I'm 28 and I was diagnosed with ADD almost a year ago. I used to joke about having ADD, and eventually realized that it might not just be a joke. I have three other female friends who have been diagnosed in their mid-20s as well--we are very intelligent and were able to get through most of our schooling using just raw intelligence to compensate for being unable to focus. Since girls are less likely to exhibit the behavioral problems that boys do, as long as you're getting good grades there's no reason for anyone to suspect the issue, and we never noticed that we had problems until our careers became increasingly demanding and we started competing against coworkers who were just as smart as we were AND could focus.
I'm taking 20 mg of Adderall daily. Getting treated for this condition has increased my productivity at work incredibly with very few side effects, I am very happy with the results.
I'm getting married this year, and will probably want to start trying to have a baby 6 months to a year after the wedding. I plan to work through most of the pregnancy, and return to work a few months later. If I decide to pause my career for motherhood, it won't be until after my second child. I work in the tech industry, and my job is extremely demanding. I'm having a difficult time imagining how I'm going to be effective at work when I have to quit taking Adderall because of my pregnancy/breastfeeding.
Has anyone on this board been through this? Did you quit taking medication completely, or did you find a compromise by reducing dosages/changing medications during the pregnancy? Were you able to find any non-chemical coping mechanisms?