Hi everyone..my name is Amanda M. and since I just started this site I thought I would introduce myself. I actually came across the board while doing research on the ketogenic diet for a nutrition class paper. When I was 10 i was misdiagnosed with ADHD. I was immediately put on to a variety of medications over the years, eventually seeing over 9 different psychologists and being overmedicated on at least three ocassions. As a junior in high school I stopped the medication and was instantly gaining weight. Having been on adderall and never being hungry, sometimes for days on end, I weighed very little. Over the next two years I gradually evened out in weight and was happy with my body. During this time I began to undergo a lot of stress from school, work, and my family and now ex-boyfriend. One night in June 2003 I had a grande mal seizure in my basement as I was babysitting my infant nephew. My mother thought I was having a stroke (since they run in the family) and immediately called 911. After weeks of testing I was diagnosed with a mild form of juvenile epilepsy. Since then, almost two years later, I have gained almost 40 pounds and have terrible side effects from the Depakote ER. My doctor refuses to let me try other medications and I am currently thinking of switching to more herbal remedies, and I am even looking at the ketogenic diet. I've read a lot of everyone's posts here and I hope that I will be able to find the support here that everyone else has. I guess my first question would be to ask if anyone else has decided to go off their medication and try to work on their own bodies without the help of doctors, and how this has gone for you and if there's any advice you could give to me. Many thanks and I look forward to seeing everyone on the board!
~Sincerely, Amanda M.