Five Reasons To Go On ADHD Medication

There are lists of ADHD symptoms elsewhere on this website, and lots of books and other online resources and screening tests. If I had to recommend a single resource for learning about symptoms of ADHD, I’d recommend

Taking Charge Of Adult ADHD or Taking Charge Of ADHD, both by Russell Barkley.

Note these books are available as audio books, though they are so well written, with all the important information highlighted or in boxes, that its easy to at least thumb through, if not read cover to cover.

Lets focus here on the assumption you already know you have ADHD, and you use strategies and perhaps have even done some ADHD counselling, now why should you consider being on medication?

  1. Most people with ADHD are a lot more symptomatic, impacted, handicapped, affected or held back by their ADHD than they think – big time.
  2. For many, the impact of ADHD is severe either in terms of not doing well, or being stressed in the effort to do well or the impact it has on your partner and your kids.
  3. Even if you have good evidence that you are successful without medication, it could well be that you owe your partner or kids or the people you work with to consider medication – be a better listener, more patient, less irritable, more careful, a better driver and less impulsive.
  4. If your ADHD is on the milder end of the spectrum, but even with strategies and counselling you are still a bit too ADHD, then a medication trial would make good sense
  5. Perhaps you are doing very well in your current life, yet would like to challenge yourself – by seeking a better job, or a promotion, or returning to school, or learning to enjoy reading, or even to have another child, it might be time to consider medication.
  6. And an extra reason – perhaps you’ve been assessed as not being adhd in the past but you are now seeing significant symptoms. This could be because of advancing in your education to the point you can’t rely on brains any more and have to focus, or you have kids, or because you have had a promotion or your job description has changed, or you’re just having to work harder as bosses seem to expect more from fewer people with less support.