What Happened After I Was Forced To Quit ADHD Meds


I had finally started to get a handle on my ADHD when I decided to stop taking medication. While ADHD meds have a lot to do with my successful treatment, I was starting to prepare my body for pregnancy and the two don’t mix. At first, I was distraught. This was another in a series of things I was being asked to part with that I believed (at the time) to be keeping me glued together. I didn’t want my glue to be taken away. Luckily, I had already been practicing behavior modification prior to this decision, so I was able to fall back on a few tried and true hacks.

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I Tuned In

A few months ago, I had hooked myself up to White Noise For The Workplace and never looked back. In fact, I was so zoned in one afternoon, I hadn’t realized I disconnected my headphone jack, piping trickling water sounds throughout the office. Also on rotation is the Electronic Study Music list on Spotify. Headphones at work serves a dual purpose – zoning in and a nonverbal cue that I am busy.

I was so zoned in one afternoon, I hadn’t realized I disconnected my headphone jack, piping trickling water sounds throughout the office.

I Walked It Out

I recently found a walking trail near my job. When I first came upon the opening, it was like The Secret Garden or that place in The Land Before Time with the green leaves. This nature trail was made just for me, where I could walk off nervous energy and take in fresh air. Taken at lunch, this afternoon Rx allows my brain to process the first half of the day while revving up for the second half. It’s also a chance to catch up on Serial and my other new obsession, Crime Writers On Serial.

I Ate Better

My brain has enough going against it, so I don’t make it harder by denying myself fuel in the morning, usually in the form of make-ahead breakfast burritos. Or Greek yogurt and a banana. Always having a solid breakfast and nutritious snacks on-hand is essential. My newest obsession are Kodiak Cakes with a side of fresh berries. I also keep pistachios and string cheese on-hand, making sure I’m never more than a few hours without fuel.

My brain has enough going against it, so I don’t make it harder by denying myself fuel in the morning,

I Digitized All The Things

When it comes to remembering things, if it doesn’t live in Google Calendar, it doesn’t exist to me. When I set appointments at the doctor’s office, I don’t accept appointment cards. Before leaving the office, the appointment is in my phone with at least 3 reminders – 1 week, 1 day and 4 hours. I’ve also become friends with Google Sheets (h/t to color coding via conditional formatting) and Wunderlist. I guess what I’m really saying here is that I’d never end up as the subject of a true crime podcast because there is a digital “paper trail” of my life, down to my step count and number of times I rolled over in my sleep.

I Stayed In-Scope

You hear the term “scope creep” a lot in the workplace, but it really should apply to life as well. Is your calendar filling up with things that don’t serve a real purpose or bring joy? Scope creep. Is there a pile of junk mail collecting on your coffee table for the day you’ll go through it all and clip coupons. Noble, but scope creep. Find out what’s important to you and start getting good at trimming the fat elsewhere.

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2 thoughts on “What Happened After I Was Forced To Quit ADHD Meds

  • October 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you for this. We are navigating ADHD with our 16 yo daughter and I haven’t been diagnosed but believe I have struggled all my life. I see my own organizations path in what you have written here as I try to stay on top of things while they fly out of my brain continually. I’m going to check out your blog for more normalizing and suggestions! Thank you!

  • October 25, 2017 at 9:30 am

    You’re very welcome, Elizabeth. That’s wonderful that you’re helping your daughter figure it out as well. Early detection and treatment could save her years (decades?) of turmoil!!!!!

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