Hi. I was wondering if my situation was normal or if it has happened to anyone else before. I am 40 years old and was only diagnosed with ADD a few years ago. I'm on Adderall (generic)- started on 5 mg. a couple of months ago, then dose was increased to 10 mg., then this month was increased to 20 mg. I tried Concerta (generic) a couple of years ago. I took it for at least 2 months, but noticed no change in my ADD ( inattentive-type). Then for a long time I was not being treated for it, because I couldn't find a psychiatrist that would take my insurance (wouldn't go back to my former psychiatrist because he wouldn't prescribe me anything but Concerta), and primary care Dr. didn't think he should prescribe psych drugs because we wasn't a psychiatrist. But he changed his mind about that a couple of months ago (I don't know why), and when I went to see him last week to get this month's prescription, the nurse told me they needed a urine sample. Well, I thought that was odd, but I complied with their request anyway. I have never really used drugs. I have an occasional alcoholic drink, but the most I ever have is maybe 4 or 5 a week, and sometimes (like now) don't have a single drink for 2 months or more. I tried pot once about 10 years ago, but hated it because I can't stand the smell. That's about it. I come from a family that never uses any of that stuff. I have never heard anyone on ADHD meds, who have never been treated for substance abuse problems, say they had to take a drug test to get their meds, and I have never been asked to submit to one, but the nurse told me it was necessary. Does anyone here think this is strange? I would appreciate anyone's opinions on this matter. Thanks.View Thread
Hi! I have been to this community a few times but I'm not sure if I have introduced myself or replied to any posts. I am a woman in my 30s with ADD (inattentive type) and not being treated for it, or at least not getting any treatment that is working. I feel like I'm at the end of my rope and am very frustrated by this stigma there is with people with ADHD. I don't feel like some doctors or psychiatrists take me (and other people like me) seriously. I have been, for at least the last ten years, on Social Security Disability for depression. The doctors and psychs have always wanted me to try all different antidepressants, but very rarely want to prescribe me anything for my ADD. Thank goodness I have a good therapist, who agrees with me when I say that ADD is a bigger problem for me than depression, and that most of my depression has been a product of my ADD, but unfortunately, she can't prescribe me anything. I was on Ritalin about 10 years ago and it worked wonders for me. I was in college at the time. I was going to this psych who felt that ADD wasn't my problem and wanted to put me on an antipsychotic instead, because she thought I was schizoaffective- which my therapist (that I'd been going to for years) completely disagreed with. I didn't finish college. The strange thing though is, I have been on Concerta two different times in the last few years, and it hasn't helped me at all. I am baffled because technically Concerta and Ritalin are the same thing. I stopped taking it a couple of months ago but now my current psych says that Concerta is the only drug he ever prescribes for ADHD. My therapist (who works in the same clinic) says that I should go to a psych that specializes in ADHD, but sometimes it is hard to find providers that take Medicare/Medicaid. It is so frustrating because there are so many things I want to do (such as finish college) that I can't seem to accomplish and my life is at a standstill. I need help!