How Do I Know When It's Time to Try ADHD Medication?

I am an adult with ADHD, and I do not take medication. I function well most of the time, but there are moments when I lose focus at work. Is it time for me to get a prescription?
The Experts | posted by Sandy Newmark, M.D.
Dr. Sandy Newmark

This is an individual decision. ADHD medication certainly could help, but, before you consider taking meds, it is important to evaluate how lack of focus affects your life. If there is substantial impact, medication might be the answer. There are, of course, possible side effects that you need to be aware of and evaluate if they occur.

I always recommend natural treatments first. Do you eat a healthy diet? Do you avoid artificial colors and flavors and highly processed carbohydrates and sugar? Do you take omega-3 fatty acid supplements? Have your zinc and iron levels been checked? Are you sleeping well?

Have you considered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been proven to be effective for ADHD? Think about consulting a coach, who can help you with the nuts and bolts of dealing with your symptoms.

If you have already looked into these approaches and found that they didn't help, ADHD medication may indeed be a good choice for you.

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