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Focus medication can be useful, if Not Abused

When I first confided to some people that I was diagnosed with ADD and would be trying out focus medication, a few of them immediately replied, "Those are bad! You don't need them! Just eat healthy!" I don't discredit the benefits of eating healthy and incorporating alternative medication, but I was a bit ticked off by that type of response. Even though I was just recently diagnosed with ADD earlier this year by the psychiatrist, I've struggled with the symptoms for several years. I had trouble during high school and my first few semesters of college. In fact, I'm pretty sure that if my teachers hadn't been sympathetic I wouldn't have graduated high school on time.

I used to go to a holistic doctor and take different alternative health supplements, instead of pharmaceutical Western medicine, but I still dealt with the ADD symptoms as well as depression and anxiety. I had a hard time focusing on anything. It was the worst last year, when I found that I could hardly read through a book or watch a movie without getting distracted. I knew it was bad because reading is one of my favorite hobbies and previously I had no trouble going through stacks of books.

Anyways, I've been taking focus medication for the past few months and I've noticed a big difference. I can finally concentrate on studying, I can focus on work tasks with less breaks, and my mood and personality overall has improved a lot. Coworkers commented on it - "Whatever you're doing, keep doing it 'cause it's working!" That was such a huge thing for me, when others around me started noticing the changes. Even my mom, who before was so against me seeing a psychiatrist, can see the changes.

I guess a lot of people aren't fond of the idea of taking medication like Adderall or Ritalin because we hear a lot of stories of prescription medication abuse. I do agree that a lot of people abuse these types of medications for the "high", however I think it's unfair to generalize. I consider myself a responsible user of prescription medication - I don't even feel "high" taking the medication, because I take the proper dose and my body reacts to the medication in the intended way. I feel focused, not high.

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LoudMan wrote on September 16, 2014, 1:59 PM

Sure, there will always be those who abuse prescriptions. Don't give in to any future temptations, though. The withdrawals are rough. I've seen some s**t.

Pogonotomy wrote on September 16, 2014, 2:02 PM

Yeah, I know some people who buy the meds on the street and they're all jumpy when they can't get their fix :s I don't ever want to become like that!

MegL wrote on September 16, 2014, 3:06 PM

It's good you have found something that works for you.

LisaSteinmetz wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:48 PM

My youngest niece had ADHD and is on two medications at home. When she is with me she is on one. I don't agree with the second and hate it because she's gaining weight from it and she's like a zombie a lot of the time.

Nicky wrote on September 19, 2014, 7:04 AM

If it works for you, it works. Like you've said, you are a responsible person when it comes to taking prescribed medication. Just glad that it works for you and that you feel better.

Pogonotomy wrote on September 19, 2014, 10:24 AM

Yep, I'm glad I'm reacting well to this medication :)

Pogonotomy wrote on September 19, 2014, 10:25 AM

I'm sorry to hear she's experiencing side effects from one of them :( Will she be able to switch to a different one?

Pogonotomy wrote on September 19, 2014, 10:27 AM

Thanks! I really do feel a positive effect from the medication so I'm making sure I am responsible with it :)

Ruby3881 wrote on October 2, 2014, 4:21 AM

That is an extremely well reasoned explanation of what ADHD medication does, and how it works. My middle daughter has been on Concerta for roughly a year now, and it makes a very positive difference for her. Like you, she doesn't get high because she gets the right dose, and because her brain needs the medication it just helps her focus and stay alert.

Do you find that your anxiety and depression have decreased since starting the medication? My oldest was diagnosed with ADHD years ago, and we chose to go without the meds until now. Today her ADHD symptoms are greatly reduced but she still struggles with anxiety related to her performance. We're hoping she'll be able to benefit from the Concerta the same way her sister does. The educational psychologist is very positive about it helping her focus, but we didn't speak about its impact on the anxiety.