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You have probably got this sorted by now, but I’ll weigh in anyway.

First, as always, I have to say everyone is different, so it’s not possible for any of us to say what is right or normal for you.

That being said, it sounds like you may be very sensitive to stimulant drugs, as some people are, and you may need a lower dose, like shutterbug. Another possibility is that Adderall is just not the right medication for you. You may possibly do better on a methylphenidate med, like Ritalin. Some people react better to one than the other. Or you may do better with a slow release medication, such as Vyvanse, although typically hyperactive types do better with the fast acting meds (based on comments I have read here in the forums).

You also need to give it a little longer to know if it’s really going to work or not. 2 or 3 days isn’t enough. It will take at least 2-3 weeks on any medication to know how it is really going to affect you.

When you have ADHD, a stimulant medication should make you feel calmer, not speed you up, like it would for other people. We are wired differently so things affect us differently. That is a good indication that your diagnosis is probably right. But if it is making it hard for you to function, or giving you really bad side effects that don’t go away, then it is not doing what it should.

Some doctors don’t  have a lot of experience with stimulants or ADHD, and they tend to think inside the box and don’t consider all the possibilities. And they sometimes make mistakes in prescribing dosages that are too high, or increasing the dosage too quickly, because they are just going off of what they know and are used to doing. So make sure you read up on the medications yourself and you  can make informed choices.