I’m not pro meds. And I’m not anti meds.
I’m pro me. And I’m pro you.
But I have learned a lot in my years of living with ADHD, both with the knowledge of this disorder being part of my life, and without it.
And I can tell you this one simple truth without any duplicity.
You Will Medicate!
You may get a diagnosis and accept a script from your mental health care professional for methylphenidate in one form or another. You may accept a script for some other stimulant. You may accept a script for an antidepressant.
You may fill that script and use it and discover it does exactly what you need it to do.
Your life may then be better. I hope that if these things happen your life is better. And lots of people have found it to be so.
But other people …
For various reasons, others choose not to accept the script.
Some, like me, they accept it and fill it and things improve … and then they turn ugly.
I developed anxiety on medication.
So, I stopped
I took myself off the methylphenidate and learned to cope with the help of the new knowledge I had about my ADHD.
I intended to investigate other medications, but somehow never got around to doing that. I have ADHD. I procrastinate.
But, I also felt I was doing much better, having learned a great deal about how my brain works and what I need to do to keep myself being productive and happy.
For those of you who choose to avoid medication because you believe that medication is evil, look around you.
No, I’m not saying to look into your medicine cabinet, or on your night stand or in your purse or gym bag. Don’t look for pills.
Look at the things that you do that substitute for medication.
Look at that!
Look at how you drive, and the things you say to justify that.
Look at the risks you take in your social life. Or the ones you take at work.
Look at your hobbies.
Look at your evenings!
Are you into recreational drugs? Alcohol? Do you live for these things?
And are you sure that it doesn’t seem to be an addiction because if you miss getting your hit you’re physically okay, just upset.
Are you hitting the cola machine ten times a day? Or knocking back 12 cups of java with one or two before bed so you can sleep?
Are you shopping lots?
Are you buying more than you need because the rush of clicking on that checkout link is soooo good?
Do you pay for storage space because you own way more than you need and you can’t get rid of anything because then you’d have to admit that you have a shopping problem?
Are you okay?
Don’t stop what you’re doing without thinking about it.But think about it.
And no, I’m not suggesting you reinforce your justifications of risky or detrimental behavior.
But maybe ask yourself if you can cut back without losing the benefits.
And maybe you can try other things, spread the medication load out a bit so you’re not doing any one thing so much it becomes damaging to your life.
Add to the meds
Cut back on the beer and try a little exercise every now and then. Adrenaline is a good medication too.
Maybe shop a little less and make love a little more, or make love a little less, if that’s your addiction, and shop a little more if you haven’t tried that.
Maybe slow down in the car a bit and try zip-lines or roller coasters and see what that does for you.
Maybe take up Tai Chi or Tai Kwon Do or Kung Fu.
Oh look, it’s time for my meds. Where’d I put my coffee cup?