Jan 10 2023 Edit
Stimulant medications actually help me slooooow down and focus. I’m more likely to end up in a Manic or Hypomanic state without them. Which is the opposite of what happens when folks who don’t need them take them.
When ADHD Medication Wears Off – TotallyADD
Difference Between Taking My Meds and Not Taking My Meds – TotallyADD
Coffee, Wine, and Cigarettes as Medication? – TotallyADD Yeah, I’ll take Adderall over those any day.
Jan 1 2023 Edit
Morning meds – Midodrine & salt (Vitassium SaltStick) or Adderall
Oct 23 2022 Log:
I think it might be possible to get to a point where I might not need medication. But possible is not the same as probable.
Just because I could walk somewhere, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t rather take a faster form of transportation and be able to reach destinations sooner.
I take Adderall (amphetamine salts) for my ADHD – brand only as it also helps with my POTS.
The generic form (dextroamphetamine) caused urge incontinence.
Ritalin didn’t help my POTS and gave me the sweats/hot flashes (sympathetic nervous system).
Caffeine doesn’t keep me alert, but it does help speed up my digestive system. So starting the day with it in my protein shake helps me stay regular.
I have to organize my medications in order to track if I’ve taken them or not.
Daily schedule, routine, rhythm, agenda, care tasks – call it what you will.
Slow Down to Speed Up
Do each thing completely and well.
To focus, find the gratitude, and remember the reason – connection and care.
Connect with yourself to know how to care for yourself. Connect with your environment to care for it – it’s your habitat and caring for it is caring for yourself. Your body, the place you are right now, your home, your neighborhood, city, county, state, country, continent, your planet.
Start from the center and work outward. From the seed grows the tree, and its full reach is unseen.
Documentation is key. If you don’t have time to write it down….you’re doing too much. So I’m documenting.
- Wake up
- Take medication (should be in waist pouch from night before)
- Dental care either time based (every 12 hours) or cue based (after morning bathroom break)
- Any other required self care
- Care for infants or pets next as they cannot do so for themselves (for me that’s cats)
- Document anything that no checklist exists for yet.