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The trouble here is that adhd meds affect each person differently. For me adderall was great at first in that it gave me the ability to prioritize, then after a few weeks it caused an elimination of my appetite and severe depression and started causing ticks so I took myself off of it (and found another doctor with better knowledge of adult adhd as the old doctor said that the adderall proved I didn't have adhd because the drug caused me to get things done and according to them that is a symptom of adhd)
Talk to your doctor let them know how it is affecting you they might want to change the dose or try something different or they may have suggestions on how to counter the bad effects.
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I have never been able to take Adderall due to heart issues. However, from what I have read it would be good for you to reach for fruits, veggies and other healthy foods. I know that you don't have a lot of energy. But if you start off slowly taking time - even 20 minutes - to do some form of exercise. Spark People has many exercise videos that will appeal to everyone. If you want a short weight lifting workout or a short cardio workout, they are available. I don't know if you have any depression or anxiety issues. If you do, my psych has suggested doing a yoga workout which will also help your exercise needs. I hope that you find something that works for you.
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I joined SparkPeople after being diagnosed with ADHD and starting treatment with Adderall. I got hit pretty hard by the loss-of-appetite side effect, I barely notice when I'm actually hungry or tired. I lost a lot of weight that I'd wanted to, but I realized I wasn't getting enough to eat and my body was compensating for not getting enough calories by making me sleep longer. So even though I'd like to lose another 8-10lbs, I put the brakes on weight loss (which seemed to be just in time since when I signed up, SP would only let me click "maintain") and I'm just focused on nutrition now.
I have occasionally resorted to fast food and cookies to get enough calories in me, but obviously I don't want to make that a habit. I've taken some advice from eating disorder recovery blogs and such-- stocking up on nuts, avocado, fish, etc., switching to whole dairy products-- but some more tips and discussions with other people who have dealt with this issue would be greatly appreciated!
I could also use some guidance on how to balance my caloric needs with the exercise my psychiatrist says will also help with my ADHD.
Edited by: LEXID523 at: 4/20/2014 (14:03)