Saturday, January 11, 2014
Yesterday, I found out my 22 year old son has ADD. It helps us understand a lot of his difficulties. Glad to have something to work with. It is often a hereditary thing, which says to me I may have an answer to my similar difficulties. My established diagnosis has ben BPD (bipolar disorder) which I've had for decades. But even while the major mood swings are under control from taking meds, I still suffer from issues similar to my son. Which are symptoms that are ones in common with BPD! I never knew this before, and never even considered that my son had it let alone myself!
This is something I will take up with my psychiatrist. It is very tricky taking meds for both. The drugs that help ADD or ADHD are stimulants, and stimulants can trigger mania, which is can be very severe in my case. Depressions are also severe, when I am not medicated. I have consistently taken my meds for the past 7 years, and have had no major episodes. But I have the symptoms of ADD or ADHD. My son took two tests and they found that he had ADD rather than ADHD. The doctor who did the test said he doesn't give out this diagnosis like candy, but my son has a significantly clear test score. He was relieved and looks forward to getting help with it and having a much more productive semester this Spring.
I find this all very interesting. Gives me something to think about.