SparkPeople Adults with ADD/ADHD Team Messageboard A SparkTeam for adults coping with ADD or ADHD. SparkPeople Adults with ADD/ADHD Team Messageboard WEIGHing IN: How Are You Doing <BR> <BR> woohoo... under 170s... <BR> <BR> <BR> weighing in at 168.... feeling good about where I am... <BR> <BR> Sparking has helped me alot to keep me focused Sat, 2 Jun 2018 12:30:16 EST Weather Report <em>257</em> Sat, 2 Jun 2018 12:26:20 EST EMOTICON your day <BR> <em>27</em> Sat, 2 Jun 2018 12:17:31 EST H i I am new here Hi my name is Paula and I was diagnose with a mild ADHD and depression 2 years ago when I whent on disability.I do have some anxiety. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:54:43 EST What to Do When You Have Many Interests Are You a Multipotentialite? Isn't that a great word? I think it's a way to describe those of us who struggle with the magpie syndrome ("Oooo! Shiny!), and I now think my magpie syndrome is one of the benefits/disadvantages of my ADD. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a-multipotentialite-what-to-do-when-yo<BR>u-have-many-interests/ </link> Thu, 18 May 2017 17:10:36 EST The Drummer and the Great Mountain Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share a resource that many of you may not know about. <BR> The website URL is <BR> <BR> <BR> The book is called " The Drummer and the Great Mountain", A Guidebook To Transforming Adult ADD / ADHD". <BR> <BR> You can find free podcasts that add further tips as you go through the chapters of the book on iTunes, Stitcher, or Podcast Addict app to name a few. I am enjoying the podcasts a lot and the book is i... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 14:32:59 EST Hello! Good to see other people are here. Just wanted to introduce my self to the team. I really must get to bed now. I hope my mind will let me. Night to all. I'll be back! Wed, 2 Nov 2016 01:39:56 EST New Here Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. Really curious of how other ADDers deal with the strain of losing weight and keeping up with healthy routines. <BR> <BR> Hope to get some great tips and share my struggles. <BR> <BR> I'm almost 40, office worker, from Portugal. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:33:07 EST Myths About Being a Strong Person with ADHD My ADD life coach writes a newsletter &amp; she recently posted this article in it. It's a good one, imho. <BR> <link><BR>ults/misconceptions-about-what-being-a<BR>-strong-person-with-adhd-means/?inf_co<BR>ntact_key=5877f2e217c93be4b577675c8fbd<BR>7f970ac4e28e91bdc8b09a3c296a4e7751b2 </link> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:52:04 EST New to the group Hi all! <BR> <BR> Nice to see a group based on ADHD adults! Myself and my oldest son both have ADHD, and my fiance is borderline OCD so it's always a challenge! We also have a one year old boy :) <BR> <BR> I have been off Spark for awhile (life got crazy with a PCS move and kiddo starting kindergarten and so on, plus dealing with the diagnosis process for my son) but ready to get back to it. <BR> <BR> Anyways... hello all! <BR> Amber Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:14:04 EST How ADHD Affects Adults Interesting article <BR> <link><BR>ects-adults-050300513.html </link> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:25:52 EST Group strategie I thought we could starta thread to discuss strategies we've discovered to help us. What are you doing? Wht have you found that works? <BR> <BR> I have a vibrating wristwach that I'm using to help me transition between tasks, as well as stay on task. Finish us a focus block (1 hr), set the timer for 5 - 10 minutes. Starting out on a focus block: set timer for 5 - 10 minutes for the first task. Then keep that up. Sat, 14 May 2016 13:50:13 EST Share Your Motivation Tips I'm trying to get back into being active on SparkPeople and thought I would try to start a discussion since my ADD/ADHD inattentive type is my greatest challenge in getting and staying motivated. Let's share some tips that seem to help in our personal journeys! <BR> <BR> The most recent thing that helps keep me motivated is so simple and unexpected it's almost silly. I have always tried using "to do" lists to no avail. They just seem so dry and overwhelming when I have a list and get halfwa... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:48:55 EST Russell Barkley on ADHD If anyone gets a chance, look this guy up. He's got tons of lectures on ADHD. <BR> <BR> That and a website called ADDitute-great self help info. <BR> <BR> During this youtube video I'm posting, I was laughing and crying. He described my brain with such accuracy it was scary. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iT0GZpE </link> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:00:08 EST Holistic Approach? Has anyone had any success with a holistic approach? Like diet changes, etc? Just curious to know which solution is better to deal with symptoms. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:36:45 EST Hello I'm here, but not to SparkPeople and ADHD. HI! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> It's good to be here. I'm not new to SparkPeople. I've been here about two years and I'm certainly not new to ADHD. It was about 25 years ago when I was first diagnosed.. I have two grown children who have different forms of ADD, also. So it's a family thing. Lol. I take medicine for it. I was in therapy, but no longer and use many strategies.(When I remember to use them. Lol.) I am still a work in progress, but no matter just as life is a journey ADHD is a proc... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:06:45 EST Just some stuff I came across I just thought I'd put this out there....for other people like me who maybe need something extra to stay interested in mundane tasks and to gauge time. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Website and also app--website more in-depth but if you're rarely on a pc, as I am, the app comes in handy. (both free unless you want premium stuff like backgrounds for your avatar) <BR> A task RPG game--involves characters that get silver, gold for tasks that they can use to buy "equipment", "p... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:26:16 EST I Need Support: ADHD Marriage I am married to a wonderful guy that was just diagnosed with ADHD. I am scared because I am a non-ADHD spouse, and am unsure how to best communicate with him. When we do communicate I find myself getting frustrated, or he will pick the wrong detail/focus out of a conversation which will lead to him getting upset with me. He had trouble paying bills so I have to do it, and he is currently unemployed (circumstances outside of his control) so I also work full-time to support us. He is unable to ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 06:41:09 EST Foot Cramps with Adderal XR? For a few years I have been dealing with foot cramps. I have been watching my nutrients and staying hydrated, and nothing else appears wrong with my health. Recently, I have come across articles, and posts online that people taking Adderal XR are having this issue too. Is anyone else here having this problem, or heard of this? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 01:09:55 EST Hi there Hello sparkers, I was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago as an adult. Noise seems to be one of my biggest distractions, especially when I'm trying to read something. I will notice the chipmunks outside chirping, and can't focus. I'm trying to be more self aware and maybe get off medication. <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 01:05:45 EST Hi from Alaska Hey there, <BR> <BR> I've been a member for a bit, but hadn't taken the time to introduce myself. My name is Sherry, I'm 33 years old and I live in Anchorage, Alaska. I've had ADHD for all my life, off and on meds during childhood, but stable on meds for the past 8 years now. I work in housing for chronic alcoholic homeless. Looking forward to meeting the people around here! <BR> <BR> Sherry Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:57:07 EST What is wrong with me?? So I went on here to try to change my life. Was all excited when it was shiny and I have just given up on myself, again. Why can't I ever just follow through with anything? Especially thing's that are good for me....that are just for me. So frustrated with me! <BR> <BR> Now trying to tell myself that It is not about being thin....I don't need a diet.....I just need to eat healthy (and remember to take my meds). <BR> <BR> UGH! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:53:56 EST New ADD and confused I have just been diagnosed with Adult ADD and am confused about my life. Having suffered this my whole life, but not being diagnosed until 42, how do I undo all my bad habits and still try to create new ones? One big habit I have created is eating to deal with my feelings of inadequacy. <BR> <BR> Where do I go now? <em>24</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:18:32 EST What it is like to be depressed with ADD/ADHD This article has been copied from another website; <BR> <BR> I recently had a panic attack at work. I had to leave immediately, get the heck home, and take a breather while also explaining the existential crisis to my wife: What am I going to do with my life? <BR> <BR> I’ve always been a driven, passionate person. But as I went from my twenties into my thirties, the effects of adult ADHD took their toll, and I had a rear view mirror full of regrets: the jobs I had lost, bridges I burned wit... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:11:16 EST Getting enough calories healthily (on Adderall) I joined SparkPeople after being diagnosed with ADHD and starting treatment with Adderall. I got hit pretty hard by the loss-of-appetite side effect, I barely notice when I'm actually hungry or tired. I lost a lot of weight that I'd wanted to, but I realized I wasn't getting enough to eat and my body was compensating for not getting enough calories by making me sleep longer. So even though I'd like to lose another 8-10lbs, I put the brakes on weight loss (which seemed to be just in time since... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:02:24 EST Newbie & Newly Diagnosed ADD Hi, my name is Dee and I will be turning 35 in June. Born in Texas, rasied in Missouri, but I'm been in Oklahoma now for 6 years. So, I guess you could say I'm from all over. I'm single, never married, with no children and live with my aunt, her bf, and three dogs that are my children. I'm a college student finally working on my degree majoring in Family & Child Studies and minoring in Psychology. I also work full-time as an Insurane Agent. <BR> <BR> I am newly diagnosed with ADD (10/... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:19:22 EST Inattentive ADD and sadness I was diagnosed four years ago with inattentive type ADD. Im not medicated and doing ok. Well I am managing but there is a problem that I think is growing and I don't know if I should be concerned or if this is just a symptom. I wonder if any one else is experiencing this too. <BR> To the point.. when I am still for to long I become sad very sad. I have no reason to be sad but If Im not bombarded with stimuli I feel sad and gray and I dont move. I become a serious bump on a log. No joke. <B... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:04:13 EST Dieting with ADHD I've done quite a bit of reading about ADHD after discovering that there may actually be a label to describe me with and discovered something interesting - that sometimes - SOME people with ADHD can have issues with their weight. <BR> <BR> I think I may be one of them. <BR> <BR> My behaviors are frankly downright maddening. My house is a disaster, my finances -- well yikes -- and my waistline, ay carumba! <BR> <BR> I'm over 400 pounds right now and I have struggled so much with maintainin... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:44:12 EST Hi I'm new to the team My name is Teresa and I have a ADD. I was diagnosed with a couple years ago, But looking back I see that I have had it since early childhood. So I'm looking to make some friends who also have ADD. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Teresa <em>213</em> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:40:58 EST Easy Menu Planning How many of you menu plan? I know I 'need' too but I feel like it's 'hard' to do. I think I'm making it more complicated than it needs to be. I do that with a LOT of things though. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:03:57 EST Infomation Overload Do any of you feel like you have infomation overload all the time? I imagine some of you do too and I wonder what some of you do about it? Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:02:47 EST Help Cure ADHD! "You have a wonderful opportunity to help researchers make a dramatic leap forward in our understanding and treatment of ADHD. CHADD is applying for a grant to develop a large national registry of at least 50,000 children and adults with ADHD. A registry is used by scientists and researchers studying a particular health issue. We are working with the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) and ADHD researchers from 12 hospitals around the country on this exciting project... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:59:48 EST Hello! Hello all! <BR> To be honest I've not been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD but, lately my life has been so crazy that I had to stop and think what is really going on. I've done my research and it looks like I could be ADHD. My brother was diagnosed with ADHD like two years ago, and we are so much alike! I've also been reviewing my family history and there is this common denominator, My family is full with clever people that has troubles finishing things, or they have problems with alcohol, or do ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:49:55 EST Hi! I am 47 years old and just finally started medication for ADHD. I started back up with SparkPeople again a few weeks ago, also. It is so nice to know the main source of my struggles -- though I am going through some grief/anger about the length of time I've lived with this and been so upset with myself for so long. <BR> <BR> In any case, I'm doing sparkcoach, which is helping me stay on track -- as long as I don't start surfing the web at the same time! <BR> <BR> Look forward to connectin... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:49:13 EST Interesting Article So I found this looking up ADHD stuff on the internet (when I should be doing 'other' things *smirk*). Anyway, I thought it was interesting how ADHD could contribute to obesity. <BR> <BR><BR>ht.html <BR> <BR> Btw, I was tested and told I lean towards being ADHD late last year. Recently, I seem to be on infomation overload research all I can about this. Anybody else have that problem? Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:30:14 EST How many family members have ADHD/ADD or whatever? My mom was ADHD- she was messy around the house, never finished anything and always in her autism book world- a bomb could drop and she never noticed it.. <BR> My dad was brilliant at school but profoundly (word blind) terrible to spelling and writing in general.. <BR> I am ADHD passive- did terrible in school just couldn't remember what words I read or texts I read.. <BR> My next sister down- has F84.9 somewhere as like my youngest son has no sense of humour, will hit if extremely annoyed an... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:09:00 EST Newbie Hi everyone :) My name is Jenna and my last name starts with a D (it's how I got my nickname JDD lol) <BR> I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 7. I tried hard to learn techniques and tips to deal with it (or rather deal with a world that doesn't always work with it). I was off medication for a few years but it was hard with school and keeping the house clean so I went back on a small dose of vyvanse. There are still challenges of course. <BR> I have to admit that being back on the meds made... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 05:23:48 EST Help! Feeling like a failure So this is how it always goes. I did great with my first SparkWeek and by the time the excitement of something new wears off, I just can't seem to be able to focus on it like I did in the beginning. And the A.D.D sucks. My daughter called this morning and asked if I would bring her some food for after school because she has a game and wont be home until later. I say "sure, no problem ". The ONLY thing I really HAD to do and it COMPLETELY slipped my mind. I always feel like a failure when ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:11:10 EST Intro Hello! I don't think I introduced myself here yet. I am new to SparkPeople and am still learning to navigate the site. I want to be involved with everything, but as you all know, one link leads to another and another and it is endless. I want to benefit from using the site, but also be a supporter to others as well. Hard to focus on one thing on here. I'm all over the place and it becomes very time consuming when I should be OUTSIDE getting some exercise. <BR> <BR> I know I need the sup... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:04:20 EST Hey I'm tired now from filling out my SparkPage stuff, and I've had another sleepless night, so I'm just gonna say hey! <em>213</em> I'm Toni. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 04:12:45 EST foggy and stagnant I don't know whether I should post this here, on the the PTSD forum, or the depression forum. <BR> <BR> I haven't been able focus or motivate myself for months. Basically not since my last (extremely part time) job was eliminated. Client therapists and parents asked if I could continue with their clients/kids in some fashion. That would, almost certainly, require starting a one person firm, probably some manner of life coaching. The problem is I don't know how to start, don't have the money... