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09/21/2011 12:17 PM

Bipolar or Adhd

kellylynn
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Wondering if i have adhd which i was diagnosed with until my recently new phsyc dr said she thinks i can't focus or stick with any thing long is not adhd but rapid cycling. I am not sure since i have always been this way. If i am really interested in something i can focus. She is going to try and put me on lithium to slow me down a bit and see if that will work.

Just wondering if it will work any comments would be appreciated.

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09/21/2011 12:59 PM
whatthefisup
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you can have both

09/21/2011 01:11 PM
Bangbang
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Lithium has been a tried and proven drug for biolars. When I was working in psyhiatry way back in the early 70's it was the only drug that was used and it worked.

09/21/2011 01:18 PM
Migru
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Lithium has been my wonder drug. I too cycle rapidly and though it still happens, it's not as drastic. With it, I'm about at cyclothymic levels. I can be aggressive in the morning, lightly depressed in the afternoon, and hypomanic in the evening. All this during a very emotionally distressing time in my life. One could say ON THE SURFACE that I have ADHD because of my symptoms, but proper p/doc eval shows that I cycle like Lance Armstrong. Smile (I like that metaphor). AAAnyway, listen to your doc. Medicine management for BP comorbid with ADD or ADHD is NUTS. I know a girl in my group that deals with it and it's not the easiest thing.

09/21/2011 01:27 PM
Bangbang
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In my opinion if you are bipolar ..stimulants other than anitdepressants should not be any of your meds. Even the antidepressants can cause mania. Wellbutrin sends me into the heavens so I don't take it unless I feel like goin there.LOL

09/21/2011 01:35 PM
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I have both ADHD and bipolar 2, and I take adderall for my ADHD. It helps me to concentrate and focus - I am a different person on it. Before, I couldn't finish reading an article online. Now I can.

Maybe it doesn't cause me any problems because I don't have bipolar 1, so I don't have mania???


09/21/2011 01:52 PM
Bangbang
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That could be ...I don't know. My Pdoc has me diagnosed Biploar II. I don't agree with her becuae if I am not taking my meds I display all the symptoms of Biploar I. Does not make any sense to me.

09/21/2011 01:55 PM
YorkieLove
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Stimulants either make you cycle faster or more extreme. I can't remember which. I could not get stable while on stimulants and I have bipolar II.

09/21/2011 03:44 PM
sarahtroy
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I take a stimulant for my the symptoms of my depression. It does not negatively effect my bipolar II. I am very stable.

Yes, kellylynn, you can have both bipolar and ADHD. I think giving the Lithium a try is a good idea. Lithium is a good medicine and I hope it works for you.

Post edited by: sarahtroy, at: 09/21/2011 03:51 PM


09/21/2011 05:43 PM
angelique44
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Perhaps you have "overfocused ADD," which is what I have, meaning you can focus and in fact will hyper-focus on things that interest you. It's almost like you go into a trance and lose yourself in something and find it very difficult to pull away from it once you start it. I do this with copyediting/proofreading and jewelry making. I also have Bipolar I.

Post edited by: angelique44, at: 09/21/2011 05:44 PM

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