Thank you for your post. I am an adult with ADHD...this was not a
diagnoses when I was young. Everyone thought I could not sit still
because I was a drummer...I was also top athlete in every sport as well
as top drummer from 6th grade through high school & even in college.
I was not diagnosed until I was an adult...I was put on Adderall...it worked
perfect for 8 years. Then Shine who owned the patent went to Teva who
would NOT help me (couldn't afford insurance). So Adderall had gone from
$34 a month to $150 (generic) a month when Teva took the rights. I could no longer
afford it... this was from Oct 2011 to Dec 2011.
Now the bloody nightmare begins! The doctor put me on Ritalin...bloody hell
I was only on it for 2 months...I had Textevery side effect except suicide
. If I had suicidal
tendencies I would be dead. These are just a few of the side effects I experienced...
I REALLY thought I was going to die every second of the day 24/7...literally!
I felt like bugs were crawling on me... My sensitivity was so high that I had to turn
the ringer on me phone off...cause every time it rang even on low I was jumping through the roof.
I was not myself when I had phoned me mum after the 1st 30 days on Ritalin...She was at my house
the very next morning (5 hr drive). It was NOT me that phoned her...I had the personality disorder...
Me mum saved my life because I had no clue. It was like I was living in some one's film.
I could not walk across the room without spilling me tea or any kind of drink...
I became AGORAPHOBIC for the first time in my life...I lost 70lbs in 4 months
because I could no longer eat...
The list goes on...I am now disabled because of this BS & a hip replacement.
I have a service dog & have worked very hard at a friends farm to make meself be around
people again for over a year now & I can now go to the market for groceries & do things that I
need to do. My dog is also one of the top in the US in sheep dog herding competitions.
So I have been able to help myself through times when I actually thought I was going
to die to being back in the sheepdog community.
So being diagnosed as an adult is different however I was only on the drug for 2 months...
It has caused me from thinking I was going to die 24/7, to agoraphobia, to extreme Anxiety
with Panic attacks (which I have NEVER had before) & I still suffer from the anxiety & panic
attacks & is why I have my service dog. I cannot believe I still suffer from Ritalin...
When I finally realized all the repercussions that I've had to live through, the first thing that
came into my head was "the poor children". Kids being forced to take this medication when
the parents have NO CLUE what some of the kids may be feeling. No wonder kids say
"mum please don't make me take this medicine".
In the end I am so greatful that me mum NEVER put me on meds as I would not have
been so great in music & sports. Sorry this was such a long a long post. My first time
posting this info.
Edit I was on Ritalin mid Oct 2011 to Dec 2011...my mum had to come & stay with me
from Nov 2011 until the end of March 2012...I still suffer the anxiety & panic which I had
NEVER had prior to this damn drug.
edit on 2462015 by Ektar because: left out info