I have ADD, no hyperactivity, just the distraction part. I control it moderately well with diet and exericise, post it notes, computer reminders, automatic bill payer with the bank , telling everyone to email me so I'll remember, etc But I feel like its just treading water.
After awhile, I start sinking, can't keep my head above the water, I'll take meds (5mg Aderral) for a week or so to sort of get my head back up above the water. Then I taper back off for awhile.
My dr wants me off the stimulant meds completely because I have high blood pressure. She wants me to be re-evaulated.
When I take the Adderal, I don't obsess about food. I actually will go several hours without even thinking about food until I get physicaly hungry. I can get motivated to do the boring stuff that needs to be done and I can study. I'm taking it a little more often now because I have to take a certification exam for work soon. Yuck. I know, I'm whining.
What have your experiences been with different ADD treatments? Were you diagnosed with ADD and then discover it was something else?
And please, if you are anti-ADHD or anti-drugs, I respect your believes and you don't need to respond to this in a negative way. I've lived with it my entire life and if you haven't then you won't understand.