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angelic 18

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Aug 9, 2006
 
Im 18 years old and was diagnosed with adhd about 6 months ago. Throughout all ofmy life i found it a constant struggle to listen to people for more than 2 minuets and had these terrible hyperactive "turns". I have been pescribed concerta 36 mg but had to stop taking them after two weeks as they made me experience insomnia, stress, anxiety and anger. I got so bad that i actually had a nervous breakdown!
I just think to myself how sad and annoying it is that there is not enough information about adult adhd. My teachers at school didn't even know about adhd in children and constantly gave me dettentions and punsihments for being "bad behaved" when actually I couldnt help it.

I feel lost.
Like i am never going to be cured.
ADHD has ruined :
*My job
*My education
*My confidence
*how others percieve me
* my dreams
*my faith
* my relationships

Does any body else feel the same?
SoccerFreak

Waterford, MI

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Aug 25, 2006
 
yup, but not my education.... so far
MAR

Mullica Hill, NJ

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Aug 25, 2006
 
angelic 18 wrote:
Im 18 years old and was diagnosed with adhd about 6 months ago. Throughout all ofmy life i found it a constant struggle to listen to people for more than 2 minuets and had these terrible hyperactive "turns". I have been pescribed concerta 36 mg but had to stop taking them after two weeks as they made me experience insomnia, stress, anxiety and anger. I got so bad that i actually had a nervous breakdown!
I just think to myself how sad and annoying it is that there is not enough information about adult adhd. My teachers at school didn't even know about adhd in children and constantly gave me dettentions and punsihments for being "bad behaved" when actually I couldnt help it.
I feel lost.
Like i am never going to be cured.
ADHD has ruined :
*My job
*My education
*My confidence
*how others percieve me
* my dreams
*my faith
* my relationships
Does any body else feel the same?
You are an adult and can seek alternate help. Don't let the first Dr. Joe Schmoe plot your path.
Vitamin R

Toronto, Canada

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#4
Sep 20, 2006
 
Get Ritalin biatch, and all will be well.
BRITT

Greenville, SC

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#5
Sep 20, 2006
 
MAYBE SIMPLY JUST TALK TO A DOCTOR THAT CAN HELP YOU AND AT THE SAME TIME FIND OUT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANY MEDICINES.ALSO A STUDY SHOWS THAT IF YOU EXCERSISE MORE AND EAT BETTER YOU WILL HAVE A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND NOT SO ENERGETIC CAUSE YOUR DOING SOMETHING TO BETTER YOUR SELF.JUST A OPINION.ALSO STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT RITALIN CAN REVERSE YOUR PROBLEM,LIKE THINKING SUICIDE,DEPRESSION,AND ETC....
Laura-Louise age 16

Bracknell, UK

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#7
Oct 6, 2006
 
Well I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 6years old. I feel exactly the same but I am 16! Im on Concerta XL 54mg but it helps me concentrate but it drains my personality because my personality is hyper really! So your not alone!
Jim

Pittsburgh, PA

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#8
Oct 12, 2006
 
Angelic18,

Not a plug, but you might want to take a look at the ADHD book "You Mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy". I didnít read the whole thing, but parts of it really jumped out at me and I was like "that's EXACTLY how I am..." It was refreshing to read someone else putting those thoughts and feelings so clearly into words. I mean, parts of the book were so dead-on accurate about how I felt they could have been written specifically about me. But many many many people have experienced the same things as you already have, and that you will experience in the future.

I had a lot of trouble through my life, not really big, big trouble but problems and set-backs here and there (some big trouble, but I got a LOT lucky a few times when it counted). Mostly it came down to that I felt I was smart, and I was told I was smart, but I still fell short of what I thought I could do. In your words I felt "lost". I wasn't looking for anything specific, just getting some help trying to sort things out, when a psychiatrist in Denver diagnosed me with ADD. It was like so many things became crystal clear right then, and not just like it was an instant excuse for my problems, but being ADD seemed to explain sooo many things.

Unfortunately things didnít immediately clear up and all my problems didnít just go away once I started taking meds. I still ended up dropping out of graduate school and lost a few great intimate relationships because of my inability to pay attention.

