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This reply was originally posted by user Rachelaf1200 in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. I had great success with Vyvanse; I was put on it after I was diagnosed and I was amazed at the clarity in which I could think and function — literally an ah-ha moment when I realized it was working. I suffered side effects and switched to Concerta and I am doing well most of the time. I complained to the doctor that it stopped working suddenly, and he pulled up our conversations from when I was at my best — we had talked about how I was working on reducing stress and I was exercising on a regular basis — and he said so, “Are you stressed and are you exercising?” My answer was I was stressed and no, I got too busy to workout — another light bulb moment. I am at my best when I find ways to reduce/manage stress and make a point of getting physical exercising. I firmly believe that taking care of yourself both inside and out is a required supplement to ADHD medication. I also see a physiologist as a way to have someone to cheer on my progress and help me accept that I am wired differently. Meds can help, but they cannot be an entire cure-all for ADHD.