I was diagnosed at 29. Took meds with no other support for 2 years. Decided i wasn't comfortable taking stimulants and took myself off them.
I thought I could make my adhd better by treating my thyroid & adrenals. I worked on this as well as lots of supplements, acupuncture, keto diet, exercise and at the end of the day or decade I resigned to the fact that this condition was more insidious then I wanted to believe.
I have been suffering silently for years believing I could bio hack my way out of this. I used THC for years as a replacement for meds. Lots of caffeine.
The last 10 years have been particularly a struggle as I became a mom at 42. Extreme fatigue and absolutely no consistency to my focus, motivation or energy. I didn't understand that fatigue was part of the adhd. I am inattentive type. I didn't understand how this condition creeps into all areas of one's life.
Last year I barely worked as I could no longer focus. If it wasn't for my husband I wouldn't be able to support myself financially. I drove up credit cards and have so many days where I accomplish very little workwise. I work for myself.
I don't take breaks because I haven't been productive so keep spinning then pick up my daughter feeling exhausted and defeated. This cycle has been going on for years.
I've been on meds now for 2 weeks. Feel like life is opening up for me. I have a chance to be productive. I take breaks because I am actually being productive and need a break. I am meditating. It's a start.
Good for you for seeking treatment/medication. I just listened to a YouTube by a woman that has an ADHD TED talk and she talked about the stigma around taking stimulants. I am so sorry you suffered for so long. When my doc. suggested stimulants I said "but I have a history of addiction" and he said for people with ADHD, the medication helps - it doesn't get you high like does for people who do not have ADHD (neurotypical). I am starting to see benefits from taking it but it's the whole picture: skills, therapy, exercise, sleep, diet, etc. I am not going to just rely on the meds!! Good luck and again, good for you for being honest and vulnerable. Here's the talk: youtube.com/watch?v=38qpm6V...
Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply. I have been watching her videos. They are great and really validating. Also I totally agree with the holistic approach and I am ready, willing and able to implement pillars of support.