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My anxiety is INSANE on adderall. I took the tablets and it was so bad I felt psychotic almost. I was super agitated/angry/defensive/annoyed/hateful/etc. Not a lot of good things to say. Vyvanse went a lot better for me but just got tired of the slow long-acting so now I’m on dexedrine tablets which have worked great for a while but now I’m building tolerance quick to the fast-actings (which I think fast-acting I build tolerance faster with compared to longer-acting). I tried Ritalin 10-30 mg and Concerta 36 mg and it was okay, but my focus wasn’t great or anything but the low side effects was the best part of methylphenidates. Amphetamines are the sleep wreckers if you’re not careful (at least for me), so just have to be careful with dose+timing otherwise it can lead to being up the ENTIRE night as I know from probably 30-40 total all-nighters where I didn’t sleep one second. No matter how annoying the side effects get sometimes, it’s usually best to continuously take ADHD meds. My doctor advises “drug holidays” which is a hugely popular/controversial thing with stimulants where you take time off (whatever amount of time off you want) and then take the medicines again and the medicine is supposed to “work better.” For me, I think I’m 50/50 on such a technique, but it also helps in a way but then a lot of side effects return for me when starting up ADHD meds, but then the meds work better for a while versus just being super tolerant and never taking a day off where the meds work very little towards helping me if I never cease taking them. It’s super annoying to do in the modern-day world because nobody has time to stimulant withdrawal (especially amphetamines) and it’s nasty as hell let me tell you, but sometimes it’s worth the suffering without them for a bit because it can be a hugely annoying thing when you never take breaks and need the meds to work but they just don’t cut it for you. Just my opinion, but just thought I’d make you aware in case you were interested in some of that knowledge. Maybe you already know of what I said, but regardless I hope your ADHD improves in some way(s) and you succeed in your life’s pursuits. Feel free to message me if you’d like to ever and clearly you can tell I love talking to others struggling with ADHD 🙂