Sufferer Hi! Turning 19 this month with PTSD, Autism, Depression, Insomnia, Selective Eating Disorder, GAD & being evaluated for ADHD.

elephant

MyPTSD Pro
I’m new here so I thought it’d be good to kind of introduce myself ;blank;

I’m 18 years old (turning 19 this month) and I just got diagnosed with PTSD. I’m pretty sure I have C-PTSD because of my symptoms and the number of traumas I’ve experienced, but PTSD is what it says in my medical journal.

I also have autism (level 2), depression, insomnia, selective eating disorder, and GAD. And I’m going to be evaluated for ADHD soon.

I’ve been in different queues for therapy since 2019. And I am finally going to start therapy this upcoming week! Therapy is going to be tough but it’s also much awaited and something that I’ve been longing for.


(Sorry for my bad English, I’m not a native speaker…)
 

ladee

MyPTSD Pro
Welcome @elephant, like your user name. Hope yoo find people you relate to here and hope your first session with your T gives you hope. This is a great place to be where people understand and support your healing journey.
 

arfie

MyPTSD Pro
hello elephant. welcome to the forum. for what it's worth, i wouldn't have known you were not a native speaker if you hadn't told me. your written english is most excellent. i am multi-lingual and i find writing easier than speaking in all of my languages.

congratulations on starting therapy. i hope you will feel safe to sort freely and often here as the therapy progresses. feedback from people who have/are working the process can help allot. gentle support while you sort.
 

elephant

MyPTSD Pro
Hi @elephant welcome to the site ☺
Hi, thank you! 😊

Welcome @elephant, like your user name. Hope yoo find people you relate to here and hope your first session with your T gives you hope. This is a great place to be where people understand and support your healing journey.
Thanks! ☺️🐘
I’m sure therapy will be worth it in the end :)

Hi, thanks! 😊

Hi and welcome to the group :)
Also am autistic & have adhd
**waves**
Hello, fellow autistic and ADHD:er! 🤗

hello elephant. welcome to the forum. for what it's worth, i wouldn't have known you were not a native speaker if you hadn't told me. your written english is most excellent. i am multi-lingual and i find writing easier than speaking in all of my languages.

congratulations on starting therapy. i hope you will feel safe to sort freely and often here as the therapy progresses. feedback from people who have/are working the process can help allot. gentle support while you sort.
Hi, thanks! Nah, using the word 'bad' was unfair and wrong, it’s just something that’s stuck to me ever since my English teacher in 7th grade told me that I’m so bad at English I shouldn’t even dream of doing something where English is included.
Fun fact: I’m currently studying one of my country’s most challenging high school-programmes… in English 😅

I also find writing easier than speaking. My biggest struggle when it comes to writing is punctuation :)
 

Flossy

MyPTSD Pro
If it's of any usefulness to you, my husband has Asperger's which we only realised last year. We also suspect he has ADHD.
After much research he started on Effexor for the anxiety. He no longer breaks out in a cold sweat if he is nervous.

Just recently he asked to start on BUPROPRION (ZYBAN) to increase his focus. In the US it is prescribed as Wellbutrin but here if not being used to stop smoking it must be prescribed on a private prescription and costs $179 for 3 months.

The change has been remarkable. He is focused, can multi-task, has excellent recall of what he said and where he put stuff and has much less confusion. His behaviour and thinking has changed from constantly breaking stuff, hurting himself, making mistakes, forgetting things and not being able to recall what he said or where he put something. He is a changed man.

Buproprion works by stopping the reuptake of Dopamine which is the attachment hormone and motivating hormone.

I hope someone finds this information useful enough to discuss with their doctor for a trial of it. I hope it is added to the NHS to be prescribed for depression and ASD and ADHD.

I also take Buproprion along with Pristiq. This is the perfect combination for me. If anyone is interested I have written about it in other posts. Click on my name to find them.
 

elephant

MyPTSD Pro
amen to that in all my languages. . .
grammar. . . the art of using the words to discredit the message.
Exactly! And how such small changes can make a huge difference

My grandparents are from Finland, so I used to send letters to relatives in Finland when I was little. But I couldn’t for the life of me remember the suffixes so I wrote "thanks for my letter" instead of "thanks for your letter" 🤣

If it's of any usefulness to you, my husband has Asperger's which we only realised last year. We also suspect he has ADHD.
After much research he started on Effexor for the anxiety. He no longer breaks out in a cold sweat if he is nervous.

