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I am going through the same thing and it is extremely frustrating. After 2 years of therapy and coaching, I was able to change patterns and behaviors in my life to help me stay more focused, on task, and productive. While the changes to my life like diet, suppliments, exercise, and organizational changes helped I decided to go seek medication at 29 years old. My first visit with my doc was 3 minutes and he gave me a script for 10mg Adderall IR (generic). The first 2 days was a little rough with the instant burst of energy, focus, and emotion. After that I was so much more productive, very social, and super confident which goes a long way in my profession. About 3 weeks in I started feeling those dreaded crashes everyone talks about. If I took a pill at 7am, I would hit a wall around noon or 1pm. By my follow up visit(5 weeks of treatment) I explained that at first it was a great help and I want to continue but I am only feeling the effects for 3-4 hours at this point. The doc said “Its not supposed to be an all day thing, stay on the 10mg”. I mentioned that I know its not an all day thing and most days I don’t even make it to noon before I am almost useless from the crash.
3rd month seeing the doc, I’m still on 10mg IR and it is very annoying. Now I have to choose between being partially productive or crashing. I only take my meds on days I work and its embarrassing when I may be in the office with my team and they notice how “on the ball” I am in the morning but how in the afternoon I’m silent and struggling. I am currently seeking another doc as I really need to find this balance.