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ADD and associated anxiety disorders

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I suffer from anxiety and currently take Xanax for it. Iyusually only take it at night and do not take as much as perscribed because I don't want to feel groggy during the day. It has helped the anxiety, but I have also always had ADD really bad. I do not have ADHD (hence not really that hyper anymore)...just have a hard time getting what I need accomplished, organizing things, etc. My son is in college and benefitted from Vyvance tremendously about 2 years agao. I am not sure he has my anxiety issues though. What information could I get to help with my condition. I do not have health insurance or would be doing some coucelling and picked a doctor.

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replied January 26th, 2010
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Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.

You seem to be concerned by ADD and anxiety disorder.
ADHD-PI can lead to secondary pathologies like anxiety disorder as in your case. Managing ADHD-PI can help in offsetting the anxiety as well in such cases.

The treatment of ADHD is multimodal. The cornerstone continues to be psychostimulants such as methylphenidate and amphetamines which are the first line therapy and the non-stimulants like atomoxetine. The choice of drug depends on your clinician as there are no clearcut guidelines but no drug should be taken without consultation with your clinician. Also, as pills alone cannot improve skills, cognitive behavioral therapy has an important role to play.

Hope this helps. Take care.

Note: This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

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