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Old 04-27-12, 04:00 PM
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Emotional vs. productivity benefits

I've noticed most of the talk regarding ADHD is related to being productive and using productivity as a benchmark for ones function. While it was my inablity to focus and strugles with school that led to my adolescent dx and treatment; and the return of symptoms in adulthood that prompted me to seek help more recently...I find the most significant impact of stimulant medication is its affect of my emotional state.

The ability to appreciate the most mundane events of life has had a profound impact on my relationship with my kids and wife...greatly improving my quality of life and overall happiness that dwarfs the impact on productivity.

Am I alone here?? Because in talking about this disfunction, I think too much attention (no pun intended) is paid to the productivity aspect vs. emotional well being...
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Re: Emotional vs. productivity benefits

Interesting point! It definitely resonates with me. I initially went to the pdoc for problems (anxiety and attention) stemming from poor productivity at work -- but the diagnosis and medication (started Adderall in March) have clued me in to WAY larger-in-scope issues I'd been dealing with and not seeing as related.

For example. I am noticing big/unexpected improvements in my communication skills (listening to others! what a concept.) and appreciating my baseline total lack of patience. Good times.
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Re: Emotional vs. productivity benefits

Medication makes me like people and actually want to talk to them. You can tell I'm not medicated because if I was I wouldn't put it so bluntly.
The medication makes me want to be social and I can focus on any mundane thing. Except for sports. I was going to research sports for my writings but I just couldn't. To me it's in a different language, a boring language...and I'm falling asleep just thinking about it.
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Re: Emotional vs. productivity benefits

I understand what you're saying. I have suffered from what I thought was depression for years (started at 13 and I'm now 24 and recently dx) the depression meds have never worked. I do notice a small improvement with the ADHD meds (which is actually significant because NOTHING they put me on before had any effect and even made it worse) However, I think for me personally my depression is linked to my inability to function so I imagine when I am able to get a job (and keep it), move out of my parent's house (and stay out), and take good care of my kids that my depression will lift bc I won't feel like such a failure.
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Re: Emotional vs. productivity benefits

So far medication (dexedrine) has not done that much for my productivity. It makes me a little better at staying on top of housework, but I'm still really struggling with procrastination.

The big things I've noticed are increased self awareness and self confidence, less hyperactivity and anxiety, and I'm better able to follow lectures and conversations.

I actually think the decreased anxiety is contributing to my lack of productivity.
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Re: Emotional vs. productivity benefits

I don't think I'm able to separate emotional benefits from those related to productivity. I guess they both fall under the umbrella of efficiency/functionality. I can't be productive without some improvement in my mental state, and I can't experience a positive mental state when I have serious impairments as far as output goes.
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