ADHD Medication: Things You Should Know
Are ADD meds Safe? Should I take ADD medication? What are the dangers of stimulants? Are they addictive? Will they turn me into an addict? Will they fry my brain? Increase the risk of addiction? Lead to illegal drugs? How safe are they? Really? (Hint, millions of people take them every day. And not because they have to, because they make a difference.)
Concerns about the side effects of taking medication, and the long-term risk of adult ADHD medications stop many people from even trying them. Add to that, the misinformation, stigma and myths around medications and it’s a wonder anyone tries them. For many people, at some point the risks of not taking medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder become so great that the fears are overcome by the need. Many of us consider the long term effects of taking a medication, but not the long term of effects of not taking medication on our quality of life. In this video, we tackle the tough questions “Why bother taking medication? Why risk it?”.
Self medication doesn’t just include cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. This chapter talks about the many ways addictive behaviour appears.
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ADHD Medication Fears
ADHD medication for adults and children is a hot button topic. This video addresses 7 fears about medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder including:
- ADHD drugs are unsafe
- I’ll become addicted to ADHD medication
- I’ll lose my personality, or my child will not be the same
- ADHD medication side effects will be terrible
- It’s a gateway drug
- Once I start medication for ADHD I’ll never stop
- I’ll need more and more meds for ADHD
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My Story of Stopping ADHD Medication
TotallyADD founder Rick Green shares his story of stopping and starting his medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Medicating Myself Without ADHD Medication
I’m going to make a bold suggestion. Every adult with undiagnosed ADHD finds ways to ‘medicate’ themselves.
This was a conclusion I made after interviewing eighteen adults from local ADHD support groups. These adults represent a wide range of ages and experiences. Caffeine. Nicotine. Cannabis. Extreme sports. Alcohol. High-risk careers. Constantly changing jobs, homes, and relationships. All things that they mentioned regarding how they managed to ‘get by’ before being aware of what was going on, and getting a diagnosis.
So, it may sound outrageous, but I’m going to suggest… Pretty much EVERY SINGLE ADULT WITH UNDIAGNOSED ADHD IS MEDICATING THEMSELVES.
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