I take two medications that happen to provide a lot of benefit for me as an ADHD-er, but the benefit I receive from them is maximized by good timing.
For example…my relationship with the world is very shaky in the morning. If I take my medication right when my alarm goes off, in 20 minutes, I can open my eyes and don’t even have to work to shake off the hate. If I wait until after I get out of bed…I have to work a lot harder to get up, and then to figure out what to do next. Peeing is always easy to prioritize but after that, I have to think really hard. And not get pissed off while I’m doing it. And that takes work.
At night, I am a natural night owl and the hyperactivity of my thinking will drive me into the wee hours as I simply work, or simply can’t stop myself from pursuing an exciting idea, or researching something. This compounds the morning problems, of course. So at night I take nortriptyline. It prevents my migraine issues, it’s mellows me out a little, and…it helps you feel a little sleepier so it’s a perfect pre-bedtime medication.
Unfortunately I sometimes forget to take it say an hour before bed (because that would involve remembering, of course). Tonight, I forgot. I’m going to go take it now…and hate myself in the morning…