Posted by KarenB on March 31, 2000, at 12:18:56
In reply to Re: ADD - KarenB, posted by CarolAnn on March 30, 2000, at 10:35:23
I went to my pdoc yesterday and told him what I suspected about my diagnoses of Bipolar II actually being ADD with depression. He agreed that it was a strong possibility, especially since the only antidepressant that has ever worked for me is a psychostimulant (Amineptine), a dopamine uptake blocker. The same type of medication is used to treat ADD. Mood stabilizers have also failed to work or made me ill.
I am giving serious re-consideration to certain events and problems in my life, especially during school and concerning jobs. They seem to stem from my inability to concentrate and a tendency to become easily bored. My depression may be a result of years of the disorder or a condition all on it's own, I'm not sure. Some of you who were also misdiagnosed say that once on the ADD drug, the antidepressants were no longer necessary. I hope that will be true for me as well.
Doc started me on a low dose of Ritalin, to be increased early next week if all goes well. I am still reluctantly taking the Nortriptyline as an AD but will try to lower the dosage down as the Ritalin starts working, and see what happens.
Thank you all so much for your input and help on this!