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Re: ADD SLS

Posted by hyperfocus on February 10, 2013, at 14:37:50

In reply to Re: PTSD treatment hyperfocus, posted by SLS on February 9, 2013, at 9:06:16

In the sense that teenagers and adults born with ADD almost always develop depression and anxiety as secondary pathologies. I don't know of the converse case i.e how many people with depression as a primary diagnosis also can be diagnosed with ADD, but here on Babble among myriad cases of severe depression and bipolar and anxiety, it seems epidemic among posters.

In my case I know that depression and anxiety masked the underlying inattention issues in the sense that I believed my universal avoidance of routine tasks and inability to maintain focus and complete things and organize and begin lengthy tasks and procrastination was just 'depression' -- anheodnia, fatigue, apathy, low self-esteem. But it turns I do have a moderate-to-severe inattention condition that is separate from all my other problems.

For the purposes of treatment, to me it's vitally important to separate out neurodevelopmental conditions like Asperger's and ADD from psychological and psychiatric conditions. ADD can wreck conventional depression and anxiety med treatment because how we measure quality of life comes down to what we do, not what we feel or an absence of pain. My ADD severely restricts the things I'm able to do during the day that could make me feel less depressed and leaves me frustrated and almost catatonic sometimes. In cases like Kat I think she needs to explore whether inattention is a big contributor to her illness and whether targeted treatment of inattention could benefit her more than just antidepressants.


C-PTSD: social phobia, major depression, dissociation. 20 yrs duration.
Asperger's Syndrome.
Currently: 150mg amitriptyline single dose at night. 75mg Lyrica occasionally.
Significantly improving.


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