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Old 12-12-2009, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hypersomnia.
Difficulty concentrating.
Low confidence.
Apathy.
Anhedonia.

I noticed that all the symptoms I've been experiencing over the last few years all seem to relate to low levels of dopamine wouldn't you agree? So using a drug that boosts dopamine levels should restore some of my normal functioning, I wonder if this is why so many people with SA have the triple diagnosis of SAD/ADD/Depression?
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Sounds like ADHD-I, getting tested for that is your best chance of getting an amphetamine prescribed.

Amphetamine eliminates my OCD, social anxiety and ADHD-I.
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I have been diagnosed with ADHD-I and have the same symptoms

Try to get a stimulant. I've asked 8 different pdocs and none will prescribe me them. but when i have tried them, illegally...they give me 100% relief
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I have been diagnosed with ADHD-I and have the same symptoms

Try to get a stimulant. I've asked 8 different pdocs and none will prescribe me them. but when i have tried them, illegally...they give me 100% relief
They wont give you a stimulant? Its the standard treatment for ADHD.
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i know, right? its pretty ****ed up.
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i know, right? its pretty ****ed up.
Dude, have you tried going to a pdoc that specializes in ADHD instead a normal one? maybe not tell him youv got SA because they may think it would make it worse.
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I'm gonna see another one next week. i'll try not mentioning the SA this time...another thing i'm gonna try is not being so honest about my drug use history when they evaluate me. I've probably gotta lie and say i've never done any illegal drugs in my life.
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I'm gonna see another one next week. i'll try not mentioning the SA this time...another thing i'm gonna try is not being so honest about my drug use history when they evaluate me. I've probably gotta lie and say i've never done any illegal drugs in my life.
Yeah that should work.
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In 8 days i'm seeing a pdoc that specialize in ADHD, i hope i can get the dexedrine.
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I wonder if my tremor could be related to low dopamine levels as well?
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In 8 days i'm seeing a pdoc that specialize in ADHD, i hope i can get the dexedrine.

Why 8 days?
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I've probably gotta lie and say i've never done any illegal drugs in my life.

You'll never get any med that could potentially work by telling your drug history. I'd never share that info simply because it is irrelevant.
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Not to mention kind of stupid. Speaking strictly about the stuff you've done illegally of course. I've tried adderall about 5 or 6 times with a friend (he's the one with the prescription) and it works wonders on me. But I would never tell my doctor I've done that.
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Why 8 days?
Because i made an appointment with a pdoc, and thats when i can see him. You have to make appointments with them here, you cant visit them like a normal doc.
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Because i made an appointment with a pdoc, and thats when i can see him. You have to make appointments with them here, you cant visit them like a normal doc.
Yea man, I read that wrong. Good Luck with your appointment. How do you plan on approaching the situation. I am sure most pdocs would rather hand out Stratera or Vyvanse over Addy or Dex
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Yea man, I read that wrong. Good Luck with your appointment. How do you plan on approaching the situation. I am sure most pdocs would rather hand out Stratera or Vyvanse over Addy or Dex
There's only dexedrine and ritalin in my country, i got ritalin prescribed before from my normal doc, i'm gonna tell him it didnt work for me.
I'm also gonna tell him about my terrible studies and that i dropped out of school because i never passed a year before(i did go to the next year, but allways a lower study) and i was getting too old lol.. (i was in fact a terrible student).
While at the same time i'm gonna tell him about my intrest in pharmacology etc, but i just cant do it at school becaue of my severe concentration and motivation issues.
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AD[H]D meds if you have debilitating AD[H]D. If it's just a vague lack of confidence and poor motivation, aripiprazole could be worth a try. A lot easier to get scripted than stimulants. I have all of those symptoms except hypersomnia, and stimulants have never been on the table in my appointments (even after directly asking for them).

I've not tried aripiprazole yet, but it's next on my list (already agreed with pdoc). Maybe it's not as good as it looks, but being a direct dopamine agonist proven for negative schizo symptoms & SSRI add-on for anhedonia etc., it certainly seems promising. If neither my current med combo nor aripiprazole work for my anhedonia / concentration / memory problems / cognitive quagmire / etc., I am screwed.

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I'm gonna see another one next week. i'll try not mentioning the SA this time...another thing i'm gonna try is not being so honest about my drug use history when they evaluate me. I've probably gotta lie and say i've never done any illegal drugs in my life.
dude man, i feel bad for u bro. it sucks so bad to not get the meds u need, just cuz the docs think their opinion is always right....it was infuriating for me...ive seen 8 different P-docs...and only one of them, my current one, respects my opinion and suggestions.
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AD[H]D meds if you have debilitating AD[H]D. If it's just a vague lack of confidence and poor motivation, aripiprazole could be worth a try. A lot easier to get scripted than stimulants. I have all of those symptoms except hypersomnia, and stimulants have never been on the table in my appointments (even after directly asking for them).
I don't really want to go down the chronic medication route again and I'm definately not going to try antipsychotics. What I want is a potent, long-lasting, dopaminergic drug.
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Then take l-deprenyl. This is made as a 24 hour continous release patch. This chemical inhibits MAOI-B, basically it prevents the neurotransmitter dopamine from being broke down. This allows for it to build up in your system.

L-deprenyl does not create much tolerance at all. Its also better tolerated than amphetamines/methyphenidate.

It also has NEUROPROTECTIVE and anti-aging effects.

http://www.selegiline.com/ check it out.

A regimen of 2 x 5 mg daily of selegiline irreversibly inhibits over 90% of MAO-B in the basal ganglia, the location of over 80% of dopamine in the human brain. This level of MAO-B inhibition leads to a 40%-70% increase in synaptic dopamine.

People stay on this for 10+ years and are fine. Its been around a long time but not as a patch.
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