I was diagnosed ADHD when I was 10, and bipolar I when I was in college. I’ve been on and off meds almost my whole life and I feel like I’ve never found something that works for me. I’m really good about exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating well. All of these things help, but I’m starting to see there are some things I can’t manage with a lifestyle change. When I’m not on meds I’ll just start trying to self medicate with nicotine, or other things. Last year I tried a new med that worked OK at first, but then it made me feel worse over time. On top of that, it was so insanely expensive, even with good health insurance. The doc just kept giving me samples he got from the pharma rep because I couldn’t pay for them out of pocket.
For those of you on meds, how long did it take you to find something that worked? Was it worth the effort?