22 year old daughter started adderall

My 22 year old daughter started taking Adderall for ADHD about 6 months ago. Since then she is doing much better with her college coursework.


However, I am concerned that she is experiencing side effects from the Adderall: since she started taking Adderall she: 1)had to move out of our home because she could no longer get along with us (her parents); 2) is now no longer even allowed in our home because of the disrespect she has shown to her step-father of 18 years; 3) argues with me regularly, is verbally aggressive, very "rigid" in her thoughts and seems to "over focus" and things, resulting in a lot of our arguments. Her doctor and therapist say "it's not the Adderall". I say "I've been her mom for 22 years and I've NEVER seen her act like this...it started when she started the Adderall!" I will not give up on her; therapy is not helping...
Any advice??

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Sep 13, 2016
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Adderall is evil
by: Anonymous

Get her off as soon as you can it will take over her life.

Jan 31, 2013
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Another irritable daughter on adderall NEW
by: Anonymous

Our 21 daughter who has been on Adderall for 8 months is the same way now. Irritable, rigid in her thoughts, disagreeable, and gets into a bad mood, quickly and often. She also has insomnia so she can't get out of bed and ends up sleeping until the afternoon. She used to be a sweet, easy-going, free-spirited and delightful young lady.

Aug 02, 2011
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My 39 year old sister is the same
by: Anonymous

My family has had the same experience. She fights with everyone and claims no one understands her, she is very rigid in her thoughts and over focused on graphic art work. She was also originally addicted to pain pills and i can't understand why a doctor would prescribe her something that she should clearly not be taking. Every few weeks there is a psychotic episode and when she goes back to normal, my parents always think it is the last one. And then low and behold it happens again. Unfortunately it is impossible to get her help as she thinks she is helping herself by taking Adderall. It is tearing me apart.

Jul 23, 2011
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road rage
by: Anonymous

Her dosage could be off - maybe too high? If she is repeatedly hyperfocused on things and angry & argumentative, I'd guess that she might also be sweating like a man & her blood pressure may be up.

Jul 13, 2011
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ADD people are not the greatest communicators
by: Anonymous

I have heard the same thing from my sister. "You never used to act like this." Yes and no! Before I just accepted that how I did things was just normal but researching and learning about the common characteristics people with attention deficit have I realize that I don't have to accept how I do things and I can change them.(very frustrating and hard to do) But it's getting everyone to be on the same page with you. I have lived with a doctor the last 3 years and was engaged to her son that was ADHD. I have ADD. Anyways, I mentioned this to her and she believes it's because we have never been challenged before. We were just allowed to act and be as we were. Now though, after the diagnosis, my experience I'm aware of issues that go along with ADD and trying to handle everything as a normal person. This gets me frustrated because we are not able to just take a pill and be better and do things perfectly. It takes effort and it's very difficult to be good at everything. It's hard enough to stay focused on what needs to be done. We have shorter fuses and more impatient because we understand what's going on and we want others to understand too but they don't care and think we are using it as an excuse or say "we all have ADD." They minimize soemthing that is really a disability.

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