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 22:04:27 EST GAP/SCD diet anyone? I'm considering diving into the GAP diet based on " Gut and Psychology Syndrome" by Natasha Campbell- McBride. Anyone else tried or stuck with this? It looks awesome- the science makes sense...BUT it's a long committment....and I am not really good with things that get boring and routine. <BR> <BR> Deep in my gut, no pun intended, I have always believed this was a key to recovery. I had my autistic (PDD-NOS) kid on the Specific Carb Diet a while back. Saw positive changes with both of us...b... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:05:14 EST Hypothyroid and ADHD Hello! Does anyone know of a link between ADHD and Hypothyroid? Do you have any articles to share or books to suggest? <BR> <BR> I'm curious because I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroid a few months ago. (I'm on Naturethroid which helps with most symptoms.) I also am currently reading up on ADHD which sounds like my life in a nutshell. I'm wondering if they often exist together, and if there are effective treatments for the two together -- natural treatments as much a... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:53:04 EST Happy Thanksgiving! <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>471</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a splendid holiday: good fun, good friends; happy families, etc. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:58:38 EST good morning! Good morning everyone. I am glad to find this community here. I was dxed with ADD about a year ago, and am just now starting to understand that ADD, and especially impulsiveness can affect my weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> I feel like this is a key to losing weight. I am on meds, but they aren't a magic cure. I think that learning to control my impulses will be very helpful, and understanding that I'm not entirely at fault for binging makes me feel a bit better. I'm looking forward to learn... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:31:50 EST It’s Official: ADD is Not in Your Head… it’s in Your DNA <BR> <BR> "We will no longer give credence to the theories that claim AD/HD is a fabrication designed to disguise our lack of self-discipline and sense of responsibility for our own actions. We’re not lazy, apathetic or undisciplined… we have funky chromosomes! Even so, I am not claiming we don’t have an obligation to do our best to compensate for those errant strands of DNA. I’m only saying that it’s an uphill battle for us that those lucky folks with plain old vanilla DNA ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:06:11 EST Man, I hate ADHD. I am really down in the dumps. Can't get motivated, regained 10lbs, and winter is coming. I guess I could just shoot myself. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:46:11 EST The Most Effective Treatment for ADD & ADHD Just ran across this article on ADD/ADHD. It's a nice summing up of ADD: what it is & how to manage it. <BR> <link>The Most Effective Treatment for ADD & ADHD </link> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:31:01 EST Let's think -- and chat -- at the same time. :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> How are you all? I would just like to pull up a (virtual) chair and chat about ADD/ADHD with you. I hope that our individual wisdom can blend and help us be new, slimmer, and wearing smiles more often. <BR> <BR> Cheers, Rocky. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:28:33 EST newbie Hi! I'm hoping to get some support and ideas about coping with ADHD and ways to remember and stick to my plans! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:51:19 EST New here!! My name is Melissa and I haven't officially been diagnosed with ADD but I do think I have it. I read all the symptoms and I do every one of them. My biggest downfall is trying to keep on track with my weight loss and my house work. My husband just thinks I'm being lazy and lack motivation but I don't think that is what it is. If anyone has any suggestions as to what to do to help get me past the 2 week mark, I would greatly appreciate it. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:36:46 EST FIRED WITH ADHD Well, here's a fun thing. <BR> <BR> I just got fired on Friday for an "overall lack of confidence in my ability to do the job". <BR> It was explained to me that it was felt I didn't follow through on attention to detail, made errors in judgement, etc. although few examples were cited and there were NO egregious errors. <BR> <BR> I protected myself by disclosing early that I had ADHD. I can medically prove treatment, and can show due diligence with asking for accomodation that was not recei... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:37:17 EST Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Nathalie, I'm a mother of a 4 year old and 1 year old, and was newly diagnosed with ADHD. I have so much weight to lose, I can't believe it, but I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Sat, 4 Aug 2012 19:14:40 EST Anyone looking for motivation to finish a project? I am starting to organize my basement. I know I am going to go off task several times and will need some motivation. Anyone else looking for support in finishing a task? Let's start crossing things off of our lists together! <BR> <BR> To Do: <BR> Tackle Mount Washmore in the basement and keep up with laundry - Half way to the top! 7/11 <BR> Organize back room in basement <BR> Organize bedroom closet <BR> Clean my car <BR> (This list could continue for pages but I will start here) <BR> <B... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:10:00 EST Newbie - my journey continues... Hello- <BR> I am new to this team and wanted to say hello. I struggle with certain aspects of ADHD but embrace others. I hope to find some support (or a few laughs) as I connect with others who truly understand the wacky world of ADHD! <BR> Tracy <BR> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:50:19 EST Weaning off of Welbutrin Agggh. <BR> I decided I wanted to try to get off of pharmaceuticals a couple of months ago. <BR> I get adrenal fatigue from adderol, and Welbutrin has been what I've used for years but <BR> I still feel like I struggle with all those dorky ADHD traits we love so much. <BR> <BR> I got off of everything about two months ago. OMG-it was subtle, but my appetite increased, and I found myself doing a LOT more impulsive shopping. Not crazy $400 shoe splurge shopping, but the zillion little here... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 23:30:12 EST I am overwhelmed Hello everyone, my name is Jo and I am overwhelmed by the amount of useful information in SparkPeople. I joined several weeks ago and I did not come back until today. I really need to lose weight and I feel that this website can help me. I have ADHD and I'm aware that it will be a struggle for me to be consistent but I'll do my best. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:39:59 EST Great resource for those of us who hyperfocus! I've found that I can spend hour after hour on the computer. I need to cut that back to a reasonable time. So the other day I discovered a countdown timer for your computer. Open up a new tab on your computer, and go to <link> </link> . You can have it count down or count up. I have mine set for it to count down 30 minutes. My start time is 00:30:00 and my stop time is 00:00:00. You can set preferences, like what sort of alarm you want it to give whe... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:27:24 EST Professional Organizer>? Hi everyone! Part of my overall health has to do with my home environment. Has anyone successfully used a professional organizer to help them over come the disorganization ADD seems to naturally cause?javascript:void(0) Mon, 21 May 2012 17:40:01 EST water?.. how much Hey all.. I just got done talking to a few different people and they all had different ideas about the whole water issue... <BR> many had been told that they didnt need just 8 cups/glasses of water a day but needed more... <BR> i was shocked so did a bit of research ... yes a bad.good habit of mine... and found this link that has you take a quiz as to how much water you need to drink a day and what all counts as water... <BR> <BR> so if you want check it out.. and see.. i found out i need be... Sun, 20 May 2012 11:20:31 EST new Hi, Im Samantha, Im 39 and a wife, mother, step mother, hairstylist, i have 2 children living at home. And i may have 2 more here soon. I am a step mother to a total of 14 kids and have one of my own. YES ITS ALOT!!!!!!! but I wouldnt change a thing... I am wanting to lose the weight for myself, my husband who I love with all my heart and is supporting me, and for the 2 children that may be moving in come June. I need to be able to keep up with a very VERY active10, and 11 year old. <BR> I ma... Wed, 9 May 2012 21:16:24 EST ADDitude Magazine article to help with overeating <link><BR>nt/7306.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've printed this off to keep me on track. I thought you might find it useful, too. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Donna <BR> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:36:36 EST Hi. I'm Donna, a life coach 4 people with ADD/ADHD I'm here because when 40 hit, my metabolism slowed down to a crawl. To add to my problems, every exercise I did caused migraines. I've been put on most migraine and migraine prevention meds, and most of them nearly killed me. <BR> <BR> So I'm off the last medicine and past the doctor-instructed exercise hiatus. I'm ready to get back into exercise, back into shape and into a healthy lifestyle that won't kill me. <BR> <BR> I know what to do. I think I know how to do it. But I am scared that... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:32:39 EST Boy am I glad I found you guys! My name is Rene, and I have been diagnosed with ADHD for 2 years. In that time, I have had some pretty eye opening revalations about myself, and I know that there are a lot of links between this pesky weight and my issues with planning and losing things, and keeping track of things ( like eating enough calories and tracking my food journal as often as I should . . . ? ). I am so looking forward to talking to my fellow ADHD people and getting some good tips and tricks from you all, and sharing... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:36:56 EST How's it goin? I would like to start this intro out by saying that I cannot believe that there are over 900 members of this group! That's kind of scary if you start thinkin about it. Anyway, my name is Cord. I'm 20, and I was diagnosed with ADHD back in 7th grade (I am now in my second year of college). Dealing with ADHD has been a real struggle, even though they tell me that I'm "Borderline ADHD." They say that I have a very unique case of ADHD because my memory is still sharp (in the 90th percentile), and... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:37:13 EST Hi I'am new to this forum and Dexedrine ER Hi I have just been diagnosed with adult ADHD, I am looking for some support as my doctor is not very good at that. He just gave me a script for Dexedrine ER 10mg and I started yesterday, only took half in the morning and felt o.k. then around 3 I took the whole dose and man did everything go down hill from there. I am in severe pain from a headache and I have no energy what so ever. I haven't taken today's dose and I can't get my doctor on the phone or to call me back for his advise. I don't... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:07:47 EST Weight Loss & Related Links I found some excellent articles on ADDitude and I think they are worthy of their own "Topic"! Please check them out and see if you agree: <BR> <BR> Take It Outside! Treating ADHD With Exercise <link><BR>8.html </link> <BR> <BR> My Amazing ADHD Weight Loss Story <link><BR>8.html </link> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Tips for ADHD Adults <link><BR>00.html </link> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:44:52 EST 3 Item To-Do List I've often read that people with ADD/ADHD need VERY short To-Do lists. Therefore, I challenge you all to either join me on the "3 Item To-Do List" on the Spark People "Stay Motivated" page OR we could start our own!! <BR> <BR> My list on "Stay Motivated" goes like this: <BR> <BR> Pick up laundry and a prescription <BR> Buy a loaf of bread <BR> Go to Tai Chi class - DONE Thu, 5 Apr 2012 16:37:52 EST I DON'T GET IT How come ADHD or ADD does not get as much attention as autism. I am always hearing about autism and know people that have this problem. But they seem to get more highlight then ADD or ADHD. I am ADD but I have a child with the same condition and what a stressor it has been. I don't know if people don't think its a real condition or what. But my son has been a real struggle all his life in every aspect, but he is very sweet and loving. But has been in trouble a lot. My child in some ways is do... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 22:49:25 EST please watch this video I just finished watching this amazing video and had to pass it along to the team. This video may motivate you in your weight loss as nothing else has. Has so much useful info and makes so much sense, will be of much benefit to anyone watching it with weight and health issues. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>re </link> <BR> <BR> It is documentary length 1.5 hours so please allow time to watch it all through. You will not be sorry. It is free until Mar 31. I watc... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:04:33 EST Awesome show about ADD/ADHD yesterday <link><BR>125775/VD55185330/the-revolution-322 </link> <BR> <BR> The Revolution on ABC had a great show yesterday about ADD/ADHD. It is well worth watching! <BR> <BR> Watch and discuss... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Lynette Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:36:33 EST HEALTHY SUPPLEMENTS THAT CAN HELP When I was diagnosed with ADHD originally, I found that stimulant drugs felt like a panacea. I was alert, focused, needed little sleep, and never overate...that is for about three months. Then, after that I experienced what I believe to be an adrenal crash, and Adderol and I have never been the same since. <BR> Same thing with a few others..ritalin (too nervous), straterra (too sleepy), vyvance (couldn't sleep), blah blah blah. Welbutrin, however, did provide some relief, but not in the sa... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:15:25 EST ADHD AND SLEEP-restless mind Initiation Insomnia <BR> About three-fourths of all adults with ADHD report inability to "shut off my mind so I can fall asleep at night." Many describe themselves as "night owls" who get a burst of energy when the sun goes down. Others report that they feel tired throughout the day, but as soon as the head hits the pillow, the mind clicks on. Their thoughts jump or bounce from one worry to another. Unfortunately, many of these adults describe their thoughts as "racing," prompting a misdiagn... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:27:42 EST GETTING HEALTHY IN STEPS Hi ADHD Sparkteam, <BR> I mentioned in another thread that I was doing a personal challenge of two weeks at a time. Each block, I'm making ONE highly achievable change...and only one...and I'm working on building on that. <BR> The first two weeks: I started with an eating curfew of 6:30pm. This has really helped me to wake up more refreshed. <BR> <BR> The second two weeks, I focused on eating fresh vegetables daily. This has been truly different for me. I'm not a veggie eater, but I'm f... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:29:00 EST TALKING OUT LOUD This is a general question going out to the whole group here, but I was thinking about a funny thing I do that I think may be part of ADHD. <BR> <BR> Does anyone other than me enjoy talking out loud to themselves when they are alone? Ha ha! I have always done this, but never really mentioned it until I recently read something about the ADHD brain being so stimulated with random thoughts going all the time. In the book, it said that it wasn't unusual to for people to find it soothing to si... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 11:23:52 EST Hi, I'm new to this team and this diagnosis Hello all, I was just diagnosed with ADHD in the last couple weeks so I'm searching for info & answers (obsessively, imagine). I'm glad I found this group and hope it helps as I figure this out. As I go thru my days now I'm constantly thinking "I see these traits in my life here and here and there and there....". <BR> <BR> I've been using SparkPeople for a few years but still struggle to get healthy. I've always focused on losing weight but now am trying to think of it as getting healthy. A... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:25:05 EST Thanks, Linda! Thanks, Linda! for the Goodie! I sure wish I could eat the chocolate, because it looks divine!!! <em>4</em> <em>493</em> YUM! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:24:32 EST Hellooooo I'm new. <BR> <BR> In 2000 at the age of 37 I was diagnosed with Cyclothymia, a "mild" form of Bipolar. I have been 100% treatment compliant. Once my mood swings came under control I started noticing all the other noise in my head. Like how I would have be talking to someone and would be having several other conversations in my head at the same time (so socializing was torturous), or how I was using the computer to hyper-focus (most likely to generate endorphins), and how it was always like... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 03:08:24 EST NEW TO TEAM Awesome! I'm so glad to have found this blog! I am a raging ADHD with all the fantastic traits that go along with it...impulsiveness, lateness, creativity, ping-pong brain, fogginess, 3-second memory, batty sleep patterns, etc. The good news, is that I've managed to manage a few of these things over time, but I still struggle all the time and it will be nice to chat with the like-minded. As you must all know, self-esteem is a never ending battle with this stuff. <BR> <BR> My Spark story ... