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Roger

I know I've expressed my frustration with fuzzy thinking, memory issues before and attributed them to post Benzo issues. Thing is, I've been off benzo's for 3 years.  Part of me thinks there is long term brain damage due to improper WD -basically went CT from a very high dose. I just don't know.  I finally used the modafinil I had on hand which I didn't think helped very much at the time. But now that I am out, I can tell the modifinil certainly did help with focus. Very subtle and nothing I feel compelled to take and in fact, I would have to put it in my daily pill reminder to remember to take it. But in hindsight, it did help for sure  

I wonder if I have ADD?  My sig other was only half joking recently when he brought it up. I've turned into a total scatter brain. It is hard for me to stay on task. I tend to go from one project to another. What's interesting though is I do not recall feeling so unfocused prior to the last 3-5 years.  Can adults develop ADD? I hate this feeling of being overwhelmed, feeling of being disorganized and constantly losing things and forgetting details. I even took an early Alzheimer's test! 

Maybe this is hormonal? I have been on HRT for years due to an early hysterectomy so it isn't like I'm going through the change. 

Has anyone been diagnosed with adult onset ADD? 

Edit to add: I do take a 10 mg etizolam for sleep on occasion (ie- when I have them lol). Nothing like that during the day which could be contributing to lack of focus.  

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dcboots

Roger, I have been researching  this for about 4-5 months. You don't just develop ADHD. You have it since birth. It manifests itself in so many ways that on a popular

ADD forum, there is a list of 50 other things that mimic ADD symptoms. I am trying to get in to see a counselor, psych, or Dr right now. I have been using ritas and for

me it has just made me clear thinking and less forgetful(focused is the word). I walk around with a feeling of just being overwhelmed with everything and the most precious things in life

leave me with hardly an emotions anymore. Google the ADD forums and read as much. Yes I am over 50 as well and since it is primarily diagnosed in preteen to College

years, the symptoms I have had have been with me my whole life just have manifested or increased in the last 10. I have always worked around the problems by developing a

system. Please read all you can about it and if you really believe, then try to find a good specialist in your area to talk to. One example for me, these rits are a stimulant and I can

take 20mg and take a nap. Next day I can feel motivated. Good luck Roger and let me know what you learn as this is becoming an obsession for me. Father was OCD and

both parents were alcoholics and you will learn that these are factors are far as family genetics. I have to stop now or could write 2 pages on what I have learned about Adult ADD. Take care and be safe.  Boots

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Roger, I have been researching  this for about 4-5 months. You don't just develop ADHD. You have it since birth. It manifests itself in so many ways that on a popular

ADD forum, there is a list of 50 other things that mimic ADD symptoms. I am trying to get in to see a counselor, psych, or Dr right now. I have been using ritas and for

me it has just made me clear thinking and less forgetful(focused is the word). I walk around with a feeling of just being overwhelmed with everything and the most precious things in life

leave me with hardly an emotions anymore. Google the ADD forums and read as much. Yes I am over 50 as well and since it is primarily diagnosed in preteen to College

years, the symptoms I have had have been with me my whole life just have manifested or increased in the last 10. I have always worked around the problems by developing a

system. Please read all you can about it and if you really believe, then try to find a good specialist in your area to talk to. One example for me, these rits are a stimulant and I can

take 20mg and take a nap. Next day I can feel motivated. Good luck Roger and let me know what you learn as this is becoming an obsession for me. Father was OCD and

both parents were alcoholics and you will learn that these are factors are far as family genetics. I have to stop now or could write 2 pages on what I have learned about Adult ADD. Take care and be safe.  Boots

Is that emotionless thing a symptom of ADD?

So did you have a feeling that "something was wrong" when you were younger?  I'm going to have to dig deep for that. Actually, I've kind of been self medicating on one level or another my entire adult life. I wonder if that was in an attempt to treat symptoms of ADD? I'm going to have to be super honest with myself on this one. All I know is I am SO unfocused right now and I can't stand it. The only thing I use regularly is Kratom but I'm really watchinh that as well. It is one of those "less is more" substances. 

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Suzie

If it were me I would stop taking everything for a few days and see if that makes a difference.  I know how you feel Roger as I went through the same thing and I even asked my doctor about early Alzheimer symptoms.  I was only taking gaba-pentin at the time and when I stopped the symptoms went away but it was horrible when I had them.

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Roger

Suzie I know you are right. "BUT- BUT- BUT" 😣😣😣 in my temper tantrum voice.

I've got to get through this move which is wearing my a** out then maybe taper off the kratom.  I really just want a pill to fix this though.  Ha! ( I'm serious.)

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Suzie

oh well moving is one of the top stressful things on this planet... definitely wait until after, you don't need to add any more stress to moving.

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Roger, I have been researching  this for about 4-5 months. You don't just develop ADHD. You have it since birth. It manifests itself in so many ways that on a popular

ADD forum, there is a list of 50 other things that mimic ADD symptoms. I am trying to get in to see a counselor, psych, or Dr right now. I have been using ritas and for

me it has just made me clear thinking and less forgetful(focused is the word). I walk around with a feeling of just being overwhelmed with everything and the most precious things in life

leave me with hardly an emotions anymore. Google the ADD forums and read as much. Yes I am over 50 as well and since it is primarily diagnosed in preteen to College

years, the symptoms I have had have been with me my whole life just have manifested or increased in the last 10. I have always worked around the problems by developing a

system. Please read all you can about it and if you really believe, then try to find a good specialist in your area to talk to. One example for me, these rits are a stimulant and I can

take 20mg and take a nap. Next day I can feel motivated. Good luck Roger and let me know what you learn as this is becoming an obsession for me. Father was OCD and

both parents were alcoholics and you will learn that these are factors are far as family genetics. I have to stop now or could write 2 pages on what I have learned about Adult ADD. Take care and be safe.  Boots

