Has anyone started taking Adderall or whatever later on in life during a successful career, and if so what's your experience? I've coped with add for a long time but now I'm wondering what I might be missing (would be nice to not have to read every paragraph 3x), but I have not tried any prescription drugs due to possible side effects etc. TIA!
- Google nXzp52I’ve taken it for a while before. be careful. maybe try fixing your diet first and exercising a few times a week. for me, raw foods and making lots from scratch works. I don’t eat candy, drink soda, or alcohol. I picked up organization strategies at work. I don’t need adderall anymore. adderall is wonderful but I didn’t like the side effects.
- Cisco / Eng0.1Looked up “adderall side effects”. That resulted in a crazily long list!
What were yours? If you don’t mind sharing ?
I have an appt with a psychiatrist this week. I took that what seemed like a reaction test - flashing letters.
Otherwise, I already have quit soda. Never had any alcohol. I am working to limit candy/sugar intake like forever!
- The most common are:
- dry mouth
- teeth grinding
- jittering legs / arms / hands
- lack of hunger
- can’t sleep
But these only really apply whilst under the influence of amphetamine. They wear off later in the day.
Withdrawal effects are kind of like a hangover / coffee withdrawal. Not as bad IMO. It mostly just makes you sleepy and have a headache.Dec 31, 20182
- Google nXzp52the annoying but small side effects: talking way too much, feeling elated. I don’t like feeling fake happiness.
negative life consequences: somehow adderall makes me stop seeing the “big picture” necessary for solving the right problems. I’m usually pretty good at divergent thinking, written communication, creativity, empathy. adderall weakens my ability in all these areas and replaces it with other strengths. this puts me out of balance and I believe this ends up making me less successful in the long term even if the adderall helped in the short term. I find it very difficult to enjoy quality time with other people when I’m on the drug and when it’s wearing off, and maybe even the next day. so it hurts my personal life. It just puts my career and life priorities out of wack. I also have trouble seeing things from alternative perspectives.Dec 31, 20183
- Nestle / DataPIAo40I agree to all of them. I used it during uni. Tried stimulant and non-stimulant add meds. Ended up giving up on all bc of side effects.
Good diet, exercise and meditation/mindfulness/anxiety mgmt exercises do the trick for me now, although you need to always have in mind your condition and be careful to keep the good habits..Jan 11
- I started on Adderall XR at 30. I wish I would’ve started much sooner in life.
- I could have a perfect diet, get perfect sleep, and be in great shape... and I’d still have to read every paragraph in a book three times without medication.
- I started the keto diet and excercising 5 months ago and have lost 20lbs, and for a week approx. a month in I had great mental clarity but haven't been able to achieve that since. The experience is what made me realize that I was missing out on potential mental efficiency in the first place.Jan 10
- How long have you been taking it? Any side effects for long term, like getting dependent to it? I know that depression pills are hard to cut if you got used to it for several years
- Here’s my advice. Talk to a psychiatrist. They’re going to know better than all of us internet doctors.
From my personal experience though, extended release drugs are better (Adderall XR or Vyvanse). Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine because it works against the drugs and causes irritability when combined with the drugs. Try to workout for at least 30 minutes in the evening. It naturally helps overall focus and mood.