Diagnosed with ADD, should I take Adderall?

Palantir / Eng ya know if
Jun 6 38 Comments

Recently diagnosed by a psychiatrist to have ADD and got a prescription for Adderall. Should I take it? I don’t know people on it so I don’t know what it’s like. I am worried about being dependent/addicted to it.

I sometimes get lost in meetings, and compulsively check Reddit at work, which affects performance. So far I’ve been an ok SWE without meds. Is taking it worth it now? Will I be a better dev?

Also wonder if it would help interviewing. I feel like it wouldn’t because I am interested in solving interview questions and don’t get distracted in an interview.

Let me know if you have experiences with ADD or Adderall. I’ve been avoiding taking it for almost 2 weeks now.

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  • Microsoft / Product SlowLife
    Rather than asking random people on Blind, I recommend asking medical professionals or people you respect. With that said, I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Taking Adderall turned my life around. I was super apprehensive and had the same concerns. The way it calms my mind actually made me sad for how long I lived my life without it. Staying on task, returning to tasks when interrupted, and even paying closer attention when my wife is speaking have all vastly improved. Hopefully your Psychiatrist is easing you in and giving you the minimum dose necessary. Take it as perscribed, watch for any side effects, and you should be fine.
    Jun 7 1
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      Thanks for the insight
      Jun 7
  • Grainger vijayvadlamani
    @OP I have been in your shoes just last year when I was diagnosed and was not sure if I should start taking Adderall, so here is my 2¢
    It is a wonderful medication if you do not abuse it, it has most certainly impacted my performance at work tremendously and in a good way. I usually take the medication only during the weekdays and not take it when I know there is not too much work to get done for the day. I take it as early as possible in the day if I am taking it that day because it impacts sleep and not in a good way.

    Pros:
    1) You will figure out how amazing it is to actually be able to think about something for over 2 mins and not get side tracked with a million thoughts.
    2) Your appetite will be lost so you eventually lose some weight (it's a pro for me but your case may be different)

    Cons:--
    1) Major mood swings (higher the dosage the worse it gets)
    2) Losing sleep (again depends on the dosage)

    Pro tips:--
    1) Start with a small dosage like 5mg, increase dosage only when you take medication daily and do not find any effectiveness of it after a few months.
    2) I am currently at 15mg and every so often if I wonder if the medication is working for me I give it a good week or two break and get back on it and find it effective again.
    3) If you can take the XR(extended release) you can take lower dosage for longer period
    4) Drink lotss and lots of water because you will most likely get so involved in your task you will forget to drink it and eventually feel super dehydrated
    5) Make a schedule to eat and stick to it or you would have burnout end of the day
    6) Take many short breaks from work through out the day, your brain will thank you for those.
    Jun 7 4
    • Microsoft 🐁Pinky😜
      I haven't experienced mood swings. I don't think that's a common side effect.

      It might be because you're not taking it daily. That's a really, really bad idea. The medication needs to be taken at the same time every day so that the level in your blood remains consistent.

      I'd check with your doctor about that, and about the mood swings. They might want you to try a different medication.
      Jun 7
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      Awesome, this is exactly what I was asking for
      Jun 7
    • Microsoft 🐁Pinky😜
      @ya know if - not sure if you were talking to me. Either way, you gotta take your meds as prescribed. Seriously.

      Adderall isn't like OTC drugs. The level in your blood needs to remain the same. If not then your blood pressure could be all over the place and you might be lightheaded when you stand up or lean over. Stuff like that.

      It's not dangerous if you take it as prescribed. If you don't take it as prescribed then the side effects could be dangerous.

      Edit: I agree that XR (extended release) is the way to go unless it causes trouble sleeping. XR will give you a boost for about 12 hours. I take it at 9 a.m. before my first meeting. It starts to wear off after the kid is in bed. I have no trouble falling asleep.
      Jun 7
    • Microsoft / Product SlowLife
      Pretty good description of benefits and side effects. Side effects are dependent on the individual, so, as they say, talk to your doctor about anything unusual.
      I personally take non-extended release of 20 Mg @ 8am, 10mg @ noon, and 5mg @ 4pm, which is the right dosage and schedule for me. Consistency is key. When I first started taking it, I would forget on the weekends, which meant I would revert back to my highly distractible self. Eventually, I set daily timers on my phone, and I haven’t looked back.
      Drink lots of water.
      Jun 7
  • New / Eng 🐍 snake
    No, people in the US generally abuse prescription too much.

