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Hello there! I would first ask how long you have been taking adderall. When some people first start taking it, they can have some digestive distress and then it goes away after awhile.
I would also ask if you have had digestive problems in the past, before taking the adderall. Perhaps it’s aggravating an underlying issue.
This is definitely something to bring up with your doc if it’s been going on for awhile and is interfering with your life.
OMG YES!! Any obvious critical comments like that trigger me for several reasons. I get triggered because 90% of the time I know what I did wrong or that I was impulsive or I wasted time. And I beat myself up for it. And to have someone else throw it back in my face isnthe last straw lol. My mom is probably the worst culprit of this. It’s not even that she is trying to be unkind, it’s just that they have no idea what it’s like to deal with what we deal with.
Anyways that was random and I dunno if I answered your question or not… but I have ADD so that’s just how it is for me 😂
April 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm in reply to: Just got prescribed Lexipro for depression (to be added onto my ADHD stimulant) #113615
Hello! I took Lexipro with Adderall for a little less than a year. I did notice my adderall tolerance go up when I started taking lexipro, but it’s hard to say if that was the cause of it. I do feel like it helped me a lot at first in the first few months, but then it kinda tapered off.
As with taking an antidepressant with a stimulant, I have been told that they actually can work together to help adhd and depression. This stuff is super complex and individualistic though, so definitely stay in touch with your doctor.
Everyone is different. And I definitely would advise keeping in contact with your doctor through the process and take note of any positive or negative changes that happen.
Best of luck!
Hello! I was homeschooled and I have ADHD. The opportunity for a customized education did wonders for me lol. I’m in college now.
I remember my motivation was at rock bottom around ages 14-15. I procrastinated so bad I made myself miserable but I did it anyways. My poor mother tried everything.
Have you tried online classes for your teen? I took several online classes throughout my homeschool education and they helped keep me accountable. The classes I took met live once or twice a week and teachers took attendance.
Have you been on the medication for long? Sometimes the comedown gets a little more bearable with time. It’s definitely something to bring up with your doctor though because sometimes this calls for adjusting your dose.
I often get anxiety when my adderall wears off too.
A technique I use that helps the anxiety a little is to remind myself that I am feeling that way because my meds are wearing off, and that I will feel better soon. Being able to recognize the anxiety as just a side effect helps make it more bearable for me.
Switching to extended release can also help with the comedown. Extended release is a lot more mind but is also much more consistent throughout the day.
A plain sheet of notebook paper was how I planned my time for years. I would put down the tasks I needed to do, plan a time of the day to work on them (slightly overestimating) then cross off tasks as I finished them.
If you use a desk at all, a big desk calendar to write important tasks/ appointments on is also helpful and quick.
You poor thing! I have have similar struggles with self doubt.
I remember getting my first real job. I had no idea how I would do it and I felt inferior and un-capable. Those first few weeks were hard for me due to me being so nervous, but I got the hang of it! I also was nervous about the social aspect of the job and being different and not fitting in. I kind of kept to myself for the first few months, but then I started testing the waters with socializing with my coworkers at work. I was surprised by how I was accepted despite my fears and differences.
I have taken and SSRI in the past and it did help my social anxiety some, but for me personally the most helpful thing was pushing myself gradually out of my comfort zone (which I worked on with my therapist). I don’t take the SSRI anymore, but I do believe it gave me the boost I needed to start getting myself out there and to start making changes in my life.
Do know that the right kind of people will love and accept you for who you are. They will grow to accept and love your quirks because they make you unique and who you are. And the people who don’t do this are not worth your time anyways. 🙂
Hello! I am currently a college student and I have struggled with innatentive type ADD my whole life.
I now use medication, but didn’t start using it until I was 16 years old. I started the medication because school was getting to the point where I couldn’t keep up like I used to (even using all the tricks I had used over the years to help accommodate) and I was getting very unhappy and frustraighted. I was at the point of ACT tests and the amount of anxiety looming of focusing for an entire 4 hour test as well as the pressures of college became not worth it. I don’t regret starting medicine but I also don’t regret waiting until I was older to start it.
I take adderall. I started off on 15 milligrams of instant release only when I really needed it. Eventually once I got into senior year I had to start taking it daily.
It is working excellently and I am satisfied with it. I plan to get off of it once I am out of school and settled in my full time job.
My side effects were typical, but due to me being inattentive type, people didn’t notice it causing much of a change in my personality (this is most likely because I’m not particularly hyperactive). I had dry mouth and some sleep issues. I get somewhat cranky when it wears off, but not so bad as some! Probably the biggest thing for you to watch would be his not being hungry. I’ve personally noticed this to be more of a problem in boys than girls. Working his eating schedule around the medication could help with this. Big breakfasts before taking the medication are always a good idea as well as having a big dinner when it wears off in the evening.
I did a lot of things that were helpful to accommodate before Taking medication. Especially when I was your son’s age. My mom also used essential oils occasionally. We came up with all different strategies to accommodate my ADD from a young age and they really did help! Stuff like breaking tasks into small chunks helped me. I ate a balanced diet and for awhile and my mom withheld artificial food dyes and preservatives from my diet which was incredibly helpful! (My mom was asked what medication we were using not long after we made the switch because the behavioral changes were so dramatic)
When I was younger my mom would sit in the room while I was doing my homework and would use simple reminders to catch me from spacing out or getting off track. Her doing that saved me a lot of time in the long run!
That’s a little piece of my story if it helps at all. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have! You sound like an excellent mom and I’m sure you will make a well informed, good decision for your son. 🙂
- This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by Ella C.
Hey all thanks for the advice. After a veryyyy long process I ended up using 30mg adderall extended release in the mornings and up to two 15 mg instant release throughout the day. I may have to play around with it more later on but for now I’m content with how it works. I like having the regular extended realease in the morning and the control of weather or not to use the instant release over the day.
“Best of all, you can be utterly mental around them, and they won’t think you’re a total freak- they’ll just be mental right back. They get your weird-ass humour, and they don’t get embarrassed when you do your Yoda impersonation at the store.” – OMG yes! this is one of the best parts of our friendship.
I also don’t feel like I need to hide my problems with this person, they get it and encourage me to be myself and I have grown so much from that.
Thanks this helps a lot! Very true about focusing on the quality of the professional and not the letters above their name!
Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your story! This helps a lot! I have a special place in my heart for people with adhd (I also have adhd myself so I understand a lot of the struggles from person experience) and would really love to specialize in working with them, and this question was posted to explore the different areas I could do that. 😊
My thoughts aren’t bad as in being suicidal so I guess I’m lucky there. They are just kinda random and obsessive sometimes and I get frustraighted because they are so hard to get out of my head. 😜
Oh my gosh yes I get obsessed with researching certain topics too. I never thought of it that way but you are right, it is a great coping strategy.
I like your idea of running too, I tried it yesterday and it was helpful and got me out of the house.
yeah I used to take Lexipro. It helped me for awhile but then I had some other issues with it that kinda scared me, so I went off of it. 🙁