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Adderall Questions: Can't Lose My Job Meds Not Working


I was diagnosed in the fall after a long road of denial.At this time I started on Strattera, currently taking 80mg. It didn’t work much at all on the ADHD; however, it worked wonders on my anxiety and intermittent depression which is linked to both anxiety and ADHD.

I didn’t want to start on stimulants due to the side effects and my family’s cardiovascular history; however, as I’m now facing the very real possibility that I might lose my job I started Adderall three weeks ago. Started at 5 then moved to 20. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being optimal Id say the effects were about 0.5, truly. At the 10 mg mark my doctor said if the 20’s didn’t do the trick that she wanted to start me on Adderall XR.

I’m curious—if regular Adderall didn’t work for me why would this? I asked her and she didn’t give me much of a response, only that “it might.” I’ve read about it, but I’d really appreciate user’s feedback. I am continuing on the 80 mg of Strattera. Lastly she didn’t want to start me on other stimulants because of my history of extreme anxiety.

I’m a writer. This requires that I delve into my brain and the information I’m researching in a manner that is fairly ordered and linear. Even though I understand it and know what I want to say I just stare at the cursor. My brain (and my life) feel like a ping pong ball. I love my job and have the capacity to do well at it—capacity in the respect that if my brain functioned better I think I could do well. I’ve never had a job which required most everything I am responsible for to come directly from my brain. Needless to say other jobs were frustrating, but this is like pulling teeth.

Thank you.


It may be time to seek the advice of a specialist in the area of ADHD medication.

Here’s more insight on getting ADHD medication right as well:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 16, 2017 at 8:41pm

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