    Is there a more natural solution without adderall? Look up youtube on its addiction.

    Your BRAIN is worth more than that.
    Jun 6 2
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      I asked about addiction but the doc said that it only happens if you take more than prescribed dose
      Jun 6
    • Intel D’s🥜
      ^Thats a load of crock. The prescribed dosages for immediate release adderall have a wild range.
      Jun 7
  • Lyft / Eng n00b0
    If you got prescribed it you might as well try it to see if it works for you. It's not like you'll get dependent or addicted with one dose. However the things you described are pretty normal and don't sound like you need medication.
    Jun 7 0
  • Amazon teslaftw
    Also i think there was a poll that there is quite a large percentage of software engineers diagnosed with Adhd and i think thats because our brain is wired to hyperfocused when we have challenging problem... think of this as your special power once you overcome the weakness ;)
    Jun 7 6
    • Amazon teslaftw
      Autism and adhd is different
      Jun 7
    • Reddit orlyyy
      So is sperging
      Jun 7
    • Intel D’s🥜
      How do we know there isn’t a link between those disorders? Mental health has come a long way from the 60’s where there were just a few disorders and even the 20’s where “idiocy” was a diagnosable disorder.
      Jun 7
    • Amazon teslaftw
      Well at least i know that i dont have autism... my psychiatrist confirms that with me...
      Jun 7
    • Intel D’s🥜
      Wait until a new line in the sand is drawn, check back in 30 years.
      Jun 7
  • Microsoft leet code
    Did you try meditation?
    Jun 6 3
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      Not yet. That’s what I’m asking about. Not sure if I even want to start taking it
      Jun 6
    • Microsoft Wahh28
      Meditation, not medication.
      Jun 7
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      Ah, ok. Haven’t tried it but it sounds like it has helped a lot of people. Will look into it.
      Jun 7
  • Microsoft 🐁Pinky😜
    I take Adderall and I've never found it addictive. If you quit it then you'll have to gradually wean off it, but you have to do that for most medications.

    It made a world of difference for me, so if your doctor recommends it then I say do it.
    Jun 7 1
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      Appreciate the response
      Jun 7
  • Amazon teslaftw
    I have tried using vyvanse... but now i stopped using them and instead excercised and meditation... both seem to be able to increase dopamine naturally... also i use some nootropics and supplements for my anxiety... not sure if that affects anything but pretty sure excercise and meditation works
    Jun 7 1
    • New / Legal IibQ44
      Vyvance changed my life- it makes me nervous, but it's much less addictive, so there's that
      Jun 7
  • PayPal pyplpypl
    microdosing with acid works better.
    Jun 7 0
  • Reddit orlyyy
    No but please let me know if you need help disposing
    Jun 7 0
  • Oracle / IT gail
    dont get on drugs until the situation is really bad. meetings can be un interesting and i usually get lost not because add but my mind wanders into smth. Docs want you to go on drugs all life. I cant tell you my doc wanted me on statins for having cholestrol at 220. i never fell for it. Meditation is your solution its hard but it works
    Jun 7 0
  • Google jojojoj
    My son was on Adderall for a very short period of time and it was aweful. Concerts worked much better for him. Ask the doctor for a different meds if you are concerned about Adderall. They affect everyone differently.
    Jun 7 0
  • Tableau datapete
    Whiskey takes the edge off for me. So did getting older.
    Jun 6 2
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      The edge off Adderall or are you saying that the ADD went away
      Jun 6
    • Tableau datapete
      The ADHD, it doesn’t go away but both made it less severe
      Jun 7
  • Pandora / Eng joystick
    How did they diagnose it?
    Jun 6 2
    • Palantir / Eng ya know if
      OP
      Went to a psychiatrist and they asked me a bunch of questions
      Jun 6
    • Microsoft / Other abcde4
      Lol... go for it, live the American dream with Adderall.
      Jun 7
  • New emo-emu
    What's the dose? Low and prescribed doses should really be harmless.

    I'd suggest trying it. Maybe on a day off if you're worried about having a negative experience at work. Worst case you feel a little jittery for part of the day, best case it'll enable you to work and think without constantly fighting to maintain focus.

    You can also work with your doctor to see if something like ritalin or vyvanse or something else works better for you
    Jul 17 0
  • TransferWise vpGV11
    Do coke
    Jun 7 0