For many with ADD or ADHD the medications, ritalin and other stimulants (and a few others) are a great help. For others, not so much. I have not seen any problems with them, other than occasional mild side effects for a few people.
But some people are anti- medication for their own reasons (reasons which I personally find difficult to understand). Some of them will use “natural” substances as a substitute, and I think those may be helpful to them, caffeine for example. I hope so.
And some people say, “No, I want to do it on my own.” OK, that may be choosing the hard way, but strategies can be very helpful, with or without medications – though the medications may make it easier to use the strategies.
A great post from Margaret covers the topic of the medications for ADD or ADHD in excellent fashion. She is a pediatrician, treating kids, but all of her points apply to adults also. Clik here
I can’t copy Dana’s great post without permission, but here is the link, go to the dec. 23 message (tho a lot of the others are good too). She takes a skeptical reasoned balanced approach clik