Methylphenidate Moms: The Surprising New Face of ADHD

A Cautionary Note

As you read this, do you find yourself wondering if you, too, have adult ADHD? Be careful before you diagnose yourself. All women will have times when their houses are messy, their laundry isn't done, and their lives are chaotic. Most women will struggle to "do it all" (and do it well) in this society where we are all expected to be superwomen. Most women will identify with the struggles of women with ADHD to some degree.
So how do you know if you have adult ADHD or just a case of trying to do too much? The first step should be to talk with your doctor. Your doctor can help you evaluate your symptoms (perhaps even ones you may not have noticed or associated with ADHD) and can help evaluate the effect of those symptoms on your day-to-day life. When you meet with your doctor, be as honest as possible. Don't answer the questions in such a way as to exaggerate your symptoms or overstate their impact.
If it turns out that you, too, are a methylphenidate mom (or an Adderall® aunt, or a Strattera® sister), take heart. You are most definitely not alone.  
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