Originally Posted by aaron704
1) I've tried three stimulant medications all of which have given me migraines. When the medications worked it was amazing how my life changed and my head cleared, but the headaches are so bad that it's not worth it to continue taking.
2) What's your life like without ADD medication?
3) What have you learned to do that makes life with ADD a little less frustrating?
4) How do you handle the ups and downs of medication working for a while but then stopping?
1) Which 3 stimulant medications have you tried?
2) Life is doable but more difficult.
3) I'm in the 7th year of learning a lot of "tricks" that work well for me.
I'll give you one.
Our minds work tangentially. Managing tasks tangentiality has driven my productivity through the roof.
An example: I'm the middle of a home improvement project.
I started the plumbing, the electrical, mansonry, and "rip out" (removing old linoleum, a cellar door, an exterior window, and a wall) and began painting the rooms that need paint only.
I'm doing some rather complex electrical wiring work in a truck.
On the remodel, the electrical and mansonry tasks depend on the rip out in three different areas being done first. I'm removing the linoleum in another area, a time consuming tedious task, but not a critical path in electrical or mansonry. The painting can be done anytime. The truck repair is related to the remodel in that I intend to pickup in my pickup, building materials such as lumber and insulation. The masonry materials were delivered.
I keep moving from task to task. All tasks are coming together on time and well within budget. I get bored or stuck on one, I move to another. It is that simple.
My tangental ADHD brain loves tangental task management.
I've learned a bunch of other tricks mostly from members of this board. Read though the posts.
4) I haven't experienced medications that work for me stopping. I strongly suspect that medications that stop working were the wrong meds in the first place. I can't say for sure.
I cannot consistently function well without medications. Some days I forget to take my meds in the morning but my brain reminds later in the day. For a number of years I was unable to function at all without meds. I could never have gotten my ADHD under control without medication. NEVER.
What are the three meds you tried so far?