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What helps add-pi and depression?

I was diagnosed with inattentive add and depression last month.  I am 39 and have had a hard time focusing and completing tasks all my life, it is very difficult to remember locations and directions, and I have a difficult time sustaining loving relationships and even going out and doing things. Lately it has gotten worse.  I have been more scattered and forgetful, I didn €™t want to get out bed €¦.  I am taking 27 mg of generic Concerta and 50 mg of generic Zoloft.  I feel so behind on so many things that I don €™t know how to catch up.  Piles of paper and clothes are worrying me €¦ I feel sad just walking in my door and seeing all of this.  I feel disappointed in my self and my life.  I have a good job and great kids. I am a single mom and very lonely. I feel inadequate to meet the challenges of my life.  I have a counselor, eliminated sugar from my diet through the 12 steps, a doctor, clinical nutritional counseling, prayer €¦. etc. Has any one faced something similiar.  What helped.  Will things keep looking this dark? - See more at: http://connect.additudemag.com/groups/topic/Has_it_gotten_better_What_worked/#sthash.XmjmaKnW.dpuf

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Hi beachbb,

I am so sorry to hear how much you are struggling.  I really feel for your situation as you not only have yourself to take care of but children as well.

It sounds like you are doing a lot to help yourself.  Keep reaching out and trying different things.  I found my way to balance first with medication, then changed my diet, added supplements including fish oil, daily exercise, more whole foods, and finally neurofeedback.

There is so much information about treatment options for ADHD.  I tried to read all I could when I was first diagnosed and was open to trying anything.

I don’t know how long you have been on your medications.  You could possibly need an increase in dosage.

Also it sounds like you could use some physical support right now.  Are there family members or friends that you could reach out to for help with household chores? That might help you feel less alone and people that care about you would be happy to do that for you I am sure.

Just know things can get better.  I went from living in a constant state of anxiety, fear, depression, impulsiveness, reactiveness, and insomnia to now I am rooted in calmness and even keelness which to me = freedom.

My life is not perfect by any means but I do know it is possible to achieve a place where anything is possible and to feel true empowerment on a daily basis.

I know you are feeling alone and overwhelmed.  Just know this is a great place for support and there are people who truly care how you are doing.

I will also keep you and your family in my daily prayers.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing.

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Apr 29, 2014 at 5:12pm

Thanks,Mitzi,I just went to the doctor and she increased my Zoloft to 100 mg and Concerta to 36.  I hope this helps.

Posted by beachbb on Apr 29, 2014 at 8:01pm

I hope that helps! I know when I first was prescribed Ritalin I had to have the dosage increased after a few weeks to get the same reults.

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Apr 29, 2014 at 8:04pm

Thanks, Mitzi, I feel a little better by just saying something and doing something. I was reading about Neurofeedback today. I am thinking a little about trying it.  My mom came over yesterday and today she went with me to the doctor’s.

Posted by beachbb on Apr 29, 2014 at 11:27pm

I am glad you are feeling a little better.  My fingers are crossed for you that the increase in meds will give you improvement in symptoms and you feel better able to deal with your life.

I will put a link at the bottom of the type of neurofeedback that I had a good response to.  The FAQ page is easy to follow and I really like the video testimonials of other people’s experience with NF.  There are two from a mother and then her son talks about the differences he sees.  I thought that was powerful.

I think it is great your mom went with you to the doctors.

Mitzi
http://www.eeginfo.com

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:31am

Hi beachbb,
I highly rcommend meditation and deep breathing techniques. Look up Sudarshan Kriya. I do this breathing technique every day since October 2014 and it has changed my life forever!
It clears my mind and erases anxiety.
You have to register for a course through Art of Living.

http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/art-living-course-part 1#distance=10&sSearch;=⪫=&lng;=&ctype=51879,12371,12519,12517,266225&acol=0&c=&cc;=&d1;=&d2;=

Best of luck to you!
Hilary

Posted by hildawg037 on May 03, 2014 at 3:32am

That’s great Hilary that you erased anxiety through meditation and deep breathing exercises.  I was never able to enjoy either when my symptoms were active (non-stop motor and never ending need to be moving). 

I definitely enjoy meditating now that my motor has ceased and my new norm is calm and balanced.

I love YouTube and all the free guided meditations that people post on there.  You can find anything on there smile

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on May 04, 2014 at 5:23am

Thanks, Hillary.  I will check it out. And Mitzi, I have a consultation with the neuro. people tomorrow.  Yeah! And wonder of wonders, I signed up for a month of Crossfit training and I have my 2nd work out tomorrow.  Things may be looking up. What a difference hope makes.  You all are wonderful.

Posted by beachbb on May 05, 2014 at 5:41am

Yeah! Great to hear! Yes hope is a good thing smile

Posted by Mitzi Maine on May 05, 2014 at 2:29pm

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