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Wow, I could have written the first half of that myself, lol. The temper, stress, frustration, the constant daydreaming, even falling asleep during meetings (for me that one's been a constant my whole life, falling asleep in church as a kid, falling asleep in school, at movies, in front of the TV, while reading, etc, etc, etc.).

Alas, I can't say as I've had the success you've had from the second half of your post, though now that I think about it, I have been more sociable, patient and alert. My impluse control is still awful, but I'm really trying.

It's great to hear that you're doing well, I hope that things continue to improve for you. Seeing someone that shares my symptoms so entirely, it gives me hope, lol . . . maybe I'm not alone after all.

Alas, my understanding is that the brain does not repair itself. Much like giving insulin to a diabetic, the processes that produce those compounds shut down and one becomes dependent on the medication. you'll see lots of people claiming that the brain is irreversably damaged by long term treatment.

However, consider that much like a diabetic, your systems aren't working "normally" to begin with, so you do what you must to function. I can't give you firsthand experience of success with ADD, but I can tell you that someone in my life has seen their life completely turn around with the help of anti-depressants and I know that they would rather risk the "permanent damage" ostensibly done by prozac and its derivatives over the life of crushing depression (and perhaps suicide) that they were living.

I'm sure someone more qualified than I can give you the pros and cons, but I know that at 35 I'm desparate enough to try anything that will allow me to function in society in a way that I can achieve the success that I know I am capable of, yet has always been unreachable. The prospect of being a spectacular failure for another 35 years is simply not one I'm willing to entertain, regardless of potential consequences . . . I have a family that counts on me, and I can't let them down any longer.