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Greetings All!

My name is Grace. I am a student at a University with a concentration Public Health education and promotion - it’s my passion. I hope to be a researcher someday.

I have recently been diagnosed with ADHD (314.01 ADHD combined) along with anxiety. The Psych at my University wrote up a letter and sent it to my family doctor. I have tried Strattera (felt awful on it), Ritlian LA 10mg (bad side effects) and Adderall IR 5mg (decent, if anything i felt more calmer). I am not a good medication taker at all and get into the “I’m on medication?!” mindset.

Today, i chose not to take it due to I’d like to try therapy. Today, i feel tired and anxious. I am unsure if that’s the feeling of “normal” or of my system saying “oh, X is not in your system anymore?”

I feel I’m in the “well, i don’t have full blown adhd, but i have anxiety” mindset and wish to not take meds. The University Psych said it’s either anxiety causing the adhd symptoms or i have adhd.

I see my University Psych on Tuesday to discuss the what i have taken so far and hopefully work out a solution.


Hi Grace, Congratulations on having something that you love and want to pour yourself into.  Keep that researcher goal ahead of you and use it for motivation.  I can’t really speak to the combination of anxiety and ADHD other than to say that it is fairly common for ADHD’ers to have more than one diagnosis.  It may take some time to sort out if you have one, the other or both.  I decided to take meds (Ritalin-low dose) because it helped me focus better at work.  My body doesn’t tolerate much of it.  I understand the “I’m on meds?” mindset.  It is definitely a mental adjustment.  If you were diabetic, would you have trouble taking insulin to keep you alive?  I believe Rlitalin helps me be a more functional person, so I’ve decided to take it.  Sometimes I don’t take it on weekends by choice.  Keep talking to the Psych, read up on ADHD and anxiety so you’re informed.  Keep track of what works and what doesn’t.  Pretty soon, you’ll figure out what works bests for you.

Posted by whizinc on Jan 09, 2014 at 5:09am


Hi, Grace!
For years, I was treated as either Bipolar or Chronically Depressed with Generalized Anxiety.  After nearly 20 years of that, I made up my mind to get things under control.  I did what you did; stopped my medications after looking how to titrate them down first.  By the time I saw my new psychiatrist, I had been medication free for over 45 days.
He did some testing in his office and then review my history from my earliest school years to the present time.  “Dianne, you are right.  You have ADD Inattentive type with some features of hyperactivity in the brain without the excessive movement of your body.”
He instructed me to begin therapy with a counselor specialized in ADD.  The therapist and I discussed what I did from day-to-day, then began looking for the tools that would work best for me in my particular situation.
Today I still use those tools even if they have changed via technology over the years.  I use a PIM program on the computer, a day planner, and my smartphone.
I joined Flylady back in 1999 when her site first went up and have been there ever since.  My home looks good!  My schedule is kept.  I get where I need to be on time.  Life is good.
Find someone to help you find what you need.  It does not have to be expensive or time consuming.
The affect of not having your stimulant medication is what is to be expected.  There are other medications that help without being stimulants, but you need to talk to your doctor about those.
Our physical systems adapt to medications, or they do not, but, in the end, you are the one who has to decide which way to go.
Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Jan 09, 2014 at 1:24am

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 09, 2014 at 6:34pm

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