Three Things I Learned in Two Months of Taking ADHD Meds

It made a difference, but not in the way I expected.

Gray Miller
Humans with ADHD
Published in
6 min readMar 21, 2023

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Please note: PRESCRIBED BY MY PHYSICIAN.
Please note: PRESCRIBED BY MY PHYSICIAN.

“You know the scene in The Expanse where the Martian interrogator takes a pill before questioning, and his eyes sharpen and everything comes into focus and he can sense even the slightest micro-expression on the prisoner’s face?” I said to him. “That’s what I imagine adderall is like.” I paused, thinking a bit, then added, “Or maybe like the pill in Limitless.”

That’s the advantage to talking with an old friend sitting at a bar; like me, he’s watched too many science-fiction movies, including ones with magic pills.

He’s been on ADHD meds for years, in several different forms, and at the time I was still debating whether to try treating my recently-diagnosed ADHD with med or not.

He shook his head with the authority of experience. “Then, my friend, you are in for a world of disappointment.”

Hearing about his experience with ADHD meds, as well as that of many other people who shared their stories with me in person and online, helped me make a more informed decision about whether to start the medication, and how I took it once I did.

This is only my own experience. I’m not a doctor, and there are a thousand different stories and experiences people have with ADHD, including “it didn’t work at all” and “it was the worst thing ever.

I’m just adding my own anecdata to the pile, because it might help someone the way others stories helped me.

Turns out, “human” is super enough.

He was right, of course. A month later, when I did take that first dose, there was no transcendent experience of superhuman capacity.

Instead, what I got was the realization that I’d been operating under capacity for most of my life.

Put simply, everything suddenly seemed a lot easier. My list of tasks didn’t change; it simply didn’t feel like a fight to get through them. I still had to do the tedious database-and-spreadsheet tasks that are my least-favorite part of my job, but they seemed less tedious.

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Gray Miller
Humans with ADHD

Gray is a former Marine dancer grandpa visualist who writes to help adults figure out what they want to be when they grow up.