Shall I commit to a life of meds (dexies)?
I have been wrestling with the idea of committing to a career path that is very intellectually demanding, and am wondering if anyone can share their experiences regarding long-term medication.
Basically, I’m 24 and about to finish my undergrad degree. Having discovered I have ADHD about 2 years ago it turns out I’m not dumb(!), I just learn differently. Now that I’ve figured out how to learn I am considering doing post-graduate law, in which case I’d go on to become a lawyer (If I did I would like to be a good lawyer, not a corporate scumbag by the way!).
My issue is: If I committed to this as a life direction, I’d be committing myself to a life of medication, and I’m unsure of the long-term effects of med’s, I do feel a little depression after taking them in the evenings sometimes, and sometimes I feel a little uneasy / cagey, but they are the defining factor behind my ability and joy doing this type of intellectual work.
Most importantly I want a wholesome happy life…
Has anyone out there found that long-term med’s (while they may have helped their career) have been negative (or positive) in the other realms of their life? i.e. relationships, health, ability to sleep, love, spirituality, and importantly happiness? I am also aspiring to do entrepreneurial and musical things, which would be a less ‘med-orientated’ pathway.
A big question for me is whether the med life in a scholarly field would be one of pain or gain, as compared to a potentially arts / creative / entrepreneurial non med life (a potentially hugely competitive, demoralizing and painful one in itself!). ... any thoughts?
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