Hi. I'm Energetic Today!!!!

I haven't written in a few days.  I was trying to be sneaky about it, but you may have noticed.

I recently made the "decision" to stop taking my ADHD medication.  I put "decision" in quotes because it wasn't so much a choice as a default consequence of not being mentally capable of going through the necessary steps to renew my prescription.

Anyway, when I first stopped taking my medication, my inattentiveness returned quickly.  I had trouble focusing, I forgot simple things like not putting metal in the microwave.  Going to the grocery store turned into a monumental effort for me.  But all of that is okay because I don't have a job and my microwave was probably about to break anyway.

The last few days, though, have been interesting.  When you stop taking an amphetamine-based medication, you feel a little tired.   This lasts for a month or so.  But once the tiredness goes away, you realize that you are indeed hyperactive.  You may have thought you were hyperactive before.  You may have even made an analogy involving a flame-thrower in an attempt to describe your alleged hyperactivity.  But you were wrong.  You had no idea what real hyperactivity is like until now.

I am normally a pretty energetic person.  If it were not for my tendency to avoid responsibility, I would be able to accomplish my daily tasks effortlessly with enough time left over to start an AIDS charity.  However, I have recently discovered that being energetic is not the same as being hyperactive.   No.  Being energetic is pleasant.  "Energetic" is a quality that you would list on a resume.   Hyperactivity is like being forcibly injected with way too much crack-cocaine and then being tied down to a table and made to watch a documentary about sea snails.


And that's when I'm actually doing stuff.  When I'm bored, it's more like being forcibly injected with way too much crack-cocaine, being tied down to a table and made to watch a documentary about sea snails, then someone reduces the rate of narrative in your stupid snail documentary and you're like "Hey!  I was watching that!" and you get kind of desperate because even though you do not have any interest in snails whatsoever, you never realized how good you had it when the documentary was playing at normal speed and now you want it back.  And then someone karate chops you in the face for no reason and you get all agitated but you can't chase after them and inflict justice because you are tied to a fucking chair.

But I could be given a tranquilizer, chained to a high speed treadmill and made to watch 2 Fast 2 Furious on fast forward, and I would still feel slightly under-stimulated.

Combine this with a complete inability to accomplish anything and you find yourself sitting on your couch, drinking coffee mixed with vodka because you forgot to buy milk, staring at the wall with intensity, thinking about how you are going to start volunteering in an emergency room because that sounds exciting and it probably involves way less responsibility than a real job except that you are wrong and have grossly underestimated the responsibility inherent in assisting with a crisis and therefore you probably shouldn't be volunteering in an emergency room, but it doesn't really matter because there would almost definitely be paperwork involved and you wouldn't be able get past that step anyway.

Sweet baby Jesus, I need to get rich and famous really soon so I can afford to go to monster truck rallies.  Either that or develop some sort of substance abuse problem that's not life-threatening, but still bad enough to be entertaining, deserving of pity and challenging to overcome.  Then I can go on an inspirational-speaking tour and write a best-selling self-help book and become rich and famous that way.  I don't see how there could be anything wrong with that plan.  I'm pretty much guaranteed to achieve my goals and I'm actually kind of mad that I didn't think of it sooner.

I don't really know where I was going with all of this.  It is probably best to stop now.

45 comments:

Tony said...

Interesting...I'm sorry about your condition...someone just sneezed, but I think it was to cover up their fart.

You should look up what it takes to get on that show Intervention. You could get famous that way, and THEN you could write a book that'll outsell Twilight. Yeah?

Ed Adams said...

FIRST.

Shoot me in the face NOW, just for saying that.

That fact that you managed to complete this post as much as you did, proves that you have conquered your ADHD.

Congrats.

Have fun at the store.

Ed Adams said...

Damn it Tony!

Allie said...

Tony - Holy crap, it's like you can read my mind. I was totally secretly plotting to get on intervention and then I could blog about it and also be a reality TV star!

Ed - I'll still give you first. You and Tony can share. And I don't think blogging really counts as conquering my ADHD since I enjoy blogging and people with ADHD are pretty much superstars at accomplishing the things that they enjoy. However, I do see your point in that I was able to sit still and hold a train of thought. Actually, that makes me feel a lot better! Thanks Ed!

Chl said...

My son has ADHD. School wants him medicated. Personally I don't see a difference between The Kid on drugs and The Kid off drugs. You on the other hand are a very different story. You might even qualify for some sort of assistance in getting your drugs. Assuming of course you were able to wade through the paperwork. Oh but that's what got you here in the first place isn't it? :) Good luck.

BTW, I am told that coffee actually takes ADHD-ers down a notch. Better make it a double.

luvyaluvyershow.

inflammatory writ said...

I don't think I've ever entirely understood ADD until you described the crack/snail documentary thing.

Elizabeth Kaylene said...