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:34:31 EST Hi, I'm Sparkl3 I'm still fairly new to Spark. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years ago, but was diagnosed with ADHD just a few months ago. I was watching "ADD and Loving It?!" that was on public television during their pledge time. (That seems to be when they put their best stuff on TV.) When they listed typical ADHD traits in adults, my jaw dropped to the floor. It was as though they were describing me to a "T"!!! I quickly grabbed some paper and a pencil and I took lots and lots of no... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:09:26 EST Great Article to Help Tame the "Paper Tiger" Here is the link with all the info: <BR> <BR><BR>1013.html <BR> <BR> The comment from "Jane" is particularly useful. See also the ADDitude info (in the comments section) regarding extra resources, including how to clean your desk at work. <BR> <BR> I love ADDitude. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:14:48 EST WARNING - TAKE NOTE! This information came to me from another SparkTeam post but wanted to share with this team as well. <BR> <BR> There is a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about losing weight to show up on someone else s' facebo... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:45:38 EST ADHD Article - Shortage of drugs to treat ADHD FRIDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) -- If the current shortage of some drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has left you searching for something else for your child to take, experts suggest you choose a substitute carefully because the effects of these medications can vary widely. <BR> <BR> For example, "generics can sometimes be less bioavailable [how much of the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream], and that can make it harder to get an exact dose match between... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:56:05 EST Self Doubt I've just had a really rough day. <BR> For the past two or so years since I was diagnosed with ADHD, after having dealt with my depression and anxiety, I have learned a lot of skills and can manage my life pretty well. Better than most perhaps. <BR> <BR> Being home for the holidays is taking a really rough turn on me because I was so confident that I would be able to handle my mother's negativity. I didn't mentally prepare myself for it and within one day I am doubting everything about every... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:22:54 EST Introduction I was excited to see there is a team for adults with ADHD! <BR> <BR> I am a 39 year-old mother of three. I've know for a long time I have ADHD but just recently started medication. As a senior in college I came across the diagnosis when I was doing an internship with a school psychologist. How weird it was to read a description of ME! Three years I visited a psychiatrist when I was finishing graduate school. I was formally diagnosed andI tried Ritalin. I couldn't stand made m... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 16:31:24 EST ADHD and Choices I have joined Sparkpeople to get some support to help me overcome some of my difficulties in getting on and staying on a weight loss program. <BR> <BR> One big problem that I have is that I forget I am on a diet "or (or "healthy intake regime" , whatever you want to call it). I was not like this before I went on medications in 2000, back when I lived within ten pounds of my optimal weight. <BR> <BR> I just forget. I have impulse control problems. I want to change this. Any tips? Sun, 20 Nov 2011 15:13:16 EST Grace Hello, I'm Grace, my family call me Gracious. <BR> At 38 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and started medications for that. Once my moods were evened out I noticed that my brain was still buzzing and I could not stop it. I poked around the ADHD forums and found an extensive test which said I was ADHD-C, the most extreme kind. I live in a country where there is no awareness of ADD in adults. WhenI told my psychiatrist he was doubtful, but I presented my arguments and also presented a trea... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 03:35:39 EST I shed tears when I found this team I've been on/off anti-depressants/anti-anxiety meds for a little over 10 years. About a year ago, I weaned myself off the anti-depressant meds, because I was tired of visiting the psychiatrist monthly to get my "fix". I felt the meds were not helping enough to make them worthwhile. In my entire adult life, I can only remember one two-week period where I felt "normal", and that was when I was weaning off one med, transitioning to another. I have not found a dr who was willing to prescribe ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 12:41:01 EST seven days challenge Choose one habit that you would like to stop or a healthy habit that you would like to begin. <BR> The challenge is to do just that for one week. Seven tinsy weensy days. <BR> Post on this discussion what habit you are changing and how. <BR> Each day, post your success, even if only partial. If you did not succeed please post anyway. OWN it and start the seven days all over if you have to. <BR> Seven days. You can do it! We can do it together! <BR> <BR> The inspiration for this came from th... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 23:37:56 EST Impuslivity - Overeating? So, I am very new to this ADHD thing, but after just eating my second piece of birthday cake here in the office this morning, I'm left wondering.... does the 'impulsivity' of ADHD lead people to overeating? Or am I just totally undisciplined/crazy? Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:14:58 EST introducing myself Hi! I am Alyson! I am 23 and I live in Germany, but I am originally from New Jersey, USA. I have been in Berlin for almost 3 years studying to be an English teacher. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with ADD in the 8th grade (2001) and went on Concerta. I was overweight at the time of diagnosis and I lost weight rapidly after starting the Concerta. I worked my way up to 54mg and stayed there from the start of 9th grade (2002) until I moved to Germany (2009). I stayed between a size 6 and a size 10... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 16:34:06 EST Hello My name is Marie and I have been a sparkmember since march over a year ago. I've been pretty successful in changing my lifestyle with the help of my spark friends. I've just recently decided I was going to try to maintain without using the diary and gradully I have worked up to eating more calories. Luckily I have only gained a few pounds. I saw a new report the other day that the people who have successfully kept their wt off for 10 years kept keeping a diary. So I am writing my food intak... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:44:17 EST Hi Newly diagnosed and trying to get used to hte medication. Does it get easier? Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:02:02 EST Hello, I'm Mary Hello there: <BR> <BR> I have been reading some of the team emails and have decided to dive right in. <BR> <BR> I have a coworker who introduced me to a book about ADHD and I see myself on many of the pages. I actually am very grateful to have discovered what ADHD is because it has freed me up to stop fighting within myself if that makes sense. Now, it is like I can work with my limits rather than saying to myself, why can't you do things faster or be more organized or whatever. <BR> <BR... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:28:54 EST Hey there So glad to see a ADD ADHD forum here. <BR> <BR> I am Jill 31 years old with ADD and one of my two girls has ADHD. Currently on 54 mg of Concerta. I know not everyone is pro med. But for me and my oldest it's a life saver. I know my ADD is a big factor in my weight issues. I'd forget to eat all the time. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 07:36:03 EST Good morning ADDies Had a great day of controlling food.... <BR> thanks to the ADD drugs as well...... <BR> Didnt do any exercise yestuday..........hopefully some today....... <BR> <BR> Have a good day <BR> Zion Mon, 3 Oct 2011 04:12:55 EST ADD food???? Well, I suppose this is the daily page of the group yep? <BR> So i must say to the defece of ADD does lower the hunger indefinetly. <BR> However, I was wondering about: does anyone eat any special or specific kinds of food that may help people with ADD....not talking so much about supplements...but ratther: types of vegies or types of cooking methods? <BR> <BR> hope to stay intouch, <BR> Zion Mon, 3 Oct 2011 04:09:16 EST Zion is here...and his ADD Hello there, <BR> <BR> Well I was suprised to know that there is an ADD diet forum. <BR> I suppose like many of you, I Know I need a diet, I have read lots of Diet books, I know all about nutrition, I know what am I suppose to do.... <BR> <BR> Having ADD means that I am "too smart" with myself, and harm my own goals. Well tahts why I am here, to be with others who can understatand and relate to. <BR> <BR> I am 31, male, single <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 02:21:20 EST Have any of you heard of these ADD/ADHD formulas? Hello all! <BR> <BR> As I shared before I had problems with Adderall and so my counselor and I have decided to go a non prescription route. <BR> <BR> This week she told me that one of the other counselor 's(or psychiatrist whatever his title is) in her office told her about Nurture & Clarity and Nurture & Clarity-H. She said he told her that two of his patients/clients were taking the supplements and having good results with them. I've not taken them yet, or even looked at the website yet,... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 03:29:07 EST Hello! Hello! <BR> <BR> I recently was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD,June, and am still struggling with this new thing/idea/fact. In my early 30's and while I'm happy that all my lifelong frustrations have a name/title I'm in the grieving and flare ups of anger stage as I look over the past years and see the opportunities I missed out on as well as the general abuse and misunderstanding from others due to my ADHD quirks. Was given Adderall but didn't even make it a month before I started having ... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 03:39:14 EST Helpful book I have been reading "Crazy Busy" by ADHD expert Hallowell. I have found it incredibly helpful, especially in the sense of making me feel like it isn't my fault. I know this is kind of a silly thing to say, but I think many people feel like they are deficient somehow when they have ADD or depression, etc. The book has also made me much more aware of how the people I work with use technology to isolate themselves. I have had three sessions reading and am only to chapter 9, but that is more t... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 20:07:27 EST Flylady overwhelmed I am new to this dx and am looking for help in organizing so I don't forget things. I am also easily overwhelmed by information overload. After reading some posts on our team page, I decided to give the Flylady another visit. A few years ago I gave it a try, but quickly found that I couldn't make time for it. <BR> I went back to her site and read through the babysteps. I now feel like only a full time stay at home housemaker could possibly do her program. I was truly overwhelmed. I re... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 08:16:51 EST New To The Team Hi everyone. I am new to the team and relatively new to spark people. My ADD/ADHD on the other hand is old news. I've been living with the diagnosis for a long time now. I know all to well the challenges of having ADD/ADHD. I also know the positive attributes it contributes to my life as well. I look forward to being apart of this team. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:42:42 EST The Consumate Klutz! I'm not sure if anyone else experiences this as a symptom of their ADD/ADHD, but I am a complete klutz! I can walk down a sidewalk and trip over the cracks. I am dangerous in the kitchen with hot things or sharp objects. <BR> <BR> The counselor I saw for a while told me it was a symptom of the ADHD because my mind is 10 steps ahead of where my hands or feet are and therefore, I am not as careful as I should be. When walking, I will be thinking about where I am going instead of where I am ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:54:06 EST It's me...really me. I titled this so, because I was a non-believer in ADHD in children especially. My husband and I homeschool our 2 boys so that they get plenty of exercise in between lessons and plenty of attention. We thought that ADHD was a product of our environment more than something to be treated by a physician. <BR> Now, here I am in a great career, new promotion, and I can't get a damned thing done. I can't even read any of the 100 emails/day that I have to respond to. I can't remember who said w... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:50:15 EST linda! My mother has broken her right arm, nose and left foot while falling down our stairs this morning. She is right handed so it will be hard for her to keep up on spark like she usually has. Will be keeping you posted in her behalf until she is able to make a full recovery. She asks that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to deal with these injuries and go on to have surgery. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Lauren Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:33:52 EST Coping with distractibility Hopefully its not just me. <BR> Even on my meds, I have days that I have the attention span of a toddler....Oooh look! Something shiny! I flit from thing to thing like a butterfly gathering pollen. It drives me up a tree sometimes. Mind you, this isn't ever day and on a whole, I'm pretty good. But...please tell me you know "those moments". <BR> <BR> Like right now. I have a few customer files to go thru. But by 9am my attention on those were I made a bargain with myself. "If you ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:50:08 EST Your ADD/ADHD moment for today? Its only 955am and I'm in the middle of mine....I'm at work....I have invoices to bill....but I can't focus and even get them started. I get distracted and come here. Or, I leave here and start the crossword puzzle....Sigh....its gonna be a long Thursday. <BR> <BR> "Oh look!! Something shiny!" Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:54:20 EST I never knew or even suspected that I was ADD/ADHD. Nor did anybody else in my life. I can focus, I schedule and plan, I'm not an edgy bundle of energy. This past year has been a HUGE education for me. <BR> <BR> Focus - Yes I can....But, as was pointed out, I Hyper-focus and can only do 1 task at a time. <BR> <BR> Schedule and Plan - Almost to be point of being obsessive - its what keeps me on task and is very soothing for me. Without a schedule and a plan I figuratively (and sometimes literally) wande... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:39:58 EST Hello all! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I have been on Sparkpeople for almost 3 months, but just decided to see if there was a group for people like me that have trouble keeping things together! And what do you know...OF COURSE THERE IS!!!! <BR> <BR> I have had ADHD sympoms all my life, from constant talking/impulsivity in class, to not being able to sit still, to not having been able to settle on a major in college, to multiple bad relationships/marriages, etc. Unfortunately, when I was a child, ADHD ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:59:55 EST I think I'm going crazy! Lol, I have had several people refer books to me on adhd, but i now can't seem to find the forum in which they did it! lol, so for the people who refereed driven to distraction & women with add:embrace your differences & transform your life. I ordered them off amazon along with another book you mean i'm not lazy, stupid, or crazy?! the classic self-help book for adults with add! Thank you , sorry i couldn't find the original posts! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:25:41 EST A Difference between Bipolar and ADHD? Right now I am currently diagnosed as bipolar but all the mood stabilizers aren't doing anything. One time years ago I was on adderal and that's when I had finally started to get my life in order, got my GED and drivers permit for the first time (age 20) I am now 28 and went to get reevaluated she said I have certain characteristics of ADD but was going to diagnose me bipolar which means she can't prescribe ADD medications for my insurance. <BR> <BR> Was anyone here changed from Bipolar to... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:11:16 EST ADD and Loving It? So glad I found this group. I'm 42 years old and ten years ago I was diagnosed with ADD and Dysthymia (a chronic low-grade depression). I have been in psychotherapy and use medication to combat these conditions. I have 150 pounds to lose and I've made the decision to have weight loss surgery this winter. I'm at the beginning stages with creating food and exercise journals and medical checkups. It's one of the reasons why I joined Sparkpeople in the first place and I've found the resources to ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:31:27 EST Newbie - trying exercise for ADD..... Hi everyone, <BR> I'm thrilled to find this site and can't believe there's an ADHD team board! This is great! I'm 45 and sluggish and no H in the ADD :( <BR> I'm trying fish oil, and hope to increase my energy through exercise. I've given up looking for miracles so am looking more for coping mechanisms, and I figure exercise is probably one of the best! <BR> Nellie. