ADD meds at work

Cerner / Eng
iamad

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May 8, 2019 41 Comments

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. verlis
    Or 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.
    May 8, 2019 5
    • New / Eng sr. verlis
      😘
      May 8, 2019
    • Clover Health sinkinship
      Someone is trying to justify their addiction.
      May 9, 2019
  • On my team, we all pass around adderall during the standup and pop a pill, part of our daily ritual.
    May 8, 2019 3
    • Cerner / Eng
      iamad

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      Great idea! I will bring that up as things we can improve upon during our next team retrospective.
      May 8, 2019
    • Microsoft no.problem
      Sounds like an awesome team.
      May 8, 2019
  • Microsoft NxPD18
    Yes, but I’ve been taking addy since I was 15 bc I have ADHD. (I get it prescribed)
    May 8, 2019 13
    • New / Mgmt
      FourHrWkWk

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      I think Adderall is better than modafinil for focus and flow. Modafinil just keeps me awake, Adderall is amphetamine salts. So you could also just smoke meth. (Umm no).

      Adderrall can also get me overly focused on the wrong things, like posting replies to blind :)
      May 9, 2019
    • Microsoft NxPD18
      Happens to the best of us 😅
      May 9, 2019
  • Honeywell that1guy
    Google “adderall crash” and also addiction. It has short term gains and long term problems.
    May 8, 2019 1
    • New / Mgmt git commit
      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.
      May 8, 2019
  • New / Mgmt git commit
    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.
    May 8, 2019 4
    • Cerner / Eng
      iamad

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      OP
      What's matcha?
      May 8, 2019
    • New / Mgmt git commit
      🍵
      May 8, 2019
  • I created a poll for this a while back. It had a surprisingly high number of stimulant takers
    May 8, 2019 0
  • New / Mgmt git commit
    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.
    May 8, 2019 3
    • New / Mgmt git commit
      Wow that’s incredibly awkward.
      May 8, 2019
    • Clover Health sinkinship
      If you didn't actually see people taking drugs or them tell you they did, this is all speculation.
      May 9, 2019
  • New / Mgmt git commit
    Yes. And you should too.
    May 8, 2019 1
    • New
      Nadella'19

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      Nadella'19more
      Only 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.
      May 9, 2019
  • Amazon Vfrq15
    I'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.
    May 8, 2019 0
  • Square / Eng edcz50
    Fuck that’s genius and also probably terrible for you
    May 8, 2019 0

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