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Just Diagnosed With ADHD (Adults)

To medicate or not to medicate??

I was diagnosed with inattentive type ADD a couple weeks ago, and my doctor prescribed me meds already.  I’m wondering if anyone has had success with talk therapy alone, or are meds always necessary? Has anyone ever gone on meds and then gone off, or is it for life?  I just want to be thoughtful about this before I start taking new meds.  Thank you for your help.


Sometimes meds are miraculous. Sometimes clients try them and then ditch them. Meds do not stay in your system so you can safely explore and then decide.

If you are leary of meds you can also try cleaning up your diet. That can work wonders.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Feb 19, 2017 at 6:37am

Thank you for the feedback, Dr. Tucker.  I am carefully considering stimulants vs non-stimulants. I do have depression also, and my doctor suggested Wellbutrin. But I’ve had seizures in the past, and I understand that Wellbutrin lowers the threshold for seizures. So it’s been a lot to research and weigh. I appreciate this website with its many resources, and I appreciate your quick reply also.

Posted by Progress not Perfection on Feb 19, 2017 at 8:01am

It really depends on each individual and the severity of your ADHD if therapy and alternative treatments will be enough, or if you really need medication for your ADHD.

Here’s expert insights on this very question:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 20, 2017 at 2:29pm

Thanks Penny…I think I’m just overwhelmed with the recent diagnosis as well as the myriad of treatments.  I appreciate your feedback, and will read the expert insights.  Thanks again!

Posted by Progress not Perfection on Feb 21, 2017 at 1:04pm

My husband, diagnosed 1 year ago, with combined type ADHD cannot take meds because of his heart issues. He is doing well with cognitive behavior therapy and meditation. As his therapist says, “knowing what the problem is is half the battle”
Be aware of your shortcomings and triggers and put solutions in place.

Posted by mountainview on Feb 21, 2017 at 1:06pm

Thank you for sharing that Mountainview.  I think I will start with the cognitive behavior therapy and go from there.  I didn’t think about meditation.  That’s a great idea. I hope you and your husband continue to do well.  Thanks for replying. It really helps to not feel alone.

Posted by Progress not Perfection on Feb 21, 2017 at 1:19pm

The lowest dose of generic Adderal plus Wellbutrin seems to work for me.  BUT LET me positively say that Meditation, even 5 minutes a day, is of great use for when I notice the rise of scattered thinking (noticing when it begins).  Do you recognize when you are starting to loose it? 

*I find I take LESS of those medications now as the calming effect and focus provided by practicing meditation, exercising in the form of weeding the soil in preparation for a Spring garden and noticing my food intake provides for a calmer state of mind. No Fake food here!

It’s helpful to recognize and write it down, to help you remember and create a trail of breadcrumbs as to what REALLY works for you.  We’re are all special, unique and life continues. It can be good.  Let me salute YOU! in your search for wellness.

Posted by Lean~In on Feb 24, 2017 at 1:39pm

Thank you so much Lean-In!  I am uplifted by your encouraging words of wisdom. I’ve never tried to meditate before, but I will try almost anything now.  I love your suggestion of gardening, too.  Like many ADHD people, I also struggle with depression and am told frequently to get outside.  Now I have even more reason to just do it.  I really appreciate your taking the time to respond, reminding me that I’m not alone in this battle.  Thank you again!

Posted by Progress not Perfection on Feb 25, 2017 at 9:08am

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