I was diagnosed with "general" anxiety by the age of 15, I am 22 years old and was put on klonopin by the age of 18 and have been taking it ever since. My dosage has been 1mg for almost 2 years now, but anyway for the past 6 years I've had a really hard time concentrating, finishing tasks, and a bad memory. Numerous doctors and psychiatrists recommended I get tested for adult add. I was just prescribed 50mg vyvanse once a day, just yesterday... it seems to help me focus but my anxiety has gotten worse. Ive already taken 2mg of klonopin and still feel on edge. I don't feel so bad until I start feeling the vyvanse wear off. If this drug vyvanse is affecting me this way does anyone think I really have ADD? Thanks
Been on klonopin for anxiety for 4 years now on vyvanse but do I really have ADD?
- 27 Aug 2013 by enjoilarry
- 10 September 2013
- klonopin, vyvanse, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, dosage
Added 27 Aug 2013:
Also I know this should be a question for my doctor, but I would just like opinions from others, someone that can actually relate and have been through the same or similar situations.
This is what my doctor told me: "Diagnoses [in mental health] are for insurance companies." He went on to say how symptoms were what he was trying to treat and how important it was not to get hung up on labels. I take Vyvanse too, I'm 25, and was never treated or suspected of ADD in childhood or adolescence. It's hard, for me at least, but I try not to take my diagnoses' too. . . literally, or too defining- if that makes sense.
As for your anxiety getting worse- all I can really tell you is my own experience. When I started Vyvanse I remember it made my heart race and it really added to my anxiety. I got used to it, though- after about three weeks I was back to my normal anxiety levels, after two weeks, it had lessened quite a bit. It was a rough start, though. I'm glad I made it through, though.
If it's been a while or the anxiety is too much, maybe you can talk to your doctor about trying a lower dose and staying there or gradually moving your way up to a higher dose. I had to move up gradually. I hope this helps and I hope you feel better.
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