One of the most common questions I get is about medication. These include my feelings and usage of pharmaceutical interventions. I have taken medication in the past, don’t currently take medication and feel that medication is a huge help for ADD and ADHD.
When I tell clients that I don’t take medication, the response is mixed. Some will ask if I’m against it (as you already read this isn’t true) while others are amazed that I have ADHD and can get through the day without it. There’s no specific reason why I don’t take medication except my doctors feel it’s not needed for me at this time.
That leads me into my tip-of-the-day…be proactive when it comes to medication monitoring and management. Keep track of how the your body reacts to the medication. If you don’t like the way you feel at certain points of the day, this is valuable information for your doctor. It could be a slight adjustment that will make all the difference in the world.
It is also important not to view the medication as the only intervention. Use medication along with other professionals to help you improve performance. Just because the medication helps slow things down doesn’t give you better skills. You need to learn different skills and how to apply these to your everyday life.
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