I was diagnosed with ADHD and clinical depression when I was in 7th grade. I had had some of the symptoms of ADHD since I was little – impulsivity, fidgeting constantly, lack of forethought – but I wasn’t tested until I was around 13 years old.
Because of my particular diagnosis, symptoms, and a variety of food allergies, my parents and I chose a mix of medication, therapy and behavior changes to help me get through the difficulties that come with being ADHD. It worked really well, but I’m really bad at remembering to take medicines on a daily basis. And when I say really bad, I mean really bad.
After about a year of forgetting to take the medicine, not wanting to travel with a controlled substance and general annoyance with medications, I decided to wean myself off my meds during my senior year of high school. Three years later, now a senior in college at almost 21, I’ve found a management system that really works for me.
Now, everyone’s experience with ADHD is going to be different, and everybody has to make the choices on what makes them feel the most “normal,” but here are things that I can definitely recommend for anyone transitioning off of focus medicine, or for someone trying to go without medication at all. Here’s what I do!