Posted by Mary
on September 22, 2000 at 08:56:51:
In Reply to: Someone please help! I have just been told that I may have ADD & I am 50 yrs. old! posted by SammieJ on September 21, 2000 at 10:39:56:
: After 4 years of searching for an answer to my problem, I have just been told, at age 50, that I may have ADD. I have tried many anti-depressants. Paxil worked the best, but caused a great weight gain. I am now on Prozac and it is not working as well, but takes the edge off. Although I do feel that I have depression to some degree and am phobic, I've always felt that there was something more to my problem than depression; that I wasn't quite getting to the bottom of the real reason why I feel this way. One of my main symptoms is that I feel as though I am in a fog almost all of the time-an extreme mental (not physical) lethargy. There is so much I want to do-I have so many plans and hopes-but I just can't get started and if I do get started, I can't concentrate on anything long enough to do anything really well. I start & stop a bunch of projects at once and before I know it, I'm in a big jumble and can do nothing! It has ruled my whole life. I am extremely frustrated and discouraged. I feel so foolish. My Dr. is talking about Dexadrine & I have an appt. to discuss it next week. He is afraid that the Dexadrine will worsen my phobia and start panic. Can anyone give me any ideas or tell me where to start? Thanks so much.
My first advice would be to ask your regular doctor to refer you to an ADD clinic that does testing to find out if that is what you have or if it is something else. Once tested they will advise you as to what might be your best method of treatment be it medication, psychiatric therapy or what. Get tested first then figure out where to go from there.