Medication For ADHD

A mother with her child

It remains a hot button topic for parents and kids, fodder for scary headline writers, and of course ‘the enemy’ for websites promoting all-natural cures for ADHD.

How do you ‘cure’ ADHD?  I mean it’s not like a wart or cancer where you can see it is there, treat it, and then see that it’s gone.

This is a spectrum disorder.  The symptoms are each on a spectrum of severity.  Heck, everyone loses the car keys now and then. 

But at some point the problems with focus, memory, follow-through, restlessness, impulsivity, impatience, etc., etc., reach a level where it’s sabotaging your good intentions and best efforts.

Then it’s time to deal with it.  With tools and strategies that work.

And ADHD medication is simply a tool.  One tool of many.

The key message in the first of the 5 part series ADD Medication: Straight Answers to Big Questions is that ADHD Medications are simply another tool.  And for the majority of people who try it, it works.

How do you tell if it works?  Ask them.  In fact, we asked 18 adults to share their stories, which range from “My life began at that moment” to “It interacted with another medication.  I couldn’t function, and I had to stop taking it.”

There are at least 30 doctors and ADHD experts in the five-video series, but they would probably all agree with what Doctor Ari Tuckman said, after he previewed the videos for accuracy.

“As good as it is to have a bunch of experts explaining things, what I found most convincing was the adults with ADHD explaining their own feelings before meds and the difference that meds made for them. 

For folks who are on the fence, this will be powerful.  This is a great topic with not enough clear information out there–but lots of unclear or incorrect information abounds.  Well done!  This will be a hit, I’m sure.”

Ari was right.  It’s been so powerful for people who have concerns, fears, and doubts about medication.  I suppose that’s everyone.  Including me at one point.

Have a great week!


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  1. bonnieihme October 22, 2017 at 11:28 am

    A friend of mine send me information the other day that gave all sorts of incorrect outdated information that would raise a lot of fears about taking ADHD meds. It included information about many collage students clamoring to get their hands on them adding “proof” that it doesn’t raise IQ level.
    I’d always been fearful of drugs because I’d heard many scary cases of things going wrong but can honestly say deciding to take the ADHD medicine I’m taking has been the best decision I could have made. Life is overwhelming and to live in overwhelm placed me on a treadmill where I just kept trying harder to do the same things I’d always been doing and hoping for a change in my life.
    The amount of kids growing up today are even more overwhelmed than the generation before because generations of overwhelmed parents along with toxic chemicals in foods and a pill for every condition these foods induce left us believing every pharmaceutical company is out to get us.
    The transformation between before meds and after has made such a huge difference in my ability to make positive changes in my life from eating better, quitting smoking, and other self defeating habits we use to self sooth.
    ADHD meds may not raise our IQ level but it has certainly prevented suicides and help people make better choices. The fact that many collage kids are grasping for any bit of hope they feel may lye inside an ADHD pill might allow society to understand that the expectations for higher grades within our broken education system makes many kids believe their success and human potential is determined by a letter on a card.
    The need to succeed at all costs places each one of us on survival mode since this “survival of the fittest” belief seems to require conformity over united sustainability. I believe that’s where human progress has misunderstood health and wellness.

  2. iopsychologist April 21, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    This is interesting and I want to learn more. The issue is that everyone has a different story of their ADD/ADHD. No one method works for everybody. One thing I notice is that people really want to avoid medication. There is need for more alternate solutions. Direly!

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