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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: 11/03/2021 at 6:05pm
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April 4th, 2018 7:17pm
Make sure to first go to the doctor to get a correct prescription. It is very dangerous to take medication without professional opinion.
April 6th, 2018 11:44am
First, please stop taking your friends Adderall! That is a dangerous drug and should not be taken without a doctors orders. Having said that, the best way to decide if it is for you is to talk to a doctor and let them know what has been going on. We tend to hide the truth to stay out of trouble, but honesty is best in this situation and remember, you aren't the first person who has done this. Doctors see this all the time!
May 16th, 2018 5:21am
Talk to your doctor or a psychiatrist about taking Adderall. You're the expert on you, but your doctor is the expert on medication. Don't take his medication, even if he offers.
May 18th, 2018 1:13am
Talk to your doctor. We cant help you on that side of things. Being open and honest with the medical professional.
June 21st, 2018 8:51am
I would ask your doctor if it is the right one for you. Sometimes a medicine may seem good for you, but it’s hard to tell for sure so it’s better to check with a professional.
January 27th, 2019 7:23am
Speaking to a doctor or psychiatrist is the first step in finding out if, first, you have ADHD, and second, the best way to treat it. Without a doctors expertise, you can’t be sure if you have ADHD or there’s something else going on. If you don’t have ADHD and you choose to self medicate to treat being distracted, you may cause harm to yourself and in some cases develop addiction problems. If you do have ADHD and decide to self medicate, you are at an increased risk for developing an addiction. Medications work differently for people who have ADHD and people who don’t. The best thing to do is to see a doctor and talk to them about your concerns. They won’t judge you and will work with you to help you.
February 20th, 2019 7:25am
Speak with your general practitioner at your regular doctor's office first. Be honest about your symptoms and how they are impacting you, and a medical professional will be able to determine if it is the right treatment for you. They may also refer you to someone who is qualified to treat you, or potentially prescribe the medication. Adderall is a controlled substance, and is actually a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. This means that it has a high potential for abuse, so please do not take other people's psychiatric medicine under any circumstance. I hope you are able to find a solution to your concentration issues soon! :)
April 27th, 2019 5:12pm
Talk to your doctor. Your doctor knows your medical history and would be best able to talk through medication options with you. Another thing to try is to see a therapist. Many therapists are trained to handle people with attention deficit problems. They can get a better picture of who you are and what you’re dealing with and then decide if medicine is even necessary for you. They might even be able to give you the right advice to get your issues under control without the meds! No matter which path you choose, the important thing is to talk to a professional to get an expert opinion.
June 23rd, 2019 4:14pm
You need to speak to your doctor before starting any new medications. First, you take a small assessment to see what kind of personality fits you to see if the medication would be too powerful or too weak to help you. Then, you go through trial and error. You have to go through many different medications to find out which one is the best for you. When you find the one, you can contact your doctor to get a refill of Adderall or whatever medication works so you can take it daily to help your concentration get better.
June 27th, 2019 2:46am
Ok Adderall is an ADHD medication. I would strongly advise you not to take anything you are not prescribed as you don’t know the side affects it may have on you as it is not your medication. Maybe try and think of an alternative method of concentrating that works for you. Everybody is different. Everybody learns in different ways. Perhaps you are better at concentrating and learning when you try something in a different way, such as a hands on approach, rather than just reading a text book. Maybe ask a tutor if there is another way you can approach the subject.
September 5th, 2019 2:56am
Definitely speak with a healthcare professional, such as a family doctor. They will be able to find out if you have ADHD and if Adderall is the best option for you. There are many different types of medications which help treat ADHD, including Vyvanse, Adderall and Ritalin. Your doctor will select the one which they feel is best for you. Also, there are many non-medicinal ways to cope with this condition, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), exercise and meditation. Definitely look into some of these options while you wait for a diagnosis. I wish you the best of luck in the future!
September 6th, 2019 12:37am
From what I’ve heard, Adderall is highly addictive and has terrible withdrawal symptoms. My bf has adhd and the doctor had avoided giving him that specific medication for that reason. I would discuss with your primary care physician or get a referral to see a psychiatrist to see if there are options for you. If you think it might be ADHD, then there are many medication options. If it’s simply an issue of concentration, there are many conditions that could lead to difficulty concentrating, but a professional would know how to diagnoses these the best. I have struggled with this issue a lot I’m the past and have read articles that explain the possible cause of decreased focus in the younger generation. The rise of technology and having the ability to multitask leaves us used to being constantly stimulated. When we force ourselves to focus on just one thing, such as homework or reading a textbook, it becomes a difficult task. For this, I guess the only suggestion is to try to limit electronic use, but that might not be plausible for many. Overall, most people are not qualified to tell you what’s best for you and you should consider a professional for good options.
