To go on medication or not
Apologies in advance for a long post. I am a 41 yo, diagnosed about 2 years ago. A neurologist confirmed that I have ADD but didn’t specify what kind. In doing my own research, I’ve concluded combined type.
I stopped going to her after receiving my diagnosis because she had very limited office hours (3days/week, 10 -3) and I had taken the maximum amount of time from work getting my diagnosis.
I’ve been “dealing” with my ADD since then, managing a very stressful and demanding job, a husband who also has ADD and our 2 daughters (ages 5 and 3).
I’m stressed out and needless to say, my ADD is kicking in in a fierce manner. I’m disorganized, anxious, confused, impulsive, I freeze and lose my words when speaking in meetings at work, have a hard time being clear about my thoughts and articulating them and am having a difficult time focusing to learn highly scientific material at work. I’m also not sleeping well, constantly anxious about everything and feel like it is all starting to spiral out of control.
I am hesitant to start medication because of the side effects of not sleeping. I already have insomnia due to anxiety which makes me irritable, more anxious and exacerbates all of my ADD symptoms.
I appreciate any experiences, thoughts, or guidance you can provide.
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