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If the medicine you need to treat your ADHD happens to raise your blood pressure, it’s a very simple matter to take blood pressure medication. All of my doctors (including the diabetes specialist) have emphasized that blood pressure medication is so commonly used now, that it’s really not a big deal if you need to add it in order to keep taking the ADHD medication.
It really bothers me that so many people’s first reaction is always a firm, “I don’t want to even consider medication”. Especially when that statement is based on a hysterical reaction to all the lies out there (usually from people trying to sell you their snake-oil “alternative therapies”), rather than on actual medical facts.
Your brain is not working properly. Just as, if you’re diabetic, your pancreas isn’t working properly. And no amount of “alternative therapies” will make it work properly, without the help of medication to fix the problem, at least at first. Eventually, with the help of the medication, you may be able to implement strategies that will enable you to reduce or possibly even eliminate the need for medication. But that will take time.
As for the argument that ADHD isn’t a sufficiently life-threatening condition to require medication, you really need to consider what defines “life”. If you think “life” is always having to struggle (often unsuccessfully) to do the most basic organizational tasks, always getting in trouble for screwing up or being late, always failing to live up to your potential, and always being anxious and depressed about it, then no, ADHD isn’t “life-threatening”. However, considering that distractability makes you way more likely to have a car accident, and that a lifetime of all that struggling can drive a person to suicide, then I’d say ADHD is very “life-threatening”.
Don’t rule anything out until you have learned all the facts. Then, discuss everything with your doctors. Only then, can you make an informed decision, together.REPORT ABUSE