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Hi my name is Joseph Chonka. I have had ADHD since early childhood but it has calmed down since then. I am 22 years now and I space out a lot and I do weird OCD like stuff like repetitive actions. Does anyone else experience this? It only seems to happen when I’m alone so it seems to be psychological in nature. It interferes a lot with my daily activity and sometimes causes slight injury. I have tried aderall before but that only works on the space outs and I don’t even like that because the space outs are where my ideas and creativity come from so it’s like taking away my powers. But anyways how do I fix this OCD thing?

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Stimulants can generate anxiety in some people which OCD is an anxiety based disorder.  The idea of treating ADHD is a personal decision based on if you can function as an adult & keep up with your responsibilities such as driving safely, maintaining work and doing your assigned tasks & getting to work on time. Another factor to think about is if you can pay your bills on time and if without medication, you can maintain personal relationships. 

If you can do all of those tasks off medication and not have negative consequences then that is great.  If not, you can work with an ADHD coach or reconsider medication…based on your tolerance of side effects.

Your OCD, if mild, can be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy..  If more than mild than you can consider an evaluation for medication.  OCD symptoms can usually be helped by treating with serotonin helping antidepressants.  Usually these meds will help in the higher end of the dosage range…and take 4 to 6 weeks before a response to treatment can be noticed.  These, however can have a side effect of loss of libido & some sexual side effects in many people, which go away if you go off the medication.  Lexapro has less chance of sexual side effects than a lot of the other serotonin helping meds.  It comes in generic now also.

I think a good discussion with your doctor may be the use of a medication that has research on use for the treatment of ADHD but also in the treatment of OCD.  It is called TENEX….a few other meds in the same category are out now but I can’t recall them. I don’t remember if this med is known to have sexual side effects but I don’t think it does.  It may cause sedation & calmness.  It is not a med that has an addictive potential, but If I remember, it is also used as a cardiac medication & it can lower your ♡ rate…which helps the body to calm & thus can help anxiety.  It is definitely not the first line of treatment for your OCD but in giving a comprehensive answer, based on side effect profiles and treatment options.

Posted by angelface on Aug 05, 2014 at 2:20am

I also find that my meds enable me to focus on mundane tasks, BUT they do slow my creativity.
My plan of action now is to have a creative burst, then go onto meds to see if I can follow through and finish the creative projects.  And maybe even make some money from them
I only have
- a book to write, a science text book
- a few lesson plans to write
- several magazine articles to write
- a fun model train wagon to make from bottle tops
- some innovative furniture to build for a neighbour
- a set of innovative shelves to make and test
- a free-standing hammock frame to build
- window insulation to make from recycled stuff
need I go on, you get the idea

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Aug 05, 2014 at 2:44am

Sometimes symptoms of ADHD and OCD can overlap, or the two conditions can occur together. Obsessions and compulsions can take many forms, as explained further in this article: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6113-3.html.

Talk with your doctor about what you are experiencing, especially the objections you have to your ADHD medication. There are other medications you can try.

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

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 05, 2014 at 1:59pm

Thanks for the tips guys.

Posted by jjcho849 on Aug 06, 2014 at 11:34pm

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