Hi there. I’m new here and newly diagnosed with adult add. I’ve started taking adderall xr and haven’t really seen a change. I still have no motivation and have a hard time focusing and getting off the couch. I would love to hear what other people have tried to help with the feeling like a slug. Thanks 😊
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I used to have the same problem. I also take adderall XR. two things in addition to the adderall have really helped me. first, consistent exercise. I found some group exercise classes that I enjoy at my local gym and I go four times a week in the morning no matter what. That has had a huge impact on my energy level and on my ability to get up and moving. second, podcasts. I listen to podcasts while I do housework and other chores. It's kind of like a treat I give myself. I get to listen to something I enjoy while doing tasks I don't love so much. strangely, having the podcast to listen to also helps me to stay on task as opposed to jumping from one thing to the next.
I'd add try not to put too much expectation on the medication. The medication, once it's at the right dose, should help with some of your symptoms, but it won't be an energy and motivation pill. We still have to utilize skills and supports to do that. Things like exercise are great, but so too are other skills that I'm sure you've practiced over the years.
When you find you're struggling with motivation, there are lots of resources out there to help identify ways to try and combat this. I'd highly recommend the HowToADHD youtube channel and the videos that cover that.
If you start a medication and it doesn't work... ask to have it upped a little to see if the dose is off..... then if it still isn't working after a few weeks.... you must ask to try a different one. YOU know your body... you will feel it if it is working or not trust yourself.
i started strattera and i had to have it given instead of one time a day.... twice a day because my body was absorbing it halfway through the day and i noticed a focal decline.
I take one in the morning and one at 1pm and i am great and notice i can focus the right way. Get strattera and try it instead of adderall. it doesn't work for everyone.
I don’t remember adderall ever motivating me, so I don’t think it would do the same for you. It could be that you need some sort of anti-depressant to help out. Other things you need to discover is what your body is lacking. Often times our bodies don’t process what we need. In my case folic acid isn’t processed, so I take methylfolate to circumvent the process and get the active form. Other things to look at are things like NAC, omega-3, and other supplements. Many of these come in patch form, if pills are too much of a “pill” to deal with.
It’s important to remember that Adderall alone will not help. It is a complete lifestyle change and retraining of your brain. As an adult with ADHD, you have a lot to undo, so be patient. You will get there.
I’ve been taking Adderall since May. It helps tremendously with focus. It does not help with executive function. My time management skills sucked before meds and they might be even worse after. I will zero in one one task and I won’t stop until it’s done, even though there were 3 more urgent tasks I should have done first. Unfortunately my psychiatrist didn’t think I needed counseling or coaching. Had to figure that out the hard way...
So something that has been recent for me, regarding meds, is my psychiatrist recently added Trintellix to the mix. This has greatly improved the effectiveness of the adderall and has removed my impulsiveness. Not having the impulsivity has been a great relief. The one downside that I have seemed to have lost is the ability to hyperfocus. My son and I called it our super power and now that has gone. I know it's all part of the deal, but I do miss having that special ability.
I also want to stress that other factors can affect your motivation. I get depression from severe PTSD and life that has happened to me in the past so i got the help i needed and take Effexor XR 2 times a day like the strattera because i know i cant do it alone... It motivates me to feel better then i make a conscious effort to get moving! It is a choice to feel better and i just had to do it for my kids.
I had these issues like you all my life and no one helped me as a kid.. i just went through the bad events thinking i was messed up... well medically i was and no one looked into treatments to help me. I would have gone through less stuff in school and relationships if i had these medications so i was better equipped.
If you need to talk... message me im available.