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Abnormal Concentration issues while medicated?!?

I have ADHD and was diagnosed when I was a child.  I have been medicated for a long time (was on Ritalin for a very long time but had to switch medications within the past few years because Ritalin stopped working for me).  I have been on vyvance for a while now and it was doing fine for me.  

I am in college now, and last semester (spring 2014 semester) I got a concussion. I did not seem to be having too many problems over the summer break, but now that I am back in school, I have completely changed.  I am having an extremely difficult time concentrating and I no longer have the same drive to strive as I used to (which was a serious characteristic of mine, without-which I am not the same person).
I am seriously worried.  I now take 10 times the amount of time to do things than I normally did, which was already 2 times the amount of time than normal students.  This is EXTREMELY frustrating to me and I feel like I am going crazy! I have seen many medical professionals and none of them have helped me get any progress.

Does anyone know how I can fix this???
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I agree with Sandman.  Also, make sure you are getting enough sleep.  

Something else like a change in hormones or diet may be causing your problem.  I had a similar reaction to what you are describing when I was taking a large amount of melatonin every night.
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    Unless, you are on something like Prozac which can block the effects of stim meds - stem meds are usually very consistent in their actions.  Once they are working for you, they usually continue to do so for a decent amount of time.
    It really sounds like the concussion is still effecting you.  And from what I have read about football players who have gotten concussions, that is one of the after effects.   If you have any doctors around who have treated either high school or college athletes, that might be a good resource to check out.
    Unfortunately, this may be something that just takes time to heal.  
    But, what ever it is, you should talk with your college counselor and let them know what is going on.  There are accommodations that they can make for you to help you.  And, if the concussion happened on campus or during an event, it certainly needs to be reported.
    Do take the time to goggle concussions and read all you can about it.
    Hope this helps a bit.  
    Oh, I don't think that upping your dose of stim meds would be a good idea as what could be causing the problem is probably not related.
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