Posted by SLS on January 12, 2001, at 12:12:28
In reply to Re: Adult ADHD Medicatiom, posted by Lethan on January 12, 2001, at 9:53:51
> > What aspects of AD/HD do you feel most in need of remedying? Attention? Kinetic? Emotional/behavioral?
> > Tofranil (imipramine) is a tricyclic antidepressant that has been used successfully to treat adult ADD. It is effective for much of the behavioral aspects, but does little for the attentional aspects.
> Physical anxiety,always needing to keep moving; motivation/attention/concentration at work, I need to be challenged but not overwhelmed; I always need to be entertained; my emotions are very nondemonstrative, they seem flat, almost anti-bipolar; I get angry/upset easily, but it manifests itself internally, then passes; I'm an INTP personality. So all these things. I want to be a better husband and soon-to-be father and not have my family think I'm nuts or neurotic.
From what little I have read on the subject, as a layman, I want to emphasize that much of the attentional and concentration components of AD/HD are not addressed by antidepressants. The more traditionally thought of psychostimulant drugs are necessary to remedy this; e.g. Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderal. For the behavioral, emotional, mood, and motivational aspects, antidepressants are helpful. The two I know of specifically that help are Tofranil (imipramine) and Effexor (venlafaxine). There has also been some reported success using Wellbutrin (bupropion), but I am not as impressed with the stuff I have come across regarding this drug.
Just ask your doctor about these things. Of course, all of this is dependant upon an accurate diagnosis. From what I'm told, it is not so easy.
I'm sure you'll make a fine Daddy.