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Penny Williams
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If ADHD medication makes an individual feel like or seem like a “zombie” then it’s not the right dose or not the right medication. The goal of ADHD medication is to make up for a deficiency in neurotransmitter effectiveness in the brain to improve focus and impulsivity and help to slow down hyperactivity and/or a racing mind. When it’s the right medication and dose, it does not change one’s personality.

A Patient’s Primer on the Stimulant Medications Used to Treat ADHD

Do not ever take medication not prescribed to you, especially controlled substances like stimulants. That is dangerous. Plus, you would have a completely different experience on the medication because it’s efficacy depends on metabolism, genetics, and an individual’s brain chemistry. So, this “experiment” is dangerous and won’t even provide the intended experience.

Studies have shown that medication is effective for 80% of those with ADHD. A blanket statement to “stop the meds because don’t do any good,” is simply inaccurate, and only that one individual’s experience.

Yes, there are many other ways to treat ADHD: https://www.additudemag.com/how-to-treat-adhd-with-medication-therapy-diet-coaching/

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism