I’ve always had difficulty focusing, but I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until my first year at community college. I was struggling to stay seated in class, and found myself constantly losing my professors during lectures — so I reached out to a doctor for help.
I was prescribed a low dose of a stimulant to help me find the focus I needed to be fully present in class, and at first, it helped tremendously. My racing mind slowed, and I could delegate tasks and stay still and focussed long enough to finish them. My grades improved, and I was able to achieve some balance between my studies, work, and life outside the classroom. Unfortunately though, I began to experience some side effects from the medication, and when I eventually found that the negatives outweighed the positives for me, I made the difficult decision to stop taking it.
Managing my symptoms without medication takes significant effort and work every day, but I’ve seen major improvements in the almost two years since I went off my prescription. It’s important to note that there’s no shame in taking any medication that’s a good fit for you, and if you’re in a place where you’d like to explore other options, it’s crucial to speak with your doctor first! Keep reading to learn more about the natural ways I stay on top of my diagnosis.