ADHD Strategies Work, Eventually — ADHD Tip O the Day 845

ADHD Medication Side Effects

I didn’t get much sleep tonight. Took a long time to realize I still had my Daytrana patch on.

One of the two side effects of the patch is that if I don’t take it off early enough I’ll have trouble sleeping. I’ve been working on this problem.

I’ve been using the strategy of setting my iPhone alarm for 5:10. Unfortunately, this hasn’t worked very well. When the alarm rings, instead of thinking, “Oh,  I have to take my patch off.“ I think “Oh, I have to turn the alarm off.“

But I improved the strategy. I set the alarm now for 5:10 and also for 5:15. Now when the 5:10 goe off, I’m somehow that the 5:15 is coming and that I need to take off the patch. That’s working.

Usually.

The Point: If you can identify that something is a problem, you can come up with a strategy.  If your first strategy doesn’t work, you can come up with another one.  Your life can be better.

Related Note:  The second side effect of the Daytrana patch is red welt where it was when you take it off.  Goes away in a day or two, doesn’t hurt, itch or burn, no problem.

doug

 

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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2 Responses to ADHD Strategies Work, Eventually — ADHD Tip O the Day 845

  1. holdthatthought says:

    everyday around 4:15-5:00pm I have to remember to take a Ritalin because by that time my Vyvanse has run most of its course for most the day and will wear out soon. what I ended up doing was setting a reminder on my phone at 4:15p to “take meds”….
    when I a) see it and b) am actually around my backpack to take my meds, it works. trouble is that I’m usually keeping myself pretty busy at work so I don’t see it until I’m leaving and when I’m leaving I’m focused on getting out of there and not taking the meds.

    I know your pain, that struggle is real

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    • hold- exactly. we both need to think some more about strategies for this, although my using the second alarm 15 minutes later is working pretty well.
      thank you for contributing your comment
      doug

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