I've been on and off ADHD meds since I was first diagnosed about 5 years ago. Most recently I tried Adderall XR; previously I've tried Concerta, Vyvanse, and Straterra (one at a time). Straterra is awful - made me drowsy during the day and kept me from sleeping at night. The other drugs all help me focus, but they also make me feel frazzled and exhausted if I take them continuously - so I have to take a drug holiday on the weekend. [more inside]
I'm about to start Pristiq, an SNRI antidepressant, as part of my treatment plan for depression/anxiety/ADHD. I've been on antidepressants before, but would like to hear what people's experiences have been with this one. [more inside]
The smallest dose Vyvanse comes in is 30 mg. That's too much for me, and makes me speedy. Opening the capsule and taking a much smaller dose gives me the concentration I want, without the side effects; my doctor approves of this. My guess is that 10 mg- 15 mg is the right dose for me (I understand this might change over time, but that's what it's been for a while). How do I keep the dose consistent? [more inside]
I moved to Germany last week after an extremely busy and stressful few final months in the US, and I am now realizing that I never worked out how to deal with my medication situation. I've been taking Vyvanse and Sertraline (generic Zoloft) for ADHD and anxiety, and I'm wondering what to do in a few weeks when I have gone through the supply I had when I left. [more inside]
Why am I starting to see faces, among other things, in nearly any pattern I glance at? [more inside]
My PCP has decided to discontinue prescribing my (long-standing, very stable) ADHD medication. I pretty much just want to continue with the meds that have worked for me, with a minimum of additional trouble, expense and extra time. How can I find a new provider without seeming sketchy or drug-seeking? [more inside]
So it seems I have ADHD. 1. Yay, this explains so much! 2. Oh geez, what do I do now? [more inside]
I have an 8 year old boy and a new prescription for Concerta (for him, not for me). After more than a year of testing and discussion, I've accepted the 'script because - as our doctor was very clear - we can always decide not to fill it. I'm asking you to help us decide if we should try this. [more inside]
I'm not happy with the way I look or feel. I haven't been for a long time. I'm severely overweight, have high blood pressure with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, wake up with back pain every morning, have zero energy if it doesn't come in the form of an energy drink or shot, and just generally look like hell. What can I do to lose over 80 lbs and get myself to a healthy BMI for a 24yo 5'8' male when my brain acts like it really, really just wants to have me die of a heart attack by 35? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
I take Adderall for ADD, but am growing dissatisfied with it due to what feels like increasing tolerance and dependence, as well as a couple of secondary reasons. I want to talk to my doctor about switching to Provigil, and would like to hear from anybody who has any advice or experience to relate regarding the pros and cons of the two medications. Details within. [more inside]
I'm no longer sure what my problem is or what medications to try. blizzard inside for those that enjoy helping others sort their mental health issues.... [more inside]
At the grand old age of thirty five I was finally diagnosed with (mild) adult ADHD, the inattentive kind. I'm still adapting to the diagnosis but curious about your experiences on medication. This mostly affects my planning, organisation and time management skills. It's mostly forgetfulness, losing things and poor ability to do anything before the very last minute (I have an incredible capacity to hyper-focus). I've succeeded academically, excelled even, and have an academic job I am good at but I know my issues have interfered with my ability to do my best and have created a lot of anxiety and agitation for me. I'm curious to know about your experiences with medication and alternatives as I think through my next steps. I'm nervous medication might interfere with my creativity or mask my personality. Your thoughts?
