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so many things but i'll only address a few.

I don't know what doctors your seeing. but the one I see monitors all meds I'm taking and thoroughly monitors everything else related. and taking a stimulant is perfectly fine to take with bipolar AS LONG AS your properly stabilized which my doctor made sure I was before perscribing the stimulant to me. If I got addicted to it I would be downright shocked. As mentioned I've tried drinking and smoking before and neither took...never got addicted. And a couple years ago I was perscribed a cough syrup for several months that had codeine in it and I took it regularly as perscribed everyday. When the bottle ran out at my last dosage that was it, and I never had any withdrawls. The syrup also had ephedrine in it. I have also taken health suppliments for working out from GNC in the past and later found out they had ephedrine in them. Then right as I was finishing up the bottle they banned ephedrine. I threw the bottle away and never had it since, no ill effects. The anxiety effect I was feeling a few days ago was actually due to the trouble I was having in my real life becuase now that the event has passed my anxiety is gone. I also believe my adderall dosage is too low and that "calming" effect I had when I took the extra half pill was simply the drug working as it was suppose to and I never felt it before becuase the dosage was too low.

Also, to the original poster. If you can go without your adderall and say its no big deal then you either dont have ADHD or you don't have it very bad because the motivation adjustment it gave me quite honestly has changed my life even for the short period I've been on it. So you shouldn't make judgments either. Just becuase you can easily go without it doesn't mean others can or should. Not only that but you had hellish side effects, there is something else going on there clearly and you should have that looked into. The worst side effect for me was that it had me over wired for the first few days and I had to get some sleep but that soon passed. Also, Adderall can't give someone bipolar disorder. Thats like saying you can get AIDS from someone by shaking their hand. Adderall is an amphetamine, and lke other amphetamines or stimulants if you heavily abuse them they can make rebounded effects like bipolar and or even worse yet if your dopamine levels get 150% over normal you can even experience psychosis. Alot of the time what happens is people with bipolar get diagnosed with ADHD and they are given a stimulant and it makes them worse.

I think what you guys are doing is taking your personal cases... adding a few stories you hear from people and read on the internet and you apply it to everyone in the world. Theres alot of people in the world with things going on everywhere all the time infinitly. Our puny minds can't comprehend whats going on out there. You cant sit here and say "all doctors are idiots and misdiagnose things" and "people shouldnt be on all these drugs" . Who are you to evaluate their lives ? How can you ? As I've said before the smallest things make the biggest differences. Not knowing one small thing soemtimes, even when you think you know it all can make something go from wrong to right at the snap of your fingers. I personally think denying someone treatment is the wrong thing to do. Hey... when I get sick I'll most likely get over it without medical care, but If I'm not feeling better in a few days my rear ends down at the family docs getting antibiotics or prescription symptom relievers. And why shouldnt I ? Thats why they make them. All of this stuff is to improve quality of life. We don't need TV's... people havn't had them for millions of years but its nice to have them. Becuase we need entertainment to have a more pleasurable life. Well mental health is no different. If I have Bipolar and I'm manic and I have ADHD at the same time as well as a few other conditions and my everyday life is nothing short of living hell to me that is no different than waking up with the flu becuase to me thats what it feels like. Thats what I usually tell people. What would you feel like if you had the flu everday for years ? And there are some people who have it WAY worse than I do. And even if you have it mild like yourself... why should you deny yourself the benefit of these drugs ? Ok, you dont like adderall....ask for straterra. Or like I said maybe you dont have ADHD at all. Or maybe you were on the wrong dosage of adderall....who knows. Maybe you need to switch your doctor.

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