Adderall Makes You Disconnected with Life

by anonymous visitor

This 'medication' will destroy you and consume your life. Rather than making you more able to function this medication will severely DISABLE you.


That 1-2 hour euphoric energetic rush you get may seem like you're in perfect harmony with the world, however when that period ends you will feel more disconnected with life and reality than ever before.

Adderall will destroy your natural ability to focus and be aroused by general life activities. There are no drugs that have hurt me more than Adderall (or it's other off patent cousin Dexedrine/Dextroamphetamine) .

Please don't let this medication ruin your mind body and soul as it has done to me . Think about the people that Adderall has made you neglect, think about how forcing your brain to shoot out its entire load of Dopamine and Norepinephrine over and over again will destroy your brains natural ability to regulate those hormones/chemicals.

Adderall will overall diminish your ability to feel pleasure PERMANENTLY. I understand not everyone will believe this and unfortunately many of you reading like me will have to learn the hard way.

When the damage is done you will cry many painful tears wishing to be your old self with your old ambitions and your old talents and your old love for everyday beauty. Best of luck to you all .

Check out this page about ADHD gifted people. Medication may also severely limit natural giftings that people with ADHD have.

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Sep 22, 2017
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Adderall will pareliz your soul
by: Anonymous

It's called euphoria. It's the dragon I have chased 20 yrs now the only problem is when I catch the dragon the dragon with take my last breath. I was diagnosed 5 times I had ADD by Psychatrists because I never believed I had ADD and everyone had me convinced except me. I was prescribed 10mg starting out. Sure there was some measurable improvements in my educational and vocational goals the first 5 years. It all changed. My Dr moved me from 10mg Qday to 30 mg Qday within 30 days. The dose was again raised to 60 mg Qday at 6months. Whenever life seamed get harder the clinical specialist I confided in had me convinced it was the cure all. 60-90 and 90 went to 10mg Qday. I am convinced my hard will stop because of adderall. I am 38 yrs of age thus day and I'm cleaning the rust off of my prized possession 45 my Grandpa gave me before he died 10 yrs back. Once it's all cleaned up I'm slaying the dragon if you catch my drift. You that are in your first
5 yrs taking adderall be humble and learn wisdom from those that have. If you dont humble yourself now it will be to late. The dragon is already breathing fire down your Ass cracking and you have no clue,just as I had no clue. End on this. The dragon becomes so convincing that the only thing left to believe is that the dragon becomes you and ending the Dragon will end you unless you get the help you need today and get off that shit. Before it ends you. Take my advice or not. The reason why you don't see many post or comments from those of us that have been taking adderall for 20 yrs + and into are 40 to 60 yrs of age easy short answer. How many meth addicts do you know that have been taking meth for 20 + years have a heart beat? 60 year old meth addicts are as rare as a rainbow unicorn. They don't exist and if you find one just take note on how you view their quality of life is and if that is what you want for your future.

Sep 11, 2017
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It gets better
by: TreHolliday

Your brain will return to homeostasis, it takes time. Stimulant brain is a real thing, it's the worst type of addiction. But it gets better, everything in life has a push and a pull. A positive and negative, it's up to you if you think those positives and negatives are worth it.

Sep 07, 2017
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Nice Generalization
by: Anonymous

No more needs to be said if you think because it happened to you, it will happen to everyone else. Learn about the human body and how every single human reacts differently to meds. Also, generalization is a sure way to immediately lose credibility because it literally proves you don't understand that people are different and can not be covered by one claim. Adderall hurts those without diagnosed ADD/ADHD because it's an amphetamine and you don't have a reason to use it. You're more or less using a safe version of meth then complaining when you have side effects. That's basically the best way to describe how it affects you when you don't have ADD/ADHD.

Sep 01, 2017
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I don't know if to agree or not.
by: Anonymous

Researching into this side effect. Sometimes I feel disconnected and "zombie" like. Im checking what causes this, im on a low dose 10mg twice a day. When it doesn't present side effects, I can function. A quick background, I never got tested for ADD, It seems I've always had this condition, at school All C,D,F's were basically my score card. I was not interrupting or being a bad boy in school. My parents basically gave me a whoop-ass every time the report cards came home. My teachers would tell them that I don't pay attention and being a catholic school I think that was also a reason why the teachers wont suggest my parents that I should be checked for ADD. So never got checked. My parents treatment were belts and hits. It didn't obviously improved my scores lol. They one day just told me that I was dumb and the beating stopped. Well.... moving forward up to 5 years ago I was a total loser and failure jerk. Dropped out of college, no direction, just doing freelance work here and there. Im very good at computers, actually a guru. I just didn't have the motivation to build a career because I couldnt pay attention, I used to sleep 18+ a day because I have a extreme daytime sleepness. Well 5 years ago while wasting time in front of the computer watching nonsense, I asked myself what the hell is wrong with me ? 25years old and a total failure. I read online about my sleepness and unmotivation, and ADD was popping everywhere. I've called a good friend which is a doctor and very sincere told him and he referred to a colleague (neurosurgeon) the best of the best. He did a EEG scan and boom. He told me how are you even able to wake up and live like this?
He called a psychiatrist, then got diagnosed with severe ADD. Got prescribed .. 5 years later im writing here finished college, Lead Engineer in my company earning 6 figures and soon to be in management and voting right in the board of directors.

I know that Adderall is not a magic pill at all, side effects are present and you need to be very responsible with it. You have to make adjustments in life, don't rely on the pill alone. I think that is the reason why many have suffered because the only option was to increase the dosage to the point that it no longer works.

But to put my comment in... Did it ruined my life ? it actually did the opposite, it gave me an opportunity. BTW When my parents found out they were shocked, cried and asked for forgiveness. I told them that its not their fault, they didn't know. I think it was meant to happen this way.

thanks
Rene.

Apr 23, 2017
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Girl Friend of 7 years left with little warning
by: HeartBroken

I suspect that Adderall killed my relationship.For the past seven years my girl friend (she's 43) has been head-over-heals in love me. Everybody who knew us knew she was crazy about me and I felt the same about her.

In October she started night school which goes from 5PM until 10:00PM and it's a twenty minute drive from her job to school. She works from 7AM to 4:30PM in a stressful office. In November I started noticing changes in her personality. She was distant, apathetic, indifferent, and emotionally withdrawn. Her libido went from 100 to 0 in a matter of weeks. It got progressively worse for the next month and I just assumed it was stress.

Around Christmas she mentioned to my daughter that she planned to take some time away from me after the Holidays - she didn't say why. I stayed with her the weekend of new years and when I left her house that Sunday I had no idea that I'd never see her again. She just went cold. She wouldn't respond to my attempts to communicate for a long time.

A month later i received a "Dear John" email stating that she had no feelings for me at all and she was leaving the relationship. I had no contact with her until Easter when I attempted to mend the relationship. She was cold and indifferent, which just isn't who she is. At first I thought she was talking to somebody else, because that was the only thing that made sense but it turns out that wasn't it.

I was even more confused then. My daughter is close with her daughters and through that channel I learned that she was taking Adderall again. She was abusing it back in 2012 but then she got off of it when she realized it had changed her. It makes sense that she would have started taking it again back in October when she started school, and that's when I started noticing a change in her personality. Could Adderall have made her this way? You don't just wake up one morning a decide you don't love somebody anymore. If it is the Adderall, what can I do?

She still has a year and half of school left and its highly likely she'll keep using (and abusing) it until then unless something happens that causes her to see what it's doing to her. I feel absolutely powerless and I need answers.

Mar 28, 2017
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Adderall addiction
by: Anonymous

He's right. All I'm reading is people who have been on it 3 weeks....6 months and think it's fantastic. Trust me....8 years on it and it is everything he described. Get off of it now.... Please believe me.

Mar 17, 2017
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Adderall makes YOU ...
by: Anonymous5

I get frustrated with these types of articles. You do not speak for anyone but yourself and your own experience. I can write the same thing all day long... Adderall makes You (fill in the blank) but it doesn't mean anything without truth.

Adderall helps me tremendously but then again you wouldn't know that because You know nothing about me, my body, my experience, my type of ADD do you?

Mar 06, 2017
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stop generalizing.
by: Anonymous

I've been on Adderall for about two months, in the beginning everything was fine but you may start to notice yourself change overtime but this drug is not the devil.

This thread is extremely bias, It tells you that it will "ruin your life" and "make you a zombie" and "make you hurt the people you love" which is absolutely not true. Adderall has side effects that vary from person to person and how much your dosage is.

Do not listen to this thread, it is just anti drug propaganda that generalizes the entire drug. However, this drug can become dangerous if you take too much or too little, you must find a balance between the two and find what works for you. Talk to your doctor and be self aware to how the drug affects you, find a friend and ask there opinion, ask if your personality has changed or if you talk less. In conclusion, Adderall is a hell of a drug that needs to be treated like one, be self aware and cautious when taking it.

Mar 05, 2017
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I concur with op
by: Anon ymous

I dont necessarily hate adderall, i just know for me personally, if i could go back to the day before i ever went to see a doctor (upon my moms advice) i would be just fine without ever having been on it.

I dont know about anyone elses situation, just my own and the one way back to my old (but younger self) is through Jesus Christ my savior and as soon as i get my butt back to church that can happen.

Jan 09, 2017
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Maybe it's just not for you
by: Anonymous

I have been on Adderall for almost 3 months now and I feel like for the first time in my entire life I am completely connected to my thoughts. Instead of having a million thoughts bouncing around inside my head, I am able to organize those million thoughts into something more coherent and usable.

Telling people that they are going to feel exactly how you felt is a pretty dangerous thing, you could ruin someone's chance at a normal life, someone who could greatly benefit from this particular medication. If you're having bursts of euphoria when you take it (once your body has acclimated to it) then no, you shouldn't be on it. It's not meant for you, that means you're getting high.

People who need Adderall don't feel the effects to that extreme. If I had started on this back in high school, my life would be completely better off, I would be so much more accomplished. My ADHD has been an anchor tethering me just out of reach of my potential. Adderall has been my life saver. Shame on you for generalizing and scaring people.

Nov 05, 2016
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It's all in your perspective.
by: Vasteras

I have been taking Adderall for three weeks now. One to two 20mg tablets a day.
And, I must say, my personality completely changes while on it. My music tastes, and interests transform and I am able to effectively multitask and work on the many projects I have deadlines coming up for.

Additional to this, I become much more concerned about the people around me. Much more socially aware. I understand that some people have the opposite effect; Where Adderall actually causes them to become reclusive.

However, it always varies person to person. Assuming something is universally bad tends to ignore that we all have different brain chemistry and therefore the drug will benefit (or harm) us in unique ways.
Anyways, that's my two cents.

Nov 03, 2016
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Brother is abusing Adderall
by: Anonymous

Recently my brother started taking Adderall. He has a hard time concentrating, holding thoughts, and expressing what's on his mind. He hasn't held a job for 6 years and moved in with me.

He has other health issues, back pain, which he has used narcotics for. He over medicates on those. He is depressed due to his situation. He had a head injury when he was younger that has definitely changed him. One of the conditions for him moving in was he needed a job.

Our family on a whole has been very dysfunctional due to extreme emotional and sometimes physical abuse that we went through as children. As adults we have tried to be there for each other, no matter what. As I stated earlier my brother already had a medication abuse issue. I didn't think Adderall would be one he would abuse because it doesn't give the Narcotic high. I was wrong!

He is supposed to take two 30mg pills a day but has gone so far as to take up to 12 pills in a 24 hr period. He talks non-stop, stays up all night, thinks he is accomplishing a lot. All he does is tell me that he has done this and that, spins his wheels going nowhere. He starts one project only to get sidetracked with another. He gets angry, aggressive, and unreasonable when I try and discuss anything with him. His non sleeping has kept me up. He doesn't see the problem even when I try and present issues in a non attacking manor.

This evening I broke. So did he. We started by arguing, led to yelling, and ended up with physical attacking. We have NEVER ever done that. I am so tired and frustrated. Our relationship is not on good terms at the moment. I know that it is due to the Adderall. We have never fought like that. I don't know what to do. At the moment I cannot speak to him without him being defensive. Best I just do not try.

I want to call the prescribing Doctor and explain to him that my brother is over medicating. I know that there are HIPPA laws that they cannot violate. I feel I would be negligent if I do not do something and he takes one to many.

