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Feeling hopeless 2019-07-10T18:15:37+00:00
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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Brian– 230 lbs, 5’10, age 26. I was diagnosed with inattentive type about 6 months ago and started exploring drug options with my doctor 4 months ago. I am petrified that no medication will ever work for me. Thus far I have been gradually increasing my dosage of Intuniv (currently at 2mg) and Vyvanse (started at 20mg, now at 40). So far, nothing. I have tried hard not to get my hopes up, but at the same time, I have spent hundreds of dollars on diagnostics, doctor appointments, and prescription copays, only to be increasingly frustrated as my symptoms remain the same and I continue to let myself and others down. I know that medication is not a magic cure, but everyone I’ve talked to has said that ADHD medication has been life-changing for them. With this in mind, I have a few questions for you all. First, how long did it take before you found that your medication regimen created a noticeable difference? Second, does increasing your dosage gradually rather than suddenly build a tolerance, thus minimizing the drug’s effects? Lastly, has anyone found that other drugs work better for them than Vyvanse? I have heard that Vyvanse is considered the most effective/safest stimulant for ADHD, but so far I have experienced no change, other than mild anxiety side effects.

    Thank you all

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    Hey Brian

    I’m a person that has not had dramatic success with medication, but am still learning how to use it and still determined to master it as a tool because I think the potential is there. I’m also a newly diagnosed adult with inattentive ADHD and 37 years old. to answer your questions. I think you need to try a couple different meds because some work better than others. I’m taking Dexidrine (related to Vyvanse) and tried Concerta before that (didn’t give great results).

    Couple questions for you.

    Is there a particular area of your life that you are most focused on improving? Mine was work.
    Are you good at taking the medication at the recommended dose, every day? I kept missing days or thinking I didn’t need it certain days. this hurts the success rate.
    Do you have habits that are destructive or time-wasting that you still can’t shake even with the medication? I do, and have to consciously attack the bad habits or else no results.
    Do you have worries, or bad feelings of dread towards certain tasks that the medication won’t erase? I do, and I’ve realized that medication only reduces your brains need to get that high from jumping from thought to thought, but it doesn’t do anything for buried memories or feelings of negativity surrounding topics you may have screwed up at or failed at in the past.

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