ADHD Medication Vacations. When Do You Take One?
The inattentiveness of ADHD can often yield amazing intuition and inspiration. I can see how individuals with Inattentive ADHD could be much more creative off of medication.
As we all know, ADHD symptoms can be problematic in situations when you have to control your impulses and hyperactivity, and when you have to be attentive enough to avoid falling behind in work, school, or family responsibilities.
With the gentleman in the ER I first asked him, jokingly, if his wife (who would be home with him all day) could stand to live with him off his medication. He told me that she had met him off of medicine and had a high tolerance for his symptoms. I next asked him about his work and home responsibilities and if he would still be required to be productive given that he was injured. He assured me that his boss would pick up the work responsibilities and his wife would do what he normally helped with at home. I asked him if there was any chance that he would be communicating with any authority figures such as bosses or law enforcement people. Un-medicated individuals with ADHD run the risk of becoming Oppositionally defiant with authority figures which can be very problematic if you intend on keeping your job and staying out of jail. He told me that this was a huge problem for him. He told me that he tended to get argumentative when he was off his medicine and since it was likely that his boss would be calling him with work questions, that he better take his Adderall.