Posted by Harmony on May 7, 2002, at 23:41:51
In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor for ADD? » Harmony, posted by azurebay on May 5, 2002, at 22:02:14
> Woops, sorry about the double posts (call me Mr. ADD-off-meds-for-the-weekend lol). Sorry about that.
> To the original post, I gotta say that I think your doc (unless he/she is experienced with both ADD/ADHD and co-existing depression) is going the typical conservative route with JUST Effexor alone. As of yet, there's not conclusive evidence as to its effectiveness, despite what my personal experience has been.
> Of course it's worth a shot, just Effexor alone, but if you definitely have ADD/ADHD symptoms, tell the doc he's psycho babbling in his own fear of prescribing Schedule II drugs, such as Ritalin, Adderall, etc. No reasonable psychiatrist who has confirmed an ADD diagnosis would hesitate for a MOMENT to use neuro-stimulants! In fact, for most ADD/ADHD folks they have an almost eerie (sp) calming effect, enhanced focus, and little if any risk for addiction.
> Anyways, bottom line: Listen to your own body and what you feel. If Effexor works, cool; if not... demand to be heard regarding the additional ADD/ADHD symptoms.
> <smiles always>
Thank you for all of your advice. I am 28 and I was just "not" diagnosed. My therapist and I believe that ADD is my problem. We just have to convince the Doc. The Doc unfortunately doesn't think I have ADD, just depression. I have read tons and just ordered 3 new books on ADD for adults and women. He said I can't have ADD because I am not hyper!??!--I guess he might not have much experience with ADD. Anyway, I just want to be treated correctly. My primary doc put me on Celexa because he thought I might be depressed. It made me feel better, more relaxed but it didn't make my prolems go away (amazingly). It didn't help me focus or get motivated. The withdrawal was dreadful. I read the same about the effexor and if it doesn't work I really don't want to deal with that again.
You said you have been on and off the effexor, have you experienced any withdrawal?
Do you think it would be worth it to try it or better to fight for the right diagnosis and be treated for what I truly believe to be my problem?
Thank you for writing back I really appreciate the advice from you and Petters.