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:16:42 EST Not Hyper,But Airheaded..What Is It??????? Except when I was in first grade,I have always had trouble learning and remembering. I'm not hyperactive,but extremely absent minded and airheaded. My daughter has the same problem. What could it be? Dont want to pay alot of $$$ for tests that show nothing!!! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:48:55 EST OMG! OMG! OMG!!!! SparkPeople have an ADHD Team!!! Okay, I am new to this team, that's because I did not know there was an ADHD team. I kept telling myself that I would check but the moment I would start a Team Stream or an Ad or something else would distract me. I just happen to be reading someone's blog when I saw that she was a member and before anything caught my attention, I joined. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the group <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 20:55:51 EST ADHD and work I may have posted something like this before, but I can't remember when or where, so I thought I'd start fresh with a new post. <BR> <BR> I was reading over an article that Linda! posted here a couple of weeks ago and this paragraph really stuck with me: <BR> "The ADHD group scored higher on creativity across the board, the study authors said, and also exhibited a greater preference for brainstorming and generating ideas than the non-ADHD group, which preferred refining and clarifying ideas.... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 16:07:29 EST flylady anyone I suxk at housekeeping, I am a natural slob, so i use the flylady program to keep things at least presentable. it seems to have been wwritten for add'ers anyone else? <BR> --,marcella Sat, 28 May 2011 17:54:32 EST anyone else who cannot tolerate medication for add I took adderal for many years, but it greatly made my anxiety worse. It worked great for my focus and my ability to actually get things done, but I finally could not stand the trade off of feeling like I was going to jump out of my skin. the only medication I take for add is wellbutrin now, which has a sight effect, but nothing like stimulants. what do you do to treat your add without meds? <BR> --marcella Wed, 18 May 2011 10:16:39 EST Women and AD/HD I found this facinating article on the CHADD website about Women and AD/HD. It really amazed me how well the author described my actions and feelings, and I thought you might enjoy reading it. It is too long to post here, so please decipher this "link" to read it: help4adhd (DOT) org (SLASH) documents (SLASH) WWK19.pdf Tue, 10 May 2011 08:13:39 EST the link between add and obesity/o vereating I read this article a while back on the ADDitude magazine website. they talked about studies that have shown that adults with add are more like to be overweight than their "normal" counterparts. <BR> the possible reasons listed were <BR> --impulsivity and a tendency to go for immediate gratification--grabbing food without thinking or planning ahead, not really being able to thin things thru to the consequences and eating what is tasty in the moment and not really thinking about the conseq... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:00:47 EST Hello Hi. I am a 33 year old female from Illinois with add and bipolar 1. It is a very delicate balance for me to keep both balanced. I am making healthy changes in my life to increase my overall health and help with the balance between the two. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:19:57 EST Does anyone else have this problem? When I was on Depakote for being bipolar, I couldn't tell if I were hungry or not, and I couldn't remember if I had eaten or not, so I'd eat. And I gained a lot of weight. <BR> <BR> Now, I've been off Depakote for about 6 years and have lost about 50 lbs, but now with taking the Adderall, I forget to eat because I'm not hungry. And you have to eat a certain amount of calories so your body will lose weight and not go into starvation mode. <BR> <BR> It seems like such a stupid thing, remember... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:22:13 EST Spark article re: ADHD and creativity THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- The distractibility and impulsiveness that is the hallmark of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a silver lining, according to a new study that suggests those with the disorder are more creative than those without. <BR> <BR> Researchers gave 60 college students, half with ADHD, a series of tests measuring creativity across 10 domains -- drama, music, humor, creative writing, invention, visual arts, scientific discovery, dance, arch... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:38:22 EST I may have found a life coach! At about 3:40 this morning (yes, I ignored my timer - again), after fruitlessly searching all night, among other things, I stumbled upon a Web site for a pair of life coaches that specialize in working with adults with ADD/ADHD, in my area of the state! OMG!! I've only been looking for a coach for 3 days! Guess it took a foggy brain to come up with the right search terms. <BR> <BR> I used the form on the site to send an email, figuring I'd hear back from someone next week. Nope, at 5AM this ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 11:05:06 EST Inspiration for ADHD I am new to this team and newly dx with ADHD. I bought the documentary "ADD and Loving It" put out by PBS. I bought the dvd for my newly dx 22yo son and thought "Holy Crap! I am ADHD too!" Great documentary and really inspirational message that states if we can control the negatives then the positives are such an asset! We have things like vision which is pure gold dust! <BR> <BR> Anyway, my symptoms are fairly mild and finally got on meds which confirm that this is the right direction I am ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:44:10 EST 5-HTP/Serotonin Has anyone taken 5-HTP and has it helped with ADHD symptoms? I'm still trying to control my ADHD with diet, exercise and supplements instead of prescriptions. It's working a little bit and I have had days where I am quite productive. (I spent 10 hours on saturday cleaning my house without getting side-tracked once!) But often I have trouble staying focused, especially since we've been strangely slow at work, and ginko biloba hasn't done much for my memory. On the bright side, my husband says ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:17:52 EST ADHD Meds taking the med that is just right for you is sooo important. I am bipolar and I have just come back form a long manic episode that nearly wrecked my life...I guess me and my doctor learned that you just can't give a bipolar person a stimulant for add...LOL! <BR> But I did learn a lot of organisational lessons before I went too high. Now I am taking my time and really getting my house in order. Things like making things more assessable in my kitchen. I have rearranged all my kitchen cabinets t... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:18:34 EST Really really really nervous Today is my appt with the new psychiatrist. and I'm scared. I hate meeting with new drs to discuss my mental concerns. I don't like having to go through all the crap from the very moment I became an embryo up until today. I know all that is important to determine what's causing all my concerns today, but I don't like it... I don't like talking about what's bothering me b/c then I cry and I hate to cry! For whatever reason, writing about it is easier than talking about it. <BR> <BR> I'm afra... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:18:34 EST Need Meds advice speaking of Meds-I need some advice. I've been toying with the idea of going back on meds off and on for a while. <BR> <BR> I was formally diagnosed with ADD when I was 15. I'm 31 now. <BR> <BR> Here's my problem-I've only been given Ritalin. When I first tired it-everyone told me what a difference it made in me. I hated it. No one could get me to take it. I just didn't like it. <BR> <BR> Looking back-I now know why. No one asked ME how the drugs made ME feel. I know everyone says... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:40:27 EST Is this the place for me??? For the last 7 years, I have been treating what my doctor thought was depression/anxiety, taking a whole gamut of different medications trying to find the right one. I affectionately refer to myself as a "drug whore". At one point, I was taking an acute symptom med for panic attacks, and still have a few tablets 'just in case'. I've taken Zyprexa, Zoloft, Lexapro, Prozac, Welbutrin, Cymbalta, Celebrex, Celexa, Paxil and Effexor; different dosages, different combinations, etc, etc, etc... <... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 13:45:37 EST Hello from a newbie Hello everyone ... I am Nicole. I'm a special Ed teacher, photographer and PhD student and I struggle daily :) I feel like ADD has a role in why I don't stick to my diet/exercise plans -- I have somewhat learned strategies to keep me functional through the work day and my classes, but feel like I exert all of my effort and willpower on that and have nothing left afterwards. I hope that being here will help me with that :) I look forward to getting to know everyone! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 21:10:07 EST Medication prices? I take adderall 30mg, twice a day, and I'm on the generic. I pay $10 with my insurance. No one (that I've seen) has ever posted how much they pay for vyvanse (or any other medication). My doctor said she'd move me to vyvanse if the adderall wasn't doing it for me, and it's not. Can I please get a little feed back on what others pay for their medication? I'm terrified I won't be able to pay for the medication I need to do my job. I'm a single mom trying to juggle a two year old, a full-time jo... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 01:35:13 EST Hello - Introducing Myself! Hi. I'm new here, new to SparkPeople, and new to an official ADHD diagnosis - though I've apparently had it for my whole life, and it has just gone undiagnosed until now. <BR> <BR> It's been a real struggle for me. It has been very difficult to find a dosage that works. My problem is so extreme that the dosage keeps being raised, and it can't be raised much higher. The other problem is that when I take the medicine, for the time that it is working in my body, I notice such a dramatic differ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:51:57 EST Good ADHD Resources I've read a few books and websites and I wanted to share some of those that I've found helpful. Feel free to share any that have helped you! <BR> <BR> Books: <BR> --Making ADD Work by Blythe Grossberg <link><BR>Strategies/dp/0399531998/ref=sr_1_1?s=<BR>books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294261934&sr=1-1 </link> <BR> <BR> It has some good tips on coping at work, although a few like get an assistant aren't realistic for everyone. It also has interviews with successful ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:37:02 EST ADHD parents of ADHD kids? Anybody else here a parent with adhd of a child with adhd? <BR> <BR> I have finally started talking to my doctor about my adhd- I was never diagnosed as a child due to being a girl and the difference in the way it manifests itself in girls usually...more daydreaming and fidgeting. But I always had decent to good grades... <BR> <BR> I started to notice issues in high school-kind of anyways LOL. I knew I couldn't sit still in class and pretty much didn't go to high school- but I was makings m... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:32:07 EST Newbie from Bama Hi! My name is Dawn and I'm here because my hubby and I both have ADHD. I'm looking for ways to manage it naturally as I refuse to take meds, I'm not sick. My biggest struggle is with motivation, I lack motivation BAD! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I look forward to meeting some new and interesting people here. <em>30</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:05:36 EST Diet and Supplements Does anyone do a special diet (like an elimination-type diet) for ADHD and/or take specific supplements? Do these help your symptoms of ADHD (or even help with weight loss)? <BR> Today was a particularly bad day for Vyvanse side effects for me. Although I can't really remember how many 60 mg pills I took this morning...supposed to be 1, but I might have forgotten and taken 2. (*sigh* There's no doubt I do have ADHD...) It probably doesn't help that I'm tired and PMS-ing, but I felt stressed... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:44:28 EST Anger as a Side Effect? Hi Team, <BR> I want to know if anyone has experienced increased anger as a side effect to Adderal (or other ADD meds.) <BR> <BR> I have always had an issue with being easily annoyed, and I have been working on this for years. I have made great progress, and in the last few years, I would say that I have toned it down quite a bit. I have learned to be less controlling and more "philosophical" and better at choosing my battles. Everyone in my life agrees. <BR> <BR> However, over the last few... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:45:58 EST Focalin XR? Does anyone take it? I just started it today (10mg). My doctor said to give it a few days at 10mg, then take it to 20mg if things weren't any better. As of now, I feel like my same inattentive self, but worse because I'm incredibly mentally drained. I got a lot of sleep last night (for once, about nine hours), so it's not that. I also slept a ton yesterday. <BR> <BR> For people who have taken it, did it do this to you when you first started taking it? How long did it take for your body to g... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:14:31 EST new, have a lot of questions Hi! I've been more active on Sparkpeople for the past few weeks even though I joined in August. I just started medication for ADD after being diagnosed over eight years ago (long story--I started Concerta, then stopped, then let this get out of hand for way too long). I'm looking for a support group since I heard people who are on the forums more have more success losing weight. Anyway, feel free to add me as a friend if you want to! I'll try to be active here, especially since I need some he... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:01:02 EST Hello - ADD Smoking Video Games Clutter etc. Hello – I'm new to this Team <BR> <BR> Browsing posts here last night provoked some thoughts: <BR> <BR> Browsing FREDDY1232's thread on ADD and smoking, I would say that there IS a connection! <BR> My younger brother, very much like me in personality, introduced me to some books he had found on ADD, some years ago. I saw some traits I could identify with. I recall that ADD can cause a tendency toward risky/addictive behaviors. I am struggling with breaking the smoking addiction, gainin... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:10:18 EST Sensa -- has anyone tried it? I had seen Sensa a little bit in adds and stuff online but didn't really know what it was. I assumed it was another diet pill that might make you skinny until you have a heart attack or liver failure, so I ignored it. I don't know why, but a few days ago, an add got my attention and I did a little research on Sensa. I'll even admit that I saw an hour-long Sensa show on QVC or HSN and I watched a little bit of it. If you haven't heard much about it, the website for it is here: <link>www.tryse... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:04:21 EST ADD meds? I am thinking about asking my psychiatrist for add meds when I see him next week. I am bi-polar and I have been told they might make me manic so I haven't pushed the idea of meds with my doctor. But since finding out I have add I have been so busy not procrastinating it causes me a lot of stress. While I have been happier and feel a sense of accomplishment I haven't felt in years it's still putting a lot of pressure on me to do things at once as I don't put it off and consequently forget or t... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 12:16:50 EST looking for a weight loss buddy I am 40 something married man looking for a weight loss buddy. Let me know if interested. <BR> <BR> thanks, <BR> Mark Fri, 12 Nov 2010 20:38:11 EST SAM-E Anyone taking SAM-E for ADHD or depression? I started taking it and am not feeling anything yet but my Dr. suggest titrating up to 1600 mg/day before deciding if it helps me or not. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:47:44 EST Need support form my friends My friends don't believe me when I say I have add. It hurts that they just think I am making this up or that I am gullible and the doctors are just stringing me along. I was with a friend last night and when I mentioned it she had a look on her face that showed me he just didn't believe me.. It was like are you still alleging that? <BR> I have had a lot of medical problems this past year and the doctors have sent me on to other specialists and I know they are tired of hearing about all my ail... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 00:09:27 EST Almost 59 and I just found out I have ADHD So here I am 2 months short of my 59th birthday and I just found out that I have ADHD and oh - also a little OCD, anxiety and depression. Life is full of surprises. <BR> <BR> I'll be talking to my doctor about meds. I have high blood pressure which complicates the meds picture. <BR> <BR> I'm actually pretty excited to find out I have ADHD and it's not that I'm lazy. There's a reason I have such problems finishing anything. <BR> <BR> Glad to join this team. I have a lot of learning to d... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:45:17 EST Write a note to a soldier and send a free CD. Here is a special way we can support our troops. On this page is a special place on the right hand where you can click and a place to write a soldier a note and send a free CD from the company..Try it. I did and it makes you feel so good! