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I don’t want to scare you, but children with ADHD are 50% more likely to get into drugs and alcohol if not treated. Your daughter will be 18 in three years and will be able to make her own decisions on medication. Right now would be the perfect time for you to help her find a medication that works without changing who she is. In my experience I have heard of kids who are self-medicating with marijuana and alcohol. My son was addicted to Xanax and marijuana from age 18-20 (he was not taking medication for his ADHD.) I believe marijuana helped with his anxiety that was caused by the ADHD.. I have ADHD And take Adderall every day. All three of my children have ADHD or ADD. Two of my children take medication for school only. It really does help and is not something to be afraid of. You just need to find the right Doctor Who won’t overmedicate your daughter. I hope this helps you. But don’t be afraid to treat her legitimate diagnosis with a medication that will work immediately and be out of her system the same day.March 30, 2018 at 10:10 am in reply to: Do I have adult ADD, am I in denial? is there a telephone/online specialist? #80402
Medication definitely helps. The key is getting on the right dose. I believe less mags is better. You should feel like yourself. I take Adderall 15 XR. If you go on medication you would cut back on your caffeine because it can counteract the medication. It would be like giving yourself too much medicine when mixed with caffeine. I recently heard a speaker say that “ADHD is the only diagnosis that will better your life.” I think that’s true because it explains Why we feel the way we do. ADHD also has many positives. DR. Thomas Brown Has the best information and book on ADHD/ADD. You can find him on the Internet. Good luck with your diagnosis.March 29, 2018 at 7:53 pm in reply to: Do I have adult ADD, am I in denial? is there a telephone/online specialist? #80387
Do you drink caffeine? If so, Can you drink caffeine and go to sleep? If “yes” then you probably have ADHD/ADD. Caffeine is s stimulant like Adderall and slows us down. People who don’t have ADHD/ADD get wired on caffeine. It has the opposite effect in an ADHD/ADD brain!
- This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by theAteam.
I too was diagnosed around your age with ADHD. It was an eye opening diagnosis that explained why I was so overwhelmed as a stay at home mom raising three children. Over the years, one by one they were all diagnosed with ADD and ADHD (which explained why we all overwhelmed each other!) When I was first diagnosed, I started Adderall 5 mg XR and it took the edge off of my anxiety in trying to take care of young children while working from home and managing my household. I noticed right away that I still got the same amount of things done in a day, but with less anxiety. I also had fewer blow ups with my frustration level.
As the years went on, it didn’t work as good and I found myself “self medicating” with caffeine again. A year ago, I went to a new doctor and was prescribed Adderall 15 mg XR. This dose works much better for me.
ADHD medications can be tricky. If it’s too much or too little it won’t work. It is also VERY important that you cut back on your caffeine intake around the time you take the meds. Caffeine is a stimulant which is the same as the Adderall. So if you are still drinking caffeine while taking the meds, you are in essence overdosing yourself. This will cause you to feel either tired/foggy or jittery. I drink iced tea in the morning, then take my Adderall about an hour later. I won’t drink caffeine again until the late afternoon when the Adderall is wearing off. I also take a short acting Adderall in the afternoon to get me through the rest of the evening.
When you take the Adderall, you should feel less anxiety/overwhelmed as you go through the day. Your thoughts should be more “organized” and you shouldn’t be as distracted to do other things that don’t need to get done in the moment. It doesn’t necessarily help me to be more “focused” but it cuts out the distractions that pull me from the task at hand. It’s easier to complete one task at a time without noticing something else that can wait until I’m done. Regardless, if you have a task that you don’t like doing, the medication will not make you suddenly want to do it! Us ADHD gals can focus on what we really want and like to do, that’s not the problem. It’s looking past all the other things in our homes that scream for our attention!
Don’t give up on the medication yet, it can greatly improve your life. It’s like wearing glasses for your brain if you can find the right dosage. Remember to cut back the caffeine (tea, coffee, chocolate, sodas)! Getting help for your ADD/ADHD is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family.