60 year-old woman on Adderal for short time
I always knew something was wrong with me and have fought depression, mostly untreated, for most of my life. I have many, if not all, of the symptoms I've been reading about since my diagnosis.
During the past three years, family problems kept piling up, and I was not effectively coping with them, at all. Consequently, I was extremely anxious and depressed. I became so upset, several times, that I was afraid something bad would happen to me - like a heart attack or stroke, so I went to a doctor to get myself straightened out.
Long story short - and this took about a year and a half: My doctor had an ergo moment and realized that I've likely had undiagnosed ADHD my entire life and started me on a low-dose Adderal regimine. My doctor said, if his diagnosis was accurate, I would see dramatic results, immediately, and my life would improve for the better, that I probably should have been taking medication for the disease for 50 years!
My doctor was right-on-target, and for the past week and a half I've been functioning well, sleeping well, my stress level has decreased, my thoughts are not so negative, and I feel much happier. It feels almost as though my mind has been infused with fresh spring air!
I actually believe the improved thought process likely saved my life, and the lives of several others, on the second day of taking the drug, because my quick thinking helped me avoid what would have become a five-car (maybe more) crash with a car that was speeding in excess of 100 mph, had I not been able to quickly figure out what to do in order to avoid the potential crash.
So, the way I'm going to look at taking this medication is: Hey, maybe I am getting hooked on this drug, but it is helping me to function effectively.
From the reading I've done, my brains needs a stimulant drug to help the neurons in the frontal cortex fire properly.
If anything negative pops up, my doctor and I will readdress the problem.