I went to a doctor to talk about how I feel my attention span and distractibility has been holding me back in school and at work since I was a teenager. I'd never been to a shrink, school counselor, or so much as talked to a teacher outside of class; I think I inherited some kind of old-world bootstraps-y pride from my family (hella counterproductive). He told me to read a book
, and come back to him in a few weeks with thoughts on how much I could relate to its contents. At my second appointment I showed him the book; every fourth or fifth page was dog-eared to mark this or that "holy crap that's me" moment. I didn't bring up meds but kind of expected the discussion to go in that direction. He told me to try to structure my daily activities more, and come back to him in a few weeks to report how it was working. That was two years ago.