Posted by christophrejmc on October 27, 2006, at 3:46:55
In reply to My experience with Adderall, posted by Mistermindmasta on October 26, 2006, at 23:25:56
You may have ADD or you may just be experiencing the typical effects of amphetamine. Responding to stimulants is not a litmus test for ADD. But it's certainly a possibility.
Atomoxetine is Strattera, not Concerta (Concerta is methylphenidate/Ritalin). A lot of people experience anxiety on Strattera so you may want to investigate reboxetine further (I wouldn't expect results similar to Adderall).
Even without insurance, you can find low-cost clinics that will be able to refer you to a physician who can determine what medication (if any) would be best. Where I live, the county provides very cheap mental health services to all residents; you should see if there are any health clinics in your area. The medications are reasonably inexpensive if you get the older generic forms.
As far as alternative treatments (please don't redirect this post), I have found a few things that have provided decent results for my (inattentive) ADD.
Acetyl L-Carnitine is becoming quite popular and does have modest effects at around 1000mg. You may want to also add a source of choline--CDP-choline and Alpha-GPC have the most noticeable effects, but lecithin (which is much cheaper) also helps. There are a few others that may be worth trying, but this conversation would be more appropriate on the Alternative board.