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Ideally, you won’t feel blunting of emotions or any significant changes in your overall behavior if its the right med and the right dose. What you hope to notice is a reduction in some of the target symptoms of ADHD, at least enough that you’re able to use other tools and skills to manage things.

A stimulant like Adderall can sometimes have a come down effect. If you’re on the immediate release that’s probably more noticeable than if you were on an extended version.

In general, there’s no “right way” to feel when you’re on a medication whether or not you have ADHD. What you hope is that it helps manage your symptoms with the least side effects possible. It can be useful to journal throughout the day about your ADHD symptoms and rate them at various intervals. Maybe first when you wake up and before you take your morning dose, then throughout the day after you take your medicine. Then, in the evening once your medicine has worn off, continue to rate. Once you do this for a while you may notice patterns. Hopefully you’ll also know what symptoms the medicine actually helps with and what symptoms that you still need to address with other skills or therapy.

We sometimes put too much weight on medication. Medication is a piece of the puzzle. It can be super effective for some people, and it can help with a number of things, but it doesn’t cure the disorder and it doesn’t work 24 hours per day. If you’re not where you’d like to be, though, talk to your doctor about the concerns you have. The ratings mentioned above can be a great tool to take to your doctor to help her/him make good medication decisions that will help you even more.