Adderall Prescription - How To Get It
You’ve realized that it is time for you to take action, seek a doctor and get prescribed some form of ADHD medication.
Step 1 - Become an expert
Before you go meet with your doctor, make sure you know the signs of ADHD so you can talk about it specifically and refer to real examples.
-Anytime I’m working on a project I find myself on Facebook or checking my email instead of working on it.
-I’ll be reading a book and I’ll finish the page and won’t remember what I read. I typically need to read the first paragraph a few times before my mind consumes the information.
-It’s hard sitting still in class. I want to get up and walk around or talk to my friends.
-Class is boring.
-Work is boring.
-My attention to detail is non-existent.
-I have chronic procrastination.
-I find myself moving from one incomplete task to the next, which results in nothing ever being accomplished.
-I keep missing work deadlines.
-If I don’t write something down right away I’ll forget it.
-My grades were better in middle school, and now I can’t focus in high school.
Now its time to meet with a professional.
Step 2 - Schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist
Make an appointment with a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are mental health experts who have the ability to prescribe all sorts of medication. Previously, I’ve met with doctors who felt comfortable prescribing adderall, but with the increase of people being diagnosed and since adderall is a stage 2 drug, many doctors leave it up to the psychiatrists to diagnose and treat. Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyper Disorder are mental health issues, which falls under the psychiatrists umbrella.
Step 3 - Make a good impression
Get some rest the night before your appointment. Take a shower, dress appropriately and eat a healthy breakfast. It’s important that your doctor realizes that you take this seriously and are not someone trying to take advantage of the system.
Step 4 - Talk with your psychiatrist
The psychiatrist will first ask you why you are meeting with him or her and I’d highly recommend being upfront about wanting a medication to treat your symptoms. Depending on how bold you want to be, I’d suggest you even say you’d like to get an adderall prescription.
The psychiatrist will ask you a variety of questions to determine your “issue.” It’s important to answer all questions honestly, but remember, if your goal is to leave with an adderall prescription it is not going to be helpful if you say you other health issues, like anxiety, bipolar disorder, have dangerous thoughts, have difficulty sleeping, anorexic, high blood pressure, etc. The psychiatrist wants to make sure you are healthy enough to take the medication.
He or she will want to know that you have had ADHD and experienced the troubles of ADHD symptoms your whole life, but it has now gotten to a point that it is effecting your daily routine.
This is when you list off the above examples of how ADHD effects your life.
Long ago I’ve told a psychiatrist that I came to see him to get prescribed adderall, because I have ADHD and a friend of mine gave me one of his adderall and it really helped me. The psychiatrist didn’t blink and prescribed me one the spot. I’d be careful with this approach now because your psychiatrist may think you are trying to take advantage of the situation and not prescribe it to you. Or he may prescribe you some mild ADHD medication that doesn’t work as well.
I’ve been on Concerta, Rittalin, and Vyvanse, and I prefer adderall. I recently switched insurance companies and had to meet with a new psychiatrist and rather than waiting for her to talk about other options and prescribe me something I didn’t want I told her I’ve tried previous medications and they did not help me.
I told her the common side effects of the medications and why I don’t like them and that was that.
Be an expert and know what you are talking about. Or simply be an expert in knowing that you have an issue and that you are not sure what medication you should take, but that you’ve trued everything else and you want medication.
If you’ve gotten this far and your psychiatrist is talking your recommended dose, sit back and let her tell you what she thinks. She’ll start you off on the lowest dosage, which is probably 10mg instant release pills or 10mg time release pills. Whatever you get, go with it and you can adjust in a month.
Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment within 30 days. This is when you can say you didn’t like the time release because it wasn’t strong enough or you had to take another pill in the afternoon and it kept you up.
I prefer a time release in the morning and then immediate release in the afternoon.
Be honest, and ask for what you want. You’d be surprised and what you can get if you just ask.