September 7th, 2019 4:07pm
Adderall is a stimulant medication used in the treatment of ADHD, if you don't have ADHD it doesn't typically actually help you focus but instead works in the same way as caffeine, or any other stimulant, does and makes you more "awake" or "alert". Using Adderall recreationally/without a prescription is both unethical and illegal, and definitely not something recommended as it can be physiologically and psychologically damaging due to side effects and misuse. If you believe you may have ADHD, or you are already diagnosed, bring it up with your doctor and discuss what your options are. However medication does not help everyone and there are other ways you can support yourself such as practicing mindfulness, if your doctor does not believe you need ADHD medication then it is likely not the best option (at the moment) for you and you should look at other methods of improving your general wellbeing.
October 17th, 2019 1:25am
If you are concerned that you may have a disorder like ADD or ADHD, first, you should talk to your school counselor or healthcare provider about diagnosis. They can help you work through all of this. It may be a good option for you, but a qualified person needs to help you decide this. Never take medication which is prescribed to or belongs to someone else. This can be very, very dangerous. You should always consult with a professional before trying any new medications or treatment plans. But if it turns out that Adderall is the right option for you, then you can get a prescription from a psychiatrist.
November 8th, 2019 6:13am
Adderall is only appropriate for those diagnosed with ADHD and not being able to concentrate is a symptom of many things, just one being ADHD. The first question to ask is when did you notice a difficulty to concentrate starting? Reflect back on your recent and childhood history and identify where this has been a problem, in what settings, and at what age did it start? This is important to rule out possible reasons for the difficulty concentrating. If you answered that you have had difficulty concentrating your entire life in all settings, then you might have ADHD. To get assessed, you can go to a mental health provider with experience in diagnosing this, or to a physician. Only a physician (Primary care physician, Psychiatrist) can prescribe medicine. So although a therapist who is trained in diagnosing this can assist with diagnosing, only someone with a medical license, and MD, can prescribe the medication. Your PCP is a good starting point.
March 14th, 2020 8:34pm
Contact a medical professional! Adderall is a prescribed medication (it is addictive, so please remember to be careful and stay safe) that is used to treat Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but difficulty concentrating can stem from a variety of things-another, perhaps even more common cause is anxiety and/or depression-so it is important to be assessed. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and many general practitioners can provide assessments and a diagnosis. Psychiatrists and general practitioners can prescribe medication, but a psychologist may be able to spend more time, be less expensive, and and give a referral to someone who can prescribe. If medication isn't a path you want to take, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is designed to help rewire how you think, and has been shown to be more effective long term both in combination with medication and without medication.
April 9th, 2020 3:20pm
Adderall is a prescribed drug, usually for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If you are having problems with concentrating it is probably a good idea to speak to your doctor and they can help you to find the source of what is preventing you from concentrating. There are many reasons for concentration being disrupted such as ADHD, Depression or Anxiety. Unless the issue is ADHD, Adderall could further perpetuate the problem if you are experiencing something like depression or anxiety as this kind of drug makes the symptoms of these disorders worse which will ultimately make concentrating more difficult. Conclusion: seek professional help before you consider taking a drug to help concentration as you do not know how it will affect you.
April 17th, 2020 9:20pm
Adderall is a controlled substance used to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you do not have ADHD, Adderall will not help with concentration. This medication is highly addictive and has many risks that come with it. Remeber that concentration is not only linked to ADHD; even depression can reduce your concentration, so it is not recommended that you use a medication meant for a condition you aren't diagnosed with. If you do suspect that your poor concentration is related to ADHD, you should talk to a doctor. Your doctor will best be able to understand your symptoms to give you a diagnosis, and, if necessary, prescribe a medication that will help you best.
April 18th, 2020 11:16am
The best would be to talk with your primary physician or a psychologist about the struggle you are facing. They can help you decide which steps are right for you. What you definitely should not do is just taking it yourself to look what happens. You should definitely talk with an professional before medicating yourself on anything, because not all that helped a different person will help you. Till you get an appointment you could try methods to help you concentrate for example only focusing on one task at the time, Breaking down what you have to do in smaller more manageable blocks, using visual reminders, trying out Fidgit toys...
April 23rd, 2020 6:14am
It is best to start off with a least invasive measure first before taking medication. Try other relieving factors such as meditation exercises and deep breathing exercises. If you would like to find out if it is a good option for you, you may want to ask your physician on side effects that this medication may cause. I find that deep focus music helps me concentrate, as well as being in a dimmed room. You want to make sure you try other measures first before taking medications that may cause addiction and/or abuse in the future. I hope everything works out!
