Hi there 30yr male old from Australia

Hi everyone this is my first post, like the title says I’m a 30yr old Male who lives in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory,

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was about 6 years old, I saw child development specialists and psychologists and the like, I was prescribed ritalin (unsure of dosage or type) while I was young, I struggled with violence and anger issues through primary school but received treatment for that until one day when I was 12 my mother decided that “this family has no mental issues now” she said straight to my face with her hands on my shoulders,

She took me off meds and stopped all my treatment with psychs and that and I struggled hard through highschool for the next 5 years after that relying heavily on self harm (cutting) to cope, it’s at this point I’d like to mention my mother was an abusive alcoholic and I felt like I had no escape,

In the years between then and now I’ve been diagnosed with Bipolar type 1 And was put on antidepressants and mood stabilisers,

4 or so years passed without treatment it was hard to see someone in Perth, Western Australia (where I was living then) to get help so I just got my GP to fill scripts the same as the psych did and continued like that taking the same meds

In February me and my fiance moved to the other side of the country, Canberra, to live with her parents and try and get back on our feet, since I met my fiance I haven’t cut again and it’s been 5 years, we’ve worked through my anger issues seeing a psychologist together, I’ve started CBT for anxiety and I’ve seen an ADHD specialist at the hospital who has reconfirmed my diagnosis and prescribed me Ritalin 10mg once a day so far, but the specialist and the psychiatrist told me that my antidepressants and mood stabilisers were not supposed to be used long term they mess with my metabolism (I’ve gained 50kg since starting them) they mess with my thyroid (it was tested and seems to be okay) and it also can mess with my heart and I was told I would of developed a heart problem within the next 2 years, so they decided to take me off them and taper down to nothing

It’s been 3 or 4 weeks without meds for my bipolar and it’s been a real battle trying to keep all my emotions inside and ride the up and down waves plus starting the ritalin at the same time, the ritalin has a real positive effect on me, my memory and conversational skills have improved plus my ability to start and finish tasks I’d usually try and hide from, after taking it in the morning I just feel like I need to do something and be productive which is great because I’m getting so much done,

I’ve got a 2 and a half week wait to see my psychiatrist and specialist to discuss all my medication, so for now I’m just toughing it out with the support of my fiance and reading so many of the threads here for useful advice,

Sorry my intro was very long,

I’m very happy to be part of the tribe, the How to ADHD videos inspired me to get help and be re-diagnosed so I could “Adult” better and move on to better things,

Thanks everyone who took the time to read this :blue_heart:


Welcome to the tribe! I totally get what you are saying, as I had to get re-diagnosed as an adult so I could get some actual ADHD meds. They just put me on antidepressants when I was a kid. It is nice that there are newer meds out there. If you still have trouble with regulating your emotions, ask if there is another medication that is less harmful to your body that you can take. And if you end up with a really low low, call your doctor. Don’t wait for the appointment.

By the way, I’m in the USA. :slight_smile:

Thanks for the welcome,

I forgot to mention they trialed me on Lamotrigine for the Bipolar/Anxiety/Depression but there’s a chance of a fatal rash I was told if I get a rash go to the ER not sure if it was the cause or not but the day I upped my dose (as instructed) I developed a rash and the doctors at the hospital told me to stop taking it,

My Psychiatrist has another medication in mind but they wanted the old ones out of my system while introducing Ritalin and letting that settle before introducing something else new (sorry I’ve forgotten the name of it),

We’ve got an emergency mental health team at the Community Health Centre and they have a number I can call in a crisis of any sort, I’ve already called them once and they have a file for me and they are the team that referred me to my current psychiatrist and specialist at the same building, when the Emergency room doctors at the other hospital instructed me to abruptly stop taking Lamotrigine we let the mental health team know and they came back saying that if I had bad highs or lows I can use a low dose of my old mood stabiliser (Olanzapine) but not everyday like before,

So yeah TL:DR there’s already a new safer med waiting for the moods which will be discussed at my next appointment and I have a phone number and a team I can call in a crisis :grin:

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I read your reply with a smile on my face. I used to be the voice behind that crisis line number back when I was a stay at home mom. I gave referrals and listened and decided when to call the leader of the team. I’m glad you have that.

The other thing that we have in common: lamotrigine. It is so interesting how drugs can be used to treat so many different things. I have been taking it for seizures for the past 10 years. :slight_smile:

My psychiatrist mentioned that it’s typically used for seizures, I suppose it all depends on the doses and delivery methods, but I’m no pharmacist