You might be wondering how you know if your ADHD stimulant medications are working? Do you get a buzz? Will you immediately be able to pay attention or automatically gain the skills you need to advance in your job and life? Unfortunately, meds don’t work like that. You’ll know that your ADHD meds are working when you can sustain focus on things longer than you normally would. For example, say, before you started taking meds, you could read only four pages of a book before your mind started to wander. Then after taking meds, you could read four chapters.
Focus and ADHD Meds
Honestly, prior to taking the ADHD meds, you could probably maintain focus on things that interested you, but you found this ability lagging if the topic was something that you didn’t enjoy. However, the big impact is that the meds are offering you the ability to sustain focus on things for a longer time (even if you are not interested in them).
How to Know if Your ADHD Meds are Working
Your ADHD meds are not going to make you more organized or tell you what to focus on. That’s where coaching comes in. However, with the medication, you should be able to sustain focus for a greater amount of time on things that you don’t find in the least bit interesting. Ultimately, once you notice your extended focus kicking in, then you’ll know that your ADHD meds are working.