The person who finds a simple answer to that question will make a lot of money.
I am one of those lucky few who are largely unresponsive to medication. I’ve looked for years; I’m looking for specific things.
Ask the question a different way. Is the dosage wrong? Are you having intolerable side effects? If you are, the dosage is too high. If you aren’t, the dosage may be too low.
Look for particular items.
- Less susceptible to distractions: finishing small or “boring” tasks; finishing small assigned tasks at work; finishing homework assignments; avoiding distractions like social media or television while working; cleaning up after yourself; staying focused on boring stuff you have to read; remembering to stop at the store after work
- Less sluggish in the morning: waking up and leaving the house on time more regularly
- Improved short term memory: easily recalling details from conversations; losing items less frequently; remembering details from meetings or work emails; recalling things learned in class that day; remembering that boring stuff you read
- Fewer challenges going to bed on time
- Better Driving: Russell Barkley would probably include better driving with less road rage
- Reduced Impulsive Behavior: e.g. controlled impulsive shopping
- Improved emotional regulation
- Going to bed with the house tidy and you ready for the next day
- An increased ability the ability to stick with and finish things
“The symptoms that we control with medicine are typically related to the ability to stick with and finish things. That’s different than the ability to live an organized life. It’s related, but it’s not the only thing you need to do. [A child] could be focusing super well on medicine and not even turn in school assignments.”
“Normal” person? Get a new doctor.