So I guess Ill start from the begining. When I was younger I was having trouble in school and trouble focusing. I was doing pretty bad before that all of the teachers thought I was just a shitty kid but this one teacher recomended I go see a dr. He diagnosed me with ADHD and then prescribed ritalin. I was on ritalin for about a year and a half and my grades significantly improved. I went from a C and D student to a A and B student. My mom took me off of it when I was 10 because she found out that ritalin could be addicting and there was a history of alcoholism with my dad. So she was scared of that and took me off. As soon as she took me off the medication my grades started slipping. I learned to cope with ADHD and managed to get through school and even got through college with it. The issue Im having now is that Im getting ready to go to law school and Im preparing for the LSAT. When I try to buckle down and study I really cant focus for more then 5 - 6 minutes at a time and I constantly drift off into space in the middle of problems. This is an issue because on the LSAT I dont have time to BS around and also when I go to law school I cant afford to go in at 60 - 70% of what Im capable of. So I wanted to ask some of you on the forum who have adhd and are on meds how effective it was for you and what are the pros and cons. My main goal is to pass the LSAT and get through law school but the coping mechanisms I developed just arent working for me at this higher level of education. I feel that if Im not running at my full potential I wont be able to do this. Is it worth it to go on add meds? What meds are they going to give me? What side effects do you guys have? Is it addicting?