Originally Posted by hard rain
There's a few old threads on here about ADD but they are years old so I thought I'd start a new one.
I have recently been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as an adult in my mid 50's. I had quite a disturbing visit with a psychiatrist. I am a nightly cannabis user and until 10 days ago, also drank alcohol nearly every night (about 5-6 drinks). Anyway I stupidly told the psych this info and he totally went over the top and wanted to send me to rehab? I said "no, no, no".
Anyway he said he wouldn't treat me with ADD medication unless I completely gave up cannabis and alcohol. The reason he gave me was that apparently this medication combined with cannabis can cause psychosis in a small number of people. I can't find any info on this and am wondering if he was lying? He wants me to do a urine drug test which at my age I just find the idea humiliating.
As I wanted to stop drinking anyway, I just stopped. No drama doing that at all. The thing is, I don't want to stop cannabis. I take breaks from it anyway every few months and have no issues going without. I just simply enjoy smoking in the evenings. I have an extremely stressful job. I also have back pain issues and that is one of the reasons I have started using cannabis again. Using cannabis for this has saved me from using opiates. I didn't smoke during my 30's at all, but started again at age 40.
Now, after reading about these ADD drugs, I am not sure if I want to take them anyway? I always found cannabis helped me focus and stop the head chatter.
Does anyone else have experience with this?
First thing, Stop, walk away from that doctor.. wait no, run...don't walk..
from my experience, You don't want the ADHD medications, I've yet to meet anyone who has had a NET positive experience being prescribed them. Yes they work.. but they work IN YOUR HEAD, your interpersonal relationships with likely be affected. not to mention physical side effects, for example, severe insomnia on my end.
OK, i'll get off the soap box to tell my story.
Diagnosed around age 25 or 26? (would have to check the paperwork to be sure), in college. Odd thing was if I wasn't Dyslexic, they wouldn't have found it. Was doing testing to verify my learning disability (dyslexia), and one of the tests the ministry put into the battery was an ADD/ADHD test. Out of a scale of 125 (I don't recall the name of the test, dsm-3 or 4) I scored 109.
I can't remember the break points, but it was outlined the lower scores were basically not likely adhd, and it got progressively more likely the higher you get, above a score of 80 or 90 IIRC, was basically indicative of a diagnosis (it in itself, wasn't a diagnosis but this particular group of professionals at that time had have had no one that score over that point that didn't end up getting a proper diagnosis after the fact from them in their follow ups.)
At the time, The doc and I decided not to get into Adhd medication due to what I thought was insomnia at the time (in the process of testing, and so far insomnia is actually ruled out they are looking at other sleep disorders now :\) fast forward a few years and not having as much trouble sleeping anymore, however having issues staying focused at work once the wake and bake wore off.
So I started medications, they let me focus, however it killed whatever patience I had at the time. among other things and in the span of almost 2 months I had "lost" a lot of friends, and nearly destroyed my relationship with my Significant other. Tossed out the pills dealt with the withdraw for a few days then went looking for sativa's, haven't wanted to look back since. In the couple years since quitting those pills and those events i've regained most of those friends, and am still with the same woman.
I've managed to get most of the benefits I got from the pharmaceuticals, without any of the side effects. From just being a little more wise about what strains I grab in the morning to start my day, that and drinking the right amount of Coffee with sugar in it. I limit my coffee a bit more these days, as its real easy to get into a working groove and next thing I know it is 1 am and i'm still drinking coffee on auto pilot.
I've been finding Haze hybrids that are sativa dominant is my jam for the morning, Just the right amount of get up an go and just the right amount of mental tickle, and taper of into the heavier indicas and hybrids in the evening.
hope it helps