Thursday, January 8, 2009

Neurotransmitters for Dummies




So, I have ADD.
And, I'm fairly hypomanic. Much like many other bloggers.
That being said, I also have a heavy foot.
And, I have used my Deferred Adjudication AND Defensive Driving for the year. And so, I do this. You know, to remind me. Does it work? Maybe. Do I get strange looks from people who peer inside my car at traffic lights? Absolutely.
But do I care? Yup, a bit.
But do I want to pay for and take one more drug?

Not so much.

Do any of you have any secrets for dealing with your DNA shortcomings? Or do your drugs work? I'd love to hear...

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32 comments:

jsprik said...

yeah, it's called LITHIUM!! and lots of it (1800 mg/day)...being bipolar is FUN!!

Sarahlcc said...

Okay, Jay, quit scaring me ~ I had to google hypomania to see if I had it ~

The Mom said...

See I just say to my self, "note to self...." but you actually write them down! I'm seeing my problem is larger than I thought.

Deb said...

did you not learn ANYTHING from our time in holland? drugs, jay. drugs.

actually, i have a bracelet that i wear that is supposed to remind me of the two big C words: compassion and control. i have figured out that if i show compassion and try to loosen my chokehold on everything and everybody, i would probably be a happier person. i'm still at the early stage of this exercise, so we'll see how it turns out.

Brooks said...

I don't blame you. No one wants to pay for more drugs. I just try to limit my coffee intake and burn off my energy at the park with the girls.....I don't think that its working...

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

hmmm....can you make one of those for me? Was it hard to make....looks very involved....

As for me...Welbutrin and lots of writing, and sewing, and cooking, and playing with my boys, and reading, and working....(hypomania...me? nooooooo,,,,,that doesn't seem to fit at all.....well maybe just a little)

Mrs4444 said...

What keeps me from speeding (and I mean this seriously) is my DIGITAL speedometer in my Honda Civic. It's right there; big and bright in my face and helps a lot. (I have a lead-foot, too. Let me know if you solve that one! And I don't mean with speeding tickets!)

Amy @ Thoughts from the Mrs. said...

I love the post-it note. I think you should skip the drugs and stick with the post-it notes. ;)
It just looks more fun.
Happy ATWT

Bree Shaw said...

at least you are trying to help yourself! love the post it note! i have them all over the place. i leave them all over the house when i am going to be gone for my kids. i will put one on the mirror in their bathroom that says "don't forget to brush your teeth", by their bed that says "love you, goodnight and don't let the bed bugs bite", etc. they love it.

Sheri and George said...

I use post-it notes too but work made me remove the ones from my forhead. Said they made clients nervous. Can't imagine why?

Tenakim said...

Ironically, my speeding comes from Lithium- the 90's rock channel on Sirius Radio- it gets me going- I can't listen to it anymore- it's just dangerous- head thrashing and everything!

My Klonopin slloooowws me down- but almost to the point of falling asleep, which I suppose could be equally dangerous- so sorry- have no answers!

MOMMY-MOMO said...

ha! love it. Maybe i should put a stickie on my husbands mirrow?

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Whatever works, Jay. I have to make lists for my self. I have a list of things to do everyday. After having Monkey I can't remember anything.

CaJoh said...

I don't think that any amount of drugs can cure my DNA shortcomings. Some I just can't help— I don't tan, while others I know I can manage without throwing off my equilibrium through the magic of chemicals… call me a purist.

Beadiful Things said...

Isn't just about everyone medicated these days? And those that aren't (and especially those that poo-poo the whole concept and call it a crutch) are usually self-medicating with alcohol and street drugs.

As for me...I'll never tell (but I rarely drink any more; just can't do it and keep up with the little ones in the a.m.).

My motto: whatever works for you. Post-its seem pretty harmless!

The Downs Gang said...

hmm maybe i need a sign too!! I am popping in from cheaper than therapy

The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic said...

Wow, a sticky huh? Never thought of that...maybe I should write it down...well, where are those flipp'n things anyway?

The Mom said...

I posted before but today I had to say that I love your Linky name Handsome Jay! ;)

Ann said...

Well Jay, wine seemed to help me with my severe anxiety of being in groups. ;->
HOWEVER, when I was the President of a preschool, drinking before speaking in front of the parents wasn't such a hot idea. I held that position for 4 years, and in that time I had to trick my brain into pretending to be a confident person. Acting.
It worked.
I don't have that position any more so I'm back to wine.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I tried an assortment of anti-anxiety meds, to get my brain to shut up & let me sleep. But all of them made me very very anxious, which I hadn't been much before taking them. We eventually settled on Lunesta and meditation. My co-pay on the Lunesta is $50 a month. All the other meds were under $20. Sometimes you just have to pay the money, I think.

Tony said...

Increasing one's blind spot is always a good idea. Not. But, I can guarantee an increase in your neurotic tendencies. You are so funny. Chlonazepam 1mg is a good option.

Lee the MWOB Queen said...

Wow - the drug knowledge is impressive from the commenting crew. I keep wondering if I need drugs but then I keep convincing myself living like a crazed lunatic is actually fun and exciting. I keep my dude's opinion out of it... ;-)

Speaking of dude's opinion, I need one to weigh in on my current dude-related post...but I have a feeling I know your opinion on it so....

Linda S said...

Whatever did we do before post it notes! Can I get it in pink?

Candice said...

So are you saying that getting pulled over, strategically positioning your blouse, and flashing a great smile while simultaneously striking up fascinating conversationg with the police officer didn't work to get you out of those tickets?

You need to be schooled my friend...

You can also use the cruise control for the lead foot issue.

blueviolet said...

Are you for real? I mean for real. Are you for real?

Annie said...

The question is....do you take your own advice?!?

Christina said...

Post it notes ARE my drug. I'd be lost without them.

Beth said...

I can't live without post-it notes. Seriously, I'd probably croak without 'em.

SweetPeaSurry said...

I do a lot of relaxation breathing. It seems to calm me down, especially in traffic.

In anycase, I don't have hypermania, I did get panic attacks though, and those have all but disappeared without the drugs.

Don't get me wrong, I get soused on wine at least once a week. *grins*

jill jill bo bill said...

Take two post-its and call me in the morning.

Cathy said...

Must be something with boys...my 13year old son has ADD...after reading your post I can see his future! ;-)

Jenners said...

I used to put horrible looking photos of myself in my underwear on the fridge to keep me from eating but I just blow right by them and eat anyway. Eventually I just put the photos away because they weren't working.

posthumous pointer
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded. - Emerson