|Living with Adult ADHD||ADHD in Women||Apps & Tools|
|Signs & Symptoms||Health & Sleep||Time Management|
|First 100 Days||ADHD at Work||Relationships|
|ADHD Parenting Home||Parenting Strategies||ADHD Teens||Summer Camps|
|Oppositional Defiant||Health & Nutrition||Social Skills||Homework Help|
|Discipline Fixes||Sleep||Organization Skills||Free Downloads|
|ADHD Treatment Home||Natural Treatments||Treating Kids|
|Medications||Diet & Nutrition||Treating Kids Naturally|
|Medication Reviews||Side Effects||First 100 Days|
|Learning Home||Homework Help||Learning Disabilities|
|School Accommodations||Organization Skills||Teachers' Guide|
|IEP/504 Plan||Behavior at School||High School|
|ADHD Symptoms Home||Self-Tests||ADHD in Women|
|ADHD Symptoms||Related Conditions||Diagnosing Kids|
|Types of ADHD||Diagnosing ADD||Dealing with Diagnosis|
|Give a Gift|
"I become very anxious as my long-acting stimulant wears off. Should I be taking a higher dose? What do you think is going on here?"
The anxiety might be a rebound effect, which sometimes happens as medication wears off, or it might be your reaction to the return of your symptoms (especially if it wears off during class, work, or at another inconvenient time).
You may want to discuss a dose increase with your doctor. See if this lasts longer and doesn't cause anxiety. One other caution: If you have an anxiety disorder [see "When AD/HD Is Only Part of the Story"], the stimulant could be exacerbating this. If so, this condition must be treated in addition to AD/HD.
Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.