My Forum Comments
YESSS! I had COVID right before everyone knew COVID was here in Los Angeles (late Dec./early Jan.). In the Spring, I began noticing a difference with my ADHD and the meds not working the same. But, then we went on lockdown and I was teaching from home and then summer came and went, so I didn’t notice it as much because I didn’t have anything I had to do. As soon as I went back to work, I definitely noticed a difference and then they switched the manufacturer. It got worse after that to the point that I didn’t feel like I was taking anything. I was also put on an inhaler from my primary dr. for having shortness of breath (yes, 9 months later after COVID!). I spoke to my psych and he upped my meds from 20 to 25 mg and now I’m back to normal, if not better. The shortness of breath is going away too, as it happens more and more infrequently. I took a lot of ginger/turmeric supplements, zinc twice a week, vitamin D twice a week and a lot of vitamin C. Not that that’s what did it, but who knows. I also did the Whole30 to rid my body of any inflammation and I just finished the 30 days and I feel AMAZING! Lost 9 pounds, my skin is glowing and I just feel super healthy.
A few months ago, Walgreens switched from Teva to Rhodes and I didn’t think anything of it, but then the second month, I really started noticing something wasn’t right. It was like I wasn’t taking anything, because the scattered brain and anxiety were back and I my executive functioning was down the drain. I let my dr. know and he said there is differences in all of them, so he upped my 20 to 25 mg and now I’m back to normal, if not better.
Three years ago, at 41, I was filling out an ADHD rating scale for a student and I thought to myself, “I have that problem too…” but didn’t think much of it. Then the parent told me after the child was prescribed Adderall that the dr. wanted to give her a prescription too. I had just been learning about how it’s hereditary and my mind just went nuts. I thought of my father, who had passed, and realized he checked every box! I started reading more about it and listening to some podcasts, and the thing that most resonated with me was the emotional part. I have never been able to stop myself from interrupting people and I hated it, but I literally had NO control over it. I was always shoving my foot in my mouth and it caused me so much anxiety to the point I would avoid interacting with people. In school, I did well, but every report card said, ‘Talks too much.’ I would finish my work quickly and be bored and start talking to whoever was next to me. My emotions were always to the extreme about everything. I wouldn’t be surprised if I had Borderline Personality Disorder too. I had been prescribed every antidepressant and anxiety pill out there since my teen years, but they only masked the issues and I never felt they were really working. I was prescribed Klonopin at the time, but still had panic attacks and anxiety at times. I decided to make an appt. with a new dr. and he sent me to go through the whole battery of tests. The first time we talked, I guess I looked past him at a painting on the wall and started talking about it, and he said, “That’s ADHD.” I couldn’t believe it. I did that ALL the time to people:-(
Everything came back to me from growing up like a flood hitting me. How I wouldn’t do any studying in high school and college until the night before something was due and I would read everything and get an A. I wrote my master’s thesis the week before it was due. I could only get motivated when I had a huge looming deadline and then I’d stay up all night. I thought everyone did that. I would have piles around my classroom as a teacher and go from one to another, never really finishing anything unless it was pressing, but I would come up with a fascinating lesson in the shower that morning in 10 minutes. I had the hardest time sleeping at night, so much that I’d just lie there with my mind racing and thinking about everything I needed to do.
Once I started Adderall, my life instantly changed. No longer do I have to worry I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, as I can listen to others and think about what they’re saying before I respond. My husband doesn’t have to come looking for me after I’ve wandered off for 20 minutes during a project we work on together. His complaint now is that I get too focused on work. But the anxiety is completely gone and I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow. I don’t have to have 50 post its everywhere reminding me of what to do and my brain is quiet and not scattered. I wish I had figured this out in my 20s. I’d have kept more friends. Now, I am not known as the bossy one, but rather the teacher my colleagues come to for help with planning and organizing.