Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Drumroll please...

...Sonny has decided to try ADHD stimulant medication.

There was no pressure within our household for him to do so, and there was no pressure from outside either, for that matter. After seeing me and our daughter try them, and have beneficial results, he thought he might try them too. Sonny is like me in that he is an adult with ADHD, for whom ADHD presents challenges, but he has also learned a lot of ways to cope with those challenges. He has been at the same job for over seven years, is a busy professional musician outside of his day job, and has lots of friends and social connections...but I think that also like me, even though he functions well, he was interested to see what it might be like to not have to work quite so hard for certain shades of normal every day. He really is the primary parent in our household, very hands on with his children, so he deals with more of the logistics and details that could really be a handful for a person with ADHD to keep track of, and in my opinion he kicks a lot of ass. I can't think of any reason why he shouldn't pursue a treatment that might give him a little more peace in the midst of our very, very busy lives.

So far, he gives them two thumbs up. He's going to try them a little longer and see what happens, assess the landscape. I love him just the way he is so really, as long as he perceives a benefit to himself, and there are no harmful effects to him or anyone else, I'm happy with his decision.

I'm also happy with the way his prescriber has approached it. She has given him a not huge dosage of a non-extended release version. It gives him a chance to try it out without being stuck in it for HOURS in the event that he isn't liking what it's doing. Because he lives with me, he knows that the come-down from a short-acting stimulant tablet can be a little janky, so if that happens it won't be a surprise. He'll try it for a little bit and then they'll reassess.

Good times. We'll see what he decides :)

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