Lincoln Park, NJ

#1 Apr 2, 2011
A few hours after I wake up my head goes into a complete daze and I am rendered less capable of performing necessary tasks regarding my job (I am an analyst at an Investment Bank) and day-to-day life.

I have been to doctors to as about this problem, but they have seemed very eager to prescribe mediation. They have tried to prescribe the following for ADHD:

Stimulants: Adderall, Ritalin
Non-stimulants: Strattera, Bupropion

I took Adderall about thirty times in 20mg extended release tablets over the course of three years while in college at times when I needed to study. I found that out of all of the drugs, it worked best to get rid the symptoms which I describe in detail below. The others I took once or twice, but found that there were side affects which made me feel uncomfortable. I immediately stopped taking them.

The main reason why I feel that this issue does not regard ADHD, is because the daze I go into happens in a strict, timely sequence throughout each day.

Here is a detailed description of my days’ progression:

6:30am – wake up, feel okay
7:45am – get to work, feel okay
8:00 – eat breakfast (usually cereal, protein bar or cottage cheese, orange juice, decaf coffee)
8:20am – start to go into a daze
9:00am – in a complete and total daze, where I have a terribly difficult time concentrating
12:00pm – eat lunch
1:00pm – feel as though my daze is slowly starting to taper off
3:30pm – start to feel a bit better, but still dazy
5:00pm – feel normal
7:00pm – gym, feel better
8:00pm – dinner, followed by TV (during this time I feel as though I can concentrate best)
10:30pm - sleep

Description of daze –
• I cannot maintain a train of thought in my head for more than three/five seconds
• I am very scattered and distractible
• My reading comprehension goes away
• I feel most comfortable just spaced out staring at the wall
• The back of my head gets slightly numb

Things that make it worse -
• Coffee

Things that mitigate the daze, but do not fully eliminate it –
• Aerobic workout
• Meditation (breathing exercises)

Thoughts as to why this may be happening –
• Hormonal/chemical deficiency or overproduction that is in some way timed to my body’s circadian rhythm

Note: I am certain that it is not related to staring at computer/TV screens or vision.

I would appreciate any thoughts or insight.

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