My Forum Comments
On formal diagnosis, I will say that I personally would always rather know for sure, rather than merely suspecting. As to your parents, I would suggest explaining it to them that the brain is just another organ, and like any organ, it can get sick. Nobody bats an eye at someone taking blood pressure medicine, why should brain focus medicine be any different? Beyond that, families are hard. Try being patient with them, but don’t be afraid to put your own well-being first.
On medication, I can personally attest to the “glasses effect”. The first time I tried medication (and it was vyvanse) I was amazed at my ability to focus on what I needed to without my brain trying to run off in a million different directions. I would strongly recommend giving medication a shot if you do get diagnosed, as I think that there is a very good chance that you are more impaired than you realize.
First and foremost, you should always take your meds as prescribed. If your doctor says to take them everyday, you should take them everyday. There will be some trial and error as you and your doctor adjust your dosage to find what works best, but that process will be sabotaged if you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions.
Also, it’s important to remember that many of your old “coping mechanisms” may become counter-productive now that you are medicated. As you adjust to being medicated, try to be aware of how your current habits and routines may need to be adjusted to help you get the most out of your day.
Seconding Penny’s recommendation to buddy up. Also, consider writing out a reminder to yourself of *why* the new habit is important to you, so that when you hit that wall of “I don’t wanna”, you have a tangible reminder of why you should get up and go do the new thing anyway.