“When I come off Adderall, I’m in so much pain I just can’t take it.” – Trisha14

I started taking Concerta in 1996. I was 6 years old at the time.

My mom left the state and left me in my grandmother’s care.

The school said I wasn’t focusing & I wasn’t talking, and this would help.

If they actually cared and worked with me, they would have discovered the real problem was PTSD. Caused by countless rape and sexual abuse by a family member.

But it was easier to just drug me up.

I had no idea about withdrawal ’til I was 18, dropped off my mom’s insurance and my RX was $ 200. I couldn’t afford it.

I went 2 years, suffering every day, it was a struggle. Waking up, standing, just being alive.

But nothing compared to the first few weeks: it felt like shin splints in every bone.

upset and withdrawn teen on floor adderall addiction supportEverything hurt like the flu. All I could do was lie in bed and cry. Cold-sweat night terrors.

In one, I begged my girlfriend to take her father’s rifle and shoot me. I was to weak to do it myself.

Over the course of 2 years, I got better, but I was still suffering with fatigue and feeling mentally slow.

I lost jobs because of it.

Over the years, I got insurance and have been able to afford my medication.

It turned out after the Concerta withdrawal, it just wasn’t strong enough.

So they put me on Adderall.

I have tried to come off it many times, but every time I’m in so much pain I just can’t take it.

I am trying to get in to see a specialist, so I can one day not be dependent on this drug… I NEVER needed in the first place.

This drug should never be taken by anyone. It’s not worth it.

Please, don’t put your children on it.