I have ADD and bipolar 2. I have recently started taking the most popular medications for both of these diagnoses. Lamictal for Bipolar 2 and Adderall for ADD. I am on relatively low doses of both according to my doctor and the internet. The Lamictal has been a success and I am glad to continue on it for the time being. The mood swings became too much and i am glad to feel a since of balance that I've never experienced before. The Adderall has helped me with concentration. I get more done, I forget less, I am able to devote my attention fully on the task at hand or the person talking. However, I have been having a hard time sleeping, as well as a few other side effects that I am ok with managing (mild dry mouth and reduced appetite). I have spoken to my doctor about this and he is fairly dismissive. He seems to think that Im not even taking enough to have side effects, I have been taking over the counter sleeping meds the last few days, these are not good for your liver and can be habit forming so I know I do not want to continue down this road much further. Even if i can think more clearly it is not going to help in the long run if i can't sleep. People can't think clearly without sleep, also your body starts to shut down and stress starts taking its toll. Stress is the biggest trigger for my mood swings. This is a hard balancing act. I don't know what to do. I slept 3h last night. I am about to take my morning meds just so I can wake up today. Are their alternatives to adderall, including other prescriptions that work as well with less chances of sleeping deprivation? PS. YES, I have talked with my doctor about this!! Right now I'm looking for more information to take back to him. Also, I am not planing on stopping my meds, so you can skip the lecture.View Thread
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I was diagnosed with the inattentive form of ADD recently. I am 23, and have been called "space case" "scatterbrained" etc, my whole life. I have never completed anything all in one go (ask about my many projects, the undone ones, the half-done, the never started, don't get me started on laundry) and for years I have been frustrated at my inability to do anything without getting distracted by a shiny. My friends know that if they want me they have to do all the planning (and sometimes kidnap me.) I left college without finishing my degree, or half my assignments. Apparently, according to my psychologist/psychiatrist, I'm "textbook." Here's the thing. My big brother has ADHD. The family was never open about it. I didn't even know until last year. I came home, ( I still live with my parents) after the first time it was diagnosed last month, and my Mother completely disbelieved me. She told me if I did have it, she would have noticed, especially with my brother growing up. I am angry. I'm on medication, and it has made such a difference. I'm slowly getting my life together with all the organization tips I've come across, and I wish I could turn back time and do it sooner. My question is this. Why didn't she see it when I was a child, why didn't she believe me now? I haven't shared anything else about my diagnosis at all with her. She knows I'm looking up information, and has tried to butt in, but I don't trust her and I'm so angry at her. I don't want her help, don't want to hear her opinions. Does anyone else have an experience like mine, and how do you stop being angry? Is it worth it to look for support after something like that?View Thread
This post is for those of you who either have had or figured out the answers too, ways to deal with going to sleep and waking up with ADD. Please don't post anything having to do with medication here, I'm not interested in hearing that. I was medicated for around 16 years, and I have decided to try alternate therapy, like diet, exercise, record keeping and other tricks to help keep me on track. Lately I have been having issues sleeping through the night (I'm now 40) where as before, I did not. However, while the going to bed may be a new problem, I have always had trouble waking up. The few things that will get me right up are an emergency, immanent consequences or something that I REALLY want. I used to work a regular job (9-5) but now work for myself and my schedule is much more freeform, which means I can get up at any time, with no real schedule to speak of and no immediate consequence. Tricks I have already heard for getting up is to set multiple alarms and put the alarm clock out of reach so you must get up out of the bed. I must admit, I have become quite good at jumping out of bed half asleep to shut off the alarm, and then jump right back into bed, to wait for the next one to go off! On the few days where I do wake up and stay up, I some times must hover on the edge of the bed, fighting with myself not to lay back down. I have found that if I can get up and stay standing for at least 10 minutes, I'm in pretty good shape. I look forward to hearing any tips from people. The only sleeping thing I do is take Melatonin before bed time. In leu of meds I take a regiment of supplements every day.
I am a single mother of a 8 year old little girl with ADHA and her father will not let her be on her...
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I am a single mother of a 8 year old little girl with ADHA and her father will not let her be on her medcation. Her teacher has already told me that she will not pass her grade without being on it. I am fighting with her father now about it. I am so scared she is not going to pass her grade. What do I doView Thread
We are the parents of a 35 year old single mother with ADHD. She is recently divorced, going to lose her house, and cannot get a job. We are very stressed. I just don't see any good future for her. I need to figure out a way to help her, or learn to live with things as they are. I need some advice and guidance quickly. Sorry for sounding so desperate, but we are very concered about her and her 11 year old daughter. Thanks.View Thread
Is there actually such a thing? I took Adderall XR for more than two years until around six months ago, when the pharmacy started giving me a generic drug labeled simply "amphetamine" which I believe is "mixed amphetamine salts", but not the XR version.
I honestly noticed no difference, but more than one person over the past month has claimed that my personality has changed. That has me concerned. Is there indeed a generic XR equivalent or am I getting an equivalent drug? Or do I need to get back on the brand name XR variety. My insurance is getting very picky about paying for name brand drugs.View Thread
going through this thread, there is one major commonality. The ages of those displaying this behavior. One person even denies one well known medical fact, and that is these boys are indeed too young to properly diagnose. They are at an age where proper behavior, eating habits and discipline are being learned, and all three interact to cause their outward behavior and actions. They should NOT be medicated at this stage of life UNLESS it is absolutely imperative due to destructive or self destructive behavior. hyperactive behavior is all too often the result of an improper diet. Attention deficit can be a simple rebellious act and not a medical condition, and in a young child, you can not discern the difference. However medicating them has shown in long term studies to have negative psychological and physiological effects in those who do not suffer the condition they are being treated for, where as there is not any sign of negative long term effects from withholding medication until they child is older. In the field of Criminology, however, there ARE substantial conclusive reports of convicts that have been on ADHD meds log term, being involved in spontaneous criminal acts from simple theft to sex crimes, with a substantial number of them demonstrating zero motivation for the criminal activity, no environmental triggers or similar external causative triggers. In short this comes back to the singular link of being medicated for ADHD. ANY TIME an md wishes to place your child on a psychiatric med, and make NO MISTAKES that is exactly what this is, seek out a second opinion, that of a specialist, in specific a pediatric psychiatrist who is going to look elsewhere first. Every medical situation is cause and affect. Meds MASK symptoms, they don't cure the cause. In all too many situations ADHD is a misdiagnosis that starts with lack of proper discipline at home and climbing the ladder from there, to even including brain tumors and worse. Just giving the child pills is not the proper method of dealing with this and should be the last step after a proper diagnostic path has been followed. The sad fact is many educational facilities insist on medication because the child becomes more controllable, ad no other reason.View Thread
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