After I moved to Pittsburgh I was fortunate to find a super compassionate psychiatrist who also happened to be a big-wig at a local university. He became a big-wig not just because he was smart or wrote a lot of research papers but because he knew his stuff and really, really cared about the well-being of his patients. I learned quickly to trust him and was able to tell him everything about how the meds worked (or didnít), side-effects, problems, etc.

One thing is certain: DEFINATELY not all ADHD drugs are the same. Even Ritalin and Adderall, which are different types of amphetamines, work differently on different people. Ritalin didnít work for me. Adderall seems to do the trick. I havenít taken Concerta, but I've heard enough about it to not want to.

Anyway, sorry for the long-assed rant (which is going to be just a wee bit longer) but this is the first forum Iíve decided to post to and I guess I had a lot I wanted to say. The long and long of it is that there are definitely people who have experienced similar things to what you have, and there is help if you want it. I found my psychiatrist by just point-blank asking my primary care physician if he knew of anyone who specialized in ADHD. There are some real jackass physicians out there, but there are also a lot who will really care about you as a person and as a patient. Find one of those and you're golden.

My life still isn't perfect, but I donít hit the same bumps all the time like I used to. Good luck,
Jim
angelic 18 wrote:
Im 18 years old and was diagnosed with adhd about 6 months ago. Throughout all ofmy life i found it a constant struggle to listen to people for more than 2 minuets and had these terrible hyperactive "turns". I have been pescribed concerta 36 mg but had to stop taking them after two weeks as they made me experience insomnia, stress, anxiety and anger. I got so bad that i actually had a nervous breakdown!
I just think to myself how sad and annoying it is that there is not enough information about adult adhd. My teachers at school didn't even know about adhd in children and constantly gave me dettentions and punsihments for being "bad behaved" when actually I couldnt help it.
I feel lost.
Like i am never going to be cured.
ADHD has ruined :
*My job
*My education
*My confidence
*how others percieve me
* my dreams
*my faith
* my relationships
Does any body else feel the same?
Adam

Toronto, Canada

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Oct 31, 2006
 
I fell the same way you do its starting to effect my relationship that i have with my girlfriend and i want to stop but i can't what do u think i should do well i finally told my doctor i might have to get off the pill
dumbfounded

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Oct 31, 2006
 
My son is 12yrs old and is on concerta. I see anger in him as well, but not uncontrolled. He was on Stratera befor this. When I fuss at him I fell bad, but he will not listen at all. I tell him is a selfish child. He will not do anything unless it is for him. He loves to hunt and fish (anything out doors)and play ball. I have another child they are so jelous of each other b/c one can do more then the other. I trust one, if I tell them to meet me at the library at 5:00 they will be there. The one with the ADHD could care less and would not be there.
John

Elmhurst, IL

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#11
Nov 17, 2006
 
I am 20 and recently stated taking Concerta 36 for my adhd. My grades have skyrocketed and I found a new girlfriend. God bless Concerta
Laura-Louise Age 16

Bracknell, UK

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Nov 21, 2006
 
dumbfounded wrote:
My son is 12yrs old and is on concerta. I see anger in him as well, but not uncontrolled. He was on Stratera befor this. When I fuss at him I fell bad, but he will not listen at all. I tell him is a selfish child. He will not do anything unless it is for him. He loves to hunt and fish (anything out doors)and play ball. I have another child they are so jelous of each other b/c one can do more then the other. I trust one, if I tell them to meet me at the library at 5:00 they will be there. The one with the ADHD couldn't care less and would not be there.
Well my sister has ADHD she is 11years old and she is the same but if you start a routine like my mum has done they are more organised you may have start off by saying if you meet me at the library at a certain time then you can go fishing or hunting. Thats how my mum done it. Hopefully this helps you. And please at least try this out even though I am only 16 i can help cos ive been there and done it!
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Laura-Louise from england
Riggio

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Nov 21, 2006
 
I am a teacher at an Elementary School. I have a student who is on Concerta. A counselor told me this drug may not be good for those children with anger issues. Does anyone know anything about this?
Thank you!
Laura-Louise Shann Age 16

