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    Old 09-21-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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    Question question for those who take medication for add adhd

    well ill start off quick by saying that i am 80 - 90% sure i have some form of add. hearing "pay attention" for most of my life is just the tip of my iceberg of symptoms.

    so my question is, now that you have had your add or adhd diagnosed and are taking the medication for it.

    has it worked?, can you focus now? are you less forgetfull and able to carry a proper conversation?

    id also like to know where i should go to be properly diagnosed for add?

    thanks in advance.

     
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    Old 09-21-2005, 07:47 PM   #2
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    Re: question for those who take medication for add adhd

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    so my question is, now that you have had your add or adhd diagnosed and are taking the medication for it.

    has it worked?,
    Yes
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    can you focus now?
    Yes
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    Originally Posted by peter10
    are you less forgetfull and able to carry a proper conversation?
    Yes
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    id also like to know where i should go to be properly diagnosed for add?
    My preference would be a psychologist that specializes in ADHD. However, a MD and a shrink can also make the call.

    Caveat: Meds are not the whole answer. And, you should be aware of the risks associated with ADHD meds and make an informed decision whether their benefits outweigh those risks.

    ADHD makes it difficult to learn organization and social skills. Meds while enabling us to learn do not automatically embue those skills in our heads. Got to learn the old fashion way - by hard work. On meds, though, your efforts will produce results rather than endless cycles of frustration.

    The most effective ADHD meds for adults are based on amphetamines. Amphetamines are among the most abused drugs going, and, if recent news reports are a measure, are the most abused drugs in many US states. That is a very serious risk that must be weighed carefully especially if you have or have had any addiction problems. Precluding any preexisting medical conditons such as heart disease, the therapeutic doses of both Adderral and Dexadrine have a long history of safety. So does Ritalin, not an amphetamine, but in class of stimulants less powerful but I doubt less addictive. The chances of getting addicted are minimal if you take only the recommended dose. Only you know if you are capable of that.

    There is a definite cycle to ADHD stimulant therapy. Until our bodies adjust to the drug, frankly, we get high from it. You'll think you have the cure for sure. You don't. It is a reaction to the drugs euphoriant properties - that is the curse that makes them addictive. In short time, the euphoria wears off. But whether you realize it or not, the ADHD symptom relief properties do not. You mood is no longer being elevated but your ability to sustain concentration is very much intact. This is the time to start working on organization and social skills and forget about feeling good. The next time you feel good is when you recognize that you are beating the snot out of a life long enemy and that is a very valid reason to feel good because its reality not an illusion.

    And, the last stage is settling in to your new life style with endless but productive tweaking of your ADHD management skills. There is no cure.

    Bob

     
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    Re: question for those who take medication for add adhd

    thanks for the response bob. so i guess there is some light at the end of the tunnel. after further looking into it i feel as if my symptoms are closer to add rather than adhd. i plan to see my doctor soon to be properly diagnosed. i will update when i find out more.

    peter.

     
    Old 09-28-2005, 01:59 PM   #4
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    Re: question for those who take medication for add adhd

    I was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago. I began taking stimulant ( concerta ) medication. It definitely helped especially in the beginning. It is critical to seek help on your organization skills. It needs to be a two pronged approach.

    Good Luck!!

     
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