I have Bipolar 1 w/Psychotic episodes. I will shortly be diagnosed with ADHD because I was underdiagnosed 13 years ago. I also have been diagnosed with OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. If I'm prescribed Adderral or Ritalin, will it affect my Bipolar episodes?
I have very similiar diagnosis. I take 20 mg of adderall immediate release twice a day. During mania it actually calms me some, enough that I can mingle with others. During depression it helps some by getting me out of bed and somewhat active around the house. Try it for 3-4 days and log any side effects, talk it over with your Dr. and be sure to follow his directions. He is the professional. It has helped me. Good Luck
Just be careful since amphetamines can cause anxiety. Start slow and work your way up. I also was diagnosed with "boarder line" bipolar disorder and put on lamictal. That is when I had my first panic attack, which landed me in the ER since I had no clue, I thought I was having a heart attack... sometimes these type of medications when mixed can produce these type of issues. Just stay under your doctors care and see them regularly. Hope this helps!
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