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Re: Inattentive ADD meds....

Posted by nickguy on October 13, 2006, at 3:37:08

In reply to Re: Inattentive ADD meds...., posted by jealibeanz on October 12, 2006, at 21:15:36

have you tried the non-extended release adderall? I do somewhat feel more depressed and tired after about 6 hours, but that goes away another 2 hours later. So it's a matter of benefits outweighing the bad. Adderall also helps so much with my social anxiety that I don't take ativan for school the days I take adderall.(for the same reasons racer talked about) I would also suggest trying different stimulants- Focalin, ritalin, concerta....ect... My pyschiatrist says trying different stimulants is no different than trying different ssri's for depression. They're all similar, yet different at the same time.
I know it sucks, but if you can find one that gives you only slight depression, it might help to just accept that side effect and move on. For me, it goes like this: In the long run, stimulants reduce depression because they help me get through school and achieve in school, which is important to me. Yes, they do cause depression somewhat 4-6 hours after taking it, but it's worth it. I try to take it as sparingly as possible (It's tough when your in school, but I don't take it days I have only 2 classes, or weekends unless I have to write a paper) and also work my schedule around taking it. (making sure I take it close enough to class that it lasts throughout all my classes, making sure I can relax when I'm coming down from it, ect.)

anyway, good luck. I know what it's like to have such a hard time studying. (In fact, it has been painful for me too at times- but I think mostly that was because I felt I had bigger problems than worrying about school) Try to do work in little bits and pieces, carry around an hourly planner, spend time at places where you don't have a choice but to study (library) Reward yourself after doing work (cigarette, tv, whatever) and try to read and learn abotu the material first, like you were reading a book, and study and memorize afterwards.




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