Just recently he asked to start on BUPROPRION (ZYBAN) to increase his focus. In the US it is prescribed as Wellbutrin but here if not being used to stop smoking it must be prescribed on a private prescription and costs $179 for 3 months.

The change has been remarkable. He is focused, can multi-task, has excellent recall of what he said and where he put stuff and has much less confusion. His behaviour and thinking has changed from constantly breaking stuff, hurting himself, making mistakes, forgetting things and not being able to recall what he said or where he put something. He is a changed man.

Buproprion works by stopping the reuptake of Dopamine which is the attachment hormone and motivating hormone.

I hope someone finds this information useful enough to discuss with their doctor for a trial of it. I hope it is added to the NHS to be prescribed for depression and ASD and ADHD.

I also take Buproprion along with Pristiq. This is the perfect combination for me. If anyone is interested I have written about it in other posts. Click on my name to find them.
Hi,
Thanks for replying! I’m already on medication for anxiety (although it doesn’t help so my doctor and I are probably making some changes when I see her on Thursday).

Here, where I live, one is not allowed to try any medication to increase focus and/or decrease hyperactivity/impulsivity before receiving a diagnosis of ADHD. That’s very unfortunate because the queue for an actual ADHD-evaluation is years. In many health care regions, the queue is 3-4 years, in some even 5+ years.
BUT, I also do understand why this is the case. ADHD-medication isn’t something that should be taken easy on.
It’s just unfortunate that one have to wait for years after realizing one most likely have ADHD, until getting diagnosed and start medication.
 

arfie

MyPTSD Pro
I used to send letters to relatives in Finland when I was little. But I couldn’t for the life of me remember the suffixes so I wrote "thanks for my letter" instead of "thanks for your letter"

solid empathy on this one. i started life with a speech defect which held me mostly mute until nearly adolescence. i could read and write fluently before i could speak any of the human languages, though i believed myself to be fluent in several animal languages. to this day i avoid talking to people who need precision verbage/grammar to communicate. listen for the message, not the grammar. in english, i am fully capable of engaging in grammar wars with the harshest of critics, but my give-a-damn is busted. whatever you say, grammar-head. let's say ^it^ your way while i'm walking out the door.
 

Friday

Moderator
Here, where I live, one is not allowed to try any medication to increase focus and/or decrease hyperactivity/impulsivity before receiving a diagnosis of ADHD.
Same here.

I’ve been on most of them over the years. (There are over 80 commonly Rx’d meds, all stimulants, save 1 atomoxetine/straterra).

Overall?

I prefer espresso. ☕

4-12 shots when I wake up. A few dopios here and there over the course of the day. 8-20 shots before bed.

If the espresso is paired with 10+ hours of exercise, I can skip the nicotine entirely. If not? I usually have a container of nicotine mints in a pocket.

Alternatively, in countries where it’s legal, coca-tea is absolutely delightful. Easily 5x more soothing/clarifying/relaxing than even the strongest espressos.

***

The only med I actually MISS is straterra…
- to decide to go to sleep whenever the hell I wanted (wide awake to fast asleep in 15 minutes, instead of 3 hours),
- wake up whenever I wanted (alarm goes off? No matter how tired I was, or how much Inwanted to remain in bed, I not only heard it, but it was simply a matter of willpower / decision making to get up. Rather than requiring either an hour or more of an alarm gradually allowing me to surface, or an emergency to blink instantly awake)
- decide to think about something later
- kicked my eating disorder to the curb
- emotions faded of their own accord, rather than having to be deliberately switched or diluted/altered
- emotions never split into 5-7 groupings, all equally valid/seperate (like I didn’t feel suicidal AND enthusiastic about the day AND professionally curious about misc wold conflicts AND deeply in love AND wracked with guilt/shame/anxiety. <<< Not that I don’t feel all those things at once without them splitting into unique groupings, but once they have split, each group has to be attended to individually, instead of when they’re simply layered and I can bring desired emotions to the forefront of the strata, whilst pushing the others down >>> With straterra the whole “think of something else” thing people say, finally made sense. Oh! You mean anything I’m not actively focusing on just sort of fades away, rather than getting a soundtrack? How freaking WEIRD is this?!?

Sooooo many benefits of that drug. But? Even though the downsides were few, they included a couple things I just couldn’t live with. So, nope! I’ll stick to the oh so soothing & clarifying OTC freely & widely available stimulants.
 
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