​Wow I thought ya were a young pup like me! Very cool dude!! It's the same for me. I can take addies and be wired, or I can take em and fall right asleep. I know 100% they are legit (either from a friend who gets em from the farm or the exact same oneSY I get). It's crazy, but just adds more evidence to myself that our (my) brain works in a way that we will never understand. Maybe it is the dosage? On days where it makes me sleepy, I either need more or should have taken less. I avoid vitamin c @ least 1 hour before and 1 hour after. I don't take anything to try and make it stronger. I found it seems to work best when taken in the morning as soon as I get up, then eat at least a half hour later. I have a very tough time waking up, which I have had the last 5 years or so, long before taking add meds. I have to set alarms 2-3 hours before I actually have to be up, otherwise I will sleep til 4pm. It sucks, but what can I do? Not a damn thing except...well IDK. Somebody mentioned Narcolepsy (I hope that means the sleepy thing, not something freaky or bad), but not sure.

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Roger, I have had those exact symptoms. All of them. I didn't really notice until a very painful detox. I am still fearful that my opiate use damaged so many brain cells that I won't ever be the same. I can think a thought & try to have a conversation with someone & can't form it into words at times. And I have a college degree! Wth!

Anyway, I saw a psyc who sent me for psychological testing & was diagnosed with ADD. He said adult onset is possible but rare. A lot of PAWS symptoms mimic ADD so it's hard to tell. He scripted me Adderall & it's helped a lot. It's low dose so I don't abuse it but I take it in the morning & can actually get things done where before I had a hard time writing a check out to pay bills. It would be so overwhelming for me & upsetting that I gave up. Hope this helps somewhat...

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​Wow I thought ya were a young pup like me! Very cool dude!! It's the same for me. I can take addies and be wired, or I can take em and fall right asleep. I know 100% they are legit (either from a friend who gets em from the farm or the exact same oneSY I get). It's crazy, but just adds more evidence to myself that our (my) brain works in a way that we will never understand. Maybe it is the dosage? On days where it makes me sleepy, I either need more or should have taken less. I avoid vitamin c @ least 1 hour before and 1 hour after. I don't take anything to try and make it stronger. I found it seems to work best when taken in the morning as soon as I get up, then eat at least a half hour later. I have a very tough time waking up, which I have had the last 5 years or so, long before taking add meds. I have to set alarms 2-3 hours before I actually have to be up, otherwise I will sleep til 4pm. It sucks, but what can I do? Not a damn thing except...well IDK. Somebody mentioned Narcolepsy (I hope that means the sleepy thing, not something freaky or bad), but not sure.

​Hey guys say more about the vitamin C...is it a potentiater? With the weak ritas i got from SY maybe could help!

thanks

Poppy

 

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I know I've expressed my frustration with fuzzy thinking, memory issues before and attributed them to post Benzo issues. Thing is, I've been off benzo's for 3 years.  Part of me thinks there is long term brain damage due to improper WD -basically went CT from a very high dose. I just don't know.  I finally used the modafinil I had on hand which I didn't think helped very much at the time. But now that I am out, I can tell the modifinil certainly did help with focus. Very subtle and nothing I feel compelled to take and in fact, I would have to put it in my daily pill reminder to remember to take it. But in hindsight, it did help for sure  

I wonder if I have ADD?  My sig other was only half joking recently when he brought it up. I've turned into a total scatter brain. It is hard for me to stay on task. I tend to go from one project to another. What's interesting though is I do not recall feeling so unfocused prior to the last 3-5 years.  Can adults develop ADD? I hate this feeling of being overwhelmed, feeling of being disorganized and constantly losing things and forgetting details. I even took an early Alzheimer's test! 

Maybe this is hormonal? I have been on HRT for years due to an early hysterectomy so it isn't like I'm going through the change. 

Has anyone been diagnosed with adult onset ADD? 

Edit to add: I do take a 10 mg etizolam for sleep on occasion (ie- when I have them lol). Nothing like that during the day which could be contributing to lack of focus.  

​Hey roger

 

same here for me HRT 12 years, patch due to cerv CA and subsequent hyst. re; ADD, have you taken Strattera? That's all my doc will give me....anyone here know about this one?

 

cheers

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Roger, I have had those exact symptoms. All of them. I didn't really notice until a very painful detox. I am still fearful that my opiate use damaged so many brain cells that I won't ever be the same. I can think a thought & try to have a conversation with someone & can't form it into words at times. And I have a college degree! Wth!

Anyway, I saw a psyc who sent me for psychological testing & was diagnosed with ADD. He said adult onset is possible but rare. A lot of PAWS symptoms mimic ADD so it's hard to tell. He scripted me Adderall & it's helped a lot. It's low dose so I don't abuse it but I take it in the morning & can actually get things done where before I had a hard time writing a check out to pay bills. It would be so overwhelming for me & upsetting that I gave up. Hope this helps somewhat...

 

That is so me. I'm glad you found some relief. I know how it feels. Some days are better than others and as long as I don't over burn kratom I'm usually ok. Not nearly as "sharp" as I think I used to be though. 

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Jwhite0009

Some drs will give wellbutrin for ADHD/ADD. I have read good reviews about focus & motivation. I can't really say how it works personally bc I forget to take it a lot.  I am curious about the Vit C....

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