greetings all, I have not posted here in a while. I feel as though not too many people have shared what add adhd medication has done to them. I want to get feed back on how you feel and how your brain worked while being on the medication. There is a debate on whether there is a cost to long term effect on taking these medications.
I want this thread for everyone to tell their stories, I have countless people who I know that have been diagnosed and lost a sense of who they are because of these prescription drugs for ADD and ADHD. All of their words are in my head though, I don't have them in writing to show psychologists and fellow teachers on what these drugs can do.
I will start with my story. Ya when I was young I didn't do well in school. I got prescribed to ritalin. Ritalin indeed helped me focus, but not for long, they kept on upping my dose until there was no higher dose. It made me anxious, blank minded, I had lack of ambition to do things I wanted and liked to do, I would feel sad but could not cry, had a hard time sleeping, was restless, didn't know who I was, couldn't eat well I got very skinny, etc.. I could list so many things it did to me. I know many people share this same story. Sitting in a room wanting to do something, but all your favorite things didn't sound right, and you just sit there lost. I would find myself wanting to cry and I would say to myself "why can't I cry, I am depressed, but I can't cry, I want myself back, the real me is gone and I don't know where she went."
I quit ritalin years ago, it took me two years to feel like the real me again, I finally gained my creative thoughts back, I finally gained my sense of humor back. I thought I was gone forever.
Now I want to hear your stories and hopefully we can make a difference.