I figured I better explain my position on ADHD medication, since that’ll be the focus of ADD Success over the next week or so.
These days, talking about stimulant medication such as Ritalin, Vyvanse, and Adderall can be like throwing gas on a fire.
My views on the meds come from being a highly trained and certified professional ADHD coach. I’m in personal contact with some of the smartest ADHD doctors out there. No matter what you read in the press or on blogs, ADHD medicine is the scientifically recognized treatment for ADHD.
I coach ADHD adults whether they take ADHD medication or not. I believe it’s a highly personal choice.
The treatment of ADHD is all about brain functioning. My roll as an ADHD coach is to help my clients get their brains working the best they possibly can so they can learn the life skills they need to create the life they want to have. This means an ADD-friendly diet , sleep, exercise, hydration, mindfulness, supplements and yes, medication.
Here’s what I know about ADHD Medication…
- ADHD medication doesn’t work for everybody. But if you have the right diagnosis and take the right medication in the right way, it can make the difference between bashing your way through life or living successfully with ADHD. I remember thinking, “Oh my God – this is what it’s like to have a brain,” the first time I took a dose of Adderall.
- It’s not easy to find a doctor who understands how to correctly prescribe ADHD medication. This is one of my top frustrations as an ADHD coach. There is a lot of misinformation out there. I believe doctors are doing the best they know how by their patients but it seems many aren’t working with the latest ADHD science.
- As an adult ADHD coach, I often find myself on the frontline of helping my clients treat their ADHD. No, I do not diagnose Attention Deficit Disorder, nor do I prescribe ADHD medication. But I do talk to my clients a lot more often than their doctors do. So, I often can pick up signs when their meds aren’t working as expected and help my clients understand how to get the most from their meds and when they need to talk to their doctor.
If you want to find out more about how to get the most out of your ADHD medication, stay tuned to the next ADD Success blog post.
Dana Rayburn is an ADHD Coach in Oregon, but don’t worry… She works by telephone helping ADHD adults all over the world live more effortlessly and successfully with ADHD.