Oct 01, 2016
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Everything she said and more. I have nothing inside anymore
by: Dawn

I stay home by choice I do not want to socialize, I just want to stay home take Adderall and smoke. I know I'm killing myself. I have been in the ER 4 times bc I stayed up for 2 days on purpose, popping 20 MG every 3 hours. Since I started taking it 7 years ago, I have lost special people and most of the time I don't care.. But now I'm alone truly alone, and I don't care. I have foot shooting pains tight now.. I'm scared. I am afraid to say I'm done bc I know I will just sleep for weeks. I know I'm going to die from Adderall

Sep 14, 2016
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There is no perfect pill
by: Anonymous

I am 22 and have been on and off of adderall extended release between a 15 to 30mg range for 8 years now. Adderall has not hindered my ability to socialize and converse, if anything it's made it easier for me to connect with others because I can carry a conversation, switch topics to note something, and then continue the main topic without forgetting what we were talking about. Adderall is not for everyone, not everyone has the same effects. I don't experience adrenaline rush or euphoria from taking adderall, I just function better because I can concentrate. To give you an idea about why it's different to need adderall due to a disability and wanting adderall for its effects is as simple as looking at how it makes the user feel. An example is a friend who I thought initially had ADD and they were explaining how they feel great and then start to crash half way through the day, this is usually a telltale sign they are not meant to be using adderall, as their lack of concentration may be originating from a much deeper and complicated ailment that they either don't understand or actively avoid addressing because they feel that being self destructive lets them feel free. Adderall actually helped me with job progression and performance, I went from working my first job as kitchen crew to my second job for an enterprise company. My creative progression also improved with better sound engineering and all around production quality. Being someone who needs to utilize adderall to assist with a disability I feel adderall is misunderstood for being the "go to" prescription for general lack of concentration. I feel that doctors and patients are at fault, however the patients may be more at fault if they choose to avoid explaining more than "I'm having trouble concentrating". As an example, depression hinders concentration but you are not meant to take depressants when dealing with depression, if a patient fails to disclose this information they may be wrongly diagnosed and suffer improper treatment for depression and experience increased anxiety and or if used extensively cause a user to feel less emotionally connected to others, hence lack of happiness or expression for some users. Research your meds, research yourself, and if you don't feel comfortable explaining what you are experiencing in full to your doctor, find another doctor or speak with a psychologist or psychiatrist if you feel it's hard to explain, they have different roles and expertise but all medical fields have the common goal to help, you just have to know what's wrong. You can't expect a surgeon to provide professional therapy or psychological analysis.

Aug 24, 2016
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I 100 percent disagree
by: Anonymous

To be 110% honest, I have taken Adderall in high doses for a week or two and stop immediately and have absolutely no withdrawal symptoms at all. The next day I actually feel better and back to my normal self the symptoms you are explaining is toward the end of when I use it. When I stop that's not bounce back to my old self. So I think definitely affects everybody differently. Because the symptoms you just explained are the exact ones that I feel toward the end of me using them. Not after I stop them

Aug 16, 2016
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You have to Quit!
by: Anonymous

3 years avg 60mg a day. Feel great after 3 weeks. Sober life is waaaaay better

Jul 18, 2016
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My Daughter Changed
by: Anonymous

My adult daughter had a great life, stable job, tons of friends and a fiance. She is well educated and never had any issues with ADD in school or college. She became friends with a man who was on Adderall and soon she wanted to take it too. She went to a doctor he recommended and soon she has a brand new ADD diagnosis and script for Adderall.

Within months her personality has changed completely. Nothing in life makes her happy and she became a workaholic. She is "up" all day and drinks wine at night to come "down." She dumped her fiance, dumped her old life and family and everything in her life is now all about drama. She is irritable, easily distracted and selfish. She just doesn't seem to love anyone anymore. It's all about her 24/7 and she was never like that before.

I have no doubt this drug may work for people with ADD. But for people who started to take it for that energy rush and euphoria it becomes a nightmare when they end up addicted. It ruins lives.

Jul 14, 2016
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Adderal How It Effects My Life
by: Anonymous Faze

Hello. Adderall effect my life so much but I get so worked up sometimes when it comes to homework that it becomes a disaster. The Adderall Forces me to my homework focusing so hardly not knowing my surroundings making me go insane! The Meds disable my social skills from being a kid I cant have fun laugh and enjoy life recently I went from a 30 dose to a 20 dose I want to go to 10 dose or none. Brain balance helped me a lots I recommend this I so got rid of so many issues I had before like my motor skills but I still take a 20 dose that effect my social still from my motor skills.

ADDERAL MAKE ME WANT THINK THERE IS NO POINT IN LIFE SOMETIMES IT SCARES ME!! BUT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE PRAY TO HIM IF YOU BELIEVE.

Jun 03, 2016
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TO BILL, and others defending their precious Adderall RX
by: Addicted to quitting

BILL: Despite whatever you believed at the time of writing your post, we can all actually relate to the false sense of confidence and grandiose that you are displaying and assure you that you have the beginning of Adderall dependency issues creeping in. So aggressive too! And I guess you were too hyper focused to see how big of a jackass you are to brag about how you can use drugs responsibly, and you must be way better than those of us who have made it out alive and are trying to pass on a few words of wisdom. Like who does something like that?!? (Oh yeah ... I did while I was an Adderall addict) Your obvious mistake though, is that everyone here found this page by searching for addiction help - how is it you ended up here? (Spoiler alert - YOU'RE AN ADDICT). We all have different stories and reasons for the comments, but one thing we all understand is that your comment is the words of a TRUE Adderall addict. I don't even care to share my addiction story, I just hope you can stop the drug.

And to everyone who says that there are worse drugs to be addicted/withdrawn ... Agreed. On the physical wellbeing level. But until you've been there (day 4 no sleep .... Just because) do not underestimate the psychological nightmare that will remain for months or even years from this substance. It's a long dark road

May 05, 2016
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adderall might not be for you
by: margaret

I am sorry to hear of your bad experience with Adderall. Some medications aren't for everyone. Some people cannot deal with the effects and therefore have a negative view of a drug that helps many people - you're one of those people. I understand the frustration but you should not state that Adderall causes one to be disconnected with life! That's your story not everyone's. For all we know you could have been abusing it - My point is I've been taking Adderall for 5 yrs and it along with the right depression medication has changed my life and that's not being dramatic. I'm 59 now and can finally connect!! So Adderall just didn't work for you my friend - NONE of your symtoms are so for me - NONE. For people out there reading this response please don't believe this person's obvious bad experience with a miraculous medication.

May 04, 2016
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True & solution
by: T

99% of the comments above are true! i'm prescribed 40 mg a day and after the intial feeling wears off (three days about) you will feel like a complete zombie. I've quit cold turkey before and let me tell you, just getting out of bed is a damn chore. there is NO amount of caffeine in the world to help neither. trust me. but here is what ive found.--- let me first say im not here to preach health but I SWEAR by this method. When you decide to quit tapering or cold turkey, you NEED to start pounding nutrients into your body. I broke down the specific nutrients to rebuild your natural dopamine and endorphins. Heres what you need to do: ****Get a blender. put KALE, CARROTS, YOGURT, BERRIES, PROTEIN POWDER, 1 APPLE, HALF AVACADO (IF HAVE),WATER. Blend all that up and drink 2-3 times a day. DO THIS FOR A SOLID TWO WEEKS!!! NO CHEATING!! CONSISTENCY IS KEY! The only way to see results for anything is CONSISTENCY!! You WILL feel better. * I'm not just saying this. I LIVED THIS.

Apr 28, 2016
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This is simply opinion. It'd different for everyone.
by: Eveng

Okay I have been taking dex xr 25mg for a year now, It worked fantastically for about a2 months then lost its kick and I became more quiet like someone stated in a comment above. But. I continued taking it and after a while I went back to normal. Sometimes you just have to adjust. And to say it causes permanent damage is far more extreme than the reality. I can go without it, feel like myself, just with less energy, then continue taking it and it would work even better after a break. Your brain can heal and the only issue here is personal dependance. If you convince yourself (by your addiction) the only way you can be happy or "normal" again is by taking adderall, that will be your reality.

Apr 04, 2016
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how long for effects to wear off?
by: MizzMoxie

I'm responding to the comment below. It's a messy drug. It consumes you. Ok? So yes! You feel like you can do anything and you can focus all day. So much so that if you get interrupted you get mad at whoever stops you. This drug will also make you extremely exhausted when you don't take it! I'd think a slow taper (I'm no doctor) would be the best way. If she went cold turkey, she's going to run the gamut of emotions. I hope you can work through it with her. You know that person you've always wanted to be? More outgoing, smarter, more talkative, able to focus. Yeah, that person. Adderrall gives you that feeling. But, when you come down, you feel worse than when you ever started. Walk away from this nasty little pill. It has a major downside. Praying for you all.

Mar 21, 2016
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Adderrall ruined my marriage
by: Marcus

My wife start taking Adderrall 2 1/2 years ago as a way to loose weight and ended up getting addicted to it.. She was getting the scripts from her best friend who is a nurse practitioner.. Once she started taking it I noticed a change in her she became really moody and would anger very easy, our sex life was none and she started to slip into a depression. She would also have to take Klonphin I may have spelled it wrong to sleep at night which make her hard to wake in the morning... We ended up separating cause I would bring up the addiction concerns...Well her friend got caught writing the scripts so she ended up going cold turkey off the Adderrall ... My question is how long does it take for the withdrawal effects to wear off? This drug ruined my marriage!!

Feb 21, 2016
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My OPINION(no salt please)
by: Anonymous

I'm 21 years old and I've been taking adderall for two years now, 20 mg once a day. At first I started taking it everyday like it is prescribed and it worked wonders. I could focus on class and studying was a piece of cake. Then I started to notice that I became quiet and reserved around my friends, not speaking or anything. The only thing i was doing was following them around. During summer break I stopped taking adderall, and I was back to my charismatic, happy go lucky personality.

Then college started again, but this time I only took it when I needed it, mostly the days I had to take important classes or days I had a lot of college stuff to do. This way I managed to balance my life, talking and making new friends along the way, and even making contact with my high school buddies once more. Plus I managed to get good grades on my classes.

This semester I'm taking hard courses everyday, so I take the meds basically everyday. Guess what? I feel horrible once again. I feel sad, empty, I can't socialize like I used too, I don't feel motivated for anything, even my parents have noted this drastic changes in my personality. All my life I have been that quiet and shy kid in class, the one that only a couple of people spoke to.

It took a lot for me to acquire my fun and charismatic personality. And to loose it in a month feels horrible. I hate it, i hate adderall and what is doing to me. If you can balance your dosage and take it ONLY when you actually need it, go ahead give it a try. If you need to take it everyday, just no, ok?

Feb 18, 2016
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Life
by: Anonymous

This may help many people and that's ok.

However for me it has destroyed my creativity and my emotions towards love and even sadness. I'm not sexually excited anymore, and not excited at all really.

Yeah it helps me focus and basically turns me into a robot.

I'm going off this shit for a month to see if getting off the drug plus more sleep will help.

I'm 18 years old and in absolute tip top shape and very socially active. I met all my friends before starting adderal, but now i don't have the desire to see them nearly as much.

Listen to your heart, and do what's right for you.

In my case, Adderal is ruining my life.

Feb 07, 2016
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agree 100%
by: someone who cares

As someone who was going down the same path as the original poster, I agree 100%. It's easy to dismiss the message we're trying to send, but honestly. everyone needs to at least hear it and have it in the back of their mind in case you're in a similar place in the future.

I've been prescribed the last 3 yrs to adderall er, and what started as a great way to focus on school turned into a distructive way of life. What started as a way to focus because I went out too much, turned into finding a way to go out at all instead of being consumed by my own thoughts and obsessions.

Be careful with the medication. Anyone struggling with addiction would notice the difference smoking weed with it and smoking without it. With it, I'm a robot. Without, I feel like a person again, laughing and feeling like a child

Jan 30, 2016
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highly doubt anything is "permanent damage"
by: Anonymous

You're article is a very depressing and scary for one to come across especially if they are using or going to use aderall. While I feel like majority of people who are prescribed it seem to get positive results, I personally don't.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I totally understand why your article is the way it is so you can get your word out to people but I do disagree that it causes "permanent" damage.

Over time I'm sure your body becomes regulated and relies on it but if you decide you've become addicted to it and or it changes who you once were...decide to quit you must follow your docs advice like if you need to titrate off that drug, quitting a drug cold turkey can make you very sick at times even cause death so always be sure to follow the docs advice.

If feelings or mentality have changed it can take time. By time I mean months, even years depending on how long you were on the medication. One thing I know easier said than done is not to lose hope. Maybe, you are unhappy and it's not coming back because you are now diagnosed with depression?

I've read a lot of studies more so with heroin and how the brain completely develops a need for it but the point is once a user stops (they did brain scans) years after the brain was returning to its normal state of mind. So don't lose hope and make sure to talk to Doctor as for aderal ehh i just don't know for me personally if I see a difference. (I get no energy burst whatsoever and very very tired)

Dec 31, 2015
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Hope this isn't true.
by: Anonymous

Saying that it's possible that you may never feel happy or normal again after being on adderall probably makes a lot of people lose hope. It makes people feel like there's no point in stopping if your just going to feel mentally and physically terrible the rest of your life. I hope theres always a way to get back to your normal self after being on adderall or other drugs..Even if it takes a long time at least there is hope. I didn't even read the entire article because i already feel hopeless enough about the situation..i don't need to feel worse. Just please don't say things like that unless you know them for a FACT. Someone could read this and give up or decide to not even try to get off this stuff.

