Thanks everybody for your posts!!!
Bob...once again your experience and knowledge is much appreciated. You are right in regard to the AMEN Clinic's recommendations, however, I had failed to mention that in the treatment plan it was suggested that we start with an anticonvulsant and once it was at a therapeutic level if still experiencing the "getting stuck" (stubborn hardheaded behaviors) that adding an antidepressant may be beneficial. Our daughter was started on Lamictal which is also a mood stabilizer. The treatment plan also mentioned that the pdoc would be interested so see if she would also benefit from one of the classic ADD meds suggesting the Daytrana patch.
I guess that with our daughter's history (she provided the NP a copy of the diagnosis and suggested treatment plan from the AMEN clinic) the NP felt that trying the Wellbutrin SR might be worth a try in the sense that it would serve as both an antidepressant as well as an ADD med and not a stimulant that could be abused (although the patch probably has a low chance of being abused). I thought that it might be worth a try and with the mood stabilizer on board the chances of it inducing a mania are signifcantly less. If our daughter could significantly improve with one med such as Wellbutrin rather than two I figured it was worth a try.
One thing that I found while looking into a site that had personal accounts of people's experiences with Wellbutrin SR in treating their ADD was that...
1) It was quite effective and surprisingly so in treating their ADD
2) It took away the urge to use drug and alcohol that they had bee using to
treat the symptoms of ADD that they were having. One person actually
mentioned how she smoked alot of marijuana and after starting Wellbutrin
she had no need to. Wellbutrin also was successful in allowing some of the
people to quit smoking (which is something our daughter has been trying
to do especially since having bronchitis multiple times in the past year.
3) Some had even said that it worked even better than the other ADD meds
that they had tried such as Adderall and Ritalin.
4) It is also a great med used to treat SAD (seasonal affective depression)
which our daughter feels that she has. She hates the winter and states
that her mood is definitely down during the winter months.
Kjrunner & Fine&Dandy ~ thanks for sharing your positive experience with Wellbutrin and for you genuine concern about the possibility of it triggering mania. Fine&Dandy....were you on a mood stabilizer when that happened with you??? I know that was my first concern but when I looked at the info the Wellbutrin is not a SSRI but rather is a NDRI (Norepinephrine Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitor) and less likely to trigger mania....but still there is a chance that it will in somebody who is truly BP. With the Lamictal as a mood stabilizer I feel as if we have an extra safety net in place.
I have spoken to my daughter about the things to look out for and am confident that she will call me if she has any problems.
Thanks again for your wonderful posts and I will try to keep you updated with how things go. I am glad to have heard that others have heard that Wellbutrin can be used for ADD since I wasn't aware of that.
((((HUGS)))) and thanks ~ Goody