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A doctor vs psychologist= who understands ADHD better?

A doctor vs psychologist= who understands ADHD better?

Chicken or the egg?: The title behind the professional is not as important as the years of expertise in the subject matter, the level of interest and compasion for the patients problems, and your ease , trust and communication with him/her.Md and psychologists are part of a comprehensive team of professionals, not mutually exclusive, i propose you see both! ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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Can you tell me about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

Can you tell me about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

Lots of Information: There is much information available on adhd both for adults and children. I suggest to start by contacting chadd (www.Chadd.Org). Chadd is "children and adults with adhd". ...Read more

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Can the doctor prescribe me ritalin (methylphenidate) along with faverin to treat anxiety problems+adhd?.

Can the doctor prescribe me ritalin (methylphenidate) along with faverin to treat anxiety problems+adhd?.

Possibly: If your psychiatrist evaluates you carefully and thinks both medications will help you, then yes s/he might prescribe them. S/he may want to have the anxiety under control first, though, as Ritalin (methylphenidate) may increase anxiety in some people. ...Read more

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Advice for ADHD and bipolar?

Advice for ADHD and bipolar?

Comprehensive care: For best results, you need both a psychiatrist and a psychologist or other therapist, if the psychiatrist does not provide psychotherapy. Some do, and many do not. There are multiple forms of psychotherapy that will help support you. Managing your illnesses will not depend only on the medications. Attend carefully to your sleep/wake routines, and eat balanced, healthy, non-processed foods. ...Read more

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If someone has extreme ocd. Would you prescribe him with adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

If someone has extreme ocd. Would you prescribe him with adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Not for OCD: Someone can have both ocd and adhd -- and in such a case, he might be prescribed adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). But this would not be the sole treatment, since Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) does not treat ocd. An experienced psychiatrist would need to evaluate this person and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Do psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or just ADHD stimulant medications?

Benzos and ADHD: This is not a usual combination. Benzodiazepines are antianxiety medications and may cause sedation countering the effