Does everybody with ADHD need medication?

  1. jenjohnson42 profile image63
    jenjohnson42posted 6 years ago

    Does everybody with ADHD need medication?

  2. psychchatz profile image59
    psychchatzposted 6 years ago

    The short answer is not everyone is a candidate, nor should they be. You have to look at the individual. Need to do a thorough evaluation including a history and physical. Educational history. Are their symptoms interfering with their ability to be successful in school or in their career. If yes then possibly medication is the answer, but first you need to be absolutely sure that it is ADHD and not another diagnosis with similar symptoms at times such as Bipolar Disorder.

  3. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 4 years ago

    I know this is an old question -- but short answer is, no! While medication helps a lot of people, not all need it or should stay on it once they get on. I was on medication for three years -- just long enough to graduate high school and then get my professional life geared around to accommodate. After that, with some psych oversight, I tapered down and went off them. It's been 10 years, and still doing well -- VERY noticeably ADHD, but functioning just fine in my world.