Why You Shouldn’t Use ADHD Medication to Overachieve at Work

If you’re like most people, you probably agree that work presents a host of challenges. For example, you may feel as though you are not reaching your goals. Whether you don’t have the motivation to achieve them or you are feeling quite tired lately, things just aren’t going how you want them to. As a result, you decide to use ADHD medication to boost your energy and to become an overachiever. Before you proceed with this plan, consider the reasons not to do so.

1. You need a prescription for the ADHD medication.
If you do not have ADHD, then the odds are that you are not on medication for ADHD. In order to obtain this type of medication, you need a prescription. In the event that you do not have a prescription, you have no way to obtain the medication legally. You should not be getting involved with illegal activities.

2. You don’t need to overachieve. Right now, you are thinking about ways to overachieve at work. However, you need to ask yourself if overachieving is really what you need to do. In the event that you are willing to sacrifice your health for your job, you probably have some other decisions that you need to make about work. When you are constantly felt forced to overachieve at work, you may need to start looking for a new job that offers a more pleasant environment.

3. You can hurt your body.
Taking medications that you don’t have a prescription for and taking medications for reasons other than their intended use are both bad decisions. You are taking the risk of hurting your body. You might injure yourself to the point that you cannot work for a period of time. In the long term, you might hinder your ability to achieve your goals.

4. ADHD medication isn’t intended for this purpose.
Whether you go to the doctor regularly or not, you likely know that you are supposed to take medications for their intended purposes only. The goal of ADHD medication is to help individuals manage the symptoms of ADHD. Wanting to stay more focused on tasks may be one of the wishes that people with ADHD have, and taking medication could help them to accomplish this goal. However, ADHD medication has not been created with the intent of helping people to overachieve at work.

5. You might overdose. 

As with any medication, it is possible to overdose. You may start by just taking a little bit of the medication to give you a boost through a large project. However, you may discover that you like how it helps you and feel that you need more to get through the next big task at work. As a result, you could end up taking too much medication that leads to an overdose.

6. ADHD medication could cause an addiction.
When you like how you feel and how much you achieve when you take ADHD medication, it can be hard to convince yourself to stop. The feeling that you get could be addictive. Since you may want to feel like that all of the time or at least when you are at home, you might start taking the medication much more than you ever intended to. This desire to constantly use the medication could lead to a serious addiction.

7. You aren’t under supervision.
Chances are that your doctor isn’t going to tell you that you can take ADHD medication to help you to overachieve at work. As a result, you are not taking the medication under supervision. Instead, you are just doing so at your own guidance, and you should recognize how dangerous of a step not having your doctor’s guidance is.

8. You might push yourself too hard at work.
When you have the energy to overachieve, it might feel good at first. However, you may end up pushing yourself too hard at work in the long term. By the time that you realize what has happened, you might have totally destroyed the work-life balance that you once had.

Taking ADHD medication is not a decision to make lightly. You should only be taking this medication if it is prescribed to you by your doctor for a specific purpose.