My name is Kim, I'm new to this group. I am an adult (age 27) with ADHD, but I was diagnosed as a child. I began taking Ritalin at age 6 and have taken it, basically every day of my life since then. I currently take the generic of Ritalin LA ( IC Methylphenidate ER LA), 30 mg, twice a day (once in the morning and once about 8 or 9 hours later).
It became such a habit that I didn't question it much until my late teens/early 20s. I've never fully gone off it because if I miss even 1 dose I notice increased appetite, hyperactivity, loss of impulse control, etc.
That said, I'm beginning to wonder what symptoms are ADD and what symptoms are withdrawal from the medication.
So i guess my questions are:
Has anyone else here been on medication as long as I have without a break?
Does anyone here take as high of a dose of Ritalin as I do as frequently as I do? (30 mg of Ritalin LA twice daily, 7 days/week).
Does anyone have insight into whether my symptoms are more likely due to ADHD or withdrawal/ are withdrawal symptoms normal?
Has anyone ever taken a break from their medications (with approval from their doctor)/ is it something you would recommend?
Any other thoughts?