I’m very new to this site. My son, now 23 was diagnosed with ADHD in the third grade. He successfully took Adderall XR for about 8 years (the last two of those years were a mess). He then was changed to Vyvanse 70 mg for the last 6 years. Although, there have always been struggles, the medication was really a godsend (at least until the dosage wore out it’s welcome and then was altered again.... too bad there’s not a app to figure that out! ). You know this is coming... the wheels have completely fallen off the bus. Without sharing every minute detail as to our “issues” suffice it to say, he’s barely able to function and take care of things of importance (school/himself/getting up on time/etc.... and there’s a lot). This said, he’s like a radar on all the things he wants to do. We’re in a mess... and he feels nothing is wrong. He’s almost at the finish line with College... one class/one internship left and he’s done nothing himself to attempt to secure these positions.
He will be going to an appointment for an evaluation next week, but my question is of course, after 6 years I know there are new meds out there. Have any of you been prescribed these and are they successful with minimal side effects? Any advice?
Thank you all for sharing your stories. In a world where every parent needs to share how “successful/talented/perfect” their kids are, I appreciate the support from all of you as parents and people with ADHD themselves. I wish I found this site sooner.