I have long suspected that I have ADHD and am bipolar, but my mom never took me seriously. Now I feel kind of silly going to a therapist when this all coulda been ironed out years ago.

Anyway. I am sorry that you couldn't get your meds. You should definitely look into getting some kind of assistance. I think it's bullshit that some medications people actually need are so freaking expensive, and yet they hand out percs and shit to drug addicts for practically free.

mysterg said...

I think I may have ADHD. I couldn't finish this. Sorry. It was all the mention of chains and crack-cocaine. It made me hungry.

Seriously though I probably don't. My attention span is short after reading a gajillion blogs - why can't everyone else stop writing when I stop reading so I don't feel guilty at all the catching up I have to do?

The idea of medication is one that I don't enjoy but it might be a necessary evil. I know I'm going to the doctor next week after six years being meds free and I hate that I feel that I have to. But I'll have to overcome that shame. Just as you will probably have to overcome the barriers preventing you from renewing your prescription.

Allie said...

Chl - You are so right about the coffee. I've been drinking tons of it and it does help a little. I had to drink coffee last night to be able to go to sleep...

Kim said...

I think I suffer from the complete opposite of ADHD. If we were comic book characters I guess I'd be Lazy Girl and we'd be each other's nemesis.

Allie said...

inflammatory writ - That's exactly what the hyperactivity part feels like. The inattentive/impulsive part feels more like having a snail documentary on in the background at all times and sometimes you get distracted by it because they are talking about snail reproduction and for some reason that is the only part of a snail documentary worth watching and other times you'd rather watch it than attend to your responsibilities.

Elizabeth - Not being believed is one of the worst parts of having ADHD. You'll say "I have ADHD" and people look at you like you just told them you have "foot in mouth disease." Like "Oh, that's just an expression someone made up for being forgetful and impulsive..."

Mysterg - That's totally okay. My ADHD is the main reason I have such a problem responding to comments and keeping up with all the blogs I read. I understand about the medication shame. It makes you feel like you have to cheat to seem normal. Like everyone else can do it just fine, but you have to take speed. I can definitely function alright without medication, but life is a thousand times easier with it.

Allie said...

Kim - Laziness is actually one of the symptoms of ADHD! But it's laziness based out of feeling completely overwhelmed by things. I guess it isn't actually laziness so much as the appearance of laziness. Like everything (especially boring or tedious things) is so difficult to accomplish that you may as well just not do it.

The Jules said...

Aha!

Thirteenth!

Get in.

Good luck controlling the ADHD. I think they only gave it an acronym so sufferers could finish saying it without getting distracted halfway through.

Sarah P said...

Sounds like a great time to set up some experiments!

Maxie said...

this is very off topic, but what happened to our awesome roadtrip we were going to take with the bloggess and lil wayne. don't you know he's going to jail??? we are running out of time

i need answers, woman. don't leave me hangin

Hayli said...

Holy Shit.
I'm not even going to fucking try to draw a picture on this one.
:D

Kurt said...

The best part about ADHD is

ASSHOLE BOYFRIEND said...

I volunteered in an emergency room (really), but they politely told me to leave when I kept on telling people to "Go into the light" and "leave this mortal coil."

Don't eat the part of the refrigerator that has the anti-freeze (when you get to that point).

Zaedah said...

I have both a microwave and an AIDS charity you can borrow...

I am afflicted with the opposite of ADHD, which is the sort of focus and attentiveness known only to monks and the comatose. My condition warrants medical study and a paid trip to Italy, I believe.

Optional said...

It's a real shame that medication shame exists. I understand it, but I hate it.

One of my friends is extremely diabetic. He needs to take insulin to survive, and he'll need to take it the rest of his life.

I've got generalized anxiety disorder. I need to take klonopin in order to survive, and I will probably be taking it the rest of my life.

Yet somehow I'm supposed to be ashamed and he's not? How does that work? If anything, he should be a bit more ashamed than me ... if I quit taking my drug I'll just end up curling up on the couch and not moving for days on end, whereas if he quits taking his drug he actually DIES, which means I'm in better working order than him, and I win.

That's how it works, right? I win? I hope so... Kind of anxious about that...

-me

Jay Ferris said...

I say go the other way with it; start pounding coffee and No-Doze until you're just like The Flash. Except with boobs. Sort of.

Rikki said...

Ah, god.

That's about all I can say as a teacher, because the people who love you? The people who are watching you RIGHT NOW? Well, they want to slap you, hug you, and try to channel your energy into something like cleaning the house all at the same time.

The snail documentary analogy is fabulous! That is exactly how my students look. Oh, wait, but, um, I'm sure it has nothing to do with my teaching.

Go and score your drugs.

mysterg said...

Allie, I fucking love you, I just realised I'm under your awesome button! You made my night xx

JustLinda said...

Your post made me need a nap.

