I’m fearful that I have ADHD but I don’t really want to be medicated. I used to take adderall and hated the way it would make me feel (loss of appetite and trouble falling asleep). I’m going to be drastically cutting down my alcohol consumption and increasing my exercise. Has anyone else gone through this without being medicated and any other tips to deal with it?

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For me it’s about creating schedules. Utilizing your calendar to block off time to focus on tasks. Sometimes coffee helps and sometimes it doesn’t. Stretching, maintaining a clean workplace and filtering my browser to block distracting websites (Twitter/ig/fb…)

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?? Less alcohol and lots of exercise is part of the treatment plan for ADHD. You shouldn’t be self medicating if you don’t know you actually have it. I actually have it and I work with my doctor to ensure I am using the right prescription and dosage levels. I’m in concerta because adderall didn’t work well for me. But part of my treatment plan also includes a lot of work on my diet, sleep schedule, therapy and exercise. I don’t like that I have to take medication. You can definitely set up a treatment plan so you can work with a lower dosage/less use of your medication but I think you may be dealing with something different than adhd. It sounds like you are concerned you are dropping one vice (alcohol) and worried exercise won’t be sufficient of a replacement and that you may need adderall.

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I say that because those are common treatments that people have used before for trouble focusing. I’m definitely open to meds but want to try and improve on my own before I go down that road.

You should get a diagnosis confirmed. I have ADHD and went off meds in 2013. Drastically improved diet and exercise, along with therapy. It all helped but never got me where I was with meds. There are a lot of options now and I am so glad to be back on. Meds are nothing to be scared of; if you actually have ADHD they can be life-changing.

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