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I recently moved to California from the UK, and I've been seeing a counselor about certain behavioral aspects I have. He has suggested that I might well have ADD, and doing the hypochondriac Googling, I think I would now agree. I've tried coping mechanisms and self-reflection as ways of dealing with various problems related to attention and forgetting things, but that hasn't worked. If I actually do have ADD, then I am eligible for medication. At this point, it seems the logical step is to try this avenue out, to see if it helps.
I am seeing a specialist this week, who I expect will diagnose me and offer me something like Ritalin. Are there any major differences between the different ADD medications? What does it feel like to take them? Do you notice them having an effect, or is it just when you think back at the end of the day and say "Oh hey, I concentrated harder in class today than usual, that's pretty cool".
I know a lot of people here have tried these sorts of things. I also know some of you will remember that I am wary of drugs like this, but if a specialist says I should try them, then I will. At this point, it seems anything to help my attention and memory is worth a shot.