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ADD and Anxiety... how do you tell the difference?

Posted by Janice on December 28, 1999, at 8:21:22

When I first started taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication 6 years ago, most of my anxiety, hyperchondria, panic attacks and most of my phobias dissapated.

All I was left with was an intense fear of flying and driving. 2 months ago, I took a trip to Hawaii. Now instead of knocking myself out with anti-anxiety pills (like I usually do), I took an extra Dexedrine instead. And it worked. I was, for the first time in my life, a rational, sane person on the plane. Even better I didn't have to recover from the Ativan hangover.

Last night I had a sleepless night (2 in 2 weeks) and had to call in sick to my new job today. All my 'anxiety' was about this new job and my lack of confidence, and how the whole scene is scaring the crap out of me. I took 1.5mg of Ativan, and it did nothing.

In the past, whenever I can't sleep I take .5 mg of Ativan. This has always worked up till the past 2 I am suspecting that it is the mental, out-of-control, part of the ADD that has been keeping me up lately. And that this mental, out-of-control part of ADD is not biologically related to anxiety although they manifest themselves similarly (if that sentence does not give it away, I'm not a scientist.)

Next time this happens, I'm going to try a Dexedrine instead of an Ativan.

so my questions are;

anyone else get confused between ADD and anxiety, or have a similar experience? and how is it you can differentiate between the two disorders?

Could anyone explain to me (in layman's terms) why these 2 disorders manifest themselves so similarly and yet are treated with medication from opposite families?

I hope i have explained myself half decently, it's now 6:22 and I am finally beginning to feel sleepy. thanks Janice.




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