What It’s Like To (Finally) Get Medicated for ADHD.

Katie McCarville
4 min readSep 12, 2022

After going undiagnosed for most of my life, I finally got confirmation at 25, that I was indeed suffering from ADHD. I was hesitant to get medicated at first. After all Adderall is a class 2 narcotic, a form of meth, and extremely addictive. However with some nudging from my friends and various health professionals, I finally decided to give it a try. Now, I can’t believe that I went my whole life without it.

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ADHD is very misunderstood, especially in women and girls. It’s not your cute, scatter-brained, manic pixie dream girl character. There’s a lot more going than just inattentiveness and distractibility.

Woman and girls are far more likely to go undiagnosed than boys and men and have a life expectancy that is 13 years shorter than their male ADHD counterparts.

ADHD sufferers have trouble with self-motivation, time management, emotional regulation problems, etc. Anything that doesn’t give an immediate reward is very hard for them to stay with. Instead of working through a problem and seeing it through to the end, ADHD people tend to quit.

“People just don’t realize ADHD is one of the most impairing disorders we treat in an adult outpatient basis. And people think it’s just some trivial little problem that a cup of Starbucks is going to solve.” — Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.,

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Dr. Russell Barkley is an internationally recognized authority on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and has been in the field for over 50 years. He’s written 7 books on the subject and has been on various podcasts educating the public on the misconceptions of ADHD. He advises to make no mistake, ADHD is a debilitating, demoralizing, disorder.

“Up until [diagnoses], you probably thought that you were a bad person. You were a lay about ne’er-do-well. You were lazy, unmotivated; your mother was right, you just failed to launch. “We just can’t get you out of here.” And you buy that. You become so demoralized about…

Katie McCarville

Feminist, Artist, Writer, ADHD haver, Playboy, Philanthropist🤷 I’m really just at the mercy of my own perspective. https://linktr.ee/katie_mccarv