To medicate? Or not to medicate?

That is the question.

Well, when it comes to ADHD/ADD, it may not be the only question there is. It is one of many questions that ADHDers/ADDers may have. It is a topic that has many people divided. Medication works and can be beneficial for some, but not for others. Some chose to take medication, while others prefer not to. It is definitely not for everyone.

There are a wide variety of different medication available for those of with ADHD/ADD. There are some stimulant and non-stimulant medication. Within each category, there are several different types of medication. Some stimulant medication can either be short- or long-acting medication. Each has its own side effects, which may not always been the easiest to deal with. There are a lot of factors to consider, when taking and choosing to take medication. As much as I could spend a lot of time taking about all the different medications out there, but I won’t go into all those details. There is a lot of information about this topic out there.

Medication can be beneficial for some ADHDers/ADDers. Especially when the ADHDer/ADDer manages to find the right one. At least, for those who chose to take them.

The thing is that ADHD/ADD is a very complication issue. Each person with ADHD/ADD may affect people differently, and the ADHDer/ADDer’s symptoms may be different from someone else, who also has ADHD/ADD. This is not a “one-size fits all” disorder. Therefore, it does make sense that there should different medications, so that it can accommodate a wide variety of people with ADHD/ADD. At least, the option of medication should be available, if the ADHDer/ADDer chooses to take them.

Yes, there are some ADHDer/ADDer, who prefer not to take any medications and find other ways to manage their symptoms. If they prefer not to medicate, then it should certainly be up them and should be their choice to make. Sure, there are ADHDers/ADDer, who do take medication to manage their symptoms, but there are many who don’t take any medication. It is entirely possible for some to manage without any medication. Medication is certainly not the only method to manage ADHD/ADD-related symptoms.

At the end of the day, whether the ADHDer/ADDer takes medication or not, it is really a personal choice. There is no right or wrong answer to this, in my opinion. After all we are all different. The way ADHD/ADD is for me may be different for others who also have ADHD/ADD. So, it makes sense that there may be different medications and that some would prefer to not take anything.
I am definitely not encouraging ADHDers/ADDers to take medication, if they don’t want to. I am also not saying that they should go without any medication, if they prefer not to. There are pros and cons to taking or not taking medications. But at least the option is there.
Having ADHD/ADD is hard enough as it is. We should all find ways to make it easier for us. Whatever method we should we should not be ashamed of it. Yes, we might feel a little ashamed, as we feel like we should be able to focus or sit still, but our brains don’t work that way. So, we should just listen to what our bodies are telling us.

For those of you who do have ADHD/ADD, it should be completely up to you, whether you take medication or not. No one should force to take it. People shouldn’t force you not to take it, either. The important thing is to find the best way to manage your symptoms. The best way that suits you. Do some research, or talk to your doctor, if you want to know more about medication. Just do what’s right for you.
For those who don’t have ADHD/ADD, please just understand that, for some of us, medication can be beneficial. It can help make things a little easier for us. Try not to judge those who are taking medication, as it can make things a little easier.

Here are some resources about ADHD/ADD medication for those who are interested in learning or reading a little bit more on the subject.

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