Please help me survive the last 5 weeks of this quarter.
I'm on generic (Watson/Actavis) Concerta (36 mg) for ADHD, and generic (Taro) Lamictal (100 mg) for depression/anxiety. I'm also a part time student at a local community college, taking PreCalculus II (Trigonometry) and Cultural Anthropology - both College Transfer courses. And night courses that start at 6pm, that last for 2.5 hours each. I was also taking Statistics.
Since last September or so, the Concerta has been giving me crying fits, particularly when it wears off. I was also working full time, and taking an inline Computer Science course. This is when I go from 'normal, functioning person' to 'uncontrollable crying as soon as I hit something frustrating, like my code not compiling. And by 'uncontrollable crying', it lasts for an hour or more, and I basically cry until I get fatigued. And afterwards, my head is blank like a vacuum. It doesn't make for a good work or study environment! I was only on 18 MG of Concerta, so my doctor doubled that to 36 mg, thinking it would help. Oh, holy cats it didn't.
posted by spinifex23 to Education (15 answers total)
I started a new Quarter, I started Full Time, and the crying spells just got worse. I reduced my Statistics to an Audit class, thinking that would help reduce the stress load - it didn't. And I started crying all the time, multiple times a week. So, when I saw him last Friday, he upped the Lamictal to 100 mg a day. Which worked really well - until I had my Trig class last night, and the news that I didn't do as expected on my Midterm caused me to lock myself in a bathroom stall for an hour, crying. A classmate had to go find me. It's not even rational; it's a biochemical process that takes over. It's like a circuit breaker trips; I go from AOK to The Crying Girl in a minute. And when it starts, it doesn't stop.
So, how do I cope and finish off the Quarter with a minimum of angst? Despite the Midterm, I'm somehow maintaining a 4.0 in Trig, and I'm at a 3.0 or above for Cultural Anthropology. So academically, I'm doing well. And all I need gradewise in Trig to move on to Calculus is a 2.5.
What I'm doing to help this: I've been in contact with the college's Disabilities Office, my doctor sent a note, and I now have a quiet place with double time and Kleenex to take my exams - and I used this for my Midterm. I've told my profs what's going on, so they know. I'm trying to eat nutritious lunches that I bring in my Mr. Bento, and exercise, and I also started to take the Concerta so that it won't wear off in the middle of class. And I've eliminated all caffeine. I'm also not working, so I don't have that stress. Nor is Financial Aid affected, as I'm paying for this with a severance from a previous job.
I don't feel comfortable reducing the Concerta, because it works like a charm when I'm not a hot mess. And I can't boost the Lamictal up so soon, as there's a risk of acquiring a deadly rash. (Don't GIS 'stevens-johnson syndrome'. Just....don't.)
Anything else I can do? I've already decided that I'm not returning to school next Quarter, until all of this is completely settled - and the dept. people in my possible major, Computer Science, agree. But I need to finish this Quarter, especially the Trig class - because I want to be able to take Calculus when I am well enough to return. And when I'm not crying, I can study just fine. Halp?