Focus medication can be useful, if Not Abused
When I first confided to some people that I was diagnosed with ADD and would be trying out focus medication, a few of them immediately replied, "Those are bad! You don't need them! Just eat healthy!" I don't discredit the benefits of eating healthy and incorporating alternative medication, but I was a bit ticked off by that type of response. Even though I was just recently diagnosed with ADD earlier this year by the psychiatrist, I've struggled with the symptoms for several years. I had trouble during high school and my first few semesters of college. In fact, I'm pretty sure that if my teachers hadn't been sympathetic I wouldn't have graduated high school on time.
I used to go to a holistic doctor and take different alternative health supplements, instead of pharmaceutical Western medicine, but I still dealt with the ADD symptoms as well as depression and anxiety. I had a hard time focusing on anything. It was the worst last year, when I found that I could hardly read through a book or watch a movie without getting distracted. I knew it was bad because reading is one of my favorite hobbies and previously I had no trouble going through stacks of books.
Anyways, I've been taking focus medication for the past few months and I've noticed a big difference. I can finally concentrate on studying, I can focus on work tasks with less breaks, and my mood and personality overall has improved a lot. Coworkers commented on it - "Whatever you're doing, keep doing it 'cause it's working!" That was such a huge thing for me, when others around me started noticing the changes. Even my mom, who before was so against me seeing a psychiatrist, can see the changes.
I guess a lot of people aren't fond of the idea of taking medication like Adderall or Ritalin because we hear a lot of stories of prescription medication abuse. I do agree that a lot of people abuse these types of medications for the "high", however I think it's unfair to generalize. I consider myself a responsible user of prescription medication - I don't even feel "high" taking the medication, because I take the proper dose and my body reacts to the medication in the intended way. I feel focused, not high.
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