I was diagnosed initially by my PCP (a nurse practioner who I loved, and would put up against ANY MD anytime re medical knowledge
) and then by a psychologist (PhD.)
I've been on Adderall for a while now and I function much better on it. My energy levels/functioning have evened out (I used to be very all or nothing - I was at 100 miles an hour or completely overwhelmed and shut down.) I found out that there was a very high co-morbidity between anxiety and ADD (basically, my brain lacks a "filter" - for lack of a better word - and I get overstimulated and anxious pretty easily.) Since med treatment, my panic attacks are almost gone and I'm just plain dealing much better.
I'm on Effexor XR and Adderall. Lexapro (on it initially 'cause I was nursing) made me feel really detached.
We're trying Straterra now (I don't want to be on Adderall long-term - I like the effect, but it's an amphetamine and I want to switch it up), but I can't get past the nausea within an hour or so after I take it (low dose starting) - side note, how did those of you having success deal with that? Was it an issue??