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Switching It Up: New Diagnosis [Feb. 17th, 2010|11:50 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Saw my pshrink today and told her that I think I have ADD.

(Background: I was complaining about someone to an acquaintance and my acquaintance--who has ADD--said it all sounded familiar & suggested that my someone might have ADD. In doing some research, I realized that I fit a LOT of the ADD criteria.)

She gave me a single sheet of questions where you circle 1 = Never and 5 = Very Often. When I returned the sheet, she didn't even have to add it up, she could tell by where my circles were that I fit the criteria.

So she wanted me to stop the latest SSRI (my third in a series) and start ADD drugs.

This was a good thing on a few levels.

1. As I was just about to start complaining about how, once I increased the dose as prescribed, the latest SSRI wasn't working for me, she told me to stop taking it. (Well, take the last few as half a pill/day; don't renew the 'scrip.)

2. I was getting really tired of antidepressant drugs that didn't work.

3. I've been making NO headway addressing my depression despite the work of the past 3-4 months.

I plan on takin' my first new pill tomorrow. I'll probably make some notes here later in the day.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2010-02-18 06:05 am (UTC)
Good luck, Wai-- SQUIRREL!

j/k, hang in there.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:36 pm (UTC)
Heh. Thanks, Erik.
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[User Picture]From: miss_chance
2010-02-18 06:59 am (UTC)
It seems like lately you've had a lot more cope available to be dealing with doctors and medications and such, and seem to making some headway. I hope this new diagnosis helps!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:38 pm (UTC)
Not really more cope so much as it was the only alternative I could come up with to committing suicide, an urge that's been getting a little too pressing over the past couple years.

Thanks for the hope!
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2010-02-18 12:31 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how much is still unknown about brain chemistry, why it works and why some meds work and others don't. I'm glad that you'll be tapering off the anti-d's since they're not making the cut.

I'm rather excited that you are making inroads in a different direction! Keep on keepin' on! I'm just glad you're still pushing. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm hopeful about the new direction, especially cuz I was really bored with the old one.

Thanks for the encouragement!
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[User Picture]From: gem225
2010-02-18 02:12 pm (UTC)
I hope that the new pill helps. :-D

*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie!
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[User Picture]From: jason237
2010-02-18 02:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds promising!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I sure hope so.

Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2010-02-18 03:47 pm (UTC)
this seems really promising. yay!
*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, babe.
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[User Picture]From: wonderreader
2010-02-18 04:16 pm (UTC)

ADD

Good Luck with the new meds - Anti depressants that don't work are really a drag. I hope this helps - glad you are still working it. Hugs to you.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:40 pm (UTC)

Re: ADD

Yeah, I'm pretty tired of the anti-depressants.

Thanks, Mom.
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2010-02-18 04:23 pm (UTC)
I hope this new direction is fruitful--I would be so happy for you to be able to harness your powers for good :)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I too would like to harness my powers for *something* - almost anything at this point.
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[User Picture]From: milktree
2010-02-18 05:01 pm (UTC)
So... what'd you get? Adderal? Ritalin? Something else? Time release or "regular"?
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-18 11:42 pm (UTC)
Adderall, just 5mg when I wake up & another 5mg 4-5 hours later. I'm taking half pills, so if they don't work, I can level up without getting a new 'scrip.

I bought a little pill carrier thinger so I don't have to eat any more lint than strictly necessary.
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[User Picture]From: hammercock
2010-02-19 06:50 am (UTC)
Good luck with this!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2010-02-20 01:47 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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