Dec 31, 2015
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When does happiness come back?
by: Anonymous

I've always had the ability to feel deeply. Too deeply. But I could feel. Long story short:

After taking Adderall I lost the ability to feel happiness. I quit taking it. When does the ability to feel natural happiness come back? I've been numb. Unable to sincerely laugh. Unable to sincerely smile. Unable to feel deeply.

I do see a psychiatrist. I'm not taking any meds that would dull my ability to feel happiness. This nightmare I'm living is the direct result of too much/too long of taking Adderall.

Anyone ever get happiness back? Anyone get their laugh back? How long did it take? Amphetamines are evil. I hate them. I hate that they destroyed who I was.

There's a lot more to my story, brain damage causing narcolepsy and other issues, but it was only when I took Adderall for too long and ramped up my dose that I became affected by this and by the time I realized it, it was too late.

Dec 22, 2015
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by: TJ

You want to know can drugs make someone not themselves? Yes they can. Adderall is known to completely change people. It has been pointed out that a lot of the mass shooters are people on stimulant psych meds (Adderall is a stimulant psych med). I don't know if they were on Adderall or not.

Adderall can cause Psychosis.

All the side effects that are possible are from swallowing the pills, who knows what kind of effects snorting the pills can do. Since he was getting the pills off the street, who knows what he was really taking. Since he was abusing them, the side effects can be extreme.

No one should be telling you, you have to forgive. It is something that you have to decide what you want to do. There has been a lot of suffering and pain and that wont go away fast, so it may take time for you to be able to forgive.

If you would like to talk with a non-traditional "Therapist", I recommend talking to my friend Jerry at anger.org

Dec 22, 2015
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SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IF I SHOULD FORGIVE
by: Anonymous

My husband and I have been married for almost 17 years. Our marriage has ALWAYS been pretty close to perfect. Maybe had one big blowout fight a year over something stupid and even if I was in the wrong, he would apologize. He couldn't stand if I was mad at him. We were always loving and affectionate towards each other. Still had an amazing sex life. Never had any trust issues.

His friends would tell me how nauseating he was if they all went out for a couple beers, and he would gush about how much he still loved me even 15 years into our marriage. He was the best dad. Always took my kids and nieces and nephews to do fun stuff(well fun for kids. I imagine hell being a lifelong visit to chucky cheese! Lol), but he was always up for all the kids having fun. Three years ago I was diagnosed with progressive MS.

At the time I owned a commercial cleaning company with my sister. We also had a childhood family friend working with us too. Unbeknownst to me, she was a full blown addict to adderall. I had to stop working because I could no longer walk longer than 20 minutes at a time and it took us around 4 hours, nightly to do the job. Not wanting to lose my share of the household income, which was a substantial amount of money, my husband insisted on working his regular day job and do my commercial cleaning at night until my disability benefits started.

This process took much longer than we thought. A year into doing both jobs, I still hadn't received any benefits, and he was still working 2 jobs, 5 days a week. It was starting to take a toll on him. He was physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. The addict "friend" told him that taking adderall would help him with the exhaustion and sold him a few of her xr30 to try. It gave him his energy back and he discussed with me about going to the doctor and getting his own script. Feeling guilty about him having to work two jobs, help me with my disability, and take care of our daughter's, I agreed that it was a good idea.

We went to my neurologist, explained the situation, and she put him on one xr30 in the morning and one xr20 in the afternoon. Mind you my husband would get up at 4am and go to work till 2pm. Come home and cat nap, then around 4pm, help me with our daughters till around 5:45. Leave to clean and not get home till around 10:30p.m. He'd eat, stay up to BS with me and not go to bed till around 11:30.

This was an ongoing thing M-F. Anyways, after my husband had been taking the medication regularly for about 3 months, I noticed his whole personality changing. He was drinking heavily every night when he came home from cleaning. Very moody, aggressive with not only me and our kids, but with perfect strangers! He would pick fights, then walk out and not come home till the next day. If I pitched a fit about him leaving, he would make fun of my disability by saying "At least I can walk out"! So hurtful, so unlike him. Completely distant. ED.

I would find disturbing pornographic websites on his phone, but he was not interested whatsoever in the actual deed on the days we were actually getting along. He acted repulsed by me. This was so out of character because he still chased me around the house with a boner six months before! He would hide his phone. He was insane! I didn't even know this guy who had never even called me a name. Now he was verbally abusive(towards everyone, not only me) and borderline physically abusive towards me. I told him I couldn't handle the side effects of this medication anymore. The stress was making my disease progress rapidly. The once a year blowout fights were happening every night.

My once happy kids were scared to death of their own father and were in frickin therapy! Our life was a mess. I told him to either stop the meds or me and the girls are gone. He agreed, but he now basically hid from us during the week and pretended to be so tired from not taking the medication anymore, that he would sleep all weekend. I actually felt really guilty so I let him sleep and left him alone. If there was an argument between us, I chalked it up to withdrawal and exhaustion. After a month or so I went into his car to grab something, opened his glove box, and saw all these empty capsules and a straw in a baggy.

I hired a PI and found out not only was he still getting his scripts, he was buying them off the street and sharing them with his now gf, my childhood friend that worked for us! They would snort 4-6 caps of xr30 a day. During the day they would text(sext) and send disgusting images of each other. At night when they got done working they would snort a couple caps together, get high, and make out! I wanted to vomit! I had known this woman for 20+ years. She also is married with three kids.

I immediately confronted him with all the proof. They never had oral sex or intercourse because by this time he was basically impotent, and I made him take a polygraph test given by a former FBI agent. He was crying and remorseful and volunteered to take a drug test every day from that day forward. I fired the whore. My husband is back to his old self again times 10, but I just can't seem to let this go. I hate his face most days.

I'm so hurt and angry he put our family through this for nothing especially at the time I found out I was sick. Before my disability, I would've been gone right when the verbal abuse started, but I'm sick and I need him. He knows I need him, but is still begging me to forgive him and that he needs me. He blames his personality change on the drugs, but takes responsibility for his actions. He says he would've never done something so stupid, had he not had the false confidence adderall gave him.

He now cries more than I do now, but I am heartbroken and don't believe a drug could be somewhat responsible for cheating. I'm still deciding what to do, but my dignity is shot. I'm so humiliated he would do this to me, and on top of it with a family friend. My family doesn't know anything. I have kept them in the dark about the cheating part. They think he and our employee were only tied up in drugs together.

They have never even questioned me if anything else besides drugs went on between them. That's how far fetched this situation is. It's inconceivable that he would cheat on me...Especially with someone so close to our family. My question is...Is my husband's claims about the drug true? Would someone have that bad of judgement by abusing only adderall? Do I forgive and move on? We've been to therapy, marriage counseling, etc. and I haven't met one therapist that hasn't said "You should just be happy he quit when he did and that shows he really loves you." That's an unfair statement to me. I'm so confused!

Dec 20, 2015
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by: adderall is crap

I'm 18. I take responsibility in the bad choices I made. Life was so great. I was very ecstatic. This is probably the reason why I was given adderall. I was a very happy person. So full of energy that I was given a drug to calm me down. Like a bunch of uneducated kids, I chose to ignore the dangers of abusing pills. I was just a regular and normal person.

The high made me so productive. I used to be extrovert. Now my mind is so quiet. I'm dying on the inside. It's so awful. Why does this crap exist? This drug will make you feel like a lifeless zombie. If you have depression, don't take adderall. Its a big synthetic man made crap. It changed me. Life was so good and simple. After using this pill for a while, you will lose your emotions. Ur brain will be so used to being on a stimulant. Make this stupid drug illegal to obtain. At least weed doesn't make you permanently stupid like adderall does

Dec 01, 2015
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It nearly consumed my live
by: Jose Doe

I'm a 40 years old single male with history of anxiety disorder in my family. Both my siblings experience symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. We all have been taking Xanax for many years. The three of us also have struggle with ADD as well, but went untreated for most of our lives. In February 2012 I was told by a friend who has a hectic corporate job that his ADD was being treated with Adderall and according to him, his life had improved as well as his performance at work. I asked my doctor for the prescription and was given a regiment of 2.5 mg a day in June. Not satisfied with the results, by August 2012 I had my dosage increased to 10 mg of Adderall twice a day. My performance at work skyrocketed. The most noticeable side effect was inability to fall asleep, which was compensated with 10 to 20 mg of Zolpidem. It was not uncommon for me to sleep much less than 6 hours a day. Sometimes less. I was consuming some marijuana, often on a daily basis at night. Around that time, signs of paranoia and aggressive behavior were becoming very common, specially towards close friends.

By December 2012 I was taking 30 mg of Adderall twice a day. More often than not, 90 mg a day. My days typically started with 30 mg of Adderall washed down with a 5 hours energy shot, which kept me going until after lunch, when I would take another 30 mg pill with another 5 hour energy shot. The third pill would often come after dinner, specially if I had work to do. I had friends who often came to visit late at night. That was leaving me with very little sleep. Every time I felt needed, I took 20 mg of Zolpidem at night, which made me very emotional. I used to cry a lot in bed. Often I would go out late at night and walk around my neighborhood crying for no reason. In a couple of occasions I recall mixing Zolpidem and alcohol by mistake. Once a blacked out completely at night, waking up on my bed without any recollection of what have happened. In one occasion I woke up in a hospital.

By the end of January 2013 my behavior was becoming highly aggressive and chronic paranoia was settling in. I was hyper focusing in work and neglecting other aspects of my life. I became highly short tempered and often would lose my cool with close friends and strangers. I developed some road rage as well and in one instance I was escorted out of Best Buy for threatening a technician who did not fix my computer as fast as I needed. Who does that? I have never been known as an aggressive person. I was never known as a person who were capable of such things, but I had changed and realizing how severe this behavior was often gave me crippling guilt and panic attacks. Combined with Zolpidem at night, I reached a point that I was aggressive all day and regretful at night. Often crying myself to sleep. I thought my car was being taking for joy rides by friends and strangers and obsessed about being taken advantage of. It was real in my head. My life turned into a living hell. I stop paying attention to my finances as well. By the end of February 2014 I had lost 35 lbs without visiting the gym once or dieting properly. I credit my weight loss to a diet program but in reality the food from the diet program was not being used properly. Often I binged on it after smoking pot. I lost that tremendous amount of weight that fast because of the high intake of Adderall.

The year of 2014 was pretty much a blur of ups and downs to me. I started to show all the classic signs of drug abuse. My friends were very concerned about my state of mind. I was pushing friends and family away, often with absurd paranoid filled outbursts of anger or highly emotional interaction. Like with many addicts, people started to distance themselves from me. Only family and close friends were around, but even so my ability to socialize was becoming weaker. Less and less I felt like living my home. Also, like most addicts, I managed to keep the true extent my use a secret. I often lied and told friends and family that I was no longer taking any pills, but I was secretly on a firm 90 mg a day intake with Adderall, 20, sometimes 30 mg of Zolpidem and lots of Xanax on a daily basis. Sometimes I would take breaks of a week or so. That was when suicidal thoughts started to flood my mind. One week in June 2014 was specially brutal. I did not have enough Zolpidem to put me to sleep. I was running out too early in the month and could not get the prescription refilled soon enough. My head was clouded and I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed. My spending to cover the amount of Adderall I needed to keep it going was out of control. I always had a stable life, financially speaking, but I was diving deeply into credit, maximizing credit cards and spending money that otherwise would go to my 401K. Money was becoming a severe problem. I made a plan to hang myself and went half way through it. The idea was to use the rope I had put on the roof of my building and jump from there to eliminate any chances of surviving. I installed the rope of Wednesday, 06/13/2014. I remember the date because the plan was to get it done on Saturday. Instead, I bought a ticket to fly to Brazil the day before and left without advising anyone at work or my friends. On the following day I arrived at my hometown. I was running out of Adderall, which was the begging of the end for me.

