally, I get frustrated, nervous, tense, embarrassed, frustrated, scared, frustrated, more tense, angry, EXPLODE!

    So yeah, brain thing. Totally sucks. This happens much less when I’m taking medication. Turns out dopamine helps the brain think. I get this from my dad, also an ADHDer. His dad did the same thing. Hmm…gee…wonder why.

    You can distract your hubby when he’s like this. Have him take a break, even if it means you have to promise to help him find something later. It is a tactic I use with my kids, occasionally, and my hubby uses with me. It doesn’t have to be patronizing, just let him know that you want to help him, but he needs to take a break to clear his head, first.

    Usually I find the (damned) thing I’m looking for, right after I’ve had the break, and half the time, it’s in my hand or pocket. UGH!

     

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