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ADHD Medication RePrimer

A hard pill to swallow for some ...
A hard pill to swallow for some …

How long has it been since we talked about medication? That long, eh? Well, that won’t do. Lets have a chat, shall we?

Many of you may remember that I am not pro medication, but that I’m also not against it.

I happen to know that ADHD medication has been around for a long time. I know that the established medications have been tested and that the newer ones are being tested. Rigorously tested.

I know that there are some people for whom the medications may not work. I know that there are some people for whom the medications will cause side effects.

But I also know that there are many of you who will, or already do, benefit from the medications that are now available.

The truth is, that I am pro you

The deal is this: If medication helps you, and it does so without risking your health and without causing side effects that are insurmountable or indefensible, then why would you not avail yourself of this advantage?

If I could take them I would!

I remember what it was like when I first took Concerta. The day was clear … and I’m not talking about the weather. And over the two plus years that I was able to make use of stimulant medication I very much appreciated what it did for me.

In the end, a slight risk of the side effect anxiety became a 100% real thing in my life, and I had to step away from the help they offered.

I did that with mixed feelings

A second side effect, elevated blood pressure, was manageable with additional medication, but in truth, my blood pressure had never been an issue until I started taking stimulants and has returned to normal since the cessation of the ADHD meds.

So that was another plus for going off them, less chronic depressed worrying and one less thing to worry about.

But there was that big loss …

What I lost was the benefit that methylphenidate offered. I lost the ease of focus, the recognition of distraction, the presence of … mind in life? You may or may not know what I mean. But it was there with the meds and it’s gone without them.

There was no buzz. There was no altered state of reality, unless you call being present for reality an altered state. There was no addiction.

The reason I am not on a band wagon flying a banner that says “ADHD Meds are BAD!!!” is the same reason I’m not on a band wagon flying a banner that says “ADHD Meds for ALL.” Neither position makes any sense.

The only sane and sensible position that can be taken on medication for ADHD is the one that says “Let competent medical and mental health care practitioners prescribe and monitor ADHD medication to patients with ADHD and let those professionals and those patients find the treatment that works best for them.”

If you don’t have ADHD or any family or friend with it, then you don’t have a dog in this fight. You have a right to your opinion, but not to impose it on others as fact or law.

If you’ve got ADHD or you have a family member with it then you have a vested interest in finding the best possible treatment for yourself or your kith or kin, and any and all options should be considered.

ADHD Medication RePrimer


Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2015). ADHD Medication RePrimer. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2015/01/adhd-medication-reprimer/

 

Last updated: 3 Feb 2015
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