I spent nearly a month in Brazil. During that month, I was with family, eating well, sleeping well and running every day. I was drinking about a gallon of water a day as well. That made me feel way better. When I came back to the US, I started to do some research and was amazed to read online stories very similar to my own struggles with Adderall. I can't explain how, but somehow by July I was back on it even though I promised myself I was going to quit. Once again by mid August in 2014 I was already back on the pill, 60 mg a day + another 30 mg at night. It did not take very long for my mind started to go again. I was paranoid and restless, unable to perform at work and very agitated. The financial loss was pilling up and my spending spiraled out of control. I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, taking 90 mg of Adderall, about 1 to 3 mg of Xanax, smoking about 60 dollars of pot every other day and taking a minimum of 20 mg of Zolpidem almost every night. Emotionally I was a train wreck. Aggressive and paranoid by day, emotional and fearful by night. By then I had alienated most of my friends, which sent me into a guilty trip that threw me into chronic depression. Around that time, my mother was diagnosed with brest Cancer. Being me the son who helps her financially, I started to panic as I did not have any money left. The suicidal thoughts were constant at that point. I was so very good hiding it! People who did not know me very well and even a few very close friends did not quite realized the real extension of the damage I was doing to myself.

That's when an incident happened with a dear friend of mine. At the pick of my paranoid anger and lack of self-control, 40K in debt, family in the need of assistance and on a severe drug binge I lost it with him one night and said terrible things. To him it was straw that broke the camel's back. After experiencing my drug filled behavior for a long time without quite realizing why I had become that person, he finally had it and, like many people do when dealing with a person with a drug problem, distanced himself for good. I was on Zolpidem at the time of the final incident, therefore I recall about half of what I did, but reviewing some text messages on the following day I was horrified by the person I had become. That's when I finally made the decision to seek help. I went to Brazil and went on a outpatient rehab program for 2 weeks, returned to the US and signed up for substance abuse program with my healthcare provider. I've been doing group and individual therapy for a few months now. I quit smoking cigarettes and have been clean from Adderall and Zolpidem since. I don't have any urges to take pills at all. Considering some horror stories I've been reading online about this medication, I consider myself to be very lucky. Even the links of Adderall and PTSD make a lot of sense to me. Episods of high stress level in my life throughout this struggle took a toll way worse than I know myself to allow. I do smoke weed at occasion, but nothing more than a joint or two a month. I was never into alcohol. This semester I had 2 glasses of wine and a rum and coke before dinner on my birthday. Nothing else. I since have find out that I failed to cash about 15 K worth of checks my company sent to me in three years. A glitch on the payroll system that made the payroll company send me checks instead direct deposit for a portion of my salary. I never bothered to look. I've been catching up with payments and will soon be debt free. I plan on buying a house next year. Mom went through a mastectomy and is doing well. Life is going back to normal. I lost some friends in the process and I have to leave with it.

Be aware of Adderall. Make sure you work closely with your doctor as the abuse of the medication can go unnoticed and little by little you can find yourself in a terrible mess. It is way too easy to get a prescription and when you least expect, you are hooked. The most amazing thing I have learned is how real all those paranoid thoughts and distorted reality were. They are incredibly convincing and you start to develop patterns of thinking that lead you to something I can only describe as a parallel reality. Things that now make no sense whatsoever to me, like someone stealing my car for the night was so vivid in my head to a degree that I was looking on video footage of the parking lot to make sure nobody was in fact doing it while I was sleeping. You really need to trust your friends and family and follow the advice to look for professional help. It most likely saved my life.

Dec 01, 2015
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Adderall is evil
by: ng

@seraphic313 - wow! this is exactly my story. I can't believe what is going on with me and how did I come to this situation and waking up to someone how is so distant and aloof. This man wasn't like this when we first started dating 2 years ago. But he started taking Adderall few months ago and everything changed after that. Lord, just give strength to people who need to deal with this behavior...it is very heartbreaking!

Nov 24, 2015
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Adderrall started great and then went bad
by: Eric

I've been on stimulants for about 10 years. I started on Ritalin and my mind was clear and sharp. Over the years, my dose went up and up, yet it didn't help that the medication simply wasn't working any longer. I switched to 60 mg. a day of Adderall a day splitting the two 30 mg. pills making for four 15 mg. doses a day. At first. Adderall was a wonder drug, making me feel smarter, totally able to focus and even euphoric. I admit that I loved it at the beginning. After the first few months on it, I began to feel confused even more than before taking any stimulant. I only felt good on it with a lot of sugar carbs about every hour. Over the months of still taking it and eating simple, sugary carbs I gained 65 pounds. Getting off Adderall is tricky. I admit that I am a tobacco chewer which has helped me go cold turkey. Also, I take caffeine pills split in half, equaling 100 mg. at a time. up to 4 times a day to maintain my focus and feel right. While I'm no longer addicted to Adderall, I have been on chewing tobacco for about 30+ years and coffee since childhood. Good luck to all who are trying to get off Adderall because it makes you feel worse than your pre-stimulant life!

Aug 07, 2015
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Adderall is not the end of life
by: Anonymous

I think the fact that you are writing this shows that you are still in tuned with your talents and are very capable of expressing yourself creatively on this earth.

Please don't worry too much about what Adderall has done to your mind. It is an illusion. The mind is malleable. Every single day you feel a stronger sense of belonging and purpose on this earth.
One day you'll suddenly find yourself realizing joy greater than ever before.

Show yourself infinite love with patience and compassion while working toward a centered being.

Peace

Aug 06, 2015
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Kids are being made drug addicts by dr.s and parents!
by: Anonymous

Notice that all the people on here saying this article is bogus don't deny being addicted. This shit is legal speed that negatively impacts the user and the user's friends and family. If you weren't addicted to it, you could go without it. There isn't one person advocating this stuff on here that can say that they are "normal" functioning adults when not on this stuff! I can't believe Dr.s hand this stuff out like candy and to 6 and 7 year olds no less.

There are literally elementary aged children out there that are legal meth/coke addicts because Dr.s and parents give this stuff to them like there is no problem with it. I have a family member that adderall has completely destroyed. He stays up for days on end compulsively creating and starting "projects". It takes him weeks to finish (IF he finishes it because they are never complete due to the ocd induced by the drug.) He is careless and does things that the average person would not do. When he runs out (because he takes more and more of it) he crashes.

Literally can not move. He sleeps for days on end. When he is coming down from the high he eats everything in site. Literally. Sweets seem to be his preference (like many people who use actual meth) although nothing is safe. He will get short tempered and even more antisocial and depressed. His teeth are falling out due to his amphetamine addiction. All the sodas and sweets he consumes along with what I call "legal meth mouth" has completely rotted his teeth. Did I mention that the adderall cause his to chain smoke? It's like it happened over night too. It'd almost like one day he woke up and his teeth were rotting.

He does things that aren't logical. This man use ti be a health nut and very outgoing. His relationship with his wife seems to have suffered greatly although she enables him and partly the reason he is addicted truth be known. This drug is dangerous and these Dr.s should be held accountable for giving this stuff to people like it's candy. Especially children. They create drug addicts from a young age and then when they are older drug addicts, they are thrown in jail and then sha med by society.

Well what the hell did they think would happen when they start a 6 year old on legal meth? The only outcome there can be is that a kid is made a drug addict that grows into an adult drug addict. What's sad is the kids don't even know this is being done to them because they expect parents and Dr.s to have their best interest at heart. It isn't until they are older and realize they are not normal functional adults with normal functional relationships that they realize they have been made addicts by their parents and Dr.s. This shit needs to be banned.

Jul 10, 2015
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ADDERALL SAVED MY LIFE
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with ADHD. I had 5 wreckless speeding tickets before I was 21 years old. I have lost 5 debit cards in a 12 month period. I used to have depression and bad acne. I used to struggle to pay attention in school. Adderall fixed all of those problems. I have a masters degree now as well. I don't take it everyday because I don't want to build a tolerance to my prescription. I know that for the drug to keep working you have to increase the dose. Knowing this, I take it only when I'm desperate. I wish people didn't abuse the drug and give it a bad name when it changes some people's lives for the better.

Jul 05, 2015
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evil drug
by: HealTheMind

Although I'm not near 50% clean, IV made some progress. From may till July (happy 4th of July btw), I have only used 8 pills. That's a good record. Okay, IV written a comment around October 2014. Back then, I didn't feel depressed after stopping. I think march of 2015 was a really hard month. I was very depressed and unmotivated to finish any simple task. I made promises to stop from January till my birthday. I'm a liar and all addicts always relapse even if they hate the drug.each time I was stressed out, I popped one more pill to feel better.


today is the 4th of July and IV been off adderall since June 10th. I strongly believe that the drug messes you up on the long term effect. Sometimes I have a really strange mental space. It's like dreamy and I'm not present in time. It's not like a hallucinogenic trip but it scares me at times. I don't think it's schizophrenia or psychosis. My mind feels hazy and sometimes being in a noisy room makes me feel disconnected. I hope brain plasticity heals me.

Jul 02, 2015
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Your opinion is invalid
by: Anonymous

You shouldn't be stating the article as FACTS when this is clearly your opinion. Do some research, it affects people differently. I'm sorry you feel that way about it, but just stop taking it. And if you're going to post an article make sure you include the fact that it is your OPINION, and has been proven to help other people tremendously. I'm 19, been prescribed to the drug since I was 6-7, going into my junior year of college and I'm a licensed realtor. Apparently I had horrible ADD or ADHD when I was younger but I don't know if I even believe those are real things. I might be lazier than the majority of other people, but guess what? I don't care. I have adderall to change that. I'm addicted to it, but if I wasn't I wouldn't be where I am today. When I don't take it, I'm perfectly fine. I'll usually take 10-30 mg a day probably averaging about 15. I go days without it and I'm fine. Couple cups of coffee and I'm good to go.

Granite, I do some things with adderall I shouldn't. Drink and smoking being the frontrunners, but that's my decision and I know it isn't good for me. It's not affecting you or anyone else so It shouldn't make a difference.

After being prescribed to adderall from the age of 6-19, the one piece of advice that I would give anyone looking into it; never pick up a cigarette. 100% I believe you should test adderall out, see how it affects you and how you feel. But if you start smoking, you won't stop. I smoke a half pack a day ONLY when I take adderall. Without it I have no craving.

Jun 22, 2015
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Thank you, Anonymous...
by: seraphic313

Yes... It's now been a month (today, actually) I've not heard from him. I'm sure in his mind, this was all my fault... We dated for only a few months, but feelings ran very deep on both sides... The minute he increased the Adderral, everything changed. I knew him to be a very sweet person. A man who prided himself on "never having had a bad breakup". I spent all of my free time with this person and I did spend some time blaming myself, but not now. I'm moving past it... I truly have just let it go. There is nothing I could have done to make him stop or to change his mind. He feels more in control and on top of things with those pills, I guess. I truly hope that with some of these stories that at some point, some of the ones we have loved will stumble across these forums when they realize they have a problem and maybe they will see through our eyes what we experienced. I KNOW I was a GOOD girlfriend. I KNOW I deserved better and that is why I walked away... My heart goes out to those who love someone with this issue. My heart goes out to those with the issue as well... May you each find help and heal...

Jun 20, 2015
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Identical Experience
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing your story. My ex of over three years abuses adderall and very similar to you, our relationship started off amazingly. He was the most attentive and sweetest man ever and loved me more than any other man has for 2 years. The last year was horrific. He started to become distant and uncaring. He lost interest in sex and yet blamed me for not sleeping with him. When we would try, he would have trouble performing. By the end, he was taking 90 to 150 mg a day. As much as he could get his hands on. He stayed out many nights and never slept. He became erratic, paranoid, hateful and and would explode at the drop of a hat and seemingly out of nowhere. My best friend that I used to be able to tell anything to, hated me, was a shell of a man and saw me as the obstacle in the way of taking these pills. I feel your pain and understand the hurt. I am still trying to pick up the pieces as being in a relationship with someone who abuses this drug can seriously affect the other person's sanity as well. Just know that this isn't your fault and that there was nothing that you could have done to stop it.

Jun 01, 2015
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Adderral ended my relationship
by: Seraphic13

I met and fell in love with an amazing man this year. He was so attentive and caring. He seemed to be a dream come true. After about a month of dating, he began to seem a little distant. I asked him if things were ok and he assured me they were. We carried on and the next week, he was the same way.. Distant and withdrawn. I again expressed my concerns for how distant he seemed and he told me he had been taking Adderral XR since January.

We started dating in March. He said maybe the meds were causing him to act that way and he was fine so we continued on. Our relationship went good but I still sensed some distance. I chalked it up to the meds and relaxed. We had an amazing sex life and I felt so connected to him in the beginning. I did notice he'd drink a lot at night, which at the time I figured was because he was just enjoying the weekend (I now know he was trying to use alcohol as a sedative). He'd buy a giant bottle of liquor and drink half the bottle in one night. He'd never stumble or act drunk at all.

It surprised me, but I figured he was just tolerant of alcohol (never thinking about the adderrall because he told me he didn't take it on weekends bc he knew I'd be there). Things really went downhill 3 weeks ago. He began to really withdraw from me sexually. He acted more emotionally distant. He was generally great as long as it was massaging his back or doing sexual things for him, but he no longer had any desire to touch me or be near me. He didn't even kiss me anymore.

