5 Ways to Become an Empowered Patient, plus an Adderall Update

In the past, I have been very guilty of blindly following doctor’s orders without questioning or researching a prescription or course of treatment (if you know me well, that may surprise you.). I really regret doing this with things like Adderall. It was just easier to fill the prescription and go on my way, but now I’m paying the price for that decision. An educated patient is an empowered patient and no one is more affected by your health, or lack thereof, more than you are. Here are just a few ways you can be your own advocate: Continue reading

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Operation Adderall Detox Part 1

Thanks for reading my second post! Its not comfortable for me to publicly reveal my inner crazy, but I am doing it with the hope that it might help someone else who is struggling. Plus, a little accountability never hurt anyone either.

For those of you who don’t know what Adderall is (can’t be too many of you left out there), it is a prescription drug used to treat ADD and ADHD. It is also known by the generic names amphetamine salts or dextroamphetamine mixed salts. Adderall is a Schedule II Drug, defined by the DEA as, “drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous.” They specifically list Adderall as an example…cocaine made the same list. As I mentioned in my last post I began taking Adderall about 6 years ago when I was having trouble studying for a test for a work certification.  Continue reading

Why I Am Thankful My Medical Expenses Increased

I’ve been wanting to commit myself to a blog for some time now, but it has just never “been the right time.” Have you ever made that excuse? Well, I have and not only on the blogging front. Truly, I might be a master procrastinator.

For over 15 years I have been trying to figure this whole “wellness” thing out. Being incredibly obese and clinically depressed in your early 20’s is a difficult starting place. Over the years, I have slowly progressed healthwise, eagerly reading and studying nutrition, health and wellness books, articles and blogs. I have come a LOOOONG way from where I was. Among other things, I have concluded that a person cannot truly be physically healthy if he or she takes prescription medicines. Doesn’t the mere fact that I’m taking any prescription medicines mean I’m sick? If I weren’t sick why would I need to continue to take them? They might make me feel better, but is the underlying cause being addressed? It has just never “been the right time” for me to make lifestyle changes so I can stop taking them (there’s that excuse again). Please understand I am not talking about life threatening conditions and I am working with my doctor (you should too if you are considering the same course). I have struggled with depression for most of my adult life; periodically on and off antidepressants. However, about 6 years ago I added Continue reading