April 24th, 2020 8:18am
Be sure to immediately stop the medication and contact a doctor! If this medication has not been prescribed by an doctor you should be sure to contact your doctor concerning taking the medication. Also please tell your friend if the medication is not safe. If you have suicidal thoughts please contact a suicide hotline immediately. I would also recommend searching online about the medication such as its side effects. Please stay safe from any medications that cause you to feel bad or even worse. Please do not take any medications that are cause any health risks because it can lead to something bad!
May 8th, 2020 1:55am
Your Primary Care Physician should be able to guide you with a decision about this. He or she can help with arriving at a proper diagnoses that might help you know why you're having difficulty with concentration. They can decide whether or not medication would be helpful and They would then determine if medicine is necessary, or perhaps some type of therapy or exercises that you can do to teach yourself to concentrate better. It's important to enlist the help of a professional who knows you and your medical history before beginning or stopping any medications.
May 14th, 2020 4:03am
Not being able to concentrate can be a big struggle for many people. If you find yourself struggling to focus and believe outside intervention via medication might help, visit your doctor. They might be able to help or refer you to a specialist. There are many options available for treatment if there is a diagnosable reason for struggles with concentration. Some doctors might suggest therapy, and others might prescribe medication such as Adderall. If medication is suggested, use it responsibly as directed. If you don't feel that it is working, reaching out to your doctor to find a new plan might be beneficial.
May 22nd, 2020 7:51pm
I had trouble concentrating and considered it once but decided against it after working with my doctor. I can not answer this question but the best person to answer this is your doctor and family I suggest you go to your primary doctor and ask if he or she thinks that it is a good option for you. Also talk to those you trust. Always consult with your doctor before taking any medication as it could be harmful to your health. Listen to your doctors advice and in conjunction with you doctor and loved ones you have to make a choice based on their recommendations.
June 12th, 2020 6:03pm
Make sure you talk to your doctor. most people find that for ADHD a combination of medication and talk therapy or other ways of coping is the most effective. You will want to make sure your doctor has experience with ADHD and that they know all about it. you may want to ask about more natural treatments and try those first and then turn to meds. It's really up to you and your doctor to decide the best path for you. you must experience issues in more than one aspect of life for a diagnosis. if you do decide on meds your doctor will prescribe different doses and drugs and see what works best for you.
July 1st, 2020 7:06pm
If you are considering medication to help you focus, it's best to see a psychiatrist / trained doctor or professional first! They are trained to know what medications help what symptoms, and if they see fit, they would be able to give you the correct dosage of a medication. The medication or the dosage that works for your friend may not be best for you - and a doctor would know best. Have you ever talked to your friend about how he felt before taking Adderall? If he felt similar to how you feel now, that may be another good reason for you to see a professional!
July 2nd, 2020 9:37am
You could try researching more on the use of Adderall. Since it is a drug, educating yourself on the risks and benefits to see if it would be suitable for you is important. Everyone's body works differently, so stick to your gut. Reaching out to a family doctor or mental health professional is also helpful since they are trained and educated in medications for mental health.
July 4th, 2020 5:16pm
Hello there! I can definitely understand having difficulty concentrating-you are certainly not alone in that. Adderall is a common medication prescribed by a doctor to help with concentration so the best way to find out if it is a good option for you is to seek support from your doctor and let them know your concerns. From there they may refer you to another professional to explore whether the difficulty concentrating is related to ADHD and/or determine other factors that may be contributing this difficulty (ie past trauma, anxiety, difficulty with time management, lack of motivation). Know that Adderall is not the only "solution" to help with concentration, and though it helps for some individuals, like your friend, there are also other options to help you out and improve your day to day life like learning strategies and coping skills. It absolutely does not hurt to seek support from your doctor and explore what option(s) would work for you. All the best, good luck and I believe in you!
July 15th, 2020 12:59am
Talk with your healthcare provider about different options to improve concentration. Ask if Adderall could be a good option. But don't limit yourself to just that - one solution won't work for everyone. Since you are having difficulty concentrating, you could look into an ADHD diagnosis - this would also be something you could speak about with your healthcare provider. Before you do so, educate yourself and search online for different ADHD symptoms and see if you relate to them. A good source is ADDITUDE, and here is one of their articles: I have difficulty concentrating at times as well and have personal experience with ADHD. Know that there is no miracle pill. Medication may help, but you may still find challenges concentrating even while taking medication. So, a multi-faceted approach may be recommended. And again, talk with a healthcare professional about your options and what you can start doing to help improve your concentration.
July 24th, 2020 7:54pm
I would say then it would be an appropriate option to make a appointment with your physician to ensure that all your needs are being met. What may be good for your friend may not be good for you, but there are many options for the doctor to try with you. Oftentimes, your physician may want you to seek counseling as well to make sure there isn't an underlying mental health issue causing the perceived lack of concentration. Undiagnosed mental health issues can often have lack of concentration as a symptom, and are often manageable once diagnosed. It is certainly worth checking it out :)