Does ADHD Need Medication?

Most adults with ADHD will need to keep taking medications, but some will be able to stop.

Your doctor may suggest: Going off the meds once a year to see if you still need them.

Taking a drug holiday so your body doesn’t get too used to it.

Does ADHD require medication?

No question about it: ADHD medication really helps relieve the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While medication is safe for most, expectant mothers should not take stimulants. Those who want to pack on some pounds often want to lay off for awhile.

How can I help my ADHD without medication?

To help Charles and people like him in my practice, I’ve outlined non-medication strategies to address adult ADHD.

  • Overcome Your Inner Critic with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Pay Attention.
  • Get Restful Sleep.
  • Improve Nutrition.
  • Create Structure.
  • Find an Activity Partner.
  • Improve Brain Function.

What is the most effective treatment for ADHD?

Stimulants are the best-known and most widely used ADHD medications. Between 70-80 percent of children with ADHD have fewer ADHD symptoms when they take these fast-acting medications. Nonstimulants were approved for treating ADHD in 2003.

What happens if you take ADHD medication and you don’t have ADHD?

Adderall Won’t Give Your Brain a Boost If You Don’t Have ADHD. New research finds ADHD medications like Adderall don’t improve cognition in healthy college students and may even impair the memory of those who abuse the drugs. In fact, the findings suggest that these drugs could even impair a young person’s memory.