Wow, first I find out I have diabetes, now Adult ADHD: What a combo

Back in November of 2006, I thought "what else could happen to me" when I found out I had Type II Diabetes. Two days ago I was diagnosed with having Adult ADHD. Talk about having your whole life change. For 4 years, the Adult ADHD clouded my mind and did not let me realize the true extent of my neglect of coping with my type II diabetes. I think I had become a true Walter Mitty. Coping with diabetes is hard enough. Trying to cope with it and having your brain try and stop you is a whole other issue.

I have joined so many websites, such as this one, over the last four years, searching for support which was always available to me, yet the ADDult did not let me fully utilize the vast resources that were available. I was getting so depressed and frustrated with myself. I can not even begin to tell you what it was doing to me wife. I ignored the warnings my body was giving me. Diabetes and Adult ADHD are truly a deadly combination.

If the are others out there suffering from these two diseases, please post a reply and let me know how you are dealing with this, or maybe you me need support with dealing with this. Also, look forward to future posts as I progress in dealing with these two major tag-alongs of my life.

Take care and do good things!


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Comment by karebear1966 on April 30, 2011 at 1:54pm
Hi Newman!
I too was first diagnosed with ADHD years ago.. and then Diabetes recently.. but was still having issues.. I went to a specialist and he has re diagnosed me with type 2 bipolar rather than ADHD. Now before you panic... there are 2 typs of bipolar.. one is much more sever than the other... anyway.. long story short.. they have changed my meds and I am feeling so much better now. Google type 2 bipolar and look at the symptoms.. like diabetes it is different for everyone but you will get an idea of where you stand and perhaps talk to your dr. about it. Like diabetes it is really important that you do the leg work yourself as you are always your best advocate. ADHD and type 2 bipolar are very similar in alot of ways, and some dr.s just dont know much about either of them. If your dr. doesnt know much about it.. insist on a referal. I have to tell you.. I am so glad i found a dr. that figured it all out for me... I feel human again and have gotten my energy back.
My current meds are wellbutrin,ritalin and lamotrigine.. a mixture that seems to work for me. Good luck and I hope you get some relief soon.. I know how draining it can get.
Comment by Mike on May 28, 2012 at 4:04pm

I was diagonosed with ADHD just six months ago.. Very mixed feelings at the time.. "Ah. thats whats been going on for 47 years!!".. and "Seriously?!! my mind is broken?!?"
Overall I have had hope.. I now have something that I can work on to actually start becoming the person that I so frustratingly tried to be before.. I have been having Neuro-feedback sessions, and that has helped a TON.. I finally broke down and went to a doctor to actually get a perscription, so I am now also on Adderol. Big help there... Except my doctor called just a few days ago as a follow up to the office visit and informed me that I am diabetic.. Wow. Not sure how to handle this.


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