Got my diagnosis 8 months ago (Inattentive) and have only seen one doctor. I've taken Adderal, Adderal XR, Vyvanse, Lamotrigine, Bupropion, and Bupropion SR. My doctor thinks I have Cyclothymia and Depression while finding the treatment for ADHD. I don't think any of these medications have worked for me so far and I don't think I have any other disorders other than ADHD. Currently doses:
Adderal - 50 mg per day
Lamotrigine - 100 mg per day
Buproprion SR - 200 mg per day
My doctor says we have tried everything and the treatment is working but I don't think the same. She also says it is not working as well because I am not getting therapy but I don't have the time for that right now in life and I feel the medication should do at least something without therapy. We haven't even tried Methylphenidate yet. Suggestions on what I should do? Should I try finding a new doctor? I find that very hard to select a good doctor. She went up to the 50 mg on Adderal very reluctantly and I still don't think it helps me.
Hello, Scientist with ADD~
Welcome to the group. Medication ALONE is NOT going to cure ADD. You need to also change behaviors and use strategies that work in life.
Thing of it like having diabetes. Sure, you can take insulin, but if you're eating sugar donuts and cookies, you are overloading your systems and you're going to kill yourself, or start losing body parts.
ADD is going to still be there whether you have time or not, and there is no "good time" to have it. 50mg of Adderal is A F** lot of medicine in your body. MAKE the time to change your attitude AND behavior. It's scientifically proven that ADHD or neuro-diverse people have smaller frontal cortex in our brains, along with other brain areas plus we lack a lot of executive functions.
You need to do these things NOW:
1. Get a referral to a good ADHD therapist!! NOW.
2. If you don't believe me, who has had ADHD my whole life, I recommend that you pick up the book called "Taking Charge of Adult ADHD" by Russell A. Barkley PhD He is an internationally recognized authority on ADHD.
3. One of the first things people do with ADHD after diagnosis is anger and denial. I went through that too about a year ago... After sitting on my pitty pot and having my own little pity party... "Oh, it's dehabilitating, I can't do anything... poooooor little me"... I finally decided to educate myself about what ADHD is and went to a Cognitive Behavior Therapist. While she was pretty sucky, (ended up finding someone else), I learned about strategies for dealing with ADHD and got a book called "Mastering Your Adult ADHD A Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program, 2nd Edition by Steven A. Safren, Susan E. Sprich and more.. HELPFUL STRATEGIES when you have ADHD.
4. Don't consider yourself too smart to learn anything new. My fiance is also a scientist with an IQ in the high 160's and he's super supportive and helpful to me. He also knows that medication alone will NOT achieve a better life all by itself. If there was, don't you think a non fat pill would have been invented by now??? It's called exercise!! There's always someone out there who knows more than you will in a certain subject.
5. Last; Excellent resources include: ADDitudeMagazine additudemag.com/
ADD Organization with links and other great resources: Http://add.org
I'm just here to help, and hopefully get you going in a good direction. Good luck on this awesome journey of life.
Thank you for sharing your views and what you have learnt over time. I agree with all of that and have never thought I am too smart to learn more. That is why I came here and continue to keep putting myself in situations that challenge me to not stop. I am finishing research for a PhD, supposed to have a major chunk of my thesis written (that I haven't been able to start), messing up at the lab running a lot of experiments because of the condition, loosing focus while writing research articles and researching, doing a job while doing all this, and had our first baby a few months back. I am not saying I don't want to take out the time, I am not able to do it right now because it is the last couple of months for me to get through a lot of things. I have tried CBT through an app, with a coach call every week for 8 weeks (ended the program after week 7), I have tried to accept challenges to workout and been very regular to compete and have stopped now when the time is such and the challenge isn't there anymore. I am not trying to have all my problems resolved with a pill, but I would expect at least some change to occur after getting on a medication. And if the 50 mg is not doing that, should I not be put on the other category to see if that will work?
I am sure this group will be a great resource for me and I will incorporate the suggestions you shared. Thanks!