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It is scary to take drugs that affect how my brain functions.

I find ADHD meds significantly increased my productivity (2-5 x )

I am unsure whether ADHD is "real" even while having a diagnosis. But I struggle with tasks I see my friends find easy and taking medication has made me much more productive.

It took me a lot of time to consider seriously if I could get an ADHD diagnosis.

Methylphenidate has generally negative effects on me (makes it more difficult to think; I get tired easily; unmotivated).
Dextroamphetamine has negative effects on me, similar to methylphenidate.

Vyvanse or Adderall XR radically improves several aspects of my life; I become 2-3x more productive, a lot of friction to productivity is removed; I enjoy my work more; and I can also better prioritize what I should be working on. Beyond that, I also get way less anxiety and it removes my tendency to validation-seek almost entirely.

I take 20mg vyvanse. if I take too much, I will instead become over-focused on smaller tasks and miss the big picture of what's important. A friend described it this way with too much Modafinil:

"YES! narrowing of focus. Normally I set up a bunch of threads, and I keep them alive in my mind so I can zoom out and think of the big picture and then zoom back in again. But on modafinil it was hard to keep the threads alive."

I have not yet tried Wellbutrin, Guanfacine, but would be interested. For people in the UK Wellbutrin can be gotten online at a teledoctor service, so it seems like low friction. 

@Nathan I also think it would generally be useful to write a short document of the procedure for getting an ADHD diagnosis in various countries (US, UK, France), and how to accelerate it? Eg. I think with the UK private psychiatry is significantly faster, if funds are available. I will write this up at some point soon, & I think Offroad also wants to do stuff with executive functioning and guides to getting diagnosed.

I've taken ADHD meds for roughly a third of my life, and metilphenidate really helped me deal with some of my worst symptoms of ADHD. It also helped me realize many of my academic issues weren't my fault (it wasn't just me being lazy).

In parallel, I started developing better ADHD management strategies, so I'll classify the experience as pretty good overall. I did have problems with appetite, which is why I'm currently trying a different class of ADHD meds (atomoxetine). I would go back if the new meds didn't work, though.

I was on vyvanse for about 9 months. At first, it was great, and my apartment had never been cleaner. Everything seemed easier and I thought I'd be on it forever.

The initial side effects for me were, dry mouth, lack of appetite (I lost tons and tons of weight), and slight insomnia. My personality changed too, but this was more difficult to figure out.

Over time, I started having problems breathing (it's hard for me to describe; it just felt like I couldn't take in enough oxygen), got paranoid, and lost the ability to write coherently. I also completely lost my short term memory. Also, it was hard for me to be interested in things anymore. The world just seemed more grey and less interesting, if that makes any sense. I've now switched on to natural stimulants, and without side effects - here's a guide.

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