Hello, this is my first post. I'll try to be brief, but it concerns my daughter who is now 18 and has had school, substance abuse and emotional problems since about 15, so there is quite a bit of history to her problems. She developed a weed habit around 9th grade, started flunking out, switched to the alternate school in our community, where she continued failing every class... dropped out about 3 semesters in a row... last fall she had an incident with the police which resulted in a resisting arrest/assault on police officer conviction... which resulted in some time in jail, rehab, a 3/4 house, and finally an IOP program, which she has completed. She claims she is no longer smoking weed, and tests clean. All along, she had insisted that there is something wrong with her--she thinks ADHD--that it's impossible for her to concentrate in school. Of course we, and counselors and therapists always blamed this on the weed use. A year ago she was tested for ADHD, but the psychiatric refused to give her a diagnosis for that, because he suspected she was still using. He said ADHD was a possibility, but according to his testing methods, she was not ADHD--he suggested we look into the possibility of bipolar--we did, and a different psychiatric gave her a negative on that. Although it's impossible to know for sure, she insists she's not using, and has been insistent that adderall would be the solution to her problems (which she's still having) in school. She is an 18 year old, and technically 10th grade. She is now living with a friend, and the friend is on adderall. My daughter says she's taken her friend's adderall, and it makes a huge difference in her ability to focus and be motivated in school. Obviously it's not a good thing that she's taken somebody else's prescribed medicine, we don't approve of it, and we've told her. So... now she is coming to us, assumably clear-eyed and clean, asking insistently if we will send her to a doctor who will prescribe adderall to her. Of course there are many reasons for us to be suspicious. But she's got me convinced that it's worth a try. Of course, you don't just ask a doctor to give you adderall... the doctor has to examine her and form the opinion that she would benefit from it. So... any thoughts, stories, similar scenarios? There are many more details to this story, and I'd be glad to fill them in, as needed.