ADHD Medication — Tip O the Day 905

The Question Was, “What should I expect when I start ADHD medication?”

Between two hours and two days you should notice more focus and more motivation and more follow through.

You probably won’t get any side effects, but if you do, the most likely are insomnia, jitteriness, or indigestion. These might get better in a week or two if you stay on the medication, but they probably won’t.  You would need to adjust the dose and/or the timing. If that doesn’t work, you would need to change the medication. But, you probably won’t get any side effects .

You may start the medication at a low dose and plan to gradually raise it as needed, but if you don’t notice benefit pretty soon, I would question the diagnosis.


Bonus Links:

Bob Clear good stuff

Marriage and ADHD

To overcome a bad mood

Mostly Irrelevant Private Note:

ADHD does have some benefits, including creativity and thinking outside the box.

I just completed my first art piece.  I like it.  Since I have a creative urge but no artistic talent, I needed to find an alternative way to do art. I said I like it; I never said it was any good.


New Mexico Landscape Found Objects Festival 

 Question O the Day:

So was this piece an example of thinking outside the box, or inside the box?


#ADHD, @addstrategies, @adhdstrategies, @dougmkpdp,



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. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (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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