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Nicole88

When other people notice...

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I've had two coworkers separately tell me over the past week that they have noticed a change in me. They mentioned that I seemed happier and have had a more positive attitude. I wish I could tell them the truth but don't feel like I know or trust them enough. Its so nice, though, to have the reaffirmation of how adderall literally destroyed my ability to connect with others, but that slowly but surely all those pieces of my personality are coming back.

Even though I finally feel like I am in a good place, I stay close to the boards because reminding myself of how far I've come keeps me grateful. Gratitude has changed my life, and when I think back to the way I was living and the road I was on, it literally brings me to tears because ANYTHING is better than that life. I feel like I am such a better person for this experience. Adderall made me delusional and narcissistic, but today I am full of compassion. :) 

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Gratitude is a powerful tool.  Sometimes a little time passes and I get a little complacent and forget how far I came. But you're right, when I think back to the road I was going down and where I'm at now there is sooo much to be thankful for.

And I agree, being able connect with people and be engaged in real/deep conversations feels great.  I was so isolated from everyone including my wife, family and coworkers and now I love people again.

Its still a process but recently people have noticed I'm getting my sense of humor back which feels great.  I always thought I was quick and witty but throughout my adderall years I was reserved and isolated, I'd do everything I could to avoid conversations

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That is a great sign when people notice that you are you again. My family and friends that knew me before Adderall all tell me that I am much friendlier and fun to be around again. I’m not missing the Adderall me much anymore because my confidence is coming back naturally and it feels great!

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I notice the people in my life pre Adderall like me more now and the people in my life post Adderall like me less now.

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Glad to hear your progress!

Gives me hope, I am avoiding talking to anyone who "really knows me" in fear of them asking what's wrong or why I seem off. And people I don't know I have zero desire to begin a "chatty" conversation with... 

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Me too! I enjoy life so much more now! Everyone thinks I'm more fun and silly. I used tone so obsessive and stressed out/strung out! I cringe now thinking of some of the social interactions I had during the adderall days. So lucky I managed to have friends stick by me anyways. But, still, a lot of missed friendships and missed opportunities. Getting off adderall is like waking up and getting back to the world again!

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