Do software engineers at your company take ADD meds? I have noticed a few (new) engineers do this at our workplace. They do contribute a lot to the team and have more focus and as a senior engineer I am beginning to feel like I am lagging behind them in my deliverables. Wondering if FAANG engineers also take ADD meds to keep up with work demands?
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- New / Eng sr. verlisOr maybe, people with ADD are naturally drawn to the nature of engineering. I have been extremely ADD my whole life, and programming is one thing that works really well with my brain chemistry.
- Uber ezpzfailOn my team, we all pass around adderall during the standup and pop a pill, part of our daily ritual.
- Yes, but I’ve been taking addy since I was 15 bc I have ADHD. (I get it prescribed)
My dad is a therapist, I maintain a low sugar, high protein, high veggie diet, take weekends off, exercise regularly, keep an organized home, and sometimes cut my dose in half and spread it out through the day. I managed to go all the way through a Ph.D program, I am fine. Thanks.
- that’s great it works for you @Nx. the side effects for many others are kind of terrible which is where the caution comes from. I don’t mean to sound like it’s a sweeping statement that adderall wouldn’t be worth it for everyone. But if I could redo my life, I would have rather skipped it. It was amazing at first. seems like it took a while for many to articulate the harm it is causing, like me. which is why I recommend desperately trying natural solutions first. but that’s not everyone’s experience.
- @iamad most people let the drug control them and it leaves them hungry, dehydrated, an overall feeling of depletion, and sometimes lethargic (for high doses).
I take 30mg Addy XR per day but I split the dose in half , so I take 15mg around 7am , and 15 mg around noon, therefore I do not suffer addy crash, and it doesn’t make me robotic but rather just a more focused version of myself.
So things I do...
I eat a superfood breakfast with my first dose, this keeps me full until lunch, and it also gives the addy a “cushion”.
I drink a small amount of coffee at least 4hrs after taking my last addy dose — primarily to curve the caffeine withdrawal headache.
I drink a gallon of water everyday— Addy is very dehydrating so it’s imp to stay on top of water intake.
Since I split my dose, I sleep well at night (some people can’t sleep when they take addy).
I eat 3 meals a day by schedule — addy does suppress appetite but you can beat that effect by eating meals regularly and slowly , I eat at my desk over the course of an hour while working. So it doesn’t feel like I’m “forcing” myself to eat.
I take the weekends off addy — your body needs time to reset from the drug, by doing this the drug dose stays affective for me.
I exercise — addy can make you feel “hyper” but scheduling a workout right after taking it, gets this energy out and allows you to have a smooth, and calm focused day.
I take an adrenal supplement— addy stimulates your adrenals and so I take an adrenal supplement to counteract the fight or flight response and it leaves me with an anxiety free addy experience.
- these are pretty good tips! I may try this out. I gave up on adderall but am interested in modafinil so I got an off-label prescription from my doctor. I haven’t taken it yet just because of being nervous about side effects. eventually I’ll try it and I’ll try some of these tips. adhd is so exhausting to deal with.
- Honeywell that1guyGoogle “adderall crash” and also addiction. It has short term gains and long term problems.
- I wouldn’t recommend drugs. People use them. I think that could certainly give them an advantage. In the case of high performers, correlation is not causation. They just happen to have ADD, they happen to pop an addy, they happen to be more confident, and they happen to bull doze anyone in their way. That’s in their nature. Drinking coffee and being energetic is their thing. They love it. They also do things like scuba dive and jump out of planes. Adderral doesn’t help them, it enhances them. They can, and often do, learn how to produce drugs while in a meditative flow state. Real smart people can achieve this. Adderral takers who don’t have ADD get high. People with ADD who take it don’t get high on it or addicted to it. Nor do they crash. They use it as a way to learn how to remap their nueropathways and get into flow naturally with coffee, music, and eating healthy.
- I read two books that reference this, Deep Work, and Smarter Better Faster.
Productive people drink caffeine and eat adderall or sudaphed. It’s just 🧬 DNA.
- By the way, how did you notice? What did you see? That sounds strange. I don’t think I’d be open about that if I didn’t need the medicine. Even then, I wouldn’t take medicine in front of anyone.
- New Nadella'19moreOnly if you want addiction to follow you around the rest of your life. Read some stories about people who tried to get off Adderall after several years of use.
Unless truly required for medical needs I would steer clear. Those drugs are super strong and your brain quickly creates a dependency.
- Amazon Vfrq15I'm sure some do. An engineer on my team works long hours and rarely eats.
I have ADD so I take medication daily. If you don't have a condition, don't take it. It's not worth it because your body will burn out eventually. If I don't find what I'm doing interesting, I cannot focus even if I'm on medication anyway.