It was like I was sleeping next to a family member. It was so painful and of course, I took it personally and cried in front of him. He then told me the following week that he'd talked to his doc and they gave him a fast acting Adderrall to go with the XR bc he was feeling like it was giving out half way through the day. At this point, I'm catching on that there may be an issue. He would talk about how he was not feeling right. Like he felt "strange" and that his eyes were so tired. Not like he needed to close them, but like they were really tired. (All adderrall side effects).

We continued to have sexual issues (him not wanting to) so I asked him to please talk to his doctor. The following week, he did speak to the doctor who told him to stop taking the addrerrall on the weekends so it wouldn't affect us. He said he would. I don't think he did that first weekend. I think he made me think he wasn't taking it. We had sex only once that weekend and it felt kind of forced by him. I felt no emotion from him at all. Nothing. The following week, he was even more withdrawn and told me he was planning to come see me but a package he'd been waiting (musical instrument) for had arrived and he wanted to check it out (so now, he's making even less effort).

I got upset and told him how I felt. He offered to come up the next night but I was so upset I told him no and to take the whole weekend to himself. I was angry and hurt.

I Didn't hear from him all weekend. Today, I finally told him via text to please gather my things and I'd come by and pick them up. He told me via text that he'd send it all via UPS. This hurt my feelings that he didn't even want to end things face to face. I text and told him that I'd be stopping by within the hour and He attempted to thwart that plan by telling me not to come bc his daughter would be stopping by. Unfortunately, I was on the phone and missed his text telling me that while I was en route to his house. I knocked on his door and he didn't answer. His daughter pulled up as I was leaving and I spoke to her and left.

He text me when I left saying he tried to stop me but I didn't see him. Tonight, he told me he'd call when his daughter left and he never did. This was for closure and to end things nicely. He went from being an amazing boyfriend to someone I do not know. Three weeks ago he told me I treated him like a king and told his Mom that I treated him better than any woman ever had. Today, he told me I have anger issues and he didn't need that stress in his life. I've never even raised my voice to him.

I simply get quiet when I'm hurt. I've witnessed him go off, slam his phone down on his customers, tell me how people ruin his life by calling him. Three weeks ago, he never did these things. He was happy, attentive and loving. Now, it's like I repulse him. Like he could care less if he ever sees me again. Mind you, I'm very attractive and could easily find another and I will one day, when my heart heals. I just really wanted to share my story for those of you that may wonder how adderrall affects people emotionally. The guy I dated a year ago did the same thing.

When I met him, he was on 90 mg of adderrall. It took us 3 months to be intimate bc he had no desire. It took two months for him to tell me what was going on. Imagine how hard that is to think you are not attractive to your partner bc they are using psychotropic medication. I'm disappointed and hurt but life will move on. These drugs are horrible.

They ruin relationships and potential futures for those that take this medication. I am sure it helps some people in low doses. My now ex (as of today) was started on 30 mg XR and just got another 10 mg of fast acting. So eventually, he will get to a point where he is taking huge amounts. It makes people flat emotionally... Blank!!! Like laying next to a robot. NOTHING phases them. They are self absorbed and egotistical with a false energy and false sense of self of this drug. Basically a shell of a human being. I wish you all the best. It's been an experience and I'm glad this time it was short lived. I can now move on.

Jun 01, 2015
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Seriously dark stuff
by: Anonymous

My early experiences with Adderall (30mg) were amazing, I thought I had found the answer to all my anxiety, procrastination and lack of concentration. I'd always been socially anxious and Adderall just made it all melt away, I could talk to anyone, go dancing, do public speaking, zero anxiety. Work and chores became enjoyable and satisfying, and I've never been more productive. It was like I was a different person, the feeling was incredible.

I didn't notice it at first, but after a fairly short time using it (2 months or so), the beneficial effects are much less intense, and the crashes begun to take their toll. People I love frustrate and annoy me for no good reason, I feel like I cannot connect with anyone in a meaningful way. I used to read books whenever I could find spare time, now I pick up my favorite authors and can't even get through a chapter before feeling bored. I regularly have violent and anxious nightmares. I have no desire to go out and see friends, not because of anxiety, but just because I don't care. Food doesn't taste as good. It's a horrible feeling, like a pit of despair.

I destroyed all my pills tonight and will never touch this stuff again. I can't believe they prescribe this as medicine, my heart goes out to anyone who has been sucked into the black hole that is this drug. I was lucky that I escaped it early, I cannot imagine recovering from years of dependence, given how I feel now after such a short period using it. I just hope it wears off soon, I feel completely dissociated.

May 19, 2015
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Not a fair article
by: Bill

Let's be real everyone; if you have a substance issue and your psychiatrist prescribed you an addictive narcotic, it will ruin your life.

It's unfair to paint this scary picture of an excellent therapy because you've abused the drug and now resent it. If you've done other drugs or have/ had an alcohol addiction, you shouldn't place any blame on Adderall. It's like saying someone's heart medicine is making you sick... it's not for you! Again, everyone on here with addiction issues PLEASE stop blaming your problems on ADHD medication you're electing to take.

I have ADHD and a non-addictive personality. I drink socially at dinner and do not use recreational drugs. Guess what? Adderall saved my life, my career and although I'm not perfect, it's allowed me live up to my potential. I take the recommended does and I don't need any more.

It's connected me with life.

The article is an opinion piece that's written as fact. Irresponsible. Also, this high that's mentioned hints that the writer is a recovering addict. If you have ADHD, you feel "whole" with Adderall, not high.

May 12, 2015
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DON'T PLAY WITH IT
by: POWERFUL MIND

My relationship with adderall has been good and bad. I'll tell you that my use of adderall has certainly made me depressed. When i first started taking adderall, i felt powerful. The brain's ability to think is quite impressive on adderall. Along with the use of adderall, i experienced my mind with Cannabis and Alcohol.

I'll tell you that i've abused those too but the withdrawals aren't even comparable to the withdrawals from adderall. I used to be open minded. Math wasn't hard to do. I could have done alot better in school but It didn't intrest me. So in my junior year of highschool, i started to pop up to 5 pills at a time. my tolerance has increased and i haven't noticed the long term effects from it. I had a habit of continuous use which didn't even make me wonder that it was very unhealhty.

Senior of year of my highschool became the most depressing year of my life. I kept on continuing my use and this is where i fell down a really dark hole. You don't want to experience this dark hole at all. I then kept on reminding myself not to use it but i haven't kept my promises. Please, if you're reading this, don't play around with those pills. I never expected in all my life that i would end up severly depressed and unmotivated to do anything in life. I just turned 18 but i fear that i have damaged my brain so badly.

Lately, i've been hopeful and i know that i must and i have to get through this. This summer of 2015, i promise myself not to use adderall. about a month ago, i went without it for 20+ days and i immedietly felt more clear headed. Lately, i had to finish an english assignment. I hope anyone who reads this or anyone who is going through this successfully recovers. Peace, God bless you.

May 01, 2015
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Negative impact of Adderall
by: Anonymous

I can relate to many of these comments! My husband was prescribed Adderall while trying to overcome his alcohol addiction. He did stop drinking, along with not sleeping or eating. For the 9 months he was on this, his entire personality changed. He was rude, moody, overconfident, and became very sexually perverted (something he has never been). Almost ruined our relationship. He was instantly dependent on this and kept asking for the dose to be increased but luckily our health insurance would only cover 1 time release pill per day. The doctor weaned him off it after about 9 months and changed medicine to Vyvanse which has slowly helped bring his personality closer to his normal self (still does have negative effects, though not as bad). He has started drinking again, but I would not choose to live with someone on Adderall ever again. Doctors are too quick to prescribe these mind altering drugs that are not always in the best interest of patients or their families!!

Apr 29, 2015
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Ended my relationship
by: Bryan

I was never on adderall myself but my recently ex-fiancee is. She's dealing with the death of her grandfather and her doctor changed her prescription at the same time. She's on the time released stuff and it took a bit to make changes in her but it did. In three weeks she went from only wanting me and wanting to get married to leaving me this past Sunday. Before that we had a great relationship and rarely ever argued. Never any yelling or name calling or anything. All the signs point to the adderall change at this point.

Apr 23, 2015
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I really understand
by: Patrick

Its hard for me to get my thoughts down onto "paper" like this and its been almost 3 hours since I started, so just go with this.

Adderall make me too focused. I am so focused that mentally, I'm no longer here in this world. There is a time loss in my world when i use it. 15 min in my adderall world is an hour in yours.

I also have lost every single friend I ever had to this drug. Adderall has wrecked my social life and I can't give it up. I'm so hooked.. I don't know what I'm doing anymore. life is awful for me now

Apr 16, 2015
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I totally agree
by: Anonymous

After 8 years on being on Dex to treat ADHD, I have to agree with this statement fully. The first few years were great. I felt like I finally had a purpose, I felt motivated, driven and ambitious. Years later my body and mind no longer respond the way it use to. I've even had a break to see if it will help and I've even trailed different amounts to see if that needs corrected, but nothing works. I actually miss the old me. The person I was prior to taking it. I use to be the biggest advocate for using these type of drugs for treatment, but I can honestly say from experience through my sister and myself, it will slowly take away who you really are and make you feel worse than before you ever had it. Be mindful of the symptoms you might be experiencing over time and recognise these could very well be the effects of long term use. It's not fun at all.

Apr 07, 2015
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My husband, the Jekyll and Hyde Hulk :(
by: Anonymous

My heart is hurting today after doing some research. My husband has a history of addiction (many years ago) that seemed to be a thibg of the past.

His rages that come from adderall withdrawl in the last few months are absolutely frightening. He has become physically violent recently, out of impulse, hyper focuses on things and stays up for days on end. He was a very caring compassionate father and thoughtful person in general. Now, each person he interacts with either finds him to be "overboard" chatty/aggressive and when he crashes, it can be devastating. I don't know what to do, I could talk to his doctor? He is very literally an angry robot and blames me for his outbursts. I believe 100% he has adhd and am glad he sought treatment. I don't believe he is taking too much, just not taking as prescribed (days on and off, etc) so the highs and lows are crazy. I feel like I've lost my best friend.

Mar 18, 2015
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True for me
by: Anonymous

I have narcolepsy and was diagnosed it. I have been off and on it for years due to what it does to my personality, but it's just best at keeping me awake to drive and do my day to day.

After long periods of use, it makes me paranoid. Instantly though, it does make me detached and I only take 5mg a time. I am normally very joyful and positive and greet my husband when I get home, but on adderall I will walk right past him. I don't realize I do it till I think about it. I don't even realize the change unless someone tells me. He can tell immediately when I am on it. I do the same with my daughter, etc. The drug for some reason just greatly suppresses my emotional side to my personality. And this is just MY experience, but I am sure it does the same for SOME others too. Not everyone. :)

If you have issues with the medicine, I'd say look to natural mood supplements. They are out there. Those work well too. You can help control narcolepsy with those and also with diet changes and eliminating caffeine and being consistent with bed times. It isn't always a sure fire, but it does enough to where you won't need adderall.

Feb 09, 2015
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Female, 39 years old
by: Anonymous

I wish I could thumbs down this entire article. I was diagnosed with (a mild form of) Narcolepsy and ADD 5 months ago in September. The psychiatrist wanted me to try Ritalin, but I refused. I know that the side effects can be brutal. I said I would prefer (generic) Adderall since it is amphetamine salts -- something that people in high-stress life or death positions (pilots, residential med students, etc) have taken safely FOR DECADES. I have a very low dose of 20 mg, and have never needed to up it. I take it whenever I need it, and DO NOT take it when I know that my day will not require it.
For instance, once a year, I have to drive an elderly relative 4 hours away. Before Adderall, even with a good nights sleep, that drive one-way took me 8 hours! With my low-dosage of adderall, it took me 4 hours, just like a regular human being!!!!
For me, Adderall is decidedly NON-addictive. It does not give ME personality issues, or withdrawal symptoms. I think the people that have issues with it have either too high a dose, or some underlying spiritual issues that need addressing.
The only side-effect is it raises my blood pressure slightly, which makes perfect sense. Normally, my BP is 90/60 which is very low. With the drug, it is 120/70, which is a very healthy blood pressure. Exercise raises my
BP to this normal level, but exercise does not give me the added benefits of the occasional boost I need as a narcoleptic. I would rather not fall asleep at the wheel, thankyouverymuch.
Do not listen to the trash-talking in this article. Addrall has saved my life and the life of my passengers and other drivers on the road with me. It works for me. If it doesn't work for you, be smart: let it go!
If Adderall is not your thing, I know there is something else out there than can help you, whatever issue you have. Keep the faith. I tried everything I could: diet, meditation, I searched high and low, and Thank You God that I found something that is the answer to all my prayers. Why should I care if it came in the form of a pill, or a methodology, or whatever. It works. It didn't make me happy, I was already happy. I just needed something to keep me alert for the drive.

