I was diagnosed with ADHD at an early age and took Ritalin for 2 years, and it was very effective. Now I am 21 and beginning to notice a resurgence of symptoms specifically mood and stronger than normal inability to sit or now lay still. I have recently dramatically reduced my caffeine intake should I now try to balance this by taking medication or should I go back to caffeine? What is healthier medication or caffeine? Caffeine does not seem to work as well, but seems healthier.
Thank you for your question and welcome to ADHDCentral.com.
Caffeine is a stimulant and there are a number of adults with ADHD that rely on caffeine to help them focus. I am guessing the caffeine helped you to focus and calm down. Whether you decide to take medication or not would need to be a personal decision you should make with your doctor.
I am giving you some links that might be helpful:
ADHD Drug Information
Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Beginning Medication
Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Medications for ADHD
I hope this helps