Posted by Raisinb on August 17, 2012, at 1:24:17
In reply to New doc/new diagnosis..., posted by Sheilac on August 16, 2012, at 8:20:50
I am kind of dealing with the same possible diagnoses. I was diagnosed with BPII last year, but didn't respond fully to any of the meds. Lithium was horrible for me.
My new pdoc, and my therapist, think adult ADHD is a legitimate possibility. My therapist says there is often a link between ADHD and bipolar depression, and the pdoc says that often, if you don't respond fully to bipolar meds, it's because there's a comorbid ADHD condition. Have you discussed this possibility with your doctors?
My point is that you might need both the bipolar meds and the Adderall, if your presenting symptoms are both depression and disorganization/ lack of focus.
I had never heard that there was a link between the two, but my first day on Adderall has been pretty fun. Those amphetamines really put a dent in your depression.
If you feel you need the Adderall that badly, you might consider bringing up recent research on the link between bipolar and the add with your doc.