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ADHD Med Advice


Hi everyone,

I am on Vyvanse 20 mg for ADHD inattentive one. (ADD) What med worked best for you guys when you were in high school, I am 18. I still tend to forget little things and have a bit too much energy when I’m excited sometimes. Think that’s normal though, having a lot of energy when you’re excited.

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I hated that medication but it did help me in high school too. ( I hated it because the effects were too strong for me//I didn't eat lunch, I was crabby and quiet) I switched to Adderall in undergrad. Right now I am on Dextroamphetamine 20mg because the effects are not as strong as Adderall and Vyvanse. It is okay to still forget things. Remember the drug is not going to take all your symptoms away. It is not a cure. It helps you concentrate. If you forget things, come up with a system that will help you. You know yourself better than anyone!

What system works for you? To remember things.

Hmm well. I always put things in the same places or spots where I like to put things. I use an assignment planner and look at that every day. Whenever I get a syllabus, I always write when assignments/projects are due or when tests are. I also have been using Google Calendar and Google Keep. I find it very helpful.

It can be tedious to enter stuff in, but I take 5 minutes of my time to make another to-do list of things (Google Keep) I have to do for a day, which adds it to my Google Calendar. I am always on my phone, looking at what classes I have or what my schedule is like. You can block time when you have classes/appointments and color code it to your style. You can see when you have free time and use it wisely. I stick Post-It notes on my desk and planner of reminders too.

I know it seems like a lot but I have learned, to always back myself up with these things so there is no way I forget. Also, if you have a hunch you will forget something that was just said write it down on paper or your phone don't wait until later.

Everyone tells me this, but I’ve never really done it. You have given me the motivation to start writing things down asap before I forget to write it down.

Good! Take action :)

Also, organization and find a system is key my friend. It is a good start.

Mydayis is basically the same as Adderall, except it is formulated lasts a little longer and with that it has a more steady feel..

anxiousoutcast in reply to B19B

Idk I tried adderall but it gave me a lot of anxiety

Good for you for looking out for additional ways to organize! Has the V helped you in your school performance?

anxiousoutcast in reply to Ocjd

Yes In terms of focus.

I have taken adderall and welbuterin since I was diagnosed 3.5 yrs ago (at the age of 42), so I do not have a lot of reference on meds. However, I think we tend to forget that even neuro typical people can be forgetful or excitable. The ADHD crowd certainly owns the market on those traits, but we need to cut ourselves some slack sometimes because everyone has their moments.

I agree with many of the replies with writing things down. I also set reminders in my phone, my email or on Alexa depending on when I need to remember. Funny thing is that when I set a reminder, I tend to remember better and do not rely so much on the reminder to remind me ;)

I am also in school (in my old age) and am terrified of forgetting an assignment. Since my classes are online, assignments are posted at the beginning of the week. I have a small white board on my desk where I list each assignment and due date for each class as soon as they are available. I also re-check it against the course material periodically though the week just to be sure I did not miss anything. As the assignments are completed, I cross them out rather than erasing. This helps keep me on track and gives me a good sense of accomplishment.

You certainly may be due for a med adjustment, but given your age hormones may be another factor in play may. I mention this often, but I think it is something that is very underestimated when dealing with ADHD in women.

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