Feb 04, 2015
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Can go either way
by: Matt

When I was on Adderall XR the first time, I abused it to avoid the crash. I was buying bottles and taking 300+ mg/day. Eventually, that combined with bipolar mania didn't last.

I remained on Daytrana patches to deal with the hyperactivity and I eventually went to Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine and because of insurance, Adderall and Adderall XR. It calms me down and I am taking 80 mg/day. I was on Dexedrine most of my childhood and it sucks that I take this to be mature.

Pros: It helps with hyperactivity, talking too much and helps me plan ahead a lot better. Can sit still and be patient.

Cons: Appetite loss, sleep issues, more anxiety than Dexedrine, generics feeling like different drugs. The wear off of the XRs. Isolated, humorless, makes me want to smoke all the time.

Jan 30, 2015
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Living it
by: Anonymous

It may be different for everyone but I will tell you almost everyone that had written positive reviews, that's how I felt about it the first year or two. Now the confident clear brain I once had and seemed to function fine with untill my doctor told me otherwise, is only for about an hour in the morning and after that, I'm so jittery, anxious and confused that I can hardly look somone in the eye to have a conversation. Sound bad? You haven't even heard the half of it. Forget to call early to refill the script? Doc can't write it for 3 days? Watch the fuck out. The way I feel without it isn't only terribly sick with body aches and no ambition but I also feel like a threat to my own safety and whoever might accidentally piss me off that day. It's gotten so bad that I won't leave the house if I haven't taken it because I might as well start walking to jail. Any spence of logic or accountability for my own actions is out the window. I feel as if I will never be the same person I used to be and that's a shitty thing to think about at the end of the day when I have no dopamine in my body for happiness and no energy for self worth. People may laugh and say it's only adderal but from my experience, I've tried near every recreational drug that you can think of and never did a single one twice because I had self control and logic. Now I take adderal everyday, that my doctor prescribes, that the government says is ok and look at me now, I feel like a zombi that nobody likes anymore because if you cross me wrong you take a serious chance at getting hurt. Please, stay as far away from this shit as you can. Even if it hasn't yet, the shits eventually going to permanently fuck you up

Jan 23, 2015
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Adderall is addictive
by: Anonymous

Adderall is addictive and scary. I lost years of my life to this drug, lost too much weight, and had constant conflicts with others. The first year was okay and I felt normal but after that things became worse. I became paranoid and felt that everyone was "out to get me". My emotions were dull and I felt no happiness. I'm finally getting my life back. For those of you on Adderall, consider getting off your mental and physical health! I won't even begin on all the physical side effects it caused me.

Dec 18, 2014
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36 YEAR OLD DIVORCED DAUGHER WITH 2 SMALL KIDS
by: Cas

I totally agree with the article. I believe this drug has changed my daughter's personality. She is irrational, always blames everyone else, says we are always negative....and so on. She lives with us because she lost her job back in May 2014. She shares custody of her two kids with her ex buy since we live an hour away, he has the kids during the week and they go to school close to him. She only sees them every other weekend and alot of the time is texting people and she gets nervous and anxious when they misbehave or want something. I have pretty much assumed mom duties when they are at my house. She has a retail job at the moment but before that she at first was going to see the kids and pick them up at school/daycare on her days during the week. Then she stopped that. She is seeing a man now and stays at his apt a few times a week and even on her days off when she could go get her kids early from school she waits to come to my house later in the day, change clothes and goes to work. This is not my daughter. She doesn't care what upstairs looks like or the bathroom or if all the kids clothes are washed or folded. It is like she has no responsiblities. She does not see it and if I even ask her to help she tells me to chill out and says OMG mom! I will do it, but she never does. Due to this medicine my husband and myself think it has altered her personality to where she really does not have emotions. She said she loved a man that she lived with for a year but in a weeks time sent him on his way, took his car, and gave it not another thought. I do not know if she can really feel love anymore though at her son's Christmas pageant the other night I actually saw her cry. He was so handsome and cute and singing his heart out. It was not long after that she was ready to leave and take the kids back to their dads. I could go on and on but as you can tell we wholeheartedly believe Adderall to be a very bad drug!!! We would like to talk to her and her Psychiatrist about changing her meds but we do not know how to go about it or if we should call her doctor. We believe she knows and likes what this drug does to her. Also I didn't mention, she lost alot of weight and looks great and I know she LOVES that! Any suggestions for a support group in houston texas area would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!!!

Nov 20, 2014
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Declarative Statements Help Nobody
by: Anonymous

The anecdotal stories given by the author and some of the comments here are sad personal stories of the negative effects of Adderall on their or their loved ones' lives.

However, my personal experience with Adderall and the experiences of many others are glowingly positive. Adderall makes me feel normal, I experience no emotional crash after having taken it throughout the day. It does not effect my emotions but rather my ability to think through my feelings and impulses in a way that allows me to be more volitional in how I behave. This effects not only my productivity but also my social anxieties and emotional stability.

General sweeping statements like "Adderall makes you xxxxxxxx" are irresponsible. Providing your personal story and how it makes you or a loved one feel is great and helps others to determine if the medication could possible help or hinder them.

Medications affect people differently and negative effects you feel may never arise in others. Wellbutrin turned me into a mood swingy zombie but that doesn't mean it will do the same for everybody.

Please consider every option as your health care provider presents them and be honest with them as to the effects. This is a solid means to find what works best for you.

Oct 14, 2014
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adderallSUX
by: badmedication

I first took adderall in middle school. At first it was only 5mg and I barely felt it. I was prescribed adderall because my teacher kept on telling my parents that I interrupted the class. Even to this day, I believe that it's normal for middle schoolers to be hyper, especially when being surrounded by their best friends. In 9th grade I decided to take take 15mg that I had saved. At first adderall was all heavenly and u had this great rush. I also began smoking weed and I smoked regularly throughout the year. The withdrawal from weed was very bearable and it didn't really alter my mentality, it just made me a little forgetful but it wasn't such a problem. In 10th grade I began drinking , and also took Adderall recreationally but it was probably only once a month. I took 20mg and I felt more focused than ever. Keep in mind that I have never mixed adderall & alcohol at the same time. In 11th grade I thought that taking adderall made me smarter so I began taking 30-50 mg. Then, I had this huge tolerance. Dear viewers/readers stop the adderall when ur tolerance is really high. Your brain is so used to the chemicals that it probably stopped making its own. Then I noticed that I felt dull, stupid, and useless if I stopped taking them. My attention was so crappy and my brain was really foggy. I was very unmotivated and I had difficulties doing the easy things that normal people wouldn't have difficulties with. I constantly had the urge to take adderall. Now im 17 and im very sure that adderall changed me. I used to be happy and curious. Now I don't find video games fun and easily become bored. Now, I rarely smoke or drink but im dependant on adderall. Adderall turns you into a zombie. I don't even know if what i have is a symptom for psychosis.

Oct 06, 2014
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The Long And Winding Road
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone my name is Dean. I have until recently been taking some sort of medication for ADHD since I was told to at the age of six or seven, I am now 25, that's a long long time. When I was first diagnosed it was for non hyperactive ADHD, my first grade teacher Mrs. Green had to give me one too many red cards and that was enough for my parents to take me to get tested. Well sure enough I tested positive! Now when I first took it, it was a low dose of Ridalin that I had to take twice a day. I took that until I was in 5th grade and that's when they switched me over to Adderall, because I was day dreaming in class. Well this all coincided with going into 6th grade and at that time I was a little obsessive about certain things, but once they increased the dose of adderall it went into OCD then depression and alienation at school from my peers. Things got a little better in 8th grade even at 30 mg extended release, but by tenth grade it was full on depression, depression that was caused and let me reiterate this, loss of emotional coloring. A true disconnection from reality was forming and causing me depression, what some would call dissasociative symptoms. Then I went on risperdal, then Prozac, then Welbutrin and Celexa, that caused rapid weight gain and i was binge eating from depression. At 18 I tried marijuana to see if that would help, worst reaction ever with the SSRI I was taking (Prozac), that pretty much mentally scarred me. Then I started smoking weed due to influence from co workers and did that lightly for around a year. All in all one morning a year and a half ago after a hangover from weed and alcohol I decided enough was enough, I stopped smoking weed and about a year later almost completely from drinking. Then I started meditating a year ago, at that point I decided I didn't need anti depressants, then this September 4th I stopped adderall cold turkey. It was hellish and I slept everyday I got home from school, it was by far harder than stopping weed or alcohol. People need to realize how powerful a drug adderall truly is. Now I feel more real than I have since middle school and I am studying and getting better grades than I ever have since freshmen year in high school. Moral of the story don't put kids on adderall, it's stealing their childhood, we are all Gods creatures and we are all unique, don't try to take that away from any child, I surely would not want them to go through what I did.

Sep 29, 2014
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I do know how you feel
by: TJ Chambers

Hey John,

I know how you feel but not with everything you mentioned.

When I took Adderall for a short time, I didn't feel hungry as much. I felt over stimulated but I felt good. I could focus and concentrate. With this, I also felt like something wasn't right.

So I quit it and tried a couple meds but decided not to go that direction.

No matter what, you need to eat. The drugs are over stimulating you so you don't feel like eating. To get the nutrition you need, you could do a meal replacement shake. Feel free to email me about what I recommend and have used.

You said people look at you like you are on drugs.... Well, you are, although it isn't the druggie "crackhead" that people tend to think about.

Have you asked them what they say that? What are they seeing? Maybe you thinned out so much that only druggies do that? Are you zombie like? Many people on stimulants are zombie like which could cause concern.

Ultimately, you could get off the medication and take charge of your health with natural supplements.


Sep 29, 2014
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I dont know how i feel
by: John

Before i started taking this i was dieting, watching what i ate, and exercised. This im sure made me lose alot more weight because i really dont have much of an appetite anymore. Even when i eat certain things, it makes me feel sick, and sometimes have to even vomit. I hope im not developing an eating disorder. On the plus side, i went from 180 lbs to 143 lbs and most everyone tells me how amazing ive been looking. Some people at work however are worried and will even ask me, are you ok!!?? As if im either on drugs or have some kind of a disease. And that hurts the most because though i skip meals every now and then because of how adderall effected my appetite i was getting very serious with working and dieting 2 months prior to taking it. So i dont know what to do at this point. I mean i do take it as prescribed, but lately also, i just feel like i dont even know who i am anymore if it makes any sense. Ive gotten my confidence back, something l havent had in YEARS, getting so much attention now on dating websites im on, etc. But people at work are making me feel like they think im either a drug addict or have a disease. It hurts alot. Anyone have any advice for me?

Sep 09, 2014
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adderall shouldn't be for kids
by: Anonymous

i agree, i was prescribed adderall when i was in the 3rd grade and i had a lot of negative effects. they bumped my prescription waaayyy up when i reached the 7th grade and that's when I continuously kept blacking and my mom stopped taking me to my psychiatrist.

i honestly don't know why anyone would give their child any type of prescription pill (unless it's for a physical disability), that's the equivalent of handing them a cigarette in my opinion.

I also feel that I'm still recovering from the drug even thought it's been about 3 years since then. It's like it took a big part of my social life.

Sep 09, 2014
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It's not for everyone
by: Anonymous

Look people Adderall isn't for everyone. I have seen it really help people and destroy people. I have been taking adderall for about 12 years now, I take a small dosage. I'm also diagnosed with anxiety. So imagine the combination. I might be a different story because I have worst anxiety then ADHD, but Adderall is not bad for me. It really helps me when I need it and when I don't, I don't take it. Overall everyone's body is different and will react to drugs differently. So don't believe everything this article says. It maybe true to some people but not everyone.

Aug 28, 2014
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Need vs want
by: Anonymous

As a nurse and a mother, I really believe that while Adderall is wrong for some, it is very helpful for others.

My son has been on Adderall for 18 months. He's 11 now and in the past year and a half I have watched him begin to transform from a kid who would come home saying "I hate myself. I'm a bad kid" to a happy boy with friends and self-esteem. He is in no way addicted; he will forget to take the Adderall if we don't remind him. But if he gets to school and is unable to concentrate, he'll realize he forgot his pill. Prior to Adderall we really tried everything we could think of in the alternative and natural realm, but nothing really helped. I was watching my son head down a very dark path, and Adderall has changed his life for the better. I hope it will not backfire and end up with him in some dire situation, but right now taking Adderall is better than the alternative.

My sister, diagnosed with adult ADD, is another story altogether. While Adderall does help her focus on some things (like driving), for the most part it just seems to keep her thin and helps her to do OCD things faster and with more energy. She realizes this is not probably the right med for her and is seeking help.