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ics/ </link> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:27:30 EST Hi, new here, from Washington State I'm 27 and a mom of two kids. My husband and I have been suspecting that I have had ADD for about a year now. In reality, I've probably had it my whole life but was misdiagnosed as bi-polar in my teens and then, as an adult, have been lucky enough to have wonderful support from my husband and have never had to hold a job or anything. <BR> <BR> However, in the past year, my ADD has become dead weight on my (our) life so I finally made an appointment to be seen. <BR> <BR> I just started add... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 16:45:08 EST Revelation I had a bit of a revelation last night, and this seemed like a good place to share it. <BR> <BR> A little background first: I have a job that I used to absolutely love! I'm not a morning person but I would willingly get up at 4:30 for work. Then my group ended up with a manager who is, to put it nicely, an arrogant jerk who micromanages everything and thinks that his way is the only right way and we're all idiots because we don't always do things his way. For the non-ADHDers, it was easier ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:28:42 EST newly diagnose d/taking strattera Hey everyone. I'm new to spark and I've recently been diagnosed with ADD. I've struggled for many years, but could never get properly diagnosed. Anyway, I'm taking strattera (40mg) and I've noticed a small difference. Is anyone else taking strattera? If so, is it working for you??? Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:22:32 EST Hi folks, I'm new here Hello everybody, I'm new to this team. It's a topic I can relate to and I'm interested in seeing how others have dealt with ADD during their transition to healthy living. <BR> <BR> Personally I was diagnosed with ADD as a child, probably around 5 or 6 years old. Treatment continued for 6 years I believe. I guess at that time it seemed like treatment was no longer necessary. I was diagnosed again as an adult about 8 years ago, first I tried bringing issues up with my family doctor but h... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 14:54:00 EST ADD Discussion Group I am excited because tomorrow is the start of an 8 ADD week discussion group I am joining. It's held by a local therapist. Don't know what to expect but I am sure it will be interesting if not life changing because I am sure I will learn a lot about ADD and technics to follow and implement in my life. I'll keep you posted and maybe I can pass on some good things for us to learn. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:19:43 EST ADD magzine Here's the website for a ADD news letter. It's really interesting. <BR> <BR>; Sun, 19 Sep 2010 16:53:11 EST Hello <BR> I'm really new here and have been noodling around for awhile this afternoon, trying to figure out how I fit in here. Maybe I found it! I have ADD, was diagnosed 13 years ago in college and should've been diagnosed long before then. <BR> <BR> I really think many of my biggest challenges in getting healthier and losing weight are related to ADD. When I want things, I want them now and have a hard time staying on track with long term goals. Not that I've ever made it for more than a few d... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:55:20 EST good- a home place Over the years I have joined and left teams, seldom finding anything that felt right to me. <BR> Even after an ADD diagnosis in my mid 50's last year I did not think of hunting this team down until today. <BR> I could spend the whole weekend reading threads here that call my name. <BR> I am tired of feeling like I need to explain myself and of feeling out of sync. This looks likes home... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 20:00:04 EST Question to All.... As I am new to all this, I keep trying to sort it out in my head, and what I like to know is how much of this is the ADHD, and how much is just my personality? For example, I've always been impulsive, which is obviously a tell tale sign of the disorder, but I don't necessarily see it as a bad thing. I take pride in the fact that I'm up for whatever, whenever. Sure, being impulsive gets me in trouble from time to time, but so do other qualities/traits. I guess I just don't want to change ... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:08:57 EST ADHD in college w/ possible anxiety and depression I have known that I have adhd all of my life, but within the last few years it has dawned upon me that ADHD is more than just being inattentive and hyperactive. It is a mental disorder that I will have to live with. While realizing that ADHD is why I act can be empowering, I tend to freak out and think how will I live the rest of my life like this. Every new semester I get stressed out in the beginning which usually leads to depression. I can't get to sleep because I ruminate so much. I, of ... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 00:43:19 EST Too many bells and whistles for me! Our printer went out. yesterday I went to but a new one. I went to office depot. We are always loyal to that store as we have always had a very good buying experience with them. Anyway I was being helped by the sales clerk and we were discussing the price and features of the printers. It has always been my experience that the more things you have on a piece of electronic equipment of any kind the more features you have that go wrong. So I try to keep it as simple as possible. I actually think... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:34:06 EST just diagnosed I have been struggling with ADD related symptoms my whole life and didn't really put it together until recently. I met with my family doctor who then had to refer me to a psychologist, and today I go back to the family dr. for a prescription. <BR> <BR> When I first started to wonder if I might have ADD/ADHD, I'm not sure exactly how I felt. My brother was diagnosed when he was about 7 or so, but we are complete opposites. He barely got through school; I was always top of my class and ra... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 09:30:09 EST Hello from Chicago My wife found this wonderful site, and invited me, and now I find myself falling deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole (but its a good rabbit hole, so I don't mind.) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed a little under 4 years ago. The Concerta works for me, I love my doctors, my wife, my family, and my job. Right now I'm in a good place in my life, but I'd like to live healthier, so that I can grow old with my wife and play shuffleboard with her. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:08:26 EST ADD and smoking Do you or have you ever smoked? I have had a particularly hard time quitting smoking. Then I started to think how this may be attributed to my AdD. It's a thing that keeps me busy. It's a thing to keep my hands busy. It slows me down. It's one constant thing that I can focus on. It's a crutch. It's comfortable and familiar. I could go on and on but you get the picture. Last year I quit for 9 months. I just couldn't stop fixating on the thought of a cigarette. Then I started smoking one a day ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 11:00:04 EST You don't look ADD and other dumb things. well I told a group of friends and I think they thought I was just making it up. I've had so many health problems lately and I am sure they think I am nothing but a hypocondreact. I feel embarrassed that I even told them. Should have thought it through. But didn't. Isn't that typical of ADD? Now I feel they are all talking about me. <BR> I know them all well and they will draw their own conclusions. I just got tongue tied and didn't handle it well. I am feeling bad about the conversation tha... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:36:11 EST Oo Shiny! Hey all! I'm from Newfoundland, Canada and am a university student! I was diagnosed a few years ago after having to drop out of the college program I was taking. My parents had put off getting me diagnosed in grade school because while they were pushing to have me labeled, they were not set up for a special learner who was also doing advanced studies. <em>198</em> (closest thing to a face palm) <BR> <BR> Since diagnosis I have go back to university, and am allowed extra time on exams and t... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 07:15:01 EST Sad for the child I was. Hi I am new here. I was just diagnosed yesterday. The diagnose has blown me away. I am 62 and it explains so much in my life. But I look back at the girl I was growing up and I feel sad for that little girl that was . . They didn't know about the disorder when I was a kid. I've joined this team to learn about ADD. This all new to me. I am going to start reading about ADD on the internet in an effort to learn more about this condition. It seems I have been compensating for it all my life and n... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 11:33:08 EST Support Needed! Hey Ladies! I could really use a (kick my a$$) buddy. <BR> <BR> I haven't wanted to cook (to hot), i havent worked out (exausted), and i haven't been doing much around the house. My schedule changed over the past two weeks to 2nd shift. I hate it. But i make the sechdule. My boyfriend's job had moved him to 2nd shift so i moved mine so i could see him. <BR> <BR> Problem with that: ADHD. I seem to think that if i do something before work i'll be late for work or not have time to get ready.... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:14:16 EST Look squirrel!! I was diagnosed with ADD my 3rd year of college. I was 45. All my life I thought I was a________ I don't know what I was. I stayed in so much trouble and still do, they just have a reason to laugh now. I'm still not laughing. It is tiresome. I've lost interest in this so I will be back later. <BR> Gina from Tennessee <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 18:57:29 EST Hi I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in second grade. That's roughly 20 years ago. I stopped the medication when I was in 7th grade. My parents and the doctor thought I had developed enough to be able to cope on my own. For the most part I do, but I tend to lose interest in some things quickly and have a hard time concentrating on tedious tasks for long. I kind of wish I was still medicated for it, but at the same time I kind of don't. It's a long back and forth on this issues for me. My most... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 13:50:24 EST Hi from Ontario Canada Hi my name is CarpeD, I'm 38, officially dx 2 years ago with ADHD combined but I'm certain that I also have discalculia and ADHD-SCT. I'm looking forward to interacting here on my weight loss journey. Good luck to all. Sat, 29 May 2010 11:26:06 EST Hello from Kentucky I have ADD/ADHD, and I suffer from depression and anxiety. <BR> <BR> I have a terrible problem sticking to a diet or an exercise plan. And, I don't have the patience to write down everything I eat or to put it on the computer. <BR> <BR> Anyone have suggestions? Fri, 28 May 2010 11:30:17 EST Hello! So here I am. This is not the first time I've been on Spark, but it's the first time I've been on Spark as a diagnosed ADHD person. I have always wondered why I try to lose weight and am unsuccessful. I have always had the motivation and the want, but I never seem to get around to it.....apparently that's part of being ADHD. LOL I guess that also explains all the other "unfinished" projects I have. I'm hoping that with treatment I will be able to finally get a grasp on my food addiction as I ... Sun, 23 May 2010 23:26:26 EST choosing quick over healthy food I have noticed that while I love to cook, I hate to wait to eat. My old "methods" for dealing with this were: <BR> 1) making a huge batch of something and freezing some and eating most. <BR> 2) finding the quickest thing I could fix...regardless of calories, etc. <BR> <BR> Have you noticed this? <BR> I am trying to have enough good choices in the house (I live alone) so that I can have something good AND quick.... Iam also working on delayed gratification. Okay, I am an emotional eater... Sun, 2 May 2010 03:01:29 EST NAC N-acetyl-L L-cysteine Is anyone taking this supplement? I first read about in in relation to autism but the description of how it was believed to help made it seem like something also good for ADD. I did find a few references to using NAC for ADD and some of the supplements marketed to people with ADD include NAC. <BR> <BR> My doctor wasn't familiar with using NAC for learning disabilities or delays but was familiar with its use with acetaminophen overdoses and asthma. She gave me her blessing to try it saying... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:23:44 EST Hello! New to SP and newly diagnosed with ADHD....and loving it. One down side is that my motivation fades fast, so I'm hoping to find friends for motivation and tips how to keep on track when the glitter fades! Look forward to getting to know all of you! :) Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:19:56 EST Hi just joined! I am 61, retired a year ago and am starting to realize after all these years I may have ADD, at least many of the symptoms you all describe here sound very familiar. I had a degree in Elem Ed. but realized it was not for me, with the lesson plans and responsibility, but I stuck it out as a day care teacher for 8 years, did not have the patience plus pay was low, so changed careers to a very detail oriented job in investment accounting which I stuck with for 29 years, and was quite good at, a... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 02:35:53 EST What type of professional to seek? This is probably a little off topic - As well as having ADD myself my children also have various degrees of ADHD/ADD. My 9 yr old is currently running through a very difficult period and is having a lot of trouble with anger, self-esteem and general coping. Needless to say this greatly impacts the household as a whole. Up until this point my ADD is medicated and hers has been well coped with. However, we are more and more seeing the need for some 3rd party intervention - both for her and ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 15:43:28 EST Help I was on Concerta and I thought it was working but I couldn't afford the co-pay at the pharmacy for it so it went bye bye. I figured since I lived 29 years without it I can deal without it some more. Well here I am, now that I'm aware that some of the stuff I do was because of ADHD and that it can be controled. NOW I want it back,but the problem is I'm going to be broke soon enough and won't even be able to get medication if I had wanted to anyway. IS there any ADHD drugs out that that can h... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 14:49:16 EST I'm new and I'm from Alabama I'm excited to find this team. Nobody understands ADD/ADHD unless they have it. If only my body could move as fast and as far as my brain. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 14:17:13 EST Anybody read "More attention, less deficit"? I'm just curious about it. i'm listening to the podcast the doc had as kind of a companion to the book (or so it seems), but i hadn't heard of the book. i was wondering if anybody'd read it before and if it was helpful. so far, the podcasts seem pretty good, but i've only heard 3 or 4 episodes so far, so its hard to say just yet. <BR> <BR> anyhoo, just wondering. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 18:13:10 EST Aný one else have sweating trips with concerta?? My oldest ADHD teenager is being taken off concerta- the mental hospital is also filing another side effect to this drug to the medications board in denmark. <BR> My son can take a shower and one hour later on concerta be drenched in sweat... <BR> I was wondering if anyone else has this problem? Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:48:51 EST Vyvance?? Has anyone taken it? Hi Y'all! <BR> Has anyone heard of or taken Vyvance? My therapist is talking about starting me on this. She says it's supposed to be "smoother" than Adderall XR with less "crash." <BR> I'd like to hear your thoughts on it if any of you have taken it or what you've heard about it. Thanks. <BR> glenda <em>220</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 14:42:46 EST frustrations I am seriously frustrated these days. I concentrate OK at work but then I go home, and I have a list of chores to do and goals I'm working on, like reading through a book and so forth. But when I arrive home I feel so scattered that I end up staring at the computer or jumping to whatever activity my partner suggests, or I'll start a chore or a goal and then end up doing something else, or forgetting what I'm doing, and it's really driving me nuts. I end up getting up in the morning and hav... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:47:44 EST Hello I am Candice and was diagnosed with ADHD 2 years ago at 27. I have a REAL hard time staying on task, like right now I am supposed to be doing work stuff, but I can't stop distracting myself! Ah! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 13:54:44 EST Calcium This is so cool! Dr. Oz mentions Spark People and The Spark! Oh and they talk about calcium too. lol <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-with-this-creamy-food </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:38:09 EST ADD or Depression???? Hi, I'm new here. I have not be diagnosed with ADD, just depression and anxiety.....wellbutrin, topamax and buspar. I just wanted to see if you all could relate to any or some of the symptoms that I am still having. I have been on just about every combination of medication possible and something still is not right.... <BR> I cry at the slightest thing <BR> I hate doing and going places alone <BR> I have a terrible time making decisions...anything.. even what to have for dinner! <BR> I fee... