I have been on Adderall for not quite a year now. This stimulant is utilized in the treatment of AD/HD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) narcolepsy and as a cognitive enhancer. I can attest this nervous system stimulant is easily tolerated by the patient.
When I first started, the side effects were few if any. Many of the items on the list were symptoms I have with my other medications and from the illness itself. For instance these are a few of the side effects you might experience while on Adderall: anxiety, headache; weakness, dizziness, a terrible taste in your mouth, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and hair falling out. This list is just the tip of the ice burg.
This stimulant has revolutionized my life. Between the narcolepsy, AD/HD and the bipolar, I was going out of my mind mad! Once I got the Adderall in my system, the sleeping and the attention issues faded away. My energy can be amazing, too! However, I did learn that I could not rely solely on the pill I swallowed everyday four times a day.
I had moments when I was like a zombie. I started again to fall asleep at inappropriate or dangerous times. I knew I needed the Adderall and understood that the medicine and my behavior should work together for optimal satisfaction. This culminated to shine a light on my poor sleep hygiene habits. The medicine’s poor performance pointed to the facts that I was not getting enough sleep at night. And I might need to rethink when I should take my medicine during the day.
Likewise, I would get a few minor glitches with the AD/HD. As an example, not being able to have an attention span greater than a gnat. I want to scream “this is taking me increasingly more time to write anything!” I cannot stay focused and the results are cutting about half of the first draft because I have so much crap in the article/post that it makes no sense.
Writing and editing is getting more and more difficult to do
For me to be a successful writer, I need to be awake, focused and have my whits about me. When I write, I do so with as much time that I can to squeeze every second out of the day.
For me, the outside distractions are minimal. It is my internal distractions that wreak havoc on my writing. I may have a sick dog and another dog to tend to. Laundry. Phone calls. Then the bipolar and the other mental health issues that come along for a ride are ready to muck up the waters.
Then it starts. I have brain freeze, next a starring contest with my monitor, I can’t figure out a title or the subject, don’t forget wasting time on writing something that does not fit in the first place, I lose interest once I get frustrated and I am not being productive, forgetting that one word that would be perfect, and…inability to spell. YES! SPELL! Then I look at the clock and I react:
“Now it is quarter-to-one?!”
“All I want to do is take a nap.”