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Anxiety - Just Diagnosed / ADD / ADHD medications and Sobriety
« Last post by nyc_timothy on May 19, 2010, 04:26:04 pm »
Hello, I'm 40 year old adult, I have long time clean time, recovering from alcohol and drug addict. I have tried many different strategies how to deal with everyday life without having to use ADD / ADHD medications. But none of them seem to work for me. My psychiatrist and therapist suggested that I should try ADD / ADHD medications as last resort. I am taking adderral which helped me to focus better, able to meet my responsibilities and commitments. I still go to 12 step meetings and therapist every week. I am not sure if it is good idea for me to continue using adderall while I am in 12 step program? I can't seem to find out more information about ADD / ADHD medications and recovery from this smart&strong site as well as internet. I think this topic is not listed in this site. But I feel this is about how mind works. Any suggestions or opinions? Thank you.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Next To Normal
« Last post by David Evans on March 10, 2010, 02:49:04 pm »
I can't wait to see it. Have been listening to some of the songs. If I can't make it to New York soon, then hopefully they'll stage it here in L.A.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Next To Normal
« Last post by iana5252 on March 08, 2010, 10:38:55 am »
I loved it. Alice Ripley is amazing. You could see how drained she was at the end.

Had a stand in for the father who in turn was the weakest character.

Overall definitely recommend.
Off Topic Forum / Next To Normal
« Last post by frankfromatlanta on March 05, 2010, 12:33:23 pm »
Has anyone else seen Next To Normal? It was fantastic. I've been listening to the songs on their widget.

Very helpful in shedding a light on the stigma of living with someone in the family having a mental illness.

Powerful stuff all around.
Alternative and Complimentary Therapies / Re: Kava helping more than Valerian
« Last post by CuteKoala on February 04, 2010, 06:38:45 pm »
Do you have a therapist or a doctor? If you do, have you told them about trying these herbs? I tried to use varlerian tincture to help me sleep, but it never really worked. I ultimately had to stop drinking tea with caffeine and Diet Coke. Have you tried stopping caffiene?

I'm not against herbs and natural remedies, but you do have to be careful about this kind of thing. I know that they sometimes have side effects that the people at the health food store don't know about.
Psych Meds / Re: Weight Gain on Meds
« Last post by CuteKoala on February 04, 2010, 06:34:35 pm »
Yes. You should definitely have your blood sugar checked. Like Bob says.

I remember a long time ago I was on Zoloft and it wasn't supposed to cause weight gain, but for me it seemed to. I didn't gain a lot, but an extra 15 pounds is noticeable. I wasn't really exercising regularly back then, however, or eating as healthy as I could have. Either way, exercise did seem to help, and changing meds also seemed to help.

Sometimes I think you have to experiment, but don't give up and don't stop taking your meds without telling your doctor.

Mental Health Advocacy / New Parity Laws - No Help if You're Self Employed
« Last post by PittsBGuy on February 04, 2010, 06:30:19 pm »
We've had a parity law in Pennsylvania since 2008, but the new national law that Obama just passed is the same. It only applies if you work for an employer with more than 50 employees. I own a small struggling company. My insurance covers the meds, but everything else is pretty much nonexistent, or at least it might as well be. There are so many limitations and the copays are so high and there are so few decent providers in our network that it's not even worth it for me to try and see a therapist or a psychiatrist through my insurance.

I don't know what is in the health care reform bill, or if it will even pass, but I hope that someday they'll treat people like me better than they do now.
Anxiety - Just Diagnosed / Re: Panic
« Last post by PittsBGuy on February 04, 2010, 06:22:34 pm »
Hey Dude,

Just saw this post. Haven't been here in a little while. I hope you're doing okay. I don't really have anxiety so much as depression, but I've totally been through it with figuring out how to pay for therapy and the psychiatrist and the drugs. I've been lucky about having insurance always so I never had anything more than the copays for that, but my insurance completely sucked when it came to decent therapists and psychiatrists and I pay out of pocket for that.

Hang in there man. I really do hope you're doing all right.
Psych Meds / Re: Celexa
« Last post by disturbia on January 07, 2010, 03:47:56 pm »
I was bumped up too. Now on 40mg and feeling better. It's almost hard to tell. its been really gradual. It is easier to be around my friends and my family now and its less hard to wake up. i have dry mouth too and my palms are sweaty. that feels weird, but it's not too bad. i can handle it.
Depression - Living With It / Re: Recovery and depression
« Last post by sadstevie on January 07, 2010, 03:43:10 pm »
Thanks for your message Bob.

I've only been sober for 3 years, but dealing with depression for a lot longer. Maybe the answer is what you suggest and that's for me to be more vocal in meetings about how important meds are for me.

Hug back to you. Here's to keeping it simple.
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