I recently started on adderall for ADD-type issues, and I've got some questions about the effects it's having. I intend to bring them up with my psychiatrist when I see him next, but that won't be for a few weeks and I think it would still be valuable to get some outside perspective, especially from people with first-hand experience. A lot of this has to do with sexuality. Questions and details within. A bit long-winded. [more inside]
I've asked for a long, long-overdue assessment for ADHD and anxiety, which will be this week. I've never ever talked to a psychiatrist before and I'm getting really anxious about it. Help me know what to expect and how to prepare for it? [more inside]
Need ADHD medication but no doctor or insurance in NYC [more inside]
I've been taking ADD meds for years with the same psychiatrist, but lost my insurance last summer and had to stop taking them. Now I have insurance again and scheduled an appointment with my doctor today, but I'm worried he'll say that I'm doing just fine without the pills. However, I'm also afraid of looking too desperate if I tell him how much I want them! Can I tell him everything without sounding like I'm a junkie? Details follow. [more inside]
Therapy hasn't helped in the past. But I need to do something, FFS. What else should I try? [more inside]
Low cost bipolar ADD meds available in the US? [more inside]
I was prescribed Strattera for my adult ADHD, but after reading up on this drug I'm not so sure I want to take it. I'm looking for any Strattera experiences you may have, as well as general advice on the whole tweaking psych meds thing. [more inside]
MentalhealthFilter: dealing with the trial and error of meds, wondering if it's just me or if it's really a brain issue. [more inside]
Will taking ADHD drugs make me more socially adept? [more inside]
I need to find an ADD therapist in Los Angeles. Some details inside. [more inside]
I have been thinking about treating the ADHD I thought I was diagnosed with 5 years ago with medication. Two Parts: What do the scores on this ADHD assessment mean? And, does anyone know a thorough neuro-psychologist or psychologist in SF that you would recommend to help me on this journey?
How does someone know if a stimulant medication (adderall) is helping them the way it was intended to for ADD, or if they are searching for a reason to continue a substance that makes them feel good (aka addictive behaviors)? Where is the line between a "need for functioning" and "it makes me feel better therefore I function better"? Don't most people function better on a stimulant? (also some ethical questions inside about working in the mental health industry...) [more inside]
I'm prescribed 30mg of Adderall XR for my adhd. I was diagnosed and prescribed it from the psychiatrist that my job's health insurance uses. He says he can only prescribe it to me one prescription at a time. My high co-pays are adding up and its becoming costly to have to go every time. My doc tries to help by giving me two scripts at a time (one with the correct date and one a month out) but I'm still shelling out a lot six times a year to get my prescribed medication. I completely understand that Adderall is abused in the US and there needs to be controls on how its dispensed. I wouldn't mind going every six months so he can check up on me and monitor my use of it. Usually our appointments are 15 min chats about my mood and any side effects I may be experiencing. I'm no MD but that hardly seems worth an in office visit. Has anyone else dealt with this issue? Is there a way around this?
Can you recommend ADHD specialist psychiatrists in New York that are not at the Hallowell Center? [more inside]
I would like to try ADD medication. I'm in the National Guard. What ramifications would this have for my Guard career? [more inside]
Where can I get balanced information on switching to generic Concerta? [more inside]
What's the long term goal with Adderall? Can Adderall help you stop needing Adderall? [more inside]
The trial-and-error method of ADHD drugs: I am already afraid of screwing up my job and I am concerned about all these side effects I read about people having. I can't spend 3 months spaced out or whatever until I find the right drug cause then I'll REALLY screw up at work. Can you help allay my fears or tell me how you and your psychiatrist and/or therapist worked this out? [more inside]
I'm a 28 year old male in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I was in my late pre-teens, I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, and went through various treatments (Ritalin, Adderall, then eventually easing off medications entirely). Now, due to a promising promotion and other life changes, I need to be able to focus beyond what my self-regulation allows me. What can an adult expect to go through to convince a doctor that they have ADD, and to convince them to treat it medically? [more inside]
I'm coping with two different side effects from two different medications--hair loss and sore tongue/dry mouth. Any advice from the hive mind? Teal deer explanation and questions inside. [more inside]
How did Adderall change things for you? [more inside]
Possible problems mixing migraine and ADHD meds? [more inside]
Expat in Kenya looking for ADHD medication. [more inside]
I just started taking Concerta this week on a trial basis and I'm experiencing a rather odd side-effect ... sleepiness. Just what kind of mutant am I? [more inside]
I have adult ADD. I've been on Strattera for 5 years. My new doc wants me to switch to Adderall. Anyone else done this switch? What are the differences/effects between the two?
Has anyone had experience coming off of ADD/ADHD medications? How did you cope with the return of all the negative ADD/ADHD symptoms, and the nagging feeling that you were a better person on the meds? [more inside]
What side effects of medication for adult ADHD have you experienced? I'm interested in discussion on both stimulants and non-stimulants (Strattera). I'm particularly interested in any sexual side effects you may have experienced.