I guess my point is that the indications for taking a med like Adderall are complex and vary greatly. ADD has many other "issues" that can accompany it: depression, anxiety, other psych issues. These can be hard to tease out and misdiagnosis is very easy to do. Adderall can be amazing if prescribed for the right person and for the right problems. If it doesn't seem to be right for you, you MUST keep working with your doctor and/or seek another opinion. Try alternative/natural approaches! But please don't assume that Adderall is always wrong for everyone.

Aug 08, 2014
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Ignorant and Naive
by: Patriot

Dear Anonymous,

Your comment "if a doctor prescribes you something, you should take it" is frightening. You should really do your research before saying something like that. It's widely known that people (especially children) are misdiagnosed as having ADHD, depression & other disorders, simply because doctors note certain side symptoms. Many of these are actually related to other issues. E.g., a poor diet/deficiency which causes lack of concentration, low motivation, irritability, hyperactivity, etc.

It is terrible how easily these drugs are given to children and even adults, as your brain doesn't fully develop until you're in your 20's, women appx. 25. There are several documentaries addressing the negative effects these drugs are having on people. They may initially make you feel better, productive, "happy", but these basically kill your brain. It's proven they kill the frontal lobe if your brain, responsible for empathy, compassion, and anything that makes you feel human.

The pharmaceutical industry is a multi billion dollar industry, and some of these prescribing doctors may actually think they are helping you, as that's what they've been taught. Equally, there are doctors who simply see dollar signs and, while they "diagnose" you, fail to find the underlying issues, such as a more holistic approach. Failing to ponder why you are feeling like this, is there a possible deficiency due to your diet? Etc.

I urge anyone who cares about their health, or the health of their family & friends, to really look into these findings and seek the truth about all these medications. Do you really want to be taking something that's manipulating your brains chemical makeup? What is it really doing to you?

Aug 05, 2014
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Wow Bias Much?
by: Anonymous

Dont beleive a word this article says. I take it and im not "disconnected". This article is very very misleading. If a doctor perscribes this medication, you should do it. Please do not beleive this bias article!

Jul 14, 2014
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Heavily Biased Article
by: Anonymous

Your post misleads people who actually may need it, and likely leaving those who do need help to feel ashamed and step away from treatment. Just because you had a bad experience with adderall, doesn't mean the rest of the world will suffer your consequences. I'm assuming you abused it, despite any indication of abuse in your article. It's your own fault for your shortcomings with adderall, likely because you didn't need it in the first place. People with real ADD benefit from this medicine. Shame on your for writing such a shitty article.

Jun 05, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Adderall has ruined my life. I have ADHD but became addicted to Adderall. I am now about to become a convicted felon for the way I began to feed my addiction.

Jun 01, 2014
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scared!
by: Anonymous

Im reading all these comments and Im thanking god that im not alone!!! Ive been taking adderall for about six years. I take a low dose 20mg. and will not increase! But,im noticing awful mood swings..and starting to feel like a terrible parent/wife. i think daily that im gonna be done,,and just dont stop. i can't handle being such an angry person but i feel i need the little rush to get me started. Im scared,sad,and dont feel like im myself..feeling very lost. im worried i will regret the lost unhappy time with my children that i used to feel before adderall.

May 13, 2014
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Abuse and destruction
by: Anonymous

My husband diagnosed with add plus anxiety and depression. Later in life binge drinker. Helped him stop drinking completely. In the correct dosage it did help his concentration , but you can resist the high??? 60 mg a day turned into 120 mg + turned him into a monster!! Aggressive , obnoxious , thought he was on top of the world!! Totally forgot he had a family and had an affair with a married neighbor!! Destroyed our lives emotionally and financially.. After he stopped the adderall became a full blown alcoholic... Hospitalized countless times and just left rehab for the 3 rd time!! While I do not completely blame the adderall for everything it did give him the high to become totally promiscuous and someone he was not... Sexual arousal is another issue of adderall !!! Drs should be thorough before handing it out like candy!!!

May 10, 2014
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makes for a sad story..
by: Anonymous

Ha i watched adderal destroy mothers life over a ten year span. I never had put the peices together of why she was losing touch with reality. Its sad because ive witnessed the changes, and now cant even have a normal conversation with her. She is totally disconnected with life and is very irrational. I myself have add and didnt like the drug as a kid and learned to deal with it. I am very against this drug and have lost a family too it.. The fact that it affects the way your brain feels happiness should tell it all, i hate how much doctors throw that diagnosis out there. Peoples minds work different.. thats how god made us. Learn to cope with out legal DRUGs

Feb 13, 2014
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Stay away from Adderall
by: Anonymous

100% agree with your review on adderall because I suffered from the same symptoms. I have been off the drug for quite some time now and can actually say that I am myself again and loving it! :)

Oct 07, 2013
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It's not a miracle drug.
by: Anonymous

My life was a mess before I started taking Adderall. I have horrible anxiety and depression. DO NOT accept prescriptions from your general physician. Go to a Psychiatrist so they can diagnose you properly. I have been given antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication by my physician since I was 18. None of those ever helped, until I went to the Psychiatrist and through a lot of questions and tests and seeing different Psychiatrists for confirmation, they all agreed that I had Adult ADHD I was 23 when I finally diagnosed correctly.


I haven't felt this normal in the longest time. I have passion in all things again. I'm much more. Enthusiastic about life and I didn't feel so hopeless and scatterbrained all the time. For the first time in a very long time the chatterbox in my head stopped. I take Zoloft and Klonopin along with Adderall because of my history of depression. But my General Anxiety has subsided for the most part. Klonopin helps with the crash and Zoloft is an antipsychotic that counters the depression a person might feel after stopping Adderall..

I take Adderall when needed, as prescribed, but if I know I don't need to focus like the weekend I don't take it and I have no problems when I am not able to refill my prescriptions right away... just because a person is taking adderall doesn't mean all your focus issues will subside, reading self help books and changing old habbits helps a lot as well as talk therapy. There are classes on ADHD and how to relive your life again. It is also very important to keep good communication with your psychiatrists. I'm fortunate to have a very good one who cares. I have never been so balanced in my life. Wish the others the best of luck.

Sep 29, 2013
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This isn't an article
by: TJ

You are right, it is biased. It is written by a person and their personal experience with the drug. It is not an article.

Sep 29, 2013
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"Awareness?"
by: Anonymous

This entire article is completely biased and serves no educational purpose.

Aug 24, 2013
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No Label
by: Anonymous

I agree that taking anything to 'awaken' you is a dependent mentality. Adderall is meant to be a tool for what your focus is, not the focus itself, or it will start to feel permanent. That's when I first felt my identity to be shaken up. I believe in a certain dosage limit to everyone on synthetic drugs. I've heard about people on 80 mg Adderall, and that is way too much for any pharmaceutical experiments. And above all, remember to eat! A big problem with Adderall is thinking it gives you overall energy. I was eating 1 meal a day for months. Everyone needs a balanced diet and exercise, meds or not.

Aug 20, 2013
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Positive use here
by: whit

Everyone is different. I have thought to have had problems with depression but I was depressed because I was labeled. On this medication I was able to turn my life around for the positive. I dont abuse the drug and talk to my doctor often about anything that does come up with my health. Open communication with a doctor and fequent checkups are actions that should be taken with this medication.

Apr 22, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Everything that is said on this page is true if the drug is abused. Be careful, it's not fun living a lonely life.

Jul 16, 2012
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ruining my thought
by: Anonymous

I can't look at things and think wow that's cool,pretty, funny, everything is processed nothing makes sense im 14 i used to draw for fun now i eat sleep and go to school and repeat. This drug is helping me academically but i am sure that the head and stomach aches are not good same with sleep deprivation also I've been really depressed and think alt about life after death. Im getting scared about what will happen to me i was a nice and creative kid now i notice im rude to my parents and and i was always respectful but i want to know if ill be fine when i draw its sloppy and i can't wrap my head around thoughts. Science was a sore subject but now im watching Stephen hawking into through universe and completely understanding it and interested. Im not sure if this is good or bad

May 24, 2012
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Real ADHD helped first- rehab next.
by: Anonymous

Married- Mother of 2 under 5. I was diagnosed with ADHD last April. I was prescribed 20 ml of adderall. Just like many other posts- It helped. I wondered how I managed to live with out it for so long. I was consumed with how much I was accomplishing. Because it's a controlled substance, I had to go back to the pys once a month to get my script. Each time, my tolerance was building. Near August of the same year I was taking 60 ml and even that felt like it wasn't lasting. My scripts weren't lasting and I was becoming a mess. I started drinking alcohol to help with the come down. I was turning into someone I didn't recognize. I was 2 weeks away from a new script and I lost my mind. Terrible with drawls, sick, hated my beautiful life. I thought about suicide everyday and cried every night. September I found myself in the state mental ward and on my way to rehab for 30 days.

I still think about taking adderall. It's f*cked up. My brain trys to convince me I can take it.. just not too much. or maybe another type of ADHD meds.

Best thing is to read these sites when I start looking up pys docs or new meds.

Terrible. it's not worth it.

May 15, 2012
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Adderall destroyed my life
by: Anonymous

Adderall was great. It helped me finally reach my full potential. I took adderall for 5 years and it worked well for me untill I became psychotic. I heard voices and was unable to leave my house to go to a job that I loved. I was hospitalized several times. I am no longer able to work. There is nothing I can take that will me with ADHD. I am now sensitized to stress, which can set off a psychotic state. I now suffer from depression because I feel like every thing I have worked for has been for nothing. If I would have known that this rare but serious side effect was going to actually happen to me, then I would have probably made a different decision on taking that medication. The drug labell make it sound like it couldn't happen to you because it is so rare. I'm very sad because I miss having a normal life, and I feel like it was stolen from me.
Laura

Apr 19, 2012
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People need to think
by: Anonymous

I am a 49 year old male who has been diagnosed with adult onset ADD. I take 15 mg twice a day. I have taken a generic form of adder all for about eight months now. Although I have not experienced the extreme effects described by others, I have noticed that I have to take care in not taking caffeine or too much sugar as it does make me too excitable. I believe in being proactive with my health and thus I am careful but not afraid to do what is necessary to make me productive as my family is directly impacted by my ability to be reliable. I never understood why I was so forgetful and spacey. This medication has made me feel closer to normal than ever before. If it doesn't work for you go to your physician and find out what does! If you are not symptomatic and taking it to be superman and outperform normal peers you are bound for a painful crash. The goal is to be normal. Communicate, but don't make foolish general statements that may discourage someone who really could benefit.

Jan 19, 2012
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Will you address the real issue?
by: TJ Chambers

There are many issues with taking medications. The biggest are the effects that you can not see. You may not know this but medication slowly destroys your liver.

Taking medications is not natural. You body was not created to take in medications. Now you can do what you want and that is your choice.

As you take the medication, you can see the short term effects. They may be good, bad, or good and bad. The long term effects are definitely going to have bad effects that will compound.

You can't take speed for the rest of your life and not have bad side effects.

Some people see bad side effects right away. This is normal. This is how their bodies react to it and you will see on the adverse affects charts that some people have bad reactions.

So the affects can be from the medication or an ingredient in the medication like dyes or it could be the affect of what is happening in the body that reacts with the medication.

The bottom line is 1 thing and this 1 thing is what is the most important for me. As I said, people chose to do what they want. That is up to them.

Medications do not get to the root cause of the issue going on in the body. It "masks" the symptoms and only compounds the problem and brings on more problems as time goes on.

Adderall always works great for people for a while but then they start having other problems. Until the other problems happen, they like to sing the praise of the drug like it is a miracle worker.

While it feels like a miracle, it really isnt. If it works long term for you and you are fine with using every day, great, I'm happy for you.

Jan 19, 2012
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Historically, people have pointed the finger at anything to avoid
by: Sober Straight A Student (Pre-Med)

(Triple post, keep this one, discard other 2 similar posts, thanks.)
Historically, people have pointed the finger at anything to avoid addressing certain issues. It may be the case that something else besides Adderall is the root of your troubles. Most are rarely willing or are "too busy" to be very introspective. For instance, to the 14 yr old, you might be experiencing lots of hormonal changes in your body that the Adderall is interacting with.

If it's not that then the mood swings are definitively indicative of bi-polar disorder(mood-disorder), which is a serious condition that can be reversible if treated by a mental health professional, for this I would seek a Psychiatrist. It is believed BPD (bi-polar disorder) is caused by the hormones in our food (animal products), in fact similar causes are linked to ADHD, do your research people.

The first thing I would suggest seems obvious, that is to speak with your doctor, second would be to consult a mental health professional such as your school counselor. Do not worry, she will probably not tell you that you are crazy, but even if she does it'd be better to know you’re crazy and be crazy than to be crazy and not know it. Hint: most people that are crazy do not know it. Yourself awareness is one clue to your level of sanity. If you are aware of a behavior, you can seek to change it, and/or seek help.

