I can't get my stupid pills. How do I work without them?
December 29, 2009 8:28 AM Subscribe
After twenty-something years without an ADHD diagnosis, I started taking Adderall XR about a year ago and it completely turned everything around with zero side effects. Now I live in a country where I can't get it (drug laws). The only medication available is Ritalin, but Ritalin makes me feel like crap and I doubt I could take it long-term.
So then, how does one deal with adult ADHD without drugs, especially if they've already had such spectacular success with them? I know YANMD, but even if I could find a decent English-speaking psychiatrist here I get the feeling ADHD isn't something that's taken very seriously outside the West.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
After dealing with ADHD my whole life (I presume) and never actually knowing I had it, I started taking a low dose of Adderall XR and became the driven, competent person I always thought I should be. Seriously, it was amazing. Sucks that I gotta depend on drugs for that, but it worked.
I don't really need Adderall to function - I don't take meds on weekends and I took a month off a while ago without using them at all - but I'm primarily concerned about my job. I set my own schedule and since I've been using Ritalin I've noticed a marked decline in the quality of my work, which is going to have serious repercussions down the road if I don't get it together.
I can't get Adderall here and it'd be stupid and illegal to ship amphetamines in from abroad, so what do I do? What strategies can I use to keep myself focused, energetic and productive? I've googled the hell out of this and found plenty of vague advice, but I'd like to know what works for you.