Stop Accusing Me of Being a Drug Addict

I don’t take drugs to get high, I take them to function

Sunny Muldoon
Invisible Illness
Published in
7 min readOct 29, 2021

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This past week, I was visiting my doctor for a 30-day check-up after I was prescribed Vyvanse for my ADHD. My insurance had recently changed, so I had to see a family doctor instead of my usual psychiatrist who had diagnosed me, due to him now being out of my network.

My name got called and the nurse led me to the bathroom where she handed me a plastic cup and told me they needed a urine sample.

I was a little confused and asked what it was for, and she just smiled and said “Standard procedure.”

In the age of Covid and also since I have had a cold for about 2 weeks straight, I thought maybe they were just double-checking patients who had been sick to make sure their vitals were ok.

I didn’t give it a second thought and peed in the cup.

Later when my doctor came in, he asked how the Vyvanse was working for me. I told him honestly that the first week was great, but I had noticed the effects starting to wear off or not even feel anything at all after the first week. I asked him if he thought it would be possible to increase the dose for the next month, so I could gauge and see if that would be more helpful.

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Sunny Muldoon
Invisible Illness

Neurodivergent copywriter and voice actor. I promise to never clickbait you. https://linktr.ee/jennifermuldoon