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ADD and Effexor

Posted by glassduck on March 10, 2001 at 06:00:35:

I decided to finally get myself out of hell a couple of months ago and medically adress my ADD and start counseling. After all, I turn 30 in a week and I needed to fix myself. Anyway, I went to a "specialist", he confirmed my ADD and sent me to a friend of his that is a Psychiatrist to get meds. I went and paid $200 for a 10 minute or less session. He gave me effexor for the depression that I was suffering. It was great for the first week or two, but then it was not really working anymore, or so it seemed. Either way, over the period of 4-6 weeks, I had gone from 75mg to 300mg. By this time, I was going completely nuts. I even ended up in a psyche ward overnight, lost my long-term relationship and self-confidence (what little I had) I stopped taking the meds and set up an appointment with a counselor and during the intake, she was horrified to hear what I had been through. She said that she just had come back from an ADD seminar and one of the focuses was NOT to treat the symptoms like depression or OCD, but the ADD. I shuold also mention that the doctor said that this would fix everything and that I would not need medication for the ADD or need counseling. RED FLAGS!! I knew something was wrong. Within a week or so of that, I was out of control. It was like every bad aspect of my ADD was magnified. I was literally going nuts. Are they related, or am I just losing it? Could the Effexor have had something to do with it. Things definately worsened everytime I upped the dosage. I really need some response guys. I am feeling so down on myself right now and do not know what to do other than what I am doing, which is starting counseling. Next Thursday is my first appointment. Thanks for you opinions and insight, I hope someone or the doctor responds to this. Thanks again.



Re: ADD and Effexor

Posted by Vince F on March 10, 2001 at 06:31:26:

In Reply to: ADD and Effexor posted by glassduck on March 10, 2001 at 06:00:35:

I would look up the side effects of the drug including the
Rare ones which could be the Opposite.

I had a hard time concentrating after an injury and then
remembered what Mel Tillis who stutters said and showed what
a Dr told him to do since he didn't stutter while singing
and to speak in s ing songy way like they do in The Islands
and he could speak without a stutter though I saw him
recently stuttering like crazy so maybe that gets him on
shows. I had a hard time typing without drifting off and
decided to force myself to type with a rythm like typing
to the beat of a metranome and in just a few times I didn't
drift. I don't know if this would help ADD or is related
but Think of what the problem is and try to find a way to
beat or compensate for it.

Sometimes imbalances can cause problems like when i was
dumping salt I would get panicky and once I figured it out
when i got into a dither I would take some salt and calm
down and be able to think rationally again. I would have
thought that the salt would have increased my symptoms but
it did the opposite. It would be great if you could find a
simple solution like that.

VF



Re: ADD and Effexor

Posted by beegs on March 10, 2001 at 11:47:16:

In Reply to: Re: ADD and Effexor posted by Vince F on March 10, 2001 at 06:31:26:


keep contro, i had major anxiety problems,and was told to take effexor, i asked around,an alot of people had the symptoms you are talking about, from the meds. im no doc,and i have some serious problems right now, but i know effexor can cause your problems. see another doc, and cut down,try to swtch to something else,if ou need meds. listen to stols advise, but take something if you need it. go to an anxiety board,and ask arond, alot of people take effexor

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A book for you...

Posted by Jen B on March 10, 2001 at 12:31:14:

In Reply to: ADD and Effexor posted by glassduck on March 10, 2001 at 06:00:35:

It's called "Change YOur Brain, Change Your Life" by Daniel Amen, MD. An inexpensive, easy-to-understand look at brain chemistry and function by an expert on ADD. He has lots of suggestions for helping yourself that are not pharmaceutical, plus info on the drugs, dosages, etc as well. Good luck!

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Re: ADD and Effexor

Posted by no meds on March 10, 2001 at 13:17:27:

In Reply to: ADD and Effexor posted by glassduck on March 10, 2001 at 06:00:35:

There are many professionals who believe the side effects of medications sometimes outweigh the benefits for this kind of thing....check out www.geocities.com/HotSprings/3568

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Re: ADD and Effexor

Posted by Barbara on March 11, 2001 at 16:52:58:

In Reply to: ADD and Effexor posted by glassduck on March 10, 2001 at 06:00:35:

Hang in there and don't give up. Keep reading, learning and trying things to you find something that works for YOU!

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Re: ADD and Effexor (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 12, 2001 at 07:58:32:

In Reply to: ADD and Effexor posted by glassduck on March 10, 2001 at 06:00:35:

Hi, glassduck.

I agree with your counselor. The medication is further upsetting your brain chemistry.

See the archives about brain chemistry and listen to the broadcast news. They have just announced that a simple metronome will help most ADD patients.

Improving brain chemistry just 1% doubles brain function. The quickest way to do that is through nutrition &/or supplementation. The next fastest way is through total elimination/provocation testing with specific food stuffs.

See the archives.

THEN, if you still have questions, write again.

Walt



(Archive in brain chemistry.) - Please tell me more about the metronome and ADD (nmi)

Posted by kmd on March 12, 2001 at 10:43:27:

In Reply to: Re: ADD and Effexor (Archive in brain chemistry.) posted by Walt Stoll on March 12, 2001 at 07:58:32:

nmi



Re: My experience with Effexor

Posted by
June.one on March 12, 2001 at 11:08:01:

In Reply to: ADD and Effexor posted by glassduck on March 10, 2001 at 06:00:35:

Oh, ducky, what a mess. I hope you like your counselor and will read up on the skilled relaxation techniques here on Dr. Walt's 'site.

Five years ago I thought I had post-partum depression and off I went on a merry-go-round of prescription drugs. Some would work for a few weeks and then it was over.

I specifically asked for Effexor and the thing I found about that drug was that it made me very, very aggressive. I got angry and killed a pay phone one day! I bloodied my knuckles in the process - what a fury I was in. That medication really freaked me out. While I took it I liked the agressive feelings I had but thanfully I had enough sense to realize that it was not a good thing for me.

If you decide to take any other medications, please carefully read the package insert (ask the pharmacist or go to the library to use the PDR - or look it up online). These drugs are sometimes subtle in their powerfulness. Good luck with the counseling.

June

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Re: (Archive in brain chemistry.) - Please tell me more about the metronome and ADD (nmi)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 14, 2001 at 15:32:35:

In Reply to: (Archive in brain chemistry.) - Please tell me more about the metronome and ADD (nmi) posted by kmd on March 12, 2001 at 10:43:27:

Hi, kmd.

I have not seen the study. All I know is that I saw the study being reported on the national news a few days ago.

Since it made sense to me I began to pay attention to it when I heard what it was saying. However, by that time I had missed where the study had been done or who did it.

No doubt it will be in the printed media soon.

If you get the reference before I do, I would appreciate your sharing it with the BB.

Namaste`

Walt

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