Adderall, only as plan B

by Lauren

I'm 13, and I havn't been useing adderall for very long now, only about 1/4 of a year. When I started it, i was told the only risks were not being able to sleep. But the thought of being able to focus in school, I practicly leaped at it. Now, my grades are great, and I don't even have trouble sleeping! But soon i started feeling depressed about everything, it's horrible. I was never particularly cheery, but I never was down cast 24/7. Now, I feel like a hallow shell of the person I was before. Not only is the depression bad, but I never eat breakfeast, hardly ever lunch, and a little smaller than m=normal dinner. If I knew what adderall would have done to me, I would have never taken it. I can't stop now though, my parents are too proud of me. So before you take the drug, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. It may be worth it, but it may really screw with you.

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Oct 12, 2015
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Follow up
by: Lauren

So, I posted this four years ago, and I wanted to update everyone on what has happen since then. In eighth grade, one year after I posted this, I told my parents about my problem. Although I'm not sure if they really thought I was depressed, they were empathetic about my concerns. With their support, I weaned myself off Adderall and was totally off by freshman year. Unfortunately, I was now skeptical of any drugs, so I refused trying any other meds. As a result, my grades plummeted, resulting in a GPA that I am still pulling myself out of. By second semester of freshman year, I agreed to start another drug, Methylaphilidate, which has so far worked great. I'm very happy now, and I am applying to many great colleges so that I can have a bright future. Thank you all for all of your support, and I hope your satisfied with this happy ending :).

Oct 11, 2015
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Hi there
by: Anonymous

If your parents ever read this they would feel terrible, and I just know they would sit down with you to try and figure something else out, a better solution. I know because I am a mother of a son with ADHD. No mother would want there child to go through this. Also, you are now 13. This means you are smart enough to see the negative affect this medicine is having on your body and emotions. If I were you I would talk to them about stopping the meds. Your health and emotional stability is far more important than anything else. Don't be afraid that your parents may be disappointed. If they saw what you have written I bet they would take you of those meds right away. Trust me, I'm a mother I know what I'm talking about. Why don't you try having a conversation with them about the things you mentioned on this page? Or if your too nervous you could let them "accidentally" find a paper you have written regarding your thoughts on the effects these meds are having on you? There's an idea. I did something like that once as a kid and it worked.

Jan 02, 2013
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Consider other possibilities
by: Anonymous

Adderall = Quick Fix

I myself am a 27 year old male whom has completely removed myself from adderall after taking it from 5th grade - age of 24ish... throughout high school and college only took it as needed. After realizing the effects it had on me, I started slowly but surely taking myself off of it. Only taking it when needing it *(study for test, taking test, me being involved with other peoples schedules, deadlines for work etc...)

I have found other avenues, exercise really seems to help and sticky notes and reminders everywhere on my computers phone and calendars. I have 8 alarms set on my phone each morning, it isn't easy but it is better then being controlled. It takes over your life it doesn't make "you" "you" anymore. Their is a completely different "you" when on addy.

Regardless of adderall LIFE isn't easy either way.
Furthermore, EVERYTHING has a PRO and CON. It all depends on your values of which pro is more of a pro for you then the con is for you. When it comes down to it you have to be stronger then adderall and find other remities *(SP)

Adderall = Quick fix

Sep 30, 2011
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Adderall destroyed my life
by: Anonymous

When I started taking adderall it was the greatest thing. I wasvfull of energy and full of life, then depression set in. I became so depressed and was anxious. I started antidepressants and sleeping pills. They increased my dosage because I built up immunity. I started to have panic
C attacks and was told I had an anxiety disorder and xanex was added. My depression set in so bad. I was referred for ECT shock theorapy. I did this 48 times all while increasing the adderall dose to assist in beating the depression. By self discovery and research I found my testosterone level was near zero. Low testosterone causes depression amongst other things. Adderall lowers your testosterone level. After 14 years recently up to 90 mg day, I am addicted. It's said your moody requires it to function normall. Labled an addict. The doctors now refuse to prescribe it. What?? What planet am I on.?

Sep 27, 2011
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ADHD Medication
by: Anonymous

Hi there! I know you want your parents to be proud of you but as a parent who struggle with a 7 year old(2nd grade student)with ADHD, I stongly suggest you get off the medication. Please, do it for yourself! I couldn't bear the feeling of watching my son go through what you are exactly going through now. Everyday is a struggle for both of us. Homework is a nightmare seometimes... but I really want my son to succeed in school and so I help him as much as I can without medication. I only had him medicated for a little over a year, enough to see the twitching in his eyes, his dry lips, rubbing his face and hallucinating he had mosquitos or bugs in his face. And that's when I really got concerned.. If you can't go without medication...I would say try something else that doesn't make you feel this way. If it helps, my nephew takes medication for his ADD but only during school days, he's off of it the weekends and any other day that there is no school and he does homework right after school right before the medication wears off. Good luck!

Sincerely,
A concerned mother

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