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Adderall and being more easily scared by loud sudden noises - July 26th 2017, 12:45 AM

Im 18 and a guy and I've been prescribed adderall for 3 years but I only took and it when I had school and now that I'm done with school I only take it when I work. I always took only 20mg until recently got my dose upped to 20ir and 20xr a day because I work 12 hour shifts and I need it to last longer. I have noticed that It makes it easier to get scared by sudden loud noises but it has never really been that bad and I never saw it as an issue. Until recently it has been happening a lot. I work in a warehouse with constant forklift beeping and just constant loud bangs and I get that frightened jump feeling all day long. Even once I'm home and off work if I'm sitting near a family member and they talk out of no where it frightens me a little. It feels like my ears wiggle when it happens(I'm not 100% sure if they do i think it might just be my eardrum moving) and i jump sometimes but it's mostly just my head that shakes. Also my ears get really red and my cheeks get a little red. We have 60+ employees that I pass by all day and I'm pretty sure they notice it. It's super embarrassing and I want to fix it asap. Does anyone else have this issue and have any suggestions on what I should do to fix it
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Re: Adderall and being more easily scared by loud sudden noises - July 26th 2017, 12:52 AM

It's probably noise sensitivity. I know I am sensitive when I feel a loud bang or a door slams shut. It's more the vibration than the actual sound itself, but the harsh bang! does scare me. Has this happened before you got on the Adderal? If not, then I would definitely bring it up with the doctor who prescribed it to you. It might be the new prescription, but I don't want to say anything definite as we're not supposed to diagnose or give medical advice.

I know when I am prescribed a new medication or my dosage gets altered, I notice a change in either a matter or days or several months. It's definitely something worth bringing up to your doctor. In the meantime, maybe you can listen to some music while you work, so you have a constant source of sound?
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Re: Adderall and being more easily scared by loud sudden noises - July 26th 2017, 05:45 AM

just like wanderlust said, its probably noise sensitivity. I have taken adderol (Unprescribed) and never experienced this happen. I got very unhungy, and I was more focused, but I don't know it adderol would cause that.

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Re: Adderall and being more easily scared by loud sudden noises - July 26th 2017, 08:58 AM

I used to take Adderall. I didn't have any problems until I lost weight and started taking Ativan at the same time. Then I realized the two were fighting against each other (Adderall a stimulant, Ativan a relaxant), so I cut the Adderall in half, and felt much better. Possibly losing weight required a change of dose.

I'm not sure if Adderall could be contributing to the symptoms you describe.

However, I do recognize those symptoms. You can slowly reduce those symptoms by doing some Mindfulness Meditation. That brain training exercise will help reduce
over time the jumpiness reflexes you are experiencing.

The basic idea is, for one minute, focus your attention on the present moment. When a thought enters your mind, let it go and return your focus to the present moment. Keep that up for one minute.

After a while you may be able to increase the time to two minutes, then five, ten, eventually up to 25 minutes. Though it's not required that you increase the time, doing it just for one minute will help train the brain if you keep doing it whenever you have a free minute.

(There's an app called "Headspace" you can download on your cell phone. There are animated videos at the beginning of lessons 3, 5, 7, and 9, which explain the simple concepts. There are other free guided meditations you can download, or you can do yoga, qi-gong, or tai-chi, are meditative motion exercises with the same "focus your mind on the present moment" idea. It works, which is why it's been around for thousands of years.)

[There are parts of the brain that become more active, making one more jumpy and reactive to sudden noises or events. The amygdala is one. I'm not a brain scientist so I only know what I've read. Doing this brain exercise can over time decrease activity in the amygdala, and increase activity in other parts, making them stronger, like one exercises a muscle and it becomes stronger. The person becomes a calmer person, and these changes can be seen in brain fMRI scans. So according to books I've read written by scientists I've never met, it works.]

So my suggestion: practice this one minute mind exercise whenever you can, and join a meditation group, or a yoga or qi-gong or tai-chi class.

Best wishes!
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