Which ADHD med won't cause anxiety?
April 19, 2011 6:33 PM Subscribe
What's a focus-enhancing ADHD medication that won't cause anxiety or make me feel "out of it" the way caffeine does?
posted by incandescentman to health & fitness (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've always had trouble with concentration and sustained task focus, and after years of fruitlessly working with my therapist to address the problem through better work habits, I'm finally ready to stop pretending and admit I may have (perhaps subclinical) ADHD—and that I may, as my therapist suggests, benefit from trying Adderall, Ritalin, Provigil, or similar.
I have observed that caffeine works wonders for my concentration and productivity. It gives me the laser focus I always wanted, and I bang out tasks one after the other until they're done.
But caffeine also makes me irritable. Worse, it makes me feel out of it. I feel out of sync socially. I have trouble engaging people. I don't feel funny and relaxed among people the way I normally do. I feel like I'm moving too fast to get or tell jokes. This effect lingers weeks after I stop drinking coffee. Whether it's due to chemical action or placebo effect, I don't know, but weeks after I stop the caffeine, I continue to feel "off," and friends continue to tell me I seem "out of it." Eventually this wears off and I regain my sense of social rhythm.
Provigil helped me focus the month my doctor prescribed it for daytime sleepiness, but it also made me anxious—including painful social anxiety—and gave me insomnia.
The daytime sleepiness is now gone, but the inability to focus—and the lack of productivity—remain.
My therapist referred me to a psychiatrist. When the psychiatrist asks me which ADHD medication I'd like to try, what should I say? Which ADHD med will help my focus and concentration without making me anxious or throwing off my social rhythms?