When I was 9, I was diagnosed with ADD. This is uncommon to happen at such an early age, unlike ADHD. This, the 'leash' ADD has had on my otherwise beautifully brilliant mind, and the ADD test by Dr. Amen, on which I scored 64 out of 78(when all you had to score was more than 20 for it to be said that you most likely have ADD), lead me to believe I have a very severe case. Who knows a disorder better than someone living with it? NOONE, and since mine is so severe, I know it better than most anyone. When I was a child, Ritalin was the only thing prescribed for ADD(ADHD wasn't even an existing term, and wasn't classified as separate from ADD). Now, I am 31. Two months ago, my stepson, who is Autistic/ADHD, was prescribed Adderall. Before I would give it to him, I tried it myself, as he is only 5, and non-verbal, so that I would know the normal effects(I also looked up information, but no information can top first hand experience). With one pill, one time, at only 10 mg, my whole world flipped upside down. Initially, it was like I was seeing the world through new eyes. Colors were brighter(not like it was drug induced, even though it was technically), and everything seemed to make more sense. I experienced a new-found mental calm. I went to my doctor, and told her all of this, and so she started me on 20 mg., which after a month, I was switched to 30 mg. Now, only one and a half months later, I just started college, and it should be noted that I had done nothing to initiate this prior to Adderall. Now, I noticed that in one of your articles, a so-called expert, states that Adderall helps with slowing the physical hyperactive aspect of ADHD, and helps motivate people with ADD. This must be a joke, right? As if people with ADD are just unmotivated, or lazy!? This is NOT the case. In fact, while ADHD has the 'H', that signifies physical hyperactivity, ADD is only differant in that someone who truly has it experiences MENTAL hyperactivity. While Adderall speeds an ADHD person up enough to top them out, hence slowing them back down, it does the same thing for a person with ADD's thoughts. While it may SEEM like motivation is the problem to someone who clearly doesn't really know ADD, the underlying problem is that our thought process is actually cluttered from being nearly constant, and therefore makes it hard to rationalize. The main reason I am just now going back to school, besides lack of attention, is due to lack of, or even over, rationalization. I could not choose what to go back for, out of fear/overthinking of my choices, as I am smart enough to succeed in many fields. Adderall calmed my thought process, by speeding it up so much that it slowed down, so that I was able to choose what to go for rationally(rationalization). It became easy to choose my best subject, Math, as a starting point at least, and go for accounting. A choice that should have been easily apparent long ago, and would have, if not for my ADD. I would do the same thing when my house is messy. I would sit and think about it, not knowing where to start, and my throughts were so cluttered, and racing, that just trying to rationalize where to begin became exhausting, and so I just wouldn't do it much of the time, giving up all together. This is NOT lack of motivation, like it is commonly mistaken for! This is ADD's affects on our thought process, and therefore it's effects on our rationalization skills. It's not like someone with ADD is not paying attention because we are unmotivated to. We are NOT LAZY! Our thought processes are just so fast, cluttered, and often uncontrolled, that when we are trying to pay attention to something, unless that something is interesting enough to our mind that we hyperfocus(I mean severely interesting on a personal level, as we could be interested, and still have trouble paying attention), we have several other thoughts flood our mind that are also seeking our attention, and the most interesting one to our psyche at that moment wins out for the most. Do "normal" people ever have thoughts cross their minds while they are trying to focus on something? I am sure, but with us, it is not just some thoughts, it is a FLOOD of thoughts, whether they be about the same thing, or separate and distinct, that come so fast, all together, that they can become cluttered in our minds, and be altogether entirely distracting. We are not lacking motivation. If anything, it's that our brains are so active, that our bodies couldn't possibly keep up. Adderall has helped me to facilitate that activity, and balance my brain speed, with my body speed, respectively.
So why is Adderall promoted so much for ADHD by this site, as well as other health associations, and ADD is hardly mentioned, as the afformentioned statement about the benefits of it for ADD was the only I could find on this site?