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ADHD, Panic, and Overcoming

Hi! I’m new to this forum! I’m in my 20’s and have battled ADHD all my life. I have always been incredibly antisocial. I was also a hypochondriac, compulsive, irritable and difficult in my relationships. I had gone my whole life being unaware of what was causing my behavior until this Summer. I developed Panic Disorder. I had always been a very worried person, but I never had the physical symptoms that usually went along with it so feeling sweaty, out of breath, and dizzy was strange and frightening. I felt out of control. Weirdly enough, the Panic Disorder was the catalyst for extreme self reflection. I feel I’ve been given a second chance at life now that I’m able to see the driving forces behind my behavior in a light I had never seen before. I had been introduced to adderall 4 years prior and it was an eye opening experience (although the first couple times I took it I felt so relaxed and tired I could have fallen asleep) The adderall, however, when taken even every other day for me, began to drain me and exhaust me (which I believe was another catalyst for the Panic Disorder) I feel more panicky when I am exhausted. Now after 4 months of extreme bedridden depression I am exercising (biking) and taking cod liver oil, eating well, making art and trying to stay positive and not embed the bad (desolate and negative) thoughts. It’s hard sometimes. Somedays I feel like I’m going crazy or I’m developing some form of autism. It feels like early onset dementia somedays haha. ADHD is rough, but I feel it is the loneliness that is more bitter than the disorder itself. Knowing I am not alone and people work with the disorder, treat the disorder and come to peace with it is really inspiring.

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Hi brittecook!

Have you seen a therapist about your anxiety and panic attacks? Treating that could really make a difference in your life. I do not have ADHD, but I take medication for significant anxiety and it really reduces it to a more manageable degree.

Here’s more advice on managing anxiety with ADHD:
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1987.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8112.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6564.html

As well, there are other ADHD medications besides Adderall to try. Maybe your doctor would be willing to give you a prescription for one of the methylphenidates (like Ritalin or Concerta). It’s very possible you could have less side effects with a different medication.

Don’t give up on feeling good, happy, and successful!

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:11pm

I plan on trying adderall again and if this new anxiety poses an issue I’ll look into other alternatives. Thanks so much for the advice and the links smile

Posted by brittecook on Sep 06, 2014 at 11:02pm

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