Adderall and Dex didn't work... What now?
Hi there -
I'm not sure if this is the best forum, but I'm hoping someone can help. Please respond if you have experience with Adderall, Dex and
Background (feel free to skip!)
I was diagnosed with adult ADHD about 3 months ago. Unfortunately, none of the DSM "types" describe me very well. I've incredibly good at focusing and being super organized and efficient - most likely as a coping mechanism for my ADHD (in fact, I've made a career out of it). I was really hoping that treating the ADHD would help me feel less overwhelmed with my life, and restore some balance. I have a very successful career, but just cannot seem to put much effort into socializing/dating/personal life.
Another factor is that I've got some serious mood lability. I've been primarily treated for depression, but can be hyper-emotional. Not bipolar, more just crazy, intense mood swings.
I started out with Adderall, 5mg XR and 5mg IR 2x/day. It was a complete double-edged sword:
A couple of weeks ago, I switched to Dex, partially based on positive feedback I read online. I was hoping that, since they shared the active ingredient, and it was supposedly "smoother", I could retain the positive benefits, particularly around the depression, without all of the hyper/jitteriness. Instead, it was the worst 2 weeks of my life.
I was using 5 - 10mg Dex Spansules (brand) and 5 - 10 mg Dex IR. I never figured out the right dose.
This weekend I decided to just flush everything out of my system to start clean, and the depression hit again. Not withdrawal effects - but I felt like "myself" again, and realized that I wasn't very happy when I was "myself".
Question & Advise Needed!
So - here's my question (thanks for your patience)! Should I continue to try looking for ADHD alternatives? If yes, what would you recommend based on your experience?
Ideally, I'd like something that is like a milder Adderall with the antidepressive effects. I don't even care about the physical jitteriness, as long as I don't hyperfocus and can get my stuff done.
Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated - thanks!!
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