Anyone else with ADHD?

Simon H asked 5 months ago

Pretty much as per the title! Anyone else have ADHD? I was diagnosed a year ago (aged 40). Was wondering how other people deal with it…
(Through in some depression and a touch of autism )

Gabe replied 5 months ago

Treatment has been .. not exactly forthcoming, I’m afraid – beyond finding management techniques that work for you, I don’t think there is a ‘normal’ treatment path. My Dr. was a bit: “here’s the pills, now off you trot!”

I take Elvanse, had the same issue with sleeping. After spelunking the internet I discovered max doseage Magnesium Glycinate (bodybuilder suppliment levels – 900mg) is supposed to help. I knock 2 back, an hour before bed, and I’m out like a light. I’m still looking for something to take the edge off the crash – ginseng is the best thing I’ve found so far, but some days it can still be a bit rough.

G

Simon H replied 5 months ago

Wow! Impressive! Do you mind me asking what medication you’re on and what treatment you had? I’m currently on atomoxetine (strattera) and my heart rate is averaging about 88, it was 54 before I started taking them. I’m not really finding the benefits worth it.

I did try Elvanse before that but that just stopped me sleeping (it did help though)…

Gabe replied 5 months ago

Hi Simon, another late diagnosed here (38, for me). Along with the meds, I took up a calisthenics or yoga session in the mornings, and make sure to life weights 4-5 times a week. Took a wee while to get the routine down, but, more and more, it seems to be helping to keep my brain going in a (more or less) straight line during the days.

Bullet journaling to keep track of everything from getting bills paid, daily activities, to running projects to completion, has been a game changer.

Another (slightly odder) technique is using an alarm cube (each side sets a timer to a different period eg: 5 mins, 15 mins, 30 etc), so I can stop for a break, but still keep to my schedule – have something to drag me back from the inevitable distractions.

G

2 Answers
Simon H answered 5 months ago

So you’re in the UK I guess (same here). My GP wouldn’t touch it. I got referred to the NHS but the waiting time was over a year so I paid privately for a psychiatric assessment. Then dumped on Elvanse, which didn’t really work for me. Switched to another stimulant, and that didn’t help either. By then my NHS referal to the ADHD centre came through and I’ve been on strattera since then. But I don’t like it.
 
It’s a sodding pain in the arse.

Benjamin White answered 5 months ago

Hi Simon, 

I was diagnosed with ADHD from an early age like 5/6 and am now 24, I was started on Dexamphetamines to keep me at bay as a child then moved through all these drugs as a child with then at a later stage 10-18 going through Ritalin and also ending on Stratera at a 100mg dosage which was a slow releasing alternative which really did work for quite a while. Now for the past 5-6 years I haven’t been on any medication and have been just taking it as it is, I do find I get bored very easily as do I also get very distracted but I take it upon myself to lot let it effect my day to day life and just live a normal life!

Unfortunately there are different variations of the ADHD diagnosis, luckily enough for myself and not so lucky for my parents I was diagnosed as it being the Highly intelligent and highly hyperactive side of things so I have found as my adult life I’ve kept myself stimulated with my work in engineering and also in my hobbies such a photography as it allows myself to switch off and really just calm down for a few hours!
In the end my only advice is to try and I know it sounds stupid but try not to think about it I find I know I have my OCD awareness with my ADHD and it keeps at me all the time but I just think of it as normal and everyone else is different!
 
Please if you have any questions I’m more than happy to help out where I can as I’ve been through alot over the years!