I’ve always remained somewhat semi anonymous on this blog but today, I’m going to post a selfie to join the movement, #MedicatedAndMighty to show others that it’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’re medicated.
I take 10mg of methylphenidate, aka Ritalin, twice a day to manage my ADHD. It sure took some experimentation and several trips to my psychiatrist to get my dosage correct, but now that I’ve found what works for me, it’s working well to help me with my focus issues.
I’m parroting the wise words of a community member when I say this… To those who are struggling, you’ll know when you need medication. When you do, don’t fight it. Work with your doctor to find what’s right for you. That and coupled with psychotherapy, it’ll help you along tremendously.
EDIT for clarity: I don’t condone pharmaceuticals for the sake of pharmaceuticals. And I don’t condone not working through your issues and bypassing therapy and going straight to medication. Medication on its own, IMHO, does nothing but make you dependent on drugs. I am where I am now because I’ve been working hard for the past 6 months and coupled with the Ritalin that helps me focus, I am doing much better than I have before.
I am aware of the harmful side effects of pharmaceuticals – hence, why I’m one of the few people in America who don’t just take medication just because a doctor thinks I should. As such, if you’re going to be prescribed psychotropics, you need to be responsible to yourself and take the initiative to discuss the side effects and possible harms that could come from taking medication. Yes, there are plenty of doctors/psychiatrists out there who don’t care about you and only care about how much money they’ll make from pharmaceuticals. That said, it is on you to be clear about your needs and discuss them with your medical providers.
For me, Ritalin works and helps me more than the side effects. Without the Ritalin, I can’t even sit here and finish writing this blog post in the 10 minutes that it should take because I can’t concentrate on anything for more than that period of time. The side effect that I have experienced from this medication has been weight loss, lack of appetite and dehydration. The first two works for my favor as I’m actually pre-diabetic and was never able to stop eating for pleasure. Now I can actually control my diet and make better choices. The only thing that I have a real issue with is the dehydration because I never remember to drink enough water throughout the day – thus rendering me feeling blah all day. I guess I should’ve made myself clearer yesterday when I posted this post but as I was in a hurry to get out the door, I typed up whatever I could and posted it.
Thank you, Mary, for alerting me to the fact that my post wasn’t clear on the negative side of medication. My post is more to help destroy the stigma associated with medications and that just because someone takes medication, it doesn’t make them weak or unworthy.