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Old 03-16-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy Just Diagnosed with ADHD..Questions about the Adderall I am taking

Hello, I am 27 years old and I was just diagnosed with ADHD about 2 weeks ago. I just started medicine 4 days ago. I feel kind of shocked, relieved, scared and I don't know what else. It all just makes so much sense to me now. Everything that's happened in my life just has answers now. Why things are the way they are. I just can't believe I have gone this long without knowing. My mom was always against diagnosis. She always thought that it gave people excuses to act certain ways. She was the type to never give sympathy. So I guess that's why...I'm not sure. But anyway, I have a question. I just started Adderall 10mg 2 times a day. Its not extended release, but when it wears off, I get really anxious. Is that because the Adderall calms me down, and when it wears off, my brain is going back to the way it usually is? (constantly moving around with a million thoughts.) Do you think that an extended release would be better? has anyone else had that experience? How is normal supposed to feel on a pshycostimulant? Has anyone else had that experience? How does everyone else feel? Is it okay that I feel this way? Suggestions?

 
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Re: Just Diagnosed with ADHD..Questions about the Adderall I am taking

The effect you experience when Adderall wears off is called ADHD rebound. Yes, you are correct - your symptoms come back with a vengeance. Solution? Talk to your doctor. Switching to XR is one possibility. An evening dose of Intuniv works for me. A low dose, 5mg of IR, may work. Work it through with your doctor.

How are you suppose to feel? I can do no better than JaneWhite's "an especially organized day."

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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Re: Just Diagnosed with ADHD..Questions about the Adderall I am taking

Hi there...

I can really relate, I am turning 27 this month and I was diagnosed about a year ago and started on Adderall as well. I initially went in to see a therapist about depression from a divorce and that was how it started. My mom was also told when I was a child by my teachers that I probably had ADD but she and my pediatrician didn't buy it and didn't want me started on medication. I didn't seem hyperactive. But looking back on it, I am not all surprised...I always had trouble in school even though I wasn't a "troublemaker".

I feel very calm and composed on the adderall and I also get anxious, irritable and depressed as it wears off. My psychiatrist suggested the XR, but the doctor I was going to said his patients complain that it doesn't have a strong enough effect during work/school hours and is more expensive. I moved so now I need to find new doctors.. maybe they will suggest something else. For now though I am staying on the adderall, it helps me stay focused on finishing paperwork at my job which was a huge source of stress for me. Good luck!

 
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