January 19, 2020 at 5:54 pm #139150
I’m a 27 year old male who recently restarted treatment for combined type ADHD (I was diagnosed at 7 years old but due to family determinations wasn’t started on stimulants until at my adulthood was pretty obvious I always needed them). I’ve been taking 10mg Ritalin three times a day for the past 2 years and must say it has been life changing, however, I’ve been thinking if Ritalin and the other stimulants will become a companion for life? I’ve tried not taking my meds for a couple of days and not only I’ve become utterly distracted and inefficient, I also feel like I’ve been drained of all my energy and sleepy all the time (which also happened before I was started on stimulants) is a meds vacation or even something that looks like a full recovery as an adult? Or should I just accept the chronicity of this condition?
Thanks beforehand for the answers and really really thanks a lot for this space
January 20, 2020 at 9:50 am #139332
ADHD is a lifelong condition because it’s a physiological difference in the brain. Some individuals with ADHD find that they develop enough coping mechanisms and strategies that they can live well without medication. Many need medication throughout life.
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January 20, 2020 at 11:08 am #139351
I did a medication holiday when I went to the beach. The doctor said it was fine. The first 3 days, I slept more, but then it seemed to be okay. Ultimately, I went back on the medicine. If your doctor says it’s okay, perhaps try it during a period when you don’t need to be as mentally alert.
cheers and good luck!
January 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm #139375
I’m currently not on my medication as I’m waiting for my new insurance card to arrive. Once I get the insurance card, I’ll be taking my medication again.
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