ADD- Anxiety

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Registered: 01-12-2004
ADD- Anxiety
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 9:41am

Hello everyone,

I am new here, I am hoping for some advice/ support. My son just recently tuned 14. He has been taking Adderall XR since 2nd grade. He has done wonderfully but I began to wonder weather he needed it anymore.

I spoke to his doctor and we decided to take him off of it. He had been off for 72 days and gained a ton of weight (he really needed it)and was doing awesome.

Then out of the blue he had a major panic attack, he has never had one before. That was 3 weeks ago and he has been on an emotional roller coaster since. Crying for no reason and major anxiety.

I told his DR what was going on so we put him back on the Adderall XR for 1 week and all it did was cause him to lose weight which increased his anxiety. He has been off the Adderall since Saturday now.

I am taking him to a counselor tonight to see what is going on. My husband and MIL both take anti-anxiety meds.

Does anyone know if there are any ADD meds that also help with anxiety? Any thoughts or advice are GREATLY appreciated. To see my normally happy son so confused and scared is killing me!

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009
In reply to: bjmullis
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 11:17am

Hi there--Sorry to hear about your son's anxiety problems.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
In reply to: bjmullis
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 12:11pm

Hi, and welcome!
MY DD has ADHD/innattentive, and a touch of Anxiety. She did extremely well on Strattera, but we stopped it due to weight gain.

There are other meds that can help Anxiety, and can be used with ADHD meds. I would ask your psych which he/she thinks is the best fit for your child.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 10-01-2007
In reply to: bjmullis
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 9:45am
My son has both ADHD and Clinical Anxiety disorder. He is on Zoloft for the anxiety and Concerta for the ADHD. It is a true balancing act because the anti anxiety meds cause more Impulsivness and problems unless balanced with the other med. When he was on 27 of Concerta the mix was horrible so we tried upping the concerta to 36 and he is doing great right now.
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Registered: 07-11-2003
In reply to: bjmullis
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 10:54am


I have a 11 yr old ds with ADHD and major anxiety. He is on Metadate and zoloft. I believe the metadate actually makes his anxiety worse, not better. He has anxiety regardless but the zoloft helps tremendously.

I also have a 14 yr old with Autism Spectrum and the psychiatrist told me that teenager's hormones play a major role with meds/behaviors/emotions