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mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





Hot Rope Guy

Gave up on Strattera in December due to the panic attacks and low mood that I didn't get nearly as much unmedicated, finally got round to booking in a new appointment with my psych for tomorrow. Probably going to look at stimulant options now.

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mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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mfcrocker posted:

Gave up on Strattera in December due to the panic attacks and low mood that I didn't get nearly as much unmedicated, finally got round to booking in a new appointment with my psych for tomorrow. Probably going to look at stimulant options now.

Spoilers: we now on Vyvanse lads

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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With the massive caveat that this advice is given under the assumption you have employment protections at work under law, you should basically absolutely always disclose having ADHD to your employer. In the UK at least it's considered a legally-protected disability (basically everything is) and once I told my employer about my diagnosis they were required to provide me with reasonable adjustments at work to help me out; in my case it's stuff like guaranteeing a seat in the office away from the aisle and allowing an amount of working from home, but it's amazing the range of things that can help make work easier.

It can also be considered a mitigating factor in disciplinary action and over here, firing someone for unwanted behaviour directly related to their disability puts them on very legally shaky ground. That said, IANAL, this may not apply to where you live, consult your union if you're in one and join one if you can

E: choosing to work unmedicated is likely to work against you mind; I hope the new meds work out alright for you and it might be useful to mention you're trying them, both from a "look I'm taking steps to get this under control" perspective and a "brain meds are fucky I don't know how this will affect me please be understanding" one

mfcrocker fucked around with this message at 08:15 on Jul 1, 2020

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Canadian Bakin posted:

Thanks, mechafunkzilla and mfcrocker, for your posts.
I'm working on getting my calendar set up with notifications and constant reminders for important things. This will be expanded to my work calendar as well, when I'm allowed back. I have plans to get my medical records, just in case I need them, and I'm going to see if my family doctor is still around so that maybe I can work with her rather than relying on whoever is on rotation at the walk-in. I'll also talk to work about letting me have back my office days. Things were better when I had those dedicated days for paperwork rather than trying to piecemeal it out through the week in my "spare time". And getting people to drat well write things down, email them to me, and not just blather at me as they walk by and expect me to remember what they said three days later.
As for the Concerta... Well I haven't noticed much difference, maybe a bit more alertness. This is both the best and worst time since I'm at home and I don't do much when I'm at home, though I've actually sat through reading articles and whatnot online without bouncing through 40 different tabs. On the other hand, I haven't noticed any ill effects and it's been a week now. Except for today. Today was a wake up and go run errands day as soon as I'm dressed day so I took my dose and toddled off out the door without breakfast and now it's "HI! YES, I'M ON STIMULANTS WITH NO FOOD!" from my body. I have a sandwich. It's fine now. I think.

Anyway, I'm working on it.

All the best. Food is always a bloody minefield with stimulants so don't feel too bad about a crap day today

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Oof glad I'm on Vyvanse, I drink a lot of soda

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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coolusername posted:

Does anyone here have books to recommend regarding living with adult ADHD? Especially ones with organisational solutions and cleaning tips?

Organising Solutions for People with ADHD by Susan Pinksy.

The tldr is that minimalism is really important in your house rather than some fad; you actively need every act of tidying up to be measurable in seconds or a few minutes and to remove as many barriers as possible. The book is cheap and well worth it though

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Gabriel S. posted:

Is there a good ADHD books for adults in the middle of their careers? I'm doing okay but I know I can do more and I keep working way too late.

Honestly, you might do better with coaching or therapy.

Then again, I can't entirely relate. Personally, I've recently happily settled on a stagnant career because my current employer is so drat good with handling my ADHD rear end, putting up with the odd days off for insomnia, giving me work that plays to my strengths etc

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Laserface posted:

did you know that you can fill that same bottle with water instead of getting type II diabetes

can't get type II diabetes if you pickle yourself with aspartame first

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Laserface posted:

No my initial post was absolutely ridiculing you for keeping soda on your nightstand instead of water.

I'm as bachelor as they come but I keep soft drink in the fridge and I don't wash down my medication with it in the morning. I'd sooner drink alcohol than cola before midday.

This isn't exactly the place to just be dunking on someone's habits, even if you could argue it's tangentially related to what we were on about. By this point you're just being a dickhead.

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Gishin posted:

I got diagnosed with major depressive disorder and take wellbutrin for it. However, I'm pretty sure I've got ADD on top of that but my psychiatrist can't diagnose or prescribe medication with online visits. My main anxiety about going to see a different psych in-person is that they'll think I'm just trying to get my hands on adderall and it's been making me hesitate getting an appointment. Is this a valid fear or am I just playing myself?

Some psychs won't even put you on a stimulant first time, atomoxetine has become the go-to first med (at least in the UK) because it's not a stimulant

mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Liquid Communism posted:

Nah, going with non-stimulants first is really common in the States too, because the side effects of stimulants are bad for some folks, plus most of them are scheduled drugs wich means more red tape and shorter perscription periods with more office visits to ensure they're not being abused or resold.

Yeah, atomoxetine didn't work out for me and now I have to do a lot more med reviews etc on elvanse despite getting fewer side effects. Thankfully my pharmacist is chill and doesn't give me any poo poo but I've heard of people having issues getting controlled drugs, to the point that my psych warned me about the possibility

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mfcrocker
Jan 31, 2004





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Hipster_Doofus posted:

Like hell it isn't (not for me anyway), but it is a very dirty one. I'd sooner drink six cups of strong coffee than take one dose of atomoxitine (aka Strattera).

Oh atomoxetine can get hosed for what itís worth, itíll effect everyone differently but it gave me my first and only panic attacks of my life and Iíd much rather that small risk of side-eye from a pharmacist

(Not my current pharmacist though theyíre chill and largely just want me out of there asap)

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