Do you ever feel like your add medication stops working when you're in a deep depression or moderate-severe mania?
I have been diagnosed with both ADD and bipolar disorder and I don't currently take medication for bipolar. I have been taking medication for my ADD and I've noticed the medication does nothing when I am really depressed or at least moderately manic. This has happened both when I was taking concerta 54 mgs and now w/ adderall xr 20 mg also.
My doctor was never clear on a diagnosis of bipolar but said it "was probable" and I was on lamictal for about two weeks before.
I am asking this question b/c I am not sure if I have bipolar or not, but I am wondering if these poop-outs in my medication have anything to do with my mood swings. Has anyone experienced this or can give me any insight?
I have bipolar disorder, ADD and schizophrenia. Im on Lamictal and Risperdone and i still have depression and mania sometimes, i know exactly what you mean. im not a dr and i cant tell you that you are bipolar but i can relate to what your saying. some medicines dont work for some people because everyones different obviously lol im not on medication for ADD though unfortunately
I'm Bi, no ADD. But I can tell you that sometimes when I'm depressed, my brain just goes kaput. I do computers and I get pretty absorbed sometimes, it's a great escape. But when I'm extra depressed, even that doesn't work.
I am 47 and have lived with ADD and probable Bi-polar all my life. I have been medicated for the bi-polar when I had a bad manic episode a couple of years ago. other than that I just deal with it. My family didn't believe in meds so I went with out and had a very hard life. I would get an official diagnosis and take meds for both. I haven't done that yet due to financial reasons.