Bracknell, UK

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Nov 28, 2006
 
Riggio wrote:
I am a teacher at an Elementary School. I have a student who is on Concerta. A counselor told me this drug may not be good for those children with anger issues. Does anyone know anything about this?
Thank you!
I've had anger issues but the concerta does not make it worse but it makes it slightly better because concerta calms you down. I may be an adolescent but I know what I'm talking about!
Janice

Montrose, Australia

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#15
Nov 29, 2006
 
You don't have ADHD, you have Candida, it is causing toxins to go to your brain. Get tested for candida and when you treat that, your ADHD symptoms will disappear. It has been proven time and time again, but no one will mention it to you because they enjoy making money from the drugs you are all buying. The government needs people to have ADHD symptoms so they can sell more drugs.

Treat the candida and thank me later.
Not so Down-Under

Lethbridge, Canada

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#16
Dec 1, 2006
 
Janice wrote:
You don't have ADHD, you have Candida, it is causing toxins to go to your brain. Get tested for candida and when you treat that, your ADHD symptoms will disappear. It has been proven time and time again, but no one will mention it to you because they enjoy making money from the drugs you are all buying. The government needs people to have ADHD symptoms so they can sell more drugs.
Treat the candida and thank me later.
Glad, I caught up to ya, again! Now I get it - your suggesting that these people have been mis-diagnosed, and that they may not have ADHD!
Bobby

Neptune, NJ

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#17
Dec 4, 2006
 
I know exactly how you feel when you think about how youve been punished and put down constantly because of a problem which you had; a problem for which you were too young to use your intelligence (and a mature and experienced mind) to deal with. Besides, you didn't even know you had the problem. Even though I don't have ADHD, I have another psychological disorder (OCD) which is very similar to ADD/ADHD in terms of attention problems. I also constantly got in trouble and was critisized for things which were due to a cause that I was totally unaware of, and too young to control. I sometimes feel really bad that such events had to lead to so much damage to my self-confidence. My advice to you is not to let a lot of self-pitty to dominate you and not to spend too much time feeling bad for yourself and feeling victimized. What has passed has passed, and unfortunately many things in life are unfair. As for my case, I will try my best to turn all of these strong feelings into something positive: hopefully I will study to go into the field of psychology/neurology and contribute to the knowledge of disorders that affect people from such young age (like ADHD, OCD, or depression). Best of luck to you.
Bobby (deskreverse@yahoo.com)
Darla

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Dec 29, 2006
 
My son is 7. He is ADHD. I had him on concerta and ritalin for a year now. Not only has he lost a ton a weight, he looks like a skelaton, and it made him depressed and he cried all the time. It took him an hour to dress his self. I had to help him do everything. He was constantly in la la land. Finally, about a week ago. I said this has to change. And it hit me, duh, my son wasn't always depressed and crying. I thought to myself I miss my son, I didn't know who he was. He is only seven, and he told me he wanted to kill his self. I took him off the meds, put him on a colloidal vitamin called Body Balance and the difference in him is amazing. It has only been about a week, but he hasn't cried or been depressed since I took him off of the meds. He gets dressed in 10 minutes time (without my help). I had heard Body Balance was good for ADHD, because ADD/ADHD is a mineral deficiency. I am pumping him full of Body Balance, and things are getting better. He is happy, smiling, and laughing again, my baby boy is back!! Try lifeforce-intl.com to order it.
Darla

Little Rock, AR

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Dec 29, 2006
 
Sorry that site works too, but the offical website is www.lifeforce.net .
Bobby

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Jan 3, 2007
 
Dear Darla,
I would deffinitely recommend that you have your son checked for OCD, as people w/ ocd experience some symptoms that are very similar to ADHD (so he may not even have ADHD). For example, lack of concentration and spaciness are both shared by both OCD and ADHD. The fact that it takes (or used to take)your son a long time to get dressed is a typical symptom of OCD. The fact that he is not reacting well to the ADD meds may also have to do with this. Since OCD is an anxiety disorder, ADD meds (mostly stimulants) can worsen that. I have also been misdiagnosed w/ ADHD. But it's now clear that OCD was the problem I was really having.
Take Care,
Bobby (deskreverse@yahoo.com)
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Jan 17, 2007
 
yes i guess but iaqm not so sure really coz even me i dont know also what should i do,,,,,sorry

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