Just curious, if anyone else has adhd on top of anxiety and depression? I can assure you it makes the depression and anxiety worse. I have the combined type meaning I'm inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive. Any tips on how to better manage these comments disorders?
lol! Its so not funny but I have all 3 too and it is such a struggle!! I have many books on how to help manage it but my A.D.D. hasnt found the attention to read them. lol its horrible! It drives my husband crazy too! When I answer questions before he's even done with the question or forget stuff. My therapist told me about a website: www.CHADD.org. its a national resource on ADHD. Maybe you can find some helpful things on there. Sorry I couldnt have been more help but the struggle is real! I definitely understand! I didnt get diagnosed with my ADD til i was 26 when my psychiatrist realized it! lol it was funny bc he told me usually he's trying to convince ppl they dont have ADHD bc so many people try to get a script for Ritalin/adderal lol
Yes I have all 3. It's hard to deal with. Wish there was more information on this.
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becoming more severe, so I avoid chocolate, unless I've not eaten in a long time, due to the appetite suppressant effects of my Ritalin, chocolate is used purely to increase my blood sugar. Alcohol and ADHD do not mix, without Ritalin/medication, Alcohol causes me to feel hyper, and impulsive, this can cause problems and disturb others if you are drinking at a pub or club, If you're taking Ritalin, simply do not drink alcohol, it will cause the Ritalin to become more effective, in the same way as Diazepam/Valium does, and wear off much quicker, but will also cause the metabolites to be broken down much quicker, and cause Ritalin withdrawal effects, that can make you feel very lousy, and very depressed, if you are going to drink, I'd urge you to alter your medication timing making it less split apart to give the best chance of feeling withdrawal effects, and I'd advise drinking shandy or low percentage alcohol and taking your time.
If you're struggling with your depression and emotions, come and chat on here, or ring a helpline, like the Samaritans, who will talk to anyone, you don't have to be suicidal to talk to them, or email them, there are other helplines and sites available that are more specialist, to different issues, if you need anything specific, just ask, and I'll do my best to help, I use different numbers and sites for things like my childhood trauma, but more than anything if your GP or any counsellors or support workers you have, ask how you are, remember to always be honest, and if you talk with your GP, and he asks you how he can, or what you think might help you feel better, and you do have an idea/know what would help, be honest about it, they can't read minds, and can help you better/more if you're honest :)
P.S. If you have an appointment with a psychiatrist/mental health professional, always ensure you attend, even if you feel you don't need to, or feel worried about an appointment, get a counsellor or support worker you trust, to attend with you, if you can.
Depression is very difficult along side, ADHD, and this is a very fine line, your first issue is finding a good GP, who understands ADHD, and depression, and who you trust, this is very important, as to successfully treat your depression you need to ensure you see the same GP every time you attend the surgery, in relation to your ADHD and depression, this gives your GP a chance to get to know you, and how your conditions effect you, and a better chance to see if a treatment is helping, a lot of antidepressants react with ADHD, so cannot be taken concomitantly with Ritalin, so if you are on Ritalin, please be aware that your GP should be reminded that he needs to remember to check for any reactions that can occur between Ritalin, and any antidepressant prescribed.
I've found the best antidepressant to be Trazodone, as it's taken 3 times a day, rather than once a day, so the effects last better throughout the day, and I take my antidepressant at the same time I take my Ritalin, and my Beta Blocker, so I'm less likely to forget to take my antidepressant, I've found it very important to try to avoid Diazepam/Valium, as rather than calm me, it makes me impulsive and hyper, a bit like taking decongestants for most people, and increases the effectiveness of my Ritalin, but the downside is that it makes it wear off much quicker, so this out weighs the positive.
Now I'll turn to diet, and again say everybody is different, there are foods and drinks, we all associate with feeling good or bad, but they can also change our mood, in the opposite way we hoped, so for most people coffee wakes them up, chocolate makes them feel good, and alcohol in a social environment makes them feel good too, however things I've noted, for me Coffee just like other stimulants, calms me, but too much can cause dehydration, try to keep coffee to a minimum, as if you drink too much coffee earlier in the day, you may feel wired later, chocolate may taste good, but it makes me feel depressed, as all that I appear to get from chocolate, is an increase in my acne, leading to others making comments, and me feeling the angry outbursts associated with my ADHD