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Jennifer E. Thomas
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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Hmmm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090126/hl_nm/us_adhd_drugs

This article makes me think about Sean and his occasional forays into crazyland, where he thought there were little men in his skull who moved his thoughts for him, where he believed that ceiling fans were spy devices for the government, and where he saw dragons coming out of his grandfather's desk.

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, Sean hasn't acted schizo since we took him off the Adderall. Annoying, sure. Inappropriate, you betcha. But not psychotic or schizo.

Gee, I wonder why?

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My parents never put me on anything for my ADD/ADHD; I couldn't be more glad.

While I never became schizo, exactly, Adderall made me have these random explosions of extremely violent temper back when I was on it as a teenager. They didn't connect my violent anger with the drug--in fact, I don't even think my parents mentioned it to the doctor at the time--but they DID connect the drug with my high blood pressure (somewhere in the vicinity of 160/90 in a 13 year old boy), so they took me off of it after a couple months.

Interestingly, the outbursts went away but the blood pressure only abated a little; it dropped to about 150/85 or so, IIRC. So then they put me on blood pressure meds, which helped some, and took me off ADD meds altogether, which didn't help at all. I haven't been on any ADD meds since, but my Wellbutrin seems to help with that as well as my depression, so it's just as well.

Adderall was a bad one for my kid. Really bad. She had violent outbursts and irrational screaming fits of "I hate you so much! I wish you were dead! I'll kill you!"

Concerta (in combination with Prozac for anxiety), OTOH, has done wonders, just absolute wonders. She's a happy, in control, fairly well-adjusted kid. I mean, she's got her problems, but it's not like Concerta is a magic cure-all pill that can fix learning disabilities. :)