I have ADHD. Now what? Do I start pills? Do I have to take them for the rest of my life? (We got that one covered at the end of the post.) Do I have to tell my work? How will I remember every day??
The answers are not so simple. I recommend discussing it with a doctor first. It’s easy to go online and read about the horror stories in regards to medicine. A doctor who is trained in adult ADHD may be hard to find (unless you sign up with our Direct Primary Care!). A knowledgeable one will tell you that stimulant medication is very effective but there can be side effects. You just have to work with him or her to find the right medication and dosage for you. This will vary upon your age, work schedule, medical history, and the severity of your symptoms. Unfortunately, there are some people that will not be able to tolerate medications but for those that do, I tell them to look forward to being more productive and focused at work and relaxed at night so you can get better sleep.
“Wait! I thought stimulants keep you awake!”
While that’s true that stimulants wake people up, an adult with ADHD with properly dosed and timed medication, will be able to sleep just fine. They may even be able to slow their brains down if they were able to accomplish more during the work day (or night).
The answer to most if not all your questions are in the book below.