First, yes forgetfullness is definitely common in people with ADD/ADHD. The symptoms you and Matt described are exactly the same ones I experience when I am not on meds.
I was on Concerta (54 - 72mg) for years and it worked but I started getting headaches, chest pain and was irritable. I just started Vyvanse today, so far so good but its only been 2 hours I can tell you that for the last 2 months I was on no meds and I will never do that again, I am a mess without meds and if Vyvanse doesn't work I will try another med.
2 things I have found that are really important in addition to meds are diet, exercise and sleep. When I am on top of eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep, I find my symptoms are not as bad. When I combine those positive behaviors with meds, I am literally a different (better) person. If you are opposed to meds then I suggest you Google something like "diet for add" or "behavior modification for add". Good luck to you! I know how frustrating add/adhd is, and I would recommend giving meds and behavior modification a shot. You and your family may be very happy with the results...what do you have to lose?View Thread
I'm a 38 year old male and I was on 54 - 72mg of Concerta for a few years and recently started getting really bad headaches and chest pain. My doctor switched me over to Vyvanse, starting with 40mg once daily. I just took my first dose about an hour ago, and will be providing reviews / feedback for the benefit of other, and myself, but I am also looking for feedback from others who have taken Vyvanse. I've read some of the reviews and frankly they are scary in some instances but, everyone reacts differently. I am beyond frustrated with my ADD.View Thread