I am about to attempt to go down the route of medication and doing a lot of research prior to my initial diagnoses, so that I’m not just throwing away large sums of money. But also, so that I know that’s going on, as best as i can at least. So I’ll keep you posted on my experience.
My understanding is that ‘usually’ what is considered a careful and well monitored approach is where they start your medication on a low dosage and incrementally increase based on ongoing observations over time.
I believe this is because often, there are side effects to these medications, to which they will vary in symptoms and severity from person to person and even within the same person, results will vary over time.
Hence this approach, which it seems, from what you have explained, is what your doctor/ psychiatrist is attempting to do.
I’m 29 currently and have had people around me on the odd occasion, mention i might have it, both in jest and out of genuine concern.
My family initially rejected the idea through my schooling years, despite some teachers and parents casually mentioning it, due to the stigma attached to the ‘label’ as they called it.
So I fully get your reserve and to be honest, it’s probably the same reason that I’ve waited until now to get diagnosed.
In light of this though, my point is, I don’t think as a society we will see everyone be ‘accepting’ of neurodiversity and as such, my personal choice will be to be selective who I share my diagnoses with, but also try to understand some people will reject the idea, simply because they don’t understand and sometimes they simply don’t want to.
And again, simply from what I’ve watched and read, it can take easily a few months to finally get the right medication and dose that ‘fits’ you.
And not necessarily related to the meds you’re specifically talking, but side effects I’ve heard of people encountering on medication for ADHD often include appetite suppression, anger and irritability and sometimes in cases where the dose was later identified as too high, people reported that they felt like an emotionless zombie.
In light of this though, if you are truly worried about side effects, you should definitely be able to get your psychiatrist to go through the list with you and inform you what effects you need to be conscious of, specifically for your medication.