View Full Version : Forgetting to take medication?

03-04-16, 11:45 PM
Hello! It's nice to have a forum with others who are dealing with many of the same issues. So a bit of quick background as it's my first post: I was diagnosed at about 17 after my "anti-doctor" mother took me to a behavior specialist FINALLY after years of me having difficulty with school, friends, even holding basic conversation. I was on medication for a grand total of 9 months before my mom decided she again didn't "believe" in ADD (she didn't really believe in any mental health issues, for that matter, but I digress).

Fast forward a few years. I had to get my GED due to lacking high school credits (though scored well when I took the SAT) and had a child at a young age. Now, I LOVE being a mom, and honestly having her helped me begin to slowly address my issues. For a few years I chalked up a lot of my ADD-related symptoms to anxiety and myself started believing I didn't have ADD (I wasn't fully denying that it was a true disorder, just that I didn't have it). My anxiety seemed to be getting pretty severe over the last year (around the time I turned 25, which I've read is normal for women) and decided to go see an actual psychiatrist.

I found a doctor in town who specializes in adult ADD AND anxiety and had high reviews, and thought I'd go get my ADD re-examined. Over the course of two visits, the doctor said he felt "highly confident" that I have pretty severe adult ADHD. I was honestly pretty shocked. Since then I've been on Adderall and my life has truly gotten better. I've also begun meditation and yoga which help (and help the anxiety as well).

It's almost bizarre how different my life is when I don't take my medicine. As a result of ADHD, as many of you know, I am very forgetful, and sometimes I forget my medicine. I am forgetful, I feel like a child, I make mistakes at work, I make poor eating decisions, I become a terrible conversationalist, I talk far too much, I make stupid jokes, I'm impulsive, tired even when I've had plenty of sleeps. I've been on medication about 7 months now and don't forget nearly as often as I used to, but it really messes me up. Just sorta venting about it for now, I do hope that's okay.

03-05-16, 12:16 PM
There are many ways to manage medications. Most importantly, you should find a way that works for you.

You could get pill boxes (or ''blister packaging'' from your pharmacy). It gives you a visual on what you took or not that day.

Another option would be putting your bottle near things you use depending on the time (next to your toothbrush in the morning or on your nightstand or computer in the evening) so seeing it will remind you to take the medicine.

A lot of people also use alarms on their phone so when it's time for a dose they get a notification.

I know that this idea might not be possible, as you already found a treatment that is effective, but when I was first prescribed, my doctor and I kept in mind that a once daily med would be better for me since forgetting to take my meds was an issue.

What helped me too is associating taking my meds with routines like waking up, breakfast/dinner or specific times.

03-05-16, 09:50 PM
Oh definitely-I knew right off the bat the immediate release was not for me-my doctor wanted to give me that, and I asked for XR. I just started a new birth control medication which I have an alarm for, so I'll just start setting it for both of those and take them at the same time.