I think Adderall is the most helpful to those with the worst ADHD. Side effects are something to be worked through. I'm still struggling to get to sleep on time at night as my first class is at 8am, and it's 30mins away, so I normally plan to wake up at 5am. Part of this is due to the fact that I goof off too much and end up all night studying. Again it’s my fault, but it’s something I can work through. Take responsibility for yourself folks.

It is also important to realize that with Adderall being an amphetamine, some people are more susceptible to the addictive properties of this drug. I have read the warning labels and so should ANYONE ELSE ON ADDERAL. Here is the OFFICIAL ADDERAL XR website from Shire Pharmaceuticals, maker of Adderall. READ UP.

http://pi.shirecontent.com/PI
/PDFs/AdderallXR_USA_ENG.PDF

Eat healthy & exercise. Also SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR COMPUTER is scientifically PROVEN TO ROT YOUR BRAIN. Go outside and take a walk, get some fresh air. Drinking more water improves brain function as well as eating more greens.

Be honest with your doctor. I wish doctors were better trained to spot lies & deception. If they aren't asking you questions it's time you started asking your doctor some. Like, "Why did you get into medicine?" Good answer="To help people." Bad answer="For the money." Tell your doctor anything you suspect he may need to know concerning your treatment for ADHD.

Jan 16, 2012
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Try saying, "My experience has been" b/c everybodies different.
by: Sober Straight A Student (Pre-Med)

Every single person is physiologically & pychologially different. I was diagnosed ADHD when I was like 8yrs old or something and they put me on Ritalin which made me very jittery so after a few years of experimenting with it I got off all meds. I tried to join the U.S. Marines but when I told them I'd taken Ritalin they disqualified me. I worked construction & drank for a lot of years depressed that I didn't get in Marines. Finally I'd had enough, I quit drinkin & smokin cigs and enrolled in college. I went to our family physician and told him I was having trouble getting my work done in time. B/c I have never had any addiction or abuse of drugs he agreed to put me on Adderall, after adjustments we settled at 25mg. I finished the semester with straight A's. It increases my reading comprehension, and ability to recall information. We had a 3 week break, and I completely came off the stuff after taking it for 2 1/2 months straight, and I will admit my ability to focus, comprehend and recall information was diminished while off of Adderall. The Pharmacy pamplet says to take a few weeks of every few months for health & drug effectiveness reasons. Spring semester started Jan 4, back on it 2 weeks now with no negative effects, I'm enjoying life and my freinds and my reading comprehension is better than it was during Christmas break off Adderall. My doctor and I are carefully monitoring. My Dr is a friend of the family and he knows of my alcoholism, but he is confident in the drugs ability to help those with ADHD. It has helped me so much in fact that my respect & gratitude for the treatment that Doctors provide for patients like me, like the medicine they gave me to detox me from alcohol that worked so well, as well as my new found love of Academia, I'm on a Pre-Med track on target to double major in BioChem & Psych, w/ desire to attend med school & become a physician treating all kinds of patients including ADHD diagnosis & those suffering from addiction. If you are addicted to Adderall discontinue use under supervision of a physician, who can proscribe meds to help you off Adderall if you need. Oh, and DO NOT abuse medications. Seek help if needed.. My conclusion, make sure you are ADHD not just looking for an academic edge. Make sure your mentally & emotionally stable, and psychologically & physically healthy enough to use Adderall. The negative side effects that you are experiencing are likely due to pre-existing conditions that this drug simply agitated. I'm emotionally, physically, & spiritually healthly b/c I'm in AA & work the 12 steps, ask God to help me. I clean out emotional & mental baggage & make amends cleaning up the past. No skeletons in my closet & nothing eating me alive, I am clean inside so I can recieve the flow of God's spirit into me. Remember Jesus the son of God took our sins on the cross where he died & rose in 3 days conquering death & sin so that whosover believe in him shall not parish but have everlasting life in heaven.

Jun 26, 2011
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Uhh Disagree
by: Anonymous

Sorry man - but Adderall affects everyone differently. I have very bad ADD, and the difference in my competence, confidence, intelligence and ability persuade is night and day.

Without Adderall I cannot translate thoughts into actions and wander around daydreaming, rehearsing things that happened, fantasizing about things that might happen, attaching tremendous significance to everything that happens to me. In other words, a useless member of society who has contributed nothing.

Within 2 months of taking Adderall, my intelligence completely awakened. I now can land nearly any job I interview for. I landed a job as a web developer, and don't even know web development. I learned PHP in one month and can read books and figure things out insanely fast. Basically, my new philosophy is I can do anything, it just has to be understood and figured out.
Also, most importantly I have STOPPED WORRYING about every damn thing that happens to me.

Now - the downside. Adderall has decreased my interest in creative pursuits. I don't feel the burning desire to be a 'rock star' like I did before I started taking it. My intelligence kicked in and took over. I'm more interested in logical pursuits.

The other downside is a general inability to appreciate beauty. I find myself walking through museums, unable to relax and just take in something. I'm always calculating, figuring its origins, or motivations, tying it into some academic canon or finding its historical or contextual significance. That was the old part of me. It was pure imagination.

So, that's my experience. I would refrain from speaking in generalities, because quite obviously we have seen that everyone responds very differently.

Apr 06, 2011
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From the man who hit enter 2X !!
by: Anonymous

PLEASE - Don't mistake my double entry of the post below as anything other than clicking enter 2 X!!

This was my first time posting here, and I really believe my "double-post" has absolutely nothing to do with Adderall!
There are two things I forgot in my last post, so here goes:

"Don't take yourself too seriously, we're all human, prone to make a mistake from time to time." I find it somehow therapeutic to be able to laugh at ourselves now and again...Also, don't take things TOO PERSONALLY - Know the difference between being LAUGHED AT, and LAUGHED WITH!!

Signed,

FINALLY BETTER & ENJOYING LIFE IN ST. LOUIS!


Apr 06, 2011
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Perhaps, a possible misdiagnosis?
by: Anonymous

First of all, I want to express my sincere condolences to anyone who Adderall has hurt.I am not a physician, or in the medical/psychiatric profession.(Sales)I ust want to say that after being diagnosed with ADHD over seven years ago, I have been treated very successfully with Adderall for the last three years. I am male,age 47.
Prior to that, the previous four years of my life were very similar to the accts. and descriptions of the others commenting negatively here. I was on what I came to call the RX ROULETTE for over four years. Non-stimulant STRATERRA, stimulants: RITALIN, FOCALIN, CONCERTA, PROVIGIL, ADDERALL XR, I believe RITILIN XR?
Also, during that period of time, I bounced from
PROZAC, WELLBUTRIN, PAXIL, LEXIPRO, also, form the benzopiades, TENAZAPAM, LORAZAPRAM, XANAX, BUSPAR
also AMBIEN, LUNESTA & probably some others,too many to remember. Now, CYMBALTA really works.(Not that my psych. didn't rec. adding SEROQUEL (took 1 sample pill, was sound asleep in 2 hours, slept 14 hours, "in the fog" for the entire net day)

Never took again.

That is why I feel that a misdiagnosis may be at issue here. It isn't exact science. No offense to anyone is intended, however, I'm familiar with people who have sought out various stimulant meds for ADHD for other purposes than treating ADHD. IMHO, Adderall helps many more than it harms. Again, IMHO, so many in our society are taking these meds than in the past, I must wonder why?
More being diagnosed (perhaps mistakenly, the Drug companies "pushing" more meds at the med/psych community to dole out samples, some "seek" a diagnosis that suits their recreational needs, etc. I feel it important to participate in these forums, study as much as possible from valid sources,keep an open mind, and live well, exercise, diet, watch alcohol, tobacco, & other things we all know to be important. I hope this helps at least 1 person. Like buying a car An informed consumer is the best customer/PATIENT!
Good Luck, be safe,do the homework, AND REMEMBER, IT
IS YOUR BODY/MIND-DON'T HESITATE TO DISAGREE WITH YOUR DR. OR, LOOK FOR A NEW ONE WHO WILL LISTEN!
BEST WISHES, GOOD LUCK IN FINDING THE PROPER "FORMULA" TO LEAD A FULFILLING LIFE-IT CAN BE DONE
I KNOW!
Signed, FINALLY BETTER & ENOYING LIFE IN ST.LOUIS!


Apr 06, 2011
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Adderall has taken my Son's life
by: Anonymous

Approximately 3 years ago my son started using Adderall to help focus and complete tasks. He then began abusing his prescribed medications. He would stay up for days at a time. Cleaning his apartment all thru the night and in the morning he would start all over again. He talks in circles and argues over everything. He has now aquired felony charges from being pulled over for speeding that led into felonious assault, assault, resisting arrest, failure to pull over x2. He is incarcerated at this time and awaiting trial. How will anyone understand what has happened to my Son. They will not care. I believe he was in a phycotic episode and now has permanent damage. The physician was called three times reporting his abuse, my son continued to receive his prescription. What can I do? There is no money for an Attorney that might fight for my Son.

Apr 05, 2011
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What to do?
by: TJ Chambers

There are many things that you can do and need to do. Adderall only goes after the symptoms and completely ignores the causes of the out of control symptoms.

That's the key. Understand what is causing your symptoms.

See this page on causes of ADHD. After reading this you will have a better understanding of the various things that cause ADHD symptoms. You may not exactly know what to do.

If you have a brain injury, then you have to work towards healing the brain if that is possible. If it is beyond repair, then you will have the limitations for the rest of your life.

If you have blood sugar problems, then you have to cut out sugar and sweeteners and keep your carb intake per serving low. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and make sure you eat the right amount of protein for you.

You may have an amino acid deficiency. You have to be tested for this. You can also take supplements that provide amino acids or try to start making a protein shake every day that has most of the amino acids like Jay Robbs products.

You may have a vitamin and mineral deficiency. For that, I recommend using the same product I use if it is available in your area. See this ADHD Liquid Vitamin

I always recommend people buy Victory Over ADHD by Deborah Merlin. Its a great educational book and important for parents to read for their ADHD children.

Apr 05, 2011
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Adderall SUCKS
by: Anonymous

Adderall has made me the craziest person ever. I was on Adderall xr salt combo 15mg daily for about 6 months. Then i finally decided to get off of that crap. It has SERIOUSLY DESTROYED ME MENTALLY. I don't know who to go to, i need real help. It makes me have these mood swings everyday, and the most i feel is depression. The sad part is im only fucking 14. It hurts to feel this way. I wish i was my old self. I dont care that im ADD anymore i just want everything to go back to normal, but thats impossible. I've almost lost all hope in life due to this medication.

Nov 07, 2010
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Terrible
by: Anonymous

I can relate to all the posts here.... adderall has helped me in many ways... but when I look at the disconnected personality part, I realize I am better off of it. The first week is wonderful every time. I love sosializing and doing ANYTHING. I feel nmore confidant,and get done many tasks. KEY WORDS: "THe first week is amazing...after that it's a one way street to hell. And then the drug does starts it's damage..... manifesting itself into your life until you no longer know yourself or the meaning of happy.And don't even start me on getting off of the stuff..... NOT PRETTY.

Apr 29, 2010
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It ruined my life
by: Anonymous

These pills cost me my life. Every waking hour is like a night-terror. Reality is gone, I've lost touch. I had a psychotic episode and permanently lost touch with reality, it's like my mind is a raging fire, and any time I try to console, the torment increases out of guilt for trying.

There are no words to accurately describe the torment that has become my reality.

Stay away from these pills, they will destroy you. Don't think that because it's burning you so slowly that it'll be OK. Get off them, at all costs.

Jan 21, 2009
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People need to hear this!
by: Don

Amen to the above comments! I couldn't agree more! The first two days taking it, I was on top of the world! Around the third day, the effects weren't so great. I no longer got that first "high". The past 4 days, I have been highly depressed, unmotivated, disinterested in my normally pleasurable activities. In general, couldn't give a damn about anything. And to top it all off, two days worth of horrible side effects, including shortness of breath, tiredness/ pain in my eyes (nervous tics) and a constant jittery feeling! More fun than a barrel of monkeys, right? I've never felt this bad in my entire life! Just spoke with nurse today and she said she will talk to the doctor and call me later. I believe I'm done with ADHD meds forever. My wife loved me just as much before the meds, when she referred to me as a "space cadet"! Thanks for listening and please heed this advice!!!

Jan 08, 2009
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I agree 100% Adderall WILL consume you!
by: Anonymous

I was honestly a soccer mom never missed anything, now I will admit the Adderall comes first. I hate it but I only take it now so I do not feel sick, I distance myself from everyone ,mostly because of shame I think. I need help detoxing so I can be normal again. I would suggest don't try it unless you need it



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