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Innatentive ADHD diagnosis and IBS/Anxiety

Corriney92 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited September 2023 in Autism and neurodiversity
Hello all!

I've recently been diagnosed with ADHD, Innatentive type. This is after around 15 years of struggling with at first social anxiety, then anxiety related to IBS. The IBS and anxiety is still and issue for me. Often causing me to need time off work and causing me lots of stress in my day to day life. 

I currently take Venlafaxine (just upped to 100mg), Loperamide (daily to help prevent any 'toilet incidents' during the day, especially at work or when out generally) and now as of yesterday I have started Elvanse to treat the ADHD (30 mg for 7 days and then 40mg for 21 days)

I guess I am just wondering if there's anyone else out there with similar symptoms and struggles to myself. Some commoradiary is always nice, but also to hear of others experiences - with Elvanse, Venlafaxine. Do you have any suggestions for me? I'm working with a professional clinician for my adhd medication and with the GP for the IBS/Anxiety. But it's always helpful to get insights into other people's lived experiences.

I'm also off work at the moment. I work in retail. Which is less than ideal for IBS issues. You are on your feet all day, sometimes there is no cover and you may be left alone in the shop. I also can't work from home if I am feeling unwell. Unfortunately, I am not qualified for anything else as due to my issues mentally and physically I have just bumbled along in retail jobs, as it has been the easiest job for me to secure. 

I'm hopeful things will begin to improve for me. But please do let me know if you have any words of wisdom, or advice for things I could try and find out about. (I'm not expecting medical advise)

Thank you if you have taken the time to read this post, I appreciate it!

Take care of yourselves, 

Corrine in Sheffield 


  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 1,680 Scope online community team
    Hi @Corriney92 

    Welcome to the community! Sorry to hear your health struggles are causing you so much stress, it sounds like you've had a really tough time lately.

    It can be so hard to stay in work when you have a complex mix of things going on and retail can be difficult at the best of times. Are your current employers supportive? 

    I have moved your post to the Neurodiversity board where I hope some of our lovely members with experience of ADHD can share some solidarity with your struggles. 

    I hope things improve for you soon :)
    Rosie (she/her)

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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  • dkb123
    dkb123 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 166 Pioneering
    have you researched any training opportunities that you may be interested in, I am told that many people with ADHD do very well being self-employed because they do not have to work to anyone else's timetable
    I know there is lots of help from the Council for start-ups especially as ADHA is a protected characteristic and a lot of Charitable trusts give money for it as well


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