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I can’t seem to ever concentrate. My friend says Adderall helps him concentrate. How do I find out if it’s a good option for me?

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Last Updated: 02/25/2022 at 5:21am
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Anonymous - Expert in ADHD
February 17th, 2016 12:10pm
Adderall and similar drugs should only be prescribed if you need them. Don't try to trick professionals into prescribing you drugs, they are controlled substances for a reason.
February 6th, 2016 2:26am
Why would you want your psychiatrist to prescribe that precise drug to you? If you need it, your psychiatrist will be able to tell without the need of you saying a word.
June 24th, 2016 8:44pm
I think it's very important to tell your psychologist exactly what's going on with you that's driving you to seek medication. If you're already on a medication that isn't working as well as you had hoped, make sure you explain that. Absolutely, mention adderall specifically, especially it has worked for you in the past. However, remember that your psychiatrist has had more experience in this area, and may have an even better medication to suggest based on your specific needs and history.
January 28th, 2018 11:38pm
Speak to a trained psychiatrist and research the pros and cons of taking the drug. Compare the costs with other drugs and then based on a professional diagnosis, work on a therapy and medication plan to help with my long term goal. Also, regularly check in with my psychiatrist about how it is affecting me.
January 31st, 2018 4:36am
Adderall is a drug that has many affects on different people. Usually, people with disorders find Adderall, at safe amounts, useful to concentrate. Although it could be a good option, it's definitely needed for you to get a prescription by seeing a psychiatrist, who will be able to issue some tests for you to see whether you need this drug, and slowly test, at suitable amounts, whether it's useful.
January 13th, 2016 9:30pm
Your doc will prescribe what they feel is a good fit for you. Its trial and error. You arent gonna get the kinds of pills you want. Adderall is addictive too. People misuse it. So let the dr do their job
February 17th, 2016 1:02am
you can tell her/him the benefits. do some research and make a list. talk calmly and just let everything out. she/he will listen.
February 26th, 2016 1:25am
If Adderall would be a legitimate medical help to you, the truth about your life and circumstances will give your doctor the evidence she needs to make a responsible decision. A doctor knows things about Adderall that you don't and lying to her about your circumstances will put your health at great risk. It's also a felony in most states to score Adderall by lying to a doctor.
June 8th, 2016 8:04pm
You really don't want to be put on a medication to control your body. It could hurt your body and brain.
June 24th, 2016 8:56pm
Your psychiatrist should make a recommendation if they feel medication will help you. You should attempt to be honest and forthcoming to medical professionals. Not all problems require medication. If you really feel this is right for you (Adderall), ask your psychiatrist about it! They are there to discuss options with you.
November 1st, 2018 7:04am
Finding out if drugs are a fit for you is a great question for a licensed doctor. Only a doctor can qualify you for major medicine like Adderall. Although there are great results remember there are always side effects as well. Start simple! If you're having concentration problems really study why you are. Are you day dreaming about the project you never finished? Are you imagining yourself somewhere you've never been before? Is there a small movie playing in your head? Ask yourself what is taking you away from reality and them logically look into solving it. For me I think of modifying my car or being a fire fighter. My way to aid my lack of concentration is to satisfy my creative side before I get anything serious done. I HAVE to dedicate at least a couple hours a night doing what I was thinking about. It's kinda like when a song is stuck in your head. You just gotta find the time and sing it.
January 17th, 2016 6:08am
Ask her about your problem and see if she prescribe anything then ask about it to her and see what she say.
August 27th, 2017 12:33pm
Adderall is a prescribed medication from a Doctor, and should never be taken just for the sake of concentration. However if you're really struggling to concentrate, seeing a Doctor for medication to help you is definitely an option :)
February 2nd, 2018 4:32pm
Seeing a psychiatrist would be incredibly helpful for this, however Adderall might not be the first place to start. You should describe your problem to a psychiatrist and go with recommended treatment.
February 3rd, 2018 10:51pm
Adderall should only be used if a doctor or psychiatrist approves it. It is usually used to treat ADHD. It could be a good option, but what about talking with a professional about it, he/she will sure be more qualified to answer this question
February 14th, 2018 8:25am
Basically off of work my friend tell me what I did was to go to my doctor and discuss what he think is best ask what all the side effects are and based off what he tells me try it
July 12th, 2018 5:40am
Go to a doctor. They can refer you to a special place that tests weather or not you have adhd. ( attention deficient hyperactivity disorder)
October 27th, 2018 10:42pm
You need to go to your primary care doctor. Adderall can have some nasty side effects and you may simply be ADD and NOT ADHD. Adderall is only used for ADHD. The best diagnosis can and will only come from seeing a doctor. Are you stressed out? Doing too much at one time? When our brain needs a break it will force itself to take a break. If you are too stressed our bodies will find a way to help de-stress. Sometimes the answer we are looking for is the simplest one. Also if your friend is taking Adderall proscribed, please help this person.
