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Went to the doc to talk about my mental health (anxiety). Somehow walked out with a prescription for ADHD. Is this common? I’ve always thought it was my anxiety that caused lack of focus, not the other way around.

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My daughter (now 13) was misdiagnosed with ADHD when she was 7. The stimulant meds made her literally crazy (daily nuclear meltdowns and depression). Got her off the stimulant meds after 2 plus years of hell. Now she’s on an SSRI for anxiety and doing much better. Morale of the story - watch the stimulant meds since they can make anxiety worse if that’s what it actually is.

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Thanks, I am going to try and be conscious of my symptoms and follow up with my doc in 2 weeks.

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Just as a little tip, make sure to monitor for the next few months if you continue the medication. Sometimes medications especially for mental health take a few months to kick in to wear you fully see the side effects! Best of luck!

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I hope they did some actual assessment and didn’t just prescribe you ADHD meds too quickly - and at least started you on a very low dose with a clear, consistent follow up plan? The way you phrased this feels like the doc was a little haphazard, but hopefully not rash.

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They asked me about how I felt etc and I just described it and honestly I never even thought I would have adhd but looking at the symptoms it makes a LOT of sense. He gave me a small amount to test out and I am coming back in two weeks + filling out a few adhd tests for him to review.

I am going to see another doctor on Friday just to see what she has to say.

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Yes. I was surprised too, but that’s what my dr told me, which makes sense when you think about it.

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I originally thought it was anxiety leading to lack of focus but the doc thinks it’s the other way. I guess we will find out soon. It is definitely helpful to hear other people’s experience because quite frankly I’m scared of taking pills. It feels kind of weird knowing I could potentially need this to feel “normal”

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