I have an appointment this month to get medicated for ADHD at long last. HOORAY!
But my mother is extremely apprehensive. Whilst she’s supportive of me and wants me to have access to things that help my brain. She’s in the mindset that things like Ritalin and Adderral are just forms of speed and will lead to eventual addiction.
I’ve done a lot of my own research, and I’m aware this isn’t the case (most importanly when correctly dosed and used responsibly, and the fact they have a different effect on an ADHD brain vs an NT one), and that ADHD meds are some of the most researched medications for the last 80-odd years. But I can’t find a method to explain to my parents that this is safe without trying to write a cited dissertation.
She’s seen way too many news stories about the ‘ritalin crisis’ and how … people can get accidentally hooked on pain killers after surgery. She researches all the horror stories about medications cause she’s scared something bad will happen to me.
But right now, the worst thing that could happen to me, is to remain unmedicated and spiralling further into depression due to executive dysfunction struggle.
I know they psychiatrist will probably explain things to her at the appointment. But I’d still like to… gain some advice on how I can discuss this topic with my mother without it devolving into ‘but it’s an amphetamine and therefore is dangerous.’
I’m sure some of you have probably had your own discussions with parents about this topic. So I was wondering if anyone has any advice on the matter.