December 7th, 2018 2:03am
The absolute best way is to talk to a qualified medical professional i.e. a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. The best way to see one of those is get referred through your family doctor or general practitioner. Unfortunately not all doctors are equally knowledgeable when it comes to ADHD related issues such as difficulty with focusing and have prejudices with prescribing drugs. Make sure to advocate for yourself and if your doctor is not willing to explain why he/she thinks Adderall is or is not right for you, don't hesitate to get a second opinion! But if your doctor has taken the time to properly understand your symptoms, and explain their medical opinion then that is the opinion you should go with and you should never take drugs that are not prescribed for you
May 3rd, 2019 4:39am
Adderall is a prescription stimulant that’s a combination of two substances: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It’s available in an immediate and extended-release formulation, and its primary function is to help people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. It’s also sometimes prescribed to people with narcolepsy. When a person with ADHD takes Adderall, it has somewhat of a calming effect on them, and this is largely because of how it affects the central nervous system and neurotransmitters in the brain. It can help someone with ADHD concentrate and focus more effectively, and it can also help them manage their behaviors. While Adderall is available by prescription, it’s also very commonly abused in the U.S. When someone doesn’t have ADHD, and they take it, the result is different. A person without ADHD who takes Adderall will find that they feel a type of high with it, although the effects can depend on how much is taken. Signs of being high on Adderall can include euphoria, a sense of excitement or energy, self-confidence, and optimism. This all might sound great, but there are many risks of abusing Adderall. There are short-term effects of Adderall use that aren’t desirable and can include nausea, headache, anxiety, and rising heart rate and blood pressure. There’s also the risk of addiction, and when people come down from the Adderall high, they tend to feel sluggish, depressed or unwell. The best answer to your question to know if its a good option for you would simply be to talk to your doctor.
January 19th, 2016 12:40am
I'm having a hard time focusing. I can't concentrate. I begin projects, but partway through I think about another task that I want to do and then i'm on to the next thing.
January 22nd, 2016 2:15am
That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. The psych themselves will determine if you should get it. (Also, this I in the question itself should be capital.)
January 23rd, 2016 4:23am
Well first off, you should never lie to your psychiatrist or any other medical professional to get medications that you want. Adderall may seem "cool" in that it makes you concentrate and do your work faster, but those who take Adderall and don't actually need it are actually known to be very very bad for their health. But if you are being truthful in that you genuinely believe you have a mental disorder in which you need to take Adderall, your doctor will know by your past school performances, and he/she will conduct ADD/ADHD tests on you in order to properly diagnose you. Never lie to your doctor!!!!
February 3rd, 2016 2:38am
You should only tell your psychiatrist what your actual symptoms are. If you take medication you don't need it can damage you physically and mentally.
February 11th, 2016 7:47pm
You shouldn't tell your psychiatrist anything to GET adderall, that would be considered drug seeking. If you feel you have ADHD and this is why you would like to be treated with adderall, simply tell your psychiatrist what your symptoms are and she will monitor you to see if medication is necessary.
February 14th, 2016 12:51am
I'm not sure one should seek a specific medication. A psychiatrist would look at your symptoms and provide you options based on their expertise. .
February 14th, 2016 1:41pm
The decision of whether or not you need Adderall is up to your psychiatrist. We're not allowed to self-diagnose for good reason. There's a lot to consider with meds, especially Adderall.
February 14th, 2016 7:20pm
There is no right way to tell your psychiatrist to get adderall. It depends on if you need it or not.
February 19th, 2016 8:10am
You explain to them why you think the drug would be beneficial to your treatment plan.Many psychiatrists will do their best to get you on the right medication.
February 20th, 2016 9:21pm
TW: Perscription drug abuse Don't get adderall just because you feel like you need an extra boost of energy. If you feel you have ADHD/ADD symptoms, then talk about your symptoms with your psychiatrist and see what he/she/they recommends. In the past, I have abused my perscribed Vyvanse to help with finals week and it caused some kinda scary health issues (heart palpitations, etc.) nor did it really help me with my work! (yeah, I could stay up all night, but I was so cloudy and hyped that my work was terrible quality.