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:40:58 EST Hello out there! ...;Nice to find Sparks when beginning a new journey to a healthier life. Glad to know that the journey might be shared. <BR> <BR> All the best <BR> Tra Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:26:36 EST hello new here im new here BUT not to spark people, ive been on here for 4 years at least..i was officaly diagnosed with adult add in 07 but from what i learned from my parents ive had it at least since 1980, but my parents chose NOT to medicate me..arrr..its amazing how medication has made a diff. <BR> i also have a son with asbergers soooo being on my meds is a MUST!!!..i hope to chat here often..GREAT to meet u all. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 07:45:04 EST Attentio -deficit disorder linked to obesity Just read this article from the Globe Mail. This sure sounds like what I struggle with! I think it's valuable information, so am posting it here. <BR> <BR> by MARINA JIMÉNEZ <BR> <BR> Published Mar. 24, 2009 <BR> <BR> Paige Gilmore used to be so large she couldn't buckle up a seat belt in a car, or go on a roller-coaster ride with her son. No chair was big enough to hold her 420-pound, 5-foot-7-inch frame. <BR> <BR> Dieting had never helped Ms. Gilmore, who has been overweight since the... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:41:54 EST This Is Me My name is Chrissi. I'm 33, married to a soldier and have four kids ages 14, 11, 5, and 3. Right now, my husband and I are geographically separated-he's in NY for duty that has lasted for over a year with possibly a year left. I'm attending college full time in preparation for nursing school. We live out in the country on 6 acres and currently have 2 dogs and 11 chickens. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight since being pregnant with my first child. I was young and no one told me that ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:36:34 EST How did your diagnosis help? Hi - I've been lurking here and reading lots about ADD. All this stuff? I thought it was normal and that everyone deals with these sorts of things. <BR> <BR> Did getting a diagnosis of ADD as an adult help you? Has it made a real difference? <BR> <BR> TIA! beck Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:52:22 EST Hi, I keep starting new diets Hi, I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and I'm having trouble sticking with a diet. I keep blowing through different diets. This one, that one, I'm bored, what about this? I'm really trying to stick with Spark. I was just going to switch to Atkins or Weight Watchers before I decided to search on ADHD in Spark People. So here I am! I am taking Adderall XR for my ADHD. Late night snacking is a problem for me. Thu, 7 Jan 2010 21:15:13 EST I AM INTRODUCING MYSELF HI! MY NAME IS CAMI AND I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ADD/ADHD ABOUT A YEAR AGO NOW. I HAVE BEEN ON MEDS FOR THAT TIME AND NOW I AM FINDING THAT IT IS TIME TO EITHER UP MY MEDS OR CHANGE THEM. I HAVE A SISTER THAT IS ALSO ADD/ADHD AND SHE IS ON MEDS FOR HERS AS WELL. I AM HOPING THAT I CAN GET HER TO JOIN THIS GROUP AS WELL AS I THINK THAT IT WILL BE HELPFUL FOR THE BOTH OF US. <BR> <BR> I AM NEW TO THIS SITE AND SO FAR I AM ENJOYING WHAT I HAVE BEEN FINDING. EVERYONE IN THE GROUPS THAT I ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 10:13:25 EST New Member My name is Melody and I was recently diagnosed with ADHD. My 8-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD in September. I am a teacher so I should have seen the signs in both of us, but I didn't. My son has done really well on medicine. He's not hyper, but is the figety, inattentive typy (I am the same). I never even thought about myself being ADHD until I went to see a neurologist about nerve damage (I have a pinched nerve in my back) and after talking to me a few minutes he asked me if I had A... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 09:32:41 EST Consistency Hi all, <BR> I have been recently diagnosed with ADHD. I always knew I had it, just was never officially diagnosed before. I was elated when I got the diagnosis becuase now that I know what the problem is I can fix it. Unfortunately I dont have health insurance so I can't afford to work with a therapist. My main problem is conistency and staying on track. can any of you tell me how you stay on track? How do you keep consistency? Consistency is the thing that keeps me from being successful in ... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:55:04 EST Hubby with ADHd and Bipolar!!! Hi all, <BR> I am not sure if I can join this group as it is my husband who has the condition. We are awaiting a formal diagnosis but our GP suggested reading up about ADHD and Bipolar (he has already been confirmed as bipolar) so I was interested if anyone has any comments about having the two conditions together. When my husband read the symptoms and info on ADHD he cried with relief that he had found an answer. He said he felt like a weight had been lifted and that he now understood his w... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 11:00:03 EST Hi, I'm Tally Hey there! <BR> <BR> Well, I went nuts this morning and haven't felt terribly well. I have never been diagnosed ADHD or whatever else this could be or anything like that (wouldn't know how to go about that in the first place, and I have no insurance), but I've had a couple of people with ADHD ask me if I was and tell me that I seem to be a lot like them (the most recent one was last thursday and she's a meditation instructor and professor at my campus...which got me really thinking and made... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 16:15:47 EST Ritalin withdrawl symptoms? I've been backing off my Ritalin meds for a week or so, because we started treating my sleep apnea. Sleep deprivation can cause ADHD-like symptoms, so we were going to see if I still needed it after we started fixing the sleep apnea. <BR> <BR> I won't say I'm more or less scatter-brained - it seems to come and go - but I am so tired! I've always been a morning person, but now I'm dozing off at my desk. It's like I was before I started treating the sleep apnea! <BR> <BR> That said, I reali... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:40:00 EST New here and have a few questions. I have a few question about getting diagnosed with ADD. I am positive I have it. I am scatter brained, disorganized, insecure, never know if I am coming or going, mild depression, forgetful, easily distracted, never focused, but sometimes super focused for a very short period of time... and the list goes on. <BR> <BR> I am can start cleaning my house and will pick up a few things in the living room and see something in the kitchen that needs to be done and go from the living room (that is n... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 21:49:58 EST Hello - I am new hear today Hi, <BR> <BR> I am trying to figure out what is going on with me. I am disorganized, jump from project to project, and I tend to hoard all kinds of stuff. I am also overweight and need to take care of this issue as well. I am looking for suggestions and support so I can get control over these problems I am dealing with (or not dealing with)now. I am finally ready to accept responsibility for myself. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone better as we travel down this road tog... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:21:05 EST Simple things you can do... What are some simple things you can do to start your day, feeling good about yourself?I make sure to start each day by "Sparking", putting on my face,(not that I'm NOT comfy with my "natural" inherent beauty) and exercising. Definite mood boosters! Thu, 29 Oct 2009 07:57:09 EST Provigil? Anyone taking Provigil for their ADD? <BR> <BR> I have taken this to help me stay awake when my job required me to work all night. Now my doctor is considering prescribing this to help my ADD symptoms. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had good results from this med? When I took it I usually already worked all day and had to work all night so I haven't really tried it when rested. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:04:44 EST memory and meds? my memory is terrible. i have left keys in the ignition over night, forget what i was told a few seconds after i've just been told, and my perception of time is off too. i can remember assignments for school (sometimes) <BR> <BR> but apparently i went bowling last weekend and really im not sure if i believe the person he said so. it feels like a month ago. <BR> <BR> its getting frustrating and i want to know if meds can help. i am a collage student so its suppose to help with the distract... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 04:14:37 EST What do you think about this? I am student at a technical college. I am majoring in medical assisting. I was in class one Thursday and another student (who I considered to be an in school friend.) told me that just because I have had the habit of getting up to put my coat on in class that I was a total distraction to the class. She then went on to say that ADHD is only a matter of behavior modification techniques. She then proceeded to tell me that she believed that people with ADHD do not need medication at all to contro... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:43:17 EST Hello I'm new to this group and just returning to Sparkpeople. I hope I'm posting in "introduce yourself!" The links are a little confusing. I recently came to terms that I am an adult w/add just as I've suspected from time to time but still havn't talked to a professional about it. One of my clues not too long ago was that my husband caught me purchasing a yard-sale book titled, "You mean I'm not lazy, stupid or crazy?" (About ADD) He asked me right there in front of sophisticated younger blonde a... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 21:19:17 EST Hello from Christine Hello, My name is Christine. I'm new to SparkPeople and have been checking out the different teams, there are so many. I am not new to ADHD, though. I was diagnosed with it as an adult in '95 and it wreaked havoc in my childhood and early married life. However, ADHD and I have gotten to know each other pretty well and with Vyvanse things are much better. However, that said, old habits die hard. I am looking forward to the support and inspiration from the group, and hope that I will offer the ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 20:06:20 EST SHARING some words of Inspiration & Motivation <em>414</em> Inspiring quote for today <BR> <BR> <BR> *As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.* <BR> <BR> ~Marianne Williamson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (*Please feel free to share any quotes, mottos, sayings, your own words of Inspiration/motivation) Sat, 19 Sep 2009 14:50:01 EST best adhd planner/o rganizer? Hey everyone=) I wanted to know if anyone knew of the best yet cheapest possible planner/organizer? I just started college, I'm adhd (not professionally diagnosed..but I know I have it) and I literally need something to plan my whole day.(if I don't, I'll start it a day and wont continue with it).. (and remember everything I need to do) so if any one can help, that would be GREATLY appreciated! thnx!! Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:13:19 EST ATTENTION DEFICIT or HYPER FOCUS... just curious ATTENTION DEFICIT or HYPER FOCUS... just curious <BR> <BR> for me it seems more Like MY mind muti - tasks non stop... my attention is in sooooo many directions at once... I feel like I am hyper focusing all around me... and giving ALOT of attention to all around me.. thats why when I here attention defecit i go HUH... Just wonder what others opinions/experiences are? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed week everyone... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 19:58:21 EST *Hi**team* Deby is back <em>188</em> **HI** my name is Deby <BR> <BR> and I have returned to the team... I had gotten a little overwhelmed with all the teams I joined (I had over 60, Ya know the ADHD impulsivity thingy) <BR> <BR> Well now I think I am at a good place.... I can handle appr. 36 (teehee and I am leading a few of them) <BR> <BR> I came back because... I am now working on some of my ADHD / Anxiety stuff... and thought I could use some support and I love all the teams LINDA leads... <BR> <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 11:52:50 EST Monitoring our Stress and Anxiety levels RIGHT now Where are you on the Stress/anxiety Scale.. <BR> <BR> 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9..10 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. At total Bliss <BR> 5. mid ground can go either way <BR> 10. stressed OUT/ panic attack <BR> <BR> Try to do this throughout your day.. Checking in to see where you are... can help to keep you healthier...(at least has for me) <BR> <BR> if you find yourself above a 5 try to take a time out... a breather to relax... <BR> <BR> <BR> I have done this for some time now and i... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 11:40:19 EST Gluten intolerance and ADD/ADHD Hello, all. <BR> <BR> For those not familiar with gluten intolerance and celiac disease, it's a genetic or acquired inability to digest a protein present in wheat, barley, and rye. That protein is called gluten and is what makes bread dough sticky. <BR> <BR> It's not an allergy. When people with gluten intolerance eat food with gluten, it triggers an immune system response which damages the small intestine. Symptoms range from nothing much to constant diarrhea, malnutrition, bloating, head... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 03:10:10 EST Does anyone take Adderall? My doctor just put me on it and I am curious to see if anyone else is taking it. Does it help you? So far it's helped me, I had a habit of spacing out and yesterday I felt very aware of what was going on around me. Perhaps it's just psychological, I have no idea! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 13:34:35 EST Anyone go through a neuropsych eval? This is the next step that my doctor wants me to take, to determine if there's underlying anxiety or depression, along with the ADHD. She says that then, we'll know more of what we're doing and be able to get the correct meds & levels right away, rather than trying one thing after another, hoping to get it right someday. <BR> <BR> So, it makes sense, but the process (hours of questionnaires) will end up costing $900 or so, I think. <BR> <BR> Have any of you gone through this? <BR> <BR> Tho... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 09:06:38 EST Are you creating new habits? As school begins, are you developing new habits that will be ADD/ADHD proof? Thu, 27 Aug 2009 14:01:04 EST Does anyone feel like OCD and ADHD go together? Lately, I have been thinking sometimes I have OCD only because my whole life I was criticized for having ADHD. Basically, everything that makes me be who I am as an ADHD adult is usually viewed negatively until I compensate with an OCD behavior. <BR> <BR> For example, I used to be scolded for not keeping track of appointments or homework due. Now I obsessively check my calendar and worry I am going to miss something. Now I am looked as the good worker bee who is just "so organized" meanwhile... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 07:59:52 EST New here today I have finally decided to do something about my weight and I'm hoping that with all of the different groups for all of the various issues I have, I'll be able to stop making excuses and actually learn to lead a better life. I hope, with all my life experience, that I may be able to help other people with problems I may have already learned to deal with. I am a married mom with a teenage son starting high school in a week who works full time from home. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 20:53:35 EST Question Do any of you ever feel like your meds are not working? I hate to think that I need more or a higher dose! Still forgetting things, hit the neighbors house with my truck, cant make a decision to save my life! My house is refusing to stay clean! I walk into a room and have no idea why I am there! Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:14:53 EST Sleep apnea? I was wondering if anyone else here had been told to be tested for sleep apnea. I ask because some of the symptoms mimic ADHD. Sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight - it's bascially when you stop breathing during the night for short periods of time. It causes you to be badly rested, can cause weight gain, and can cause major issues with your memory. <BR> <BR> People can go decades without being diagnosed - they think the snoring that sometimes (but not always) comes with... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 13:04:17 EST Sharing Inspiration * Motivation <em>188</em> HI** everyone.... <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ this Thoughtfilled Thursday ~~0:) <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy... <BR> song *Book of LOVE* by peter Gabriel* <BR> <BR> inspiring Quotes <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:15:28 EST Hello All So glad to have found Sparkpeople. Just starting out and looking forward to making slow and steady, healthy changes. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:03:08 EST Have you been able to stay on track this summer? I always think about starting something new but when I do - I find it hard to complete. I get overwhelmed quite often or sidetracked. Wed, 8 Jul 2009 23:59:07 EST A "time budget" Spending the past few months unemployed has taught me the importance of having a budget, sometimes the hard way! (For example, I forgot to cancel some services when I moved out of my old place and ended up getting charged for them even though I never used them! Ouch!) I also learned that available credit on a credit card is not guaranteed money. If they see your credit report looking bad (high balances on all your credit cards, etc.) they can cut your available credit without warning! Suddenl... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 19:07:43 EST Question to those who know more than me I recently started grad school and it has been the hardest program of my life! I am very motivated to study, but every time I sit down, I always do 100 other things in between 5 minutes sessions of reading. So studying the vast amount of material is a slow process. The subject matter is very intersting to me and I want to do well, but I feel I'm always so distracted. <BR> <BR> My sister is on adderall and today when I wanted to study, she suggested I take half of one of her tablets (it was p... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 16:56:17 EST sharing INSPIRATIONS hi Everyone.... <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just strolling by to share......(hankie alert) <BR> <BR> <BR> ~~BLESSings~~ this THOUGHTfilled Thursday ~~0:) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:34:57 EST A stress reliever Watch this.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:49:35 EST THE WORST ADD THING EVER I did something this past weekend that I'm not sure I will ever get over. My parents and 6-year-old daughter and I drove together to a cousin's wedding out of state. My father adores my daughter (it's mutual), and he is constantly grabbing her hand and taking her off places. It got so I was just assuming that she was with him. Well, there was this big brunch at a cafe for the out-of-town guests the day after the wedding. As the brunch was ending people were leaving to walk around the cor... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 01:11:46 EST ADHD/D.E.S S,/Obesity Hello All, <BR> <BR> Here are the basics that I have dealt with my entire life. I am a D.E.S. baby, which I believe is the cause of my ADHD which in turn I believe keeps me from maintaining a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> In short, I am STUCK in a rut and have NO idea where to go! I can't focus, so I can't keep a routine "diet-weight management type lifestyle" ...God, I can't even keep it together to type this out!! LOL <BR> <BR> If anyone who SERIOUSLY knows what I'm dealing with wishes... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:18:29 EST A blessing in disguise The other day I did the ultimate ADD thing, and something amazing happened as a result. Here is the story, completely unembelished, exactly as it happened: <BR> I was waiting to get gas. There was a big van ahead of me, so I figured I'd make use of the time by turning off my car and tidying it up a bit. I was picking up bits of trash and stuffing them into a bag to throw out when I got out of the car. When I saw the van guy go to pay, I went into my purse for my credit card so I'd be ready t... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 16:01:52 EST Newbie Hello everyone, I just want to say that I just joined this group as I had and I guess have ADD and ADHD or one of them...LOL <BR> anyway, Im here to lose weight and met some wonderful people while doing it...Hope to talk to you all soon. <BR> <BR> Paul Mon, 1 Jun 2009 21:49:01 EST ADD/ADHD diagnosis - now what? Making progress? I don't find I have made much progress. I was only diagnosed a year ago. However, at least I now know I have ADD and can make sense of what has been "wrong" with me. Meds help some. Are you making progress since you have been diagnosed? Sun, 24 May 2009 14:58:21 EST Spacey in Seattle I get easily distracted, and am way to impulsive. it got me into a lot of trouble as a kid, making poor decisions too quickly. If I go out somewhere to run a quick errand that errand usually gets taken care of, but I stop at 3 or 4 places along the way and get home 2 hours later. I'm dyslexic also and it comes out verbally when I'm tired, like I know what I want to say but my synapses don't connect properly and my mouth says something different. Sometimes I feel like such a dork, and if peop... Thu, 21 May 2009 19:19:28 EST Hi! Now what was I going to say? I am so excited to have found this team! When I told my daughter about the goals she was like "ya, you should really join that one." <BR> When my daughter was in school I learned about ADD. It was like OMG that's me. Since then I have been taking ritalin and life has been much more focused, and whenever I've had a job interview I always say "I've got ADD and am taking medication for it, I may be initially slower than some other people, but I'm smart and since I've been dealing with i... Thu, 21 May 2009 18:46:48 EST Check this out I saw this on another team and thought I would share it with you... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 17 May 2009 22:04:31 EST Werid Workout Equipment Hey saw this outdoor elliptical here is a link. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thaught it would be neat to use. Also if anyone else finds some weird workout equipment post it. Make a game of it. Sun, 17 May 2009 10:07:36 EST Here for learning. Hello everyone! I am brand new to Spark, I joined yesterday, and I saw this group on someone else's page. The bit about the squirrel, that is so me. LOL <BR> <BR> I have not been diagnosed with ADD but I have recently been exploring it because it seems to answer so many questions for me. <BR> <BR> I am never happy unless I have several projects going at once and am able to handle it but I get "scattered" at times. Part of the problem is that I suffered mild neurologic damage several years a... Thu, 14 May 2009 13:46:19 EST Frustrated by my runneth over of the mouth I'm not on my concerta because we simply can't afford it right now. I keep saying things about our finances or things I shouldn't talk about which embarrasses people getting them mad at me. My husband especially thinks I do it on purpose and can control it. I spend most of my time alone kicking myself in the butt for the stupid things I say or do. I'm tempted to just start buying my Med's again and say the hell with the mortgage. What good is a house if everyone in it is going to be mad at y... Mon, 4 May 2009 21:38:59 EST Here is an interesting article I hope it helps some of us <link><BR>-Your-Thoughts-To-Eliminate-Stress&id=<BR>471876 </link> Sun, 3 May 2009 22:23:41 EST Having a Bad Day? Bad Month? Come here to tell us what is causing havoc in your life? Can we help? Fri, 1 May 2009 12:26:03 EST Frustrated I am not sure, if I am ADD or not.. can relate to the disorangized...but is irritablity and anger part of ADD? Not sure, what to do..have really given up. I suffer from depression. But, currently, not taking anything for it. I am in menopause. So not, sure all that I am feeling is just menopause. Kind of given up on Doctors, I've been down that road before and it' was a losing battle. I've been on every antidepressant and nothing seemed to work. Just try to deal with it on my own now. Some ... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 23:45:18 EST Newbie Hi, I'm Terri. I've recently been diagnosed with A.D.D but I'm still waiting for my Med Assessment. I've thought for some time that I had A.D.D but procrastinated on doing something about it. Imagine that lol. I'm excited and scared to try out medication. I really want to live a normal life and be able to stick to my schedules, keep my jobs, and not get so overwhelmed. I'm also a bit scared to try medication because I don't know if I will stick it out if it makes me feel "Weird!". I was presc... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 00:08:15 EST Newbie Hi, I'm Terri. I've recently been diagnosed with A.D.D but I'm still waiting for my Med Assessment. I've thought for some time that I had A.D.D but procrastinated on doing something about it. Imagine that lol. I'm excited and scared to try out medication. I really want to live a normal life and be able to stick to my schedules, keep my jobs, and not get so overwhelmed. I'm also a bit scared to try medication because I don't know if I will stick it out if it makes me feel "Weird!". I was presc... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 00:08:08 EST Newbie Hi, I'm Terri. I've recently been diagnosed with A.D.D but I'm still waiting for my Med Assessment. I've thought for some time that I had A.D.D but procrastinated on doing something about it. Imagine that lol. I'm excited and scared to try out medication. I really want to live a normal life and be able to stick to my schedules, keep my jobs, and not get so overwhelmed. I'm also a bit scared to try medication because I don't know if I will stick it out if it makes me feel "Weird!". I was presc... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 00:07:39 EST Adderall? I have recently been put back on Adderall since my adult ADD is bothering me. I have lost 6 lbs in the past 8 days...I am taking my Multi Vitamins to ensure that I am getting the nutrients that I may be missing...I am drinking lots of water, my appetite is somewhat curbed but I am still eating but with much smaller portions. I don't feel weird at all...I am super focused and I have not hat trouble sleeping. Has anyone here also experienced rapid weight loss on this pill? If so what your e... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 14:40:20 EST ADHD Meds Post Surgery Question I had surgery a month ago (breast reduction) and I was told no meds while on pain meds. I took pain meds for 3 days (bad reaction) and tried starting back on my Concerta 5 days later. BAD, BAD, Bad reaction -- I was high! I couldn't sit still, didn't sleep for 40 hours, and felt completely out of whack! Anyone else here ever have major surgery and then have a strange reaction when going back on ADD/ADHD meds? Fri, 17 Apr 2009 15:17:32 EST Is it easier or harder to reach your goals w/ ADD? What is your opinion?? Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:22:41 EST Do you keep an agenda? Morning all! <BR> <BR> Last year I started what I like to call a 'Life Book'. Quite simply a binder, or planner where I write down just about every aspect of my life. While at times I have to force myself to use it I have found that it helps me to focus on the tasks at hand. <BR> <BR> It all started for menu planning and grocery list, only way dinner gets made around here. On Sunday I sit down and plan my meals for the week, write out a list and thats what I get for groceries. Takes the pai... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 05:08:06 EST Any alternatives to prescription meds? I've been off my meds for about a year (not by choice, but because I haven't been able to afford to go to the Doctor's). I used to take Wellbutrin for my depression and Dexedrine for my Inattentive type ADD. <BR> <BR> My ADD has been running rampant lately. :( Sometimes it's hard for me to put the words together to finish a sentence without questioning if what I wrote made sense or finish reading a paragraph (IF I can finish) and not being like: Ugh? What did I just read? <BR> <BR> My brain... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:23:20 EST Hi everyone! My name is Debbi. I was recently diagnosed as an adult with ADD by a former doctor. My most recent doctor diagnosed me with Anxiety as well, but he felt that my ADD would get better with an Anxiety medicine instead of ADD. So far, Paxil is not helping my add. I wonder if there is an ADD drug out there that also has an anxiety med in it? That would kill two birds with one stone. I read somewhere that you shouldn't take a stimulant like Adderall with meds like Paxil. That it could kill yo... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 23:27:34 EST Things that make ya go Hmmmm... Howdy Folks! <BR> <BR> Funny ain't I just joined the ole ADD group here and I am bombarded with ads plugging Concerta. The powers that be have those wee little pop-ups fine tuned to an exact science, don't they? <BR> <BR> I wonder what the catch word or phase was...the ADD forum or the actual name of the drug itself posted in a message? <BR> <BR> If someone where to inquire about acts of terrorism or drug running do you think an ad for those topics would pop up and goodness me, w... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 15:39:09 EST Another possible newbie to the ever growing clan.. Hi there folks! <BR> <BR> New to the whole ADD thing and looking through mounds of information right now. I have posted the following blog in two areas and am now posting it here to get some thoughts. It is a doozie, but the things circling in my mind right now are in high gear! <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening! <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh How The Cynic In Me Is Cringing.... <BR> <BR> Afternoon all! <BR> <BR> Here I sit, been getting all caught up in this web since a doctor said to me that my chro... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 10:28:55 EST Changing my medication time I have been finding myself so tired at mid day that I have decided to change my dosage time to evening rather than morning because if I'm going to get tired that is when I'd rather have it. I haven't been alert enough the past couple of weeks to get much done duing the day. I'm taking Strattera. Has anyone else had to do this? Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:56:22 EST When well treated, how good does it get? How will I know when I am on the right medications? <BR> Right now I am forgetful, procrastinating, zoning, and occasionally irritable. <BR> <BR> How much less forgetful will I be? I get lots of exercise (good for weight loss) because I forget what I went downstairs for, so I have to go up to remember (visual cue), and then hopefully this time I don't forget what I went down for. lol....unless I get distracted by something else. (sigh) <BR> <BR> Can you help me know? <BR> <BR> I am tak... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:47:35 EST ADD and your zodiac sign Just curious, there is some speculation that attention problems occur more often in certain zodiac signs. So, let's humor this possibility and take an informal survey: what is your zodiac sign? <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 12:19:56 EST Online ADHD Test Just thought I'd shared this link for an online test, especially for those not already diagnosed: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My score: 77 <BR> Result: Serious ADHD Likely <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2009 15:04:29 EST People Not getting it!!!! Have any of you told someone that you have ADD and they say "oh I don't believe that, it's a cop out?" things like that? I told a co-worker and she was like oh that is crap and I don't believe that people have that. So I proceeded to explain to her that if she doesn't experience what we do on a daily basis, the yeah, she wouldn't get it. It bothers me that people fail to see how much ADD really effects us everyday!! Thu, 5 Mar 2009 10:00:08 EST How much time do you spend on Spark? Every time I can't concentrate on something at work - I Spark. It's very bad - it gets to be too much time. Am I alone on this? How much do you spend on Spark on average on a work day? Thu, 5 Mar 2009 01:58:47 EST Dreams I have noticed since I started taking my Straterra that I am having dreams. The dreams are not nightmarish or anything; the are colorful, have people in it that I know (including me) and some even have music incorporated in them. <BR> <BR> I have always had terrible trouble sleeping and have been on medication to help me sleep for years. When I had a sleep test at a hospital many years ago the only thing they could tell me was that I had a short dream state. I didn't ask what that meant b... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:37:01 EST Advertising concerta! In denmark Concerta is a very specialised drug, and can only be obtained through a mental hospital. No GP has the license in denmark to just throw me a receipt to get it either.. <BR> If I asked for this drug from a specialist, they would be sit back very stand offish and wonder what my motives are.. <BR> Concerta is not even the first choice as is a depot drug. I am offended that sparks just plasters this over my screen as if you can just pop a pill and try it.. <BR> I get crap at the chem... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:12:22 EST Have you told your employer about your ADD? I have recently been diagnosed with ADD and it feels like I was reading my personality written out when I read the symptoms. It is a very strange feeling to me to see that the person I identify as "myself" is actually a symptom of ADD. I'm not sure I want to take medication even though I know my ADD effects my life. I am considering telling my supervisor that I have ADD but I fear letting her know this about me. I feels kinda revealing I guess. I do wonder if she views my forgetfullness and l... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:16:55 EST Teeth clenching Anyone out there find themselves doing this? Not sure if it is a part of ADHD or not. I thought it had gone away but find myself doing it again! <em>29</em> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 09:44:30 EST Adderall Hi everyone Im 32 and a year ago I finally found out my problem ADHD and im on adderall it really helps me stop doing my unfinished projects BUT IT makes me want to smoke??I hate that does anyone else have that problem??? Thu, 19 Feb 2009 15:11:00 EST Dealing with stress? How?! (please excuse me while I vent a little...) <BR> <BR> I have a very intense exam coming up in May and now that I'm working full time I'm finding it hard to stay on my study schedule. Often times I start thinking about how behind I am and how much left I have to do...which makes me get nothing done! <BR> <BR> Last month I decided to make a lifestyle change and to start putting myself first. Although I love how I feel now that I'm working out and eating better, I feel like it's another dema... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:36:11 EST structure? does anyone find that they really need structure with their ADHD? and if you lose it, does it not only mess up your getting-things-done but also your eating and exercise routine? i'm on spring break this week and i'm living by myself (roommate away) with almost zero commitments and now i'm sleeping all over the place and eating at weird times and it has totally messed up my healthy eating and my exercising anyone else struggle with this during lack of structure? Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:23:50 EST Hello all Hi guys. I've been on Spark forever. Recently my son was officially diagnosed with ADD (finally - that means I get HELP to help him!) AND I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I self-diagnosed me in the meantime. I'm DEFINITELY ADD - though I haven't seen a doctor yet - but every single article I've read, every quiz I've taken and every symptom I've heard of - sounds like me: shooting from the hip, cutting people off, constantly fidgety, never sitting still or resting, always on the ru... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 07:27:48 EST New Start Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparks and so far I am loving it :) <BR> <BR> In the past I've tried (and failed) to lose weight, my motivation and interest has never been able to continue long enough for me to make any real changes in my life. <BR> One thing I'm doing differently this time is not trying to go at it alone so I thought I would share with you guys my story... <BR> (it's kinda long...) <BR> <BR> Growing up I always thought there was something different about me but ADHD was the *las... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 14:08:52 EST Feeling very Frustrated Hi there everyone - <BR> <BR> I have been more frustrated this week and the last... I have been diagnosed with ADHD and have been taking Ritilin for about 1 month now in addition to the Cymbalta that I take for depression. <BR> <BR> I am just about at my wits end with how I am feeling. I am blah and feeling totally overwhelmed. I am obsessed with the weight-loss and feel like I am getting nowhere with it. <BR> <BR> My biggest issue is ALL the crap in my head that I want to do and the f... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 23:07:53 EST hey from IL I was only diagnosed with ADD like a year and a half ago after struggling a great deal at college. Well all sorts of things have happened and I'm no longer enrolled as a student. With help from all sorts of outside factors, I'm taking steps to better understand this fairly recent discovery of myself and also to better manage my life. I'm very happy to say that just this week I have started taking an online class after 9 months off. So far I've done good and I'm hoping I can keep up with thing... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:32:23 EST Anyone experience unbearable fatigue? Hi everyone...newbie here...and waiting for one of my clear, coherent moments to actually sit down and write my "story" for everyone to see. :) <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, one of the struggles I am having (which has me at my wits end!) is that I sometimes drift into a a period of time where I'm extremely tired (has been this way pretty much all of my life). Almost always comes with or brings on depression. I want to sleep like 15 hours out of the day. Even the stimulant effects of the adderall (30 ... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 10:24:17 EST hi from university in toronto, canada hi i'm a 26 year old female college student in toronto, canada. i've never been formally dx with ADHD but i have a lot of the symptoms and other related things such as mood disorder and ASD. i thought i would come hang out here because i could use some company trying to stay on task both with my exercise and weight loss as well as my crazy college schedule. <BR> <BR> cheers <BR> w Fri, 23 Jan 2009 18:59:59 EST Motivation/Procrasti nation/Perfectionism and ADD I think they are all the same thing. They're all inter-related. <BR> <BR> I am a perfectionist, so if something isn't going to be of high quality, then I just don't want to do it. Period. <BR> <BR> This leads to procrastination. I put things off because it seems like too big of a task, and since it's so monumental, I surely can't do the job to be in par with my expectations. <BR> <BR> "Knowing" that the outcome of the task won't be good enough, I have no motivation to start the task. ... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:30:55 EST Hi I'm new! Hi! I'm 27 years old, and I've had A.D.D. since I guess I was.....23? I think that's when I was diagnosed. Maybe when I was 25. Either way, I'm glad I was diagnosed then before I started going back to school. It's a struggle staying focused with work and school and everything else, but I deal with it and I'm doing fine. Nice to have a team for this! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:44:42 EST Concerta anyone? I am about to start on Concerta. Does anyone here take this med. I think it's rather new but have heard good things about it. Meds have never worked for me so we'll see. Fri, 16 Jan 2009 08:38:42 EST Help with a food journal I know Sparkpeople has a food journal but I have a hard time using it, mainly because I feel it is inconvenient to have to log in every time I eat something and if I wait until the end of the day I have forgotten this or that. I tried writing it down and I may get one day's written down, if that much. I hate that it seems like I keep using ADD as an excuse but I have to know it is the reason that makes it difficult for me to start and keep a food journal. Does anyone have any ideas that the... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 01:26:34 EST Surviving College with ADD Hello all - it has been a while since I have been able to read or write because so much has been going on. I was laid off and I spent several months having to soul search on where I wanted to go or do with my life. I have finally decided to finish my college education (hopefully) and have been accepted to Auburn University's Pre-Vet program. I am so excited to embark on this new phase of my life as it took me 15 years to get here but I am terrified. I am so afraid that my ADD will kick in... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 01:14:56 EST Hi I'm new here Hello everyone, my name is Madison and I was diagnosed with ADD 9 years ago and have been on ritilan ever since. When I first started I was playing soccer and swimming almost year round. When I went to college I decided to stop playing soccer to focus on school. I stopped swimming in high school due to a shoulder injuy. While in college I was able to control my ADD symptoms but my weight crept on from not working out and eating cafe food. I am now out of school with my engineering degree and ... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:32:53 EST ADD/ADHD - the good part Yes - I do get (what's that wonderful smell coming out of the kitchen?) distracted, have a hard time finishing tasks, and too often run late (where are my glasses? - I need them to drive), BUT... <BR> I always look on the positive side... <BR> <BR> 1) My friends take bets sometimes on when I'll get there - which provides them with entertainment <BR> 2) I get to live in a world of wonder - there is so much to see, hear, taste, smell, touch, and feel - which makes me an appreciator. <BR> 3) M... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 09:42:19 EST What is your biggest obstacle? What is your biggest obstacle that you face in regards to having ADHD? <BR> <BR> It's hard for me to come up with just one, but I would say that my procrastination is my most chronic problem. The frustrating thing is that I can spend countless hours researching something I find exciting on the internet, but I can't get a necessary task started, which is what I should be doing. Once I finally dive into a project or activity that is on the "needs to be done list," I can make some progress. ... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 06:17:38 EST What medication(s) are you on? I'm currently on Daytrana. I'm very happy with it. The biggest pro is that I don't get ups and downs; it's very even. You are only supposed to wear it (it's a patch, but I'm sure you're all familiar) for 9 hours, but I put it on when I get up and wear it until I go to bed. I do know the risks to this. <BR> <BR> Previously, I tried Adderal XL which my body just ate through way too fast and then Vyvance which was better, but gave me a tense feeling (though I felt calm at the same time, so ... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 06:07:30 EST Many thoughts driving me crazy I feel like, I am a hamster on a wheel, running and running, getting no where! This week, was suppose to get back to normal. Go back to work and relieved, the Holidays were over. But, the bomb went off. <BR> <BR> They let eight people go, at the Factory, where I work and it was a very sad day. And no one seen it coming. Mainly higher positions, supervisors, office people..but several set up man and tool room. I've been there sixteen years. Things have been slow. So I guess, the writing is o... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 12:51:46 EST Our Daily Focus Note Today I want to focus on not letting my ADHD keep me from getting short circuited and not keeping my cool with my precious daughter. <em>9</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2009 07:56:39 EST My wife wants to go back to work Hello <BR> <BR> well my wife wants to go back to work she has been out since the end of 2006 I told her if she felt up to it. She has had bouts with depression and all since after the baby was born . <BR> <BR> I told her if she really wants to go back then go for it we will just have to work diffent shifts thats all. <BR> <BR> I am happy that she wants to go back and to the job that she left so long ago just hope thy take her back Tue, 6 Jan 2009 23:19:56 EST Logo tshirts? What is everyone take on logo tees? My wife says a man my age should not be wearing logo tees I should dress more my age Most of my tshirts are logo tees and i am not assahmed to wear any of them they shoe my sports teams and some make fun of other stuff like my big dog shirts and such <BR> <BR> whats your take Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:13:01 EST new "sparkie" dx'd with ADD when I was 47 G'morning, <BR> <BR> I am a new member; I joined SparkPeople a couple of days after Christmas. <BR> <BR> I struggled with focus issues and follow thru from the time I was very young. I've been a classic underachiever. <BR> <BR> When I was 47 I summoned up the courage to evaluate the situation; that's when I was dx'd with ADD. <BR> <BR> I think ADD can influence a lot of things in one's life, but in the long run there is accountability in disability. <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 08:34:01 EST I just found sparkpeople, and YOU What an amazing place of support this "sparkpeople" is. And an Adult ADD team! I was diagnoised with ADD 4 years ago after a nearly total emotional and physical melt down just before my mother passed away. My family does not understand. They think its just an excuse for not getting things done. I am so glad they dont suffer with it. <BR> <BR> I fit so many teams here. Trying not to get overwhelmed, but like I said, i fit so many of them. <BR> <BR> I dont even know how to loose wei... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 21:36:48 EST Coaching for Life Coaches Group and -nars Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> I was invited to this group by Sharon46 because I started a group called Coaching for Life Coaches. She thought it would be a good group for you all. <BR> <BR> Relationship coaches deal a lot with possibilities and solutions. I have started offering free, interactive webinars and teleseminars and can help people with anything from time management to relational issues, which is more my niche. Many coaches, such as myself, work with a lot of clients online and over t... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 21:53:58 EST Free after wt loss virtual photos I taped an episode of The Doctors that featured a spark person. On that episode, they talked about Weight View who will send you a virtual after weight loss picture of yourself. All you do is upload a full body picture of you outside and let them know how many pounds you want to take off. They will send you a free before and after photo. It is amazing. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 17 Dec 2008 21:22:45 EST ADD and problems losing weight... I have the hardest time doing all the things they suggest for losing weight: <BR> 1. Journaling <BR> 2. Tracking Exercise <BR> 3. Planning Meals <BR> <BR> and finding the time to cook and workout while my mind is all over the place... <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <em>20</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2008 09:26:51 EST Having a hard time keeping up with journaling Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone had any tips for me. I'm having a hard time following through with journaling my food intake. I believe it is because of my ADD. I have initiative for about.. oh.. a whole day and then I forget or lose interest. I really would like to journal consistantly, but can't seem to get with it :P <BR> <BR> I was motivated to while I was on medication - but I'm no longer taking medication for ADD (side effects). Any tips for keeping up with this?... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:57:27 EST What are your goals for 2009? My first goal is to continue to try to lose weight with Spark People. Thu, 4 Dec 2008 22:27:12 EST I am new.. Hi Everyone..My name is Kathy (kat)! Don't know where to begin..about five years ago..I went into a deep depression and went for help. the Dr. treated me having ADD! Kind of made sense! Here I was in my 40's and told my Mom what the Doctor told me. Mind you, my mom had a big influence on me and the approval was needed. She was outraged..she said, there was no way I was ADD. etc... She ended up going with me on one appointment. ANd told the Doctor, that was more Bipolar....I was on all kinds ... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:15:08 EST Help.... clashing with my child My child, eight years old, has ADHD and when she comes down off her meds she is a holy terror. I have just been diagnosed with ADD myself, but haven't started meds yet. I am having so much trouble containing my anger and frustration with her attitude and defiance, and with her tormenting her younger sibling. <BR> <BR> I end up feeling like a witch and a horrible mother. I just don't know what to do as this happens on a daily basis. We are going to try to switch her to Concert... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 20:07:35 EST Success with medication? I am 58, female (if relevant), and have ADD, chronic low-grade depression, and am post-op RNY (2 months). <BR> <BR> I am talking with my doctor about starting to use Strattera. <BR> <BR> (Adderal and Ritalin were not very effective.) <BR> <BR> I hear it approaches ADD in a chemically different way than any other ADD medication available. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> Does anyone have any experience (negative or positive) using Strattera? <BR> <BR> If you aren't comfortable answering ... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 05:03:05 EST COACHES FOR ADHD MEMBERS I RAN ACROSS ANOTHER TEAM THAT IS PERFECT FOR OUR MEMBERS. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT BUT IT IS "COACHES ...... FOR COACHES. THESE COACHES ARE NOT SPORT COACHES BUT PEOPLE THE HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE PROBLEMS SUCH AS ADHD. I HAVE BEEN READING ABOUT THEM AND THEY HELP YOU WITH PROBLEMS WITH ADHD. CHECK IT OUT YOU MIGHT FIND SOME HELP YOU NEED. GOOD LUCK. <BR> <BR> SHARON Mon, 1 Dec 2008 15:26:22 EST Attention Span and healthy living? How do you stick to your plan? It's hard enough for people without adhd to stick to a "diet". How do you keep the momentum going? I manage to keep at it for at most a month and then POOF... nothing. Sometimes there's a reason I stop (injury, clutter) but a lot of the time it's just gone. Not sure why.... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 16:43:40 EST Hello form PA Hello, <BR> <BR> My wife says i may have adhd/add The reason is I cant sit still for more then a couple of seconds i always need to move around. the house is un organized. I have a temper and punch things or get angry real quick if things dont go my way. Plus i repeat my self like I have to do the dishs i got to pay the bills etc. I just do that to remind my self what i have to do. She wants me to get looked at I was wondeirng if you can collect diability with add/adhd you can privite messa... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:02:56 EST Attention Issues?? Does ADD/ADHD affect you watching Tv?? Or movies, I can't sit still and watch a Movie!~~~ even if it is good~~ I have to be SUPER tired, then I am a sleep in seconds! I try to watch movies, I will fold clothes or something, while watching it. Then I am thinking of what else I need to be doing? Or I need to get on the computer?? I can't get on the computer for very long either, its like I can't sit still, and when I do, I am soooo bored, my mind is racing!~~~I have issues! I know this is too m... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 04:00:58 EST Don't Like Change Do most of you all not like change, that is when it is a large one like moving, change in job, etc...? Mon, 10 Nov 2008 14:52:55 EST