Q: ADD affects my ability to get stuff done which leads to anxiety which causes me sleeplessness which causes my stimulant medication to make that worse so I don’t take it as prescribed. I don’t want to take sleeping pills, although I do sometimes resort to it. Thoughts/ideas?
My first question would be – Is it the chicken or the egg?
If you take your medication do you get more done? If you get more done, based on what you wrote, your anxiety should** be better at the end of the day.
If you don’t take the meds as prescribed then it’s hard to judge their effectiveness. Try taking them as prescribed for a week and see what happens.
If the anxiety is a consistent problem despite the medication, you will want to talk to your prescribing physician. The two diagnoses often go together and can be treated at the same time. I’ve taken anxiety meds and Concerta together with no ill effects myself.
If you work with your providers, but you’re still suffering with insomnia, I would ask for a sleep study.
There has been some research into why so many of us struggle with this.