Kriesa

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  • in reply to: Adderall and caffeine or alchohol #86141
    Kriesa
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    Thanks again, everyone. Slam Hammer, I really like the idea of doing a slow trial of adding coffee back into my day. For now, I think I’m over the caffeine withdrawal.

    I’m disappointed that the Adderall isn’t doing much for me. The doctor gave me the go ahead to try 20mg, but I’m not seeing a difference. I mean, the good thing is no side effects, and I know it may take some tinkering. I just was hoping to be one of the lucky folks who got immediate improvement.

    in reply to: Adderall and caffeine or alchohol #85561
    Kriesa
    Participant

    Thanks for the replies (JBoom, I read yours in my email notification, but it never showed up on the forum – if you want I can post it for future reference). It sounds like I should plan on dropping if not eliminating the caffeine, and that an occasional alcoholic drink should be OK. I got a minor headache yesterday afternoon. I’m not sure if maybe it was caffeine withdrawal after all, or if it might be an effect of the Adderall wearing off (or, I suppose, a coincidence, although I’m not prone to headaches), so I had a mug of black tea this morning to see if that makes a difference.

    I should have said upfront that I realize that You Are Not My Doctor, and I will ask mine when I see her on Thursday. But I sometimes find that doctors don’t know a lot more than the package insert, so first hand anecdotes are good to hear.

    in reply to: 1 day after being formally diagnosed #85513
    Kriesa
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    So much of your post resonates with me. I had my first appointment with an ADHD specialist last Thursday, and also went in half expecting to be told that I’m being ridiculous. I’m 44 years old, fairly intelligent, and have largely found ways to either work around or avoid my problems with disorganization and procrastination.

    For me, it was work that drove me to make the appointment I’ve inadvertently found myself in a role that is largely self-managed, involves juggling multiple projects with hazy deadlines, and requires attention to detail. So many of my weaknesses. But there are so many great things about it, and it involves a lot of big picture thinking and brainstorming as well. It’s the first job I’ve loved, and I am constantly screwing things up and dropping balls.

    Reading your post, though, I realize that maybe my home life is more impacted than I’d like to admit. I will have to think about that.

    Anyway, I came home from my first appointment with a prescription for 10mg extended release Adderall, to be upped to 20mg if I don’t have side effects. So far, I’m pretty sure I’m feeling no effects, side or otherwise.

    I keep turning this diagnosis over in my mind. By seeking out an ADHD specialist, did I create an “everything looks like a nail when you’re a hammer” scenario? But if I hadn’t gone to a specialist, I’d be wondering if they knew what they were talking about. I’ve suspected for almost 20 years that I have ADHD, but is it real?

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