People who have AD/HD don't usually build up a resistance to stim meds. From what I have read, there dosage will tend to stay the same. However, if you are abusing the med, then you start upping the dose. So if you have been on relatively the same dose for years, then I think there is a pretty good chance that you might have AD/HD.
Part of the trouble may be that when you talk to doctors you are not able to describe very well the symptoms to them or don't mention past history. So the more you know about the condition - the better. And, yes, I would definitely look for a psychiatrist that has experience with treating adults with ADHD. You will have a much better chance of success.
Here a recent link that you might find helpful - http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/822549_1
And, I was just reading the review of this book, "Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?". It looks really good. You might want to check it out! http://www.amazon.com/Stopping-Coaster-Someone-Attention-Disorder/dp/0981548709
Hope this help. Keep in touch and let us know how it goes. You are not the first one on this forum that has had problems getting doctors to pay attention to adults.
I really appreciate the advice, should I tell the psychiatrist my history with Adderall or do you think they will shun me as well? I really just want to be honest with someone about it and let them know how positively it has affected my life up to this point.
I hear you, I just don't know if that is possible in the first meeting. Fortunately, you are in a pretty progressive community. You should be able to find a psyc who does specialize in, or at least has worked with, Adult AD/HD. And if that doesn't work out, there should be plenty more choices.
I did find some starting places for you to look for help (via CHADD)
The above looks like it might be a pretty good place to start.
Also found this link
Man, I hope this helps. Please do keep in touch and let me know how the docs respond.
Oh, this also was a pretty good link on adults with ADHD - http://************.com/lib/adhd-in-adults/0001206
Oppps, they are still blocking that site for some weird reason, just put ************ before the ******* and you are good to go.
Ok, will message you with that link. There search engine is getting better.
I just wanted to follow up and update you on what I ended up doing. I made an appointment with a psychiatrist and went to see him. I filled out all sorts of paperwork before going in to see him. I told him everything. I told him how long I had been taking adderall and how I felt about it. He diagnosed me with adult adhd and started me on 70mg vyvanse once a day. The vyvanse works alright but my brain feels foggy, I don't think it is for me. I am going back for my follow up visit on Monday and I think I am going to see if he can put me on 20mg adderall twice a day. Thank you for your help.
See what he wants to do first. V does have advantages. It sounds like the dose was too high for you. Give a lower dose a try first. You can always go to the adderall later.
Thank you for your reply. I appreciate the info. Keep me posted.