Post # 1
So I know this isn’t a medical site, but I am looking more for personal expseriance than medical advice. Fiance has ADHD, it is usually not too bad, but in relation to school work he totally just can not focus. He has a script for Adderall but it totally zonks him out and changes his personality. While we want him to focus on school, we want him to be himself too! So those of you either with it yourself, or SO with it, what do yall use? We are trying to get with his doctor to talk about some other options, dose reduction, that sort of thing and obviously I know this is totally dependant on his personal chemistry, but any personal exsperiance with what has or hasn’t worked for you would be amazing! Oh and I don’t mean just meds, I know there are other things people do nonpharmatologially that help but I just don’t know what they are.
Post # 3
I was on meds for several years. I recently stopped because I just didn’t want to be on them anymore. What really helps me is being able to release my hyperactivity. One way I do this is by using a standing desk in my home office. It allows me to fidget and move around but still work at the same time.
Another thing that helps is something Fiance calls “burst work”. I work on something for a set period of time, say 20 minutes, then I take a quick break to walk to the mailbox or make some tea. Anything that will be a change of scenery from the work environment. But I have to make sure I limit the time of these breaks or else I get too distracted and can’t get back to work. Then I work for another burst and then another quick break. Even just walking from my office upstairs down to the kitchen or into the backyard and then walking back upstairs to the office can be considered a “break”.
When I know I am going to be doing a lot of writing or tied to the computer all day I put on some background music. It has to be music with no words. I end up sort of ignoring it but that makes me focus more on the work. (I know, it doesn’t make sense when I read this myself, but that’s just how it works for me, lol.)
I also want to say thank you for having patience with your Fiance. My Fiance is patient with me and trust me, I notice. It really makes things so much better with the support of your SO. I know it isn’t always easy for you.
Post # 4
I use dexedrine. Adderall makes me too zombie like. Dexedrine is much, much better.
Most people with “severe” ADHD won’t function if they aren’t on their meds.
Have your Fiance go back to his shrink and get a different script. It may take some tinkering and trying different things to get it right.