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Son Has ADD. Explains a Lot!

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.
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  • OOLALA53
    I was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago in my 50's. Unfortunately, none of the medications have really helped me, I feel. I take anti-anxiety meds, too. I don't take them when I have long breaks from my work as a teacher and the symptoms are manageable. I wish I felt I could retire, but as of today, since I didn't get into the system until 1999, I don't think I can afford to quit. Yet daily, I think maybe I can't afford not to!

    I hope your son has some luck getting help and finding his way. It may not look like the beaten track, but it can be a good one.

    1499 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am glad you found this out about your son. Medication will help him. I hope you are doing well, Spark Friend in this New Year.
    1527 days ago
    I'm glad he found an answer. I hope everything works out well.
    1527 days ago
    The symptoms of many different psychiatric diagnoses are alike. Personally I have strong doubts that DSM-qualifications make all that much sense. And all psychiatric meds indeed are dangerous and can have damaging effects on the organs.
    But fortunately, there are things that work for all types of mental problems! Like good self care and day structure, enough rest and sleep, meditation or prayer, and things like yoga and/or relaxation exercises.
    1527 days ago
  • TIGER_LILY_613
    My coworker who is in his late 30s was JUST diagnosed with ADD. He says it explains a LOT about all the difficulties he'd been having. The medication the doctor prescribed has done him a world of good. I hope your son gets the medication he needs too.
    1527 days ago
    My daughter has had multiple symptoms of ADD and had huge improvements from going on a gluten-free, sugar-free and low-carb diet. It looks like autoimmune issues may be responsible for at least many cases of ADD.
    I don't think I have either but have noticed huge improvements in my mood and energy level since eating low-carb and supplementing 5000 IU of vitamin D/day.
    1527 days ago
  • _JODI404
    It is really good that he has answers and now can receive help.

    It sounds like he has a very good Doctor.

    Hope you are having a good weekend!

    1527 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    I am happy you are stable and doing well because that is paramount to your success.
    1527 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    My daughter, who is 12, was diagnosed 2 yrs ago with ADD and this year with dysgraphia. She's got a long road ahead of her! ADD is in neither in mine or my husbands' background.

    Glad your son got his diagnosis.
    1527 days ago
    My nephew has ADD. It helps knowing what the cause is for certain behaviors, etc. so you can find appropriate solutions. Hugs!!! emoticon
    1527 days ago
  • LARISSA238
    *hugs* At least you can get some answers now. I don't know anything about ADD or ADHD but I know it makes it hard to live with. I hope you can talk to your psych and get it all worked out.
    1527 days ago
    I'm glad he finally got a diagnosis, it can be difficult when you know something isn't right and everyone just blows it off, good that this doctor ran tests and doesn't give this diagnosis out like candy (means he's a good doctor).
    As for the (BPD) for you, I feel for you I use to have a friend who was so sweet and when she'd think she didn't need her meds anymore she'd be so lost and wouldn't be so sweet. It must be even more difficult to have that and now find out you have the other and not be able to really treat both because of the meds being both stimulants.
    I hope everything works out for you and your son! emoticon
    1527 days ago
    It's always good to understand what needs to be dealt with. I'm glad he can have some clarity now.

    I'm glad you are feeling good!

    1527 days ago
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