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Stay at my job or Retire?

I have ADD I’m taking 10 mg twice a day of D-Amphetamine Salt Combo (Adderall) 150 mg of Venlafaxine ER (Effexor XR) for major depression along with Citalopram (Celexa) 20 mg in the evenings.  I have struggled all my life in school, work etc…..just got diagnosed Adult ADD in 2013. I’ m 53 years old. I have been through a lot of in my personal life, deaths in the family, sicknesses in my family. I have worked for the federal government for 30 years.  I recently got promoted in Dec 2013.  The job is very difficult to do, first of all, I’m in an entirely new organization and have to learn new systems and procedures. Fast paced and multi tasking is a must in this position. I get so down and out thinking I can’t do this job, I start crying and feeling really depressed. I’m thinking about upping my dosage of Adderall so that I will not be so overwhelmed, confused and frustrated and also my depression medication as well.  There may be an early out retirement announced this year for the next FY15 in October 2014.  I really want to retire because I’m so tired!  Don’t know what to do.  Any suggestions?


Will you be okay financially if you retire now? If so, I say go for it.

Posted by organizationschmorganization on Jun 18, 2014 at 11:07pm

Yes, husband and I have gone over our finances we are in agreement that I can retire.  Thanks for your reply.

Posted by Virgie T. on Jun 19, 2014 at 4:57am

You’re lucky not only in that you still have a (good) job for the government, not even counting the promotion (presumably with higher income?).  If you’d like to continue to build your retirement nestegg, this might be a good time to do so; if the new job is stressing you badly, have you considered ADD Coaching from an appropriate coach?  You might get some coping mechanisms/ strategies that would help overall with life.  Definately see your health practitioner about the depression change and any possible medication change.
In any case, if you can and do want to retire now,go for it! I wish you luck and envy your position.  Have a happy life!

Posted by Vitality on Jun 19, 2014 at 7:00am

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