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A 18-year-old female asked:

No sleep for 5 days now, i forget to eat a lot of the time & my anxiety/depression is bad lately. can these affect my adhd meds effectiveness?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Or vice-versa. What : you & your psychiatrist need to sort out is whether your symptoms are the first indication of a mood disorder, as can happen in late adolescence -early adulthood &/or if your stimulants are triggering the onset of these symptoms & what to do about them. Are you on Adderall or Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)? Don't drive when sleep-deprived that long. Do have someone drive you to an appointment with your psychiatrist.
Dr. Ira Katz
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Please see your psychiatrist as soon as possible and I agree you should bring another person if possible to drive you and possibly give some insight into things you may not have noticed.
Dec 10, 2015
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
INSOMNIA: Good night's sleep is important for physical & mental health. Insomnia might be due to several reasons. Have a physical exam to rule out illness. If cleared consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy that helps you benefit from medication prescribed by a Psychiatrist & possibly a sleep study.

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