View Full Version : Concerta, Adderall, I'm confused!


PaulCamR
01-17-17, 04:53 AM
I have a doctor's appointment this Thursday. A psychologist (family friend) suggested I try to be prescribed Concerta first. He exudes lower (mellow) energy like me, overall I can relate to him... and he says he has ADD and used to use Concerta.

I'm looking for some advice prior to going in for my doctor's appointment. This is just for a family doctor, not a specialist.

I'm hoping to not get the run-around. I'm also hoping to get to have some say in my medication. The psychologist I spoke with told me to try one thing, and if that doesn't work, go back, and get a prescription for something else... he said it takes time and experimenting, but Concerta worked well for him.

As for Adderall: He told me not to start with that. He told me that Concerta is the best starting point.

What are your thoughts on the best starting point medication for someone who thinks he has ADD (really truly), but doesn't have much of the hyper parts. I am fidgety, but mostly it's just low energy attention difficulties which MASSIVELY impact my ability to be successful. I am a 27 year old university graduate, but with an English major, that doesn't say too much. Everything I have ever accomplished was done the night before it was required.

sarahsweets
01-17-17, 06:43 AM
I have a doctor's appointment this Thursday. A psychologist (family friend) suggested I try to be prescribed Concerta first. He exudes lower (mellow) energy like me, overall I can relate to him... and he says he has ADD and used to use Concerta.
No offense to your you or your friend but your energy or chill personality doesnt have much to do with what medication you take.


I'm looking for some advice prior to going in for my doctor's appointment. This is just for a family doctor, not a specialist.

I'm hoping to not get the run-around. I'm also hoping to get to have some say in my medication. The psychologist I spoke with told me to try one thing, and if that doesn't work, go back, and get a prescription for something else

Are you interested in getting to the bottom of your issues or just getting a diagnosis and medication? What are your symptoms and how long have you had them?


... he said it takes time and experimenting, but Concerta worked well for him.

As for Adderall: He told me not to start with that. He told me that Concerta is the best starting point.

He is telling you that concerta is best because it worked for him but I wouldnt go so far as saying you shouldnt start with adderall either.

What are your thoughts on the best starting point medication for someone who thinks he has ADD (really truly), but doesn't have much of the hyper parts. I am fidgety, but mostly it's just low energy attention difficulties which MASSIVELY impact my ability to be successful. I am a 27 year old university graduate, but with an English major, that doesn't say too much. Everything I have ever accomplished was done the night before it was required.
How long have you had these issues? What areas of your life are most affected?
The idea is to fix a problem whatever and however it is, not to go in with a diagnosis and get medication you were told would work. Its different for everyone. I tried ritalin and concerta and focalin and none of the were good for me and gave me horrible mood swings. I would tell you to try dex or adderall first-but thats my experience. Thats why its best left up to a doctor. About the doc, a psychiatrist is most able to diagnose you correctly and handle medication management.

PaulCamR
01-17-17, 08:07 AM
Are you interested in getting to the bottom of your issues or just getting a diagnosis and medication? What are your symptoms and how long have you had them?

He is telling you that concerta is best because it worked for him but I wouldnt go so far as saying you shouldnt start with adderall either.

How long have you had these issues? What areas of your life are most affected?
The idea is to fix a problem whatever and however it is, not to go in with a diagnosis and get medication you were told would work. Its different for everyone. I tried ritalin and concerta and focalin and none of the were good for me and gave me horrible mood swings. I would tell you to try dex or adderall first-but thats my experience. Thats why its best left up to a doctor. About the doc, a psychiatrist is most able to diagnose you correctly and handle medication management.

I've had my issues my entire life. I do want to understand the issues better, there is comorbidity with anxiety, but my primary concern is my attention difficulties.

The thing is my coping skills have been fairly good. The biggest factor that has impacted my life has been getting things done. While I know how to be organized, keeping organized is an entirely different thing. I know how to study, but I've never studied more than the night before a test. I know how to work, but I've only ever done my work the night before work is due.

I didn't address any of my issues with a professional during high school because the work was easy for me, I could succeed with anxiety-induced all-nighters. The same thing in university: I did an English major, so I just pulled all-nighters any time something was due.

Sitting down and focusing without anxiety and adrenaline build-up is the hardest thing for me. I find myself reading and re-reading the same sentence over and over, feeling like my brain is going to burst, and that doing anything else fixes it. But unlike resting a muscle, no amount of a break makes coming back to my work easier.

Anyways that's some of it. I have many other symptoms that are issues in my life, but really I want to medicate because the primary issue is getting on with my life. I need to be able to sit down and apply myself effectively.