So I’m a 20 year old male. I go to a very good public university in the US. I have ADHD and a long history of marijuana abuse. Smoking weed over the course of 3 years led to a manic episode (commonly seen in BiPolar disorder). Around the time I was going manic I impulsively did extasy and LSD (completely out of the norm)
I am certain that I do not have BiPolar disorder because I am off of my mood stablizer medication and I feel “normal” in the terms of my mood. I have no family history of BiPolar, but a lot of cases of ADHD. My doctor sides with me that I very well may not be bipolar and that the episode was drug-induced.
However, I have been still smoking weed on and off for the past 6 months and I finally have quit. I have absolutely no desire to smoke and I do not even feel the urge when it is offered to me. I want to quit because I would rather just be on ADHD meds. I notice that the marijuanna calms my mind down in a way that stimulant medication is intended to do.
I have a doctors appointment coming up with my psychiatrist and he knows about my drug history. He even knows that I used to sell felony quantities of marijuana. I want to get on stimulant medication again and use it the right way. What are my chances he will actually prescribe me? What can I do?
(I am aware of Strattera and I do not want to go on that. I have read a lot of negative things about it and I here that it is very “mild”) I read extensively about ADHD through books and online articles. I tried diet and exercise…but regardless of what I do I am a space cadet. I want to be more “one-channeled” with my thoughts again. I try to implement strategies from the books I read but have difficulties because the nuerological part of my brain in not being treated.