Posted by Elena Think you have ADD? READ THIS on March 30, 2000, at 8:23:25
In reply to Re: ADD - to KarenB (kind of long reply), posted by CarolAnn on March 29, 2000, at 17:18:40
>Karen--with an IQ of 150 you owe it to yourself to go to borntoexplore.org. Follow the links. I suspect you may be a gifted woman suffering from depression for really good reasons. Please e-mail me when you've done this. And that goes for anyone else out there too. I am a journalist and I am DETERMINED to write about this from the POV of those of us who've been diagnosed with a "disorder" when what we really are is too smart for the status quo.
Dear Karen, boy I could have written your letter about myself! My depression symptoms are exactly the same as yours. I would say that you are very probably ADD. Did you know that there is now an "official" diagnosis called ADD/without hyperactivity? This would also explain some of your fatigue and low motivation, as it does mine. As to the Bi-polar question, I'm not sure...I do think it is possible that the symptoms are related to the ADD, particularly the thing about blurting out inappropriate things(one of the "signs" of ADD). Also, the fact that your symptoms go back to school days (high intelligance, mediocre grades)would be a specific indication of ADD w/o hyperactivity.
> So, my suggestion is find a good psychiatrist and explain your situation, even if he doesn't subscribe to the ADD theory(but I think he will), it is very common (according to my Psychiatrist) to treat our type of depression(fatigue,ect.) with a combination of anti-depressants and psycho-stimulants. I am currently taking 200mgs. of Wellbutrin twice a day, 20mgs. of Celexa once, and 10 mgs. of Adderall(stimulant) three times per day. I have seen some improvement, particularly on the Adderall(for the ADD, but originally prescribed for my excessive fatigue). But, not as much improvement as I would like, so just today I was put up another 10mgs. of Celexa, for a total of 30 mgs., which I take early evening. Sorry this is so long, but hope you find it helpful. Good luck! CarolAnn
poster:Elena Think you have ADD? READ THIS