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Old 09-08-17, 08:45 AM
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Unhappy Am I me when I take my medication?

I have been diagnosed about 3-4 months ago and since then I have been taking medication. I am just now in the process of switching medication because the lack of appetite with Ritalin was not manageable for me. I lost a lot of weight and I am underweight to start with and a terribly picky eater.

I stopped taking the pills for a few weeks before my next appointment with my doctor and gained back the weight. Now I am trying some new medication and the whole difference of me without my medication vs. me medicated is more clear. My brain is again clear during the day and I am less impulsive. What changes most is also the ability to interact with people, listening to them connecting better. Yesterday my husband told me how sweet I had been to my daughter that day( I was so much more patient). It was the first day medicated after the break, I know the medicine makes me a better person for others to be around but it also takes a lot from me.

During the many years I developed a lot of coping mechanisms for dealing with school and work and even though medicine makes it easier it also kind of takes away from my creativity. I never managed to figure out coping mechanisms to deal with people and my impulsivity.

Now I am left wondering if I am me when I take my medication? Should I just take it for the sake of my family? I'm not sure how to deal with it all and I would love to hear a bit of feedback from some that maybe felt the same way at one point or another.

When I brought this question up with my doctor initially when discussing medication she explained to me that I'm just like a heart patient that needs to take the medicine to function properly. My brain simply needs it in order to function normally. I can't help but wonder if it really needs to function normally, and what is really normal when it comes to the brain? My normal had been my ADHD brain for 27 years.

Any coping mechanisms for being more patient with kids and spouses and creating more meaningful connections? Listening better etc.? I feel like a lot of what I found is about dealing with the academic and work related part of the coin, but as a mother my relationship with my daughter is just as important if not more than all that. I want to not take medicine because everything else is ok without, but I don't want to be a bad mom or spouse.
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