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April 23, 2012 7:46 PM Subscribe
I am about to start taking ADD meds. My approach to work has been haphazard in the past, and I'm I'm hoping to improve my habits. What strategies should I attempt to make the most of any improvements in attention that I experience?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a working adult. I have my first-ever prescription for an ADD medication (Vyvanse) and I am going to start taking it tomorrow. I'm not asking for medication advice (I have a physician for that), I'm asking for suggestions on the non-medication side of this: strategies, habits, etc. This being my first time taking a med for ADD I have no idea whether it will help, but if it does help I want to get the most out of it. So I'm wondering: what did you do (besides take the meds) to get the most out of your ADD/ADHD meds? What work habits, strategies, behaviors, etc should I consider adopting to make the most out of this?
While I certainly hope it helps, I don't assume that I'll take it and my thoughts will suddenly 100% organize themselves forever. From reading others' accounts, it seems that I'll have to organize myself, but if the med works it will help me pay attention long enough to get organized instead of messing around all day as usual.
I once took antidepressants for a year and experienced some improvement. The goal was always to use them to put me on a more even keel while I read books and went through talk therapy - and those were the things that would help me develop the techniques I needed to really deal with my depression. I'm happy to say that I haven't needed antidepressants or even considered myself depressed in six years. The key was the techniques that I learned, and the meds were a good stepping stone but not the final answer. But it seems that ADD medications may be a little different: if I see improvement, will I be able to learn techniques that will keep me focused? Or might I always need medications? Anyway, I'm looking for techniques - I am willing to take meds that I need, but if I can learn techniques and habits that make me more effective then I want to use this opportunity to do so.
So if you took ADD meds and they helped, what did you do when you found that they helped you concentrate? What work habits did you adopt to take advantage of the medication's effects? Did you do something like the Pomodoro Technique? Getting Things Done? Something less formal? Did you just create a to-do list and try to plow through it? I realize that it could take a few tries to find the right medication for me. No, I don't think everything will be peachy tomorrow. But I want to go into this intentionally and with the idea that I will be working on my productivity beyond taking medication.