I know this is ancedotal but I also feel that it may be worth noting this here.
Without medication, as someone who went undiaganosed for 25 years with ADHD, I wouldn’t have been able to accoomplish what I am able to now. While I was able to make a living and interact with society in semi-functional ways, and I did participate in therapy and currently do participate in therapy before and after my diagnosis, I really would have been unable to move forward in the field I love most: Computer Science. I was never able to concentrate enough on complex mathematics which is a core part of the university curriculum, as well as the science classes (looking at you level 3 Physics). I always had the drive to be better with my academic skillset, but until I was able to not feel embarrassed about taking medication and asking for help, I was hindered and held back severely at pursuing this.
In large part, thanks to Vyvanse, I’ve gotten my academic career on track, and my professional career has also taken off because I am able to learn and retain more things quickly and often than I was before. It really is night and day. While I understand people’s fears and worries about overmedication, it is really unfortunate that we are so quick with extremes. With the exception of one doctors story, most everyone who is against the use of ADHD medication as it stands now, largely sounds, per the quotes of this article, that they would rather not perscribe at all, or default it to the last ‘exhaustive’ option. Only the doctor that ran those studies where they used therapy first then medication second, and looked at it as a wholistic system (something our medical establishment really fails at in general, I feel) seemingly gets that it is part of an overall solution. Even at my most productive when using all the tools like the Getting Things done methodology for productivity, using reminders, calendar events, alarms, strict schedules and a rewards/loss feedback loop, i wasn’t able to do what I needed to do to get ahead until I had access to the medication I needed.
I know this i ancedotal, but for me, i can’t help but wonder, how many people ARE able to do things because they had intervention with ADHD meds, and how many people if these were taken away or restricted in some way, wouldn’t even be able to perform in their chosen professions at all.