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I am not sure what is wrong with me. I have these episodes where I do crazy things to the people I love and don't realize what I am doing until afterwards. The other night I tried to get my girlfriend arrested for something she didn't do and then I was like what the hell did I just do? Why did I do that? Or sometimes I will get so mad I will start hitting myself and go into this mental breakdown over something small. I have burnt many bridges with this. It is like every couple of months I get all crazy and depressed for no reason and then I am fine a few weeks later. I hate this about myself and when people ask why did you do that and I tell them I do not know and I wasn't thinking it's like I see red and don't think logically then I am stuck in the worst predicaments. I really want to go to the doctor for this soon because I have been diagnosed with ADHD and depression in the past but I just think there's more to that. Some weeks I am happy and have so much hope for life and then I get super irritable for a few weeks and have some crazy episode. I don't do drugs. I smoked a lot of marijuana when I was in highschool and had annadderall addiction for 3 years and then I did meth for about a month
I haven't done any drugs like that in over a year. I sometimes feel as if my adderall addiction gave me psychosis. I don't know what is wrong with me. Could you please give me your advice on what it could be? Thank you.

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Emily - I am NOT a clinical psychologist.  That means I do not see patients, and I am not trained to do diagnosis or therapy.  I am a researcher and professor.  Having said that, I strongly suggest that you see a psychiatrist.  You may have bipolar disorder - people with bipolar have big mood swings from feeling very confident, having a lot of energy and a little crazy and then swing into being depressed, feeling like no one loves them and life is terrible.  It is VERY important to find a really good psychiatrist.  Depending on where you live - many cities have magazines like Philadelphia magazine or the Washingtonian - and they have at least one article every year about the best doctors in that city.  You can google the articles.    Are you taking medication for ADHD?  I don't understand why you are saying that you had an adderal addiction. Adderal would have been a good medicine for ADHD.  Are you seeing a doctor now for the ADHD?

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I can answer academic questions about psychology. I am not a clinician (therapist), I am a research psychologist with expertise in biopsychology, general psychology, cognitive psychology, research methods and psychopharmacology.

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I have 25 years experience as a researcher in health behavior, biopsychology and psychopharmacology.

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Applications of Market Research for Small Business UMBC Activate Program, March 2008 HIV/AIDS: An assessment of Need in the Continuum of Care. Optum Health Education. Optumhealtheducation.com/node/2887, 12/2008 Maximizing the online medium for market research: Best practices. Market Research for Pharmaceuticals Conference, 12/06/2006 O誰eill, K.A. APD, ADD, ADHD and AD/HD: Personal and scientific reflections. Audiology Online, 6/6/2005. O誰eill, K.A. et al, Hyperactivity induced by NMDA injections into the nucleus accumbens. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 34(4), Dec 1989, 739-745. O誰eill, K.A. and Liebman, J.M. Unique behavioral effects of the NMDA antagonist, CPP, upon injection into the medial prefrontal cortex of rats. Brain Research, 435(1-2), Dec 1987, 371-376. O誰eill, K.A. and Gertner, S.B. Effects of centally administered H2 antagonists on motor activity. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. 264, 1987, 683-686. O誰eill, K.A. and Gertner, S.B. Effects of centrally administered H2 antagonists in the behavioral despair test. 90(2), 1986, 190-192. O誰eill, K.A. Chronic desipramine attenuates morphine analgesia. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. 24(1), Jan 1986, 155 158. O誰eill, K.A. and Valentino, D. Escapability and generalization: Effect on 礎ehavioral despair. European Journal of Pharmacology 78(3), March 1982, 379-80. O誰eill, K.A. et al, An automated high capacity method for measuring jumping latencies on a hot plate. Journal of Pharmacological Methods, 10(1), Aug 1983, 13-18. O誰eill, K.A., Scott, C. and Weissman, A. Naloxone enhances nociceptive responding. Society for Neuroscience, Abstract 9: 274, 1983.

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Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Rhode Island, 1983. Post doctoral fellow dept of psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, 1983-1984. Post doctoral fellow, dept of pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1984-1985.

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