I lived with ADHD, predominantly Inattentive Type and was not diagnosed until I was in my late 40's. I had thought for a long time that I was ADHD, or more appropriately, ADD. I made it through college and graduate school and was about to enroll in a program to become a school administrator. I decided that I did not need to continue struggling in school. It was hard to concentrate, focus, and be organized. I was frustrated by my need to read the same paragraph over and over. A psychiatrist prescribed medication for me and the improvement was immediate. I wish I could report that all of the symptoms have disappeared but I have seen a great increase in my ability to focus, concentrate, problem solve and remain organized. As a foster parent for teenagers, I saw a great improvement in those with ADHD who a competent doctor placed on medications. The kids all reported positive effects on their academic achievement and behaviors; as did their teachers.
Medication was the right choice for me. There is medical evidence to support, that ADD and ADHD have a physiological basis. Imaging shows the ADHD brain functions differently than the brain without ADHD. While it manifests in behavior, the neurological basis is evidence enough for me to support the use of medications.
Finally, it is very important to find a psychiatrist who will help find the right medication at the correct dose.