Or else coffee with vodka. Either way.

timtimtim said...

...shit, you can't put metal in the microwave?

*thinks about checking microwave. decides to use restroom and wash hands.

-from your friend formerly known as timoteo

flipflops said...

Coffee and vodka actually sounds like a delicious concoction. I never cared for milk anyway.

Dual Mom said...

This post made me dizzy, I actually had to read it twice.

I think you might be my new hero.

Elly Lou said...

MMMMmmmmm amphetamines....

Good luck, Pookie.

Homemaker Man said...

Is there anyway Boyfriend could go pick up the 'script once it's called in? Or a family member could do it and then mail it to you? You've probably considered these things before. Anyway, you seem well. Is my diagnosis from reading your blog posts.

Simone Says... said...

Not sure on how to get famous, but as far as getting rich - why don't you refill that prescription and start selling your meds to college students?

Brilliant piece.

Odd Duck said...

You're too fucking great. And I'm going to suck it up and take my pills.

Coopie said...

HOW DARE YOU LEAVE ME BLOGLESS FOR FOUR DAYS!!!!! I NEARLY DIED.

In other news: I'm actually quite alive and awake far too late as always. I've experienced what I believe is referred to as a "manic" episode before...which was probably quite similar to ADHD, only mine lasted for like...3 days. I kind of almost enjoyed it, but was glad when I calmed down, because I don't know how anybody can be that "on" all the time!

My sympathies!!!!

But....I bet in your condition it would be hilarious to watch you play something like "dance dance revolution"....BAHAHAHA I can see it now!

I don't know how to end this comment section....it's like my brain won't stop in an appropriate place to end it! GAH! SO...ummmmMMMM...I will say goodnight! Yes! That's it!

GOODNIGHT!!

dogimo said...

I never thought of substituting vodka for milk. What an excellent idea to try! Or wait - vodka n' milk. On the rocks!

Hm. I bet it's already a cocktail, though. What would it be called? A socket wrench?

No WAIT: Vodka N' CHOCOLATE milk. NO! A Vodka Chocolate Malted.

Man! I bet these must be awful in practice! Otherwise, we'd have heard the rapturous praises of their various clever names. Because, what could be a more obviously scrumptious set of concoctions??

Allie, you've inspired me again! I'm off, to go buy some milk!

otherworldlyone said...

Shit. I have ADHD.

Hipstercrite said...
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Hipstercrite said...

don't take this the wrong way, but I could tell that you have ADHD. ;)
my dad has it.
meds can really put a hamper on one's creativity, though that doesn't appear to have happened to you.
most successful people have ADHD.
it's a gift.
relish it.
you rock.

Angie said...

That's one hell of a plan to become rich and famous. You should just write a novel with that happening in it rather than put yourself through an intentional substance abuse problem. OR write the book, claim it's true when it's not, it becomes a bestseller, you're on Oprah because she loved it, everyone discovers it's bullshit, then you're on Oprah again because you duped Oprah and she wants to talk to youa bout it. OPRAH!

Random said...

I went to the grocery store for butter the other day. I spent $100. I left without butter. I feel your pain. :)

OhSweetSara said...

I wish I had a fraction of the energy that you have.

I just have regular, boring ADD. But I don’t say the letters I say “I have add” but I pronounce it with an accent so it sounds like “Ahdd” and then when people ask me what it is I say “Oh you don’t have it? Really, you are missing out” and then I walk away like a bad ass leaving them totally confused. Really I’m just getting away as quickly as possible to avoid having to tell them what it really is, and consequently feeling totally lame for trying to make something so ordinary sound cool.

Veronica Marcetti Dimick said...

There is a little award for you over at my blog if you are so inclined to accept it! :)

CherBearBlue said...

jesus I am on ampetamines and after having read that I feel like I forgot to take them for about 3 years. I now have no chance of being productive tonight between you, the bloggess, the oatmeal, Rockband and my dog. Holy shiiiiiiiiiiiitt.

Elizabeth Kaylene said...

lol Allie, "foot in mouth disease," that sounds about right.

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Michael said...

Blegh. I went to a psychiatrist a few years back after half-reading a bulletin about ADHD. After meeting with him, he said I strongly display symptoms of ADHD. He then told me I'd have to go through a complete psychological profile with a different office (the waiting list for which, I was told, is between 3 and 6 months).

I think the de facto test was, if you can actually make it TO that appointment, you're cured. -_-

I'm sure it was just a stop to prevent people from getting adderall. Needless to say, I didn't go.

Galadriel said...

I've been reading your blog backwards since I was linked to the "pain scale" post.

Somehow, I'm entirely not surprised to find that you have ADHD and are unmedicated. Nope.

Been off my own meds since mid-2008 because, well, lots of things got together and made it so. Not happy about it; I like to be able to read all of a paragraph without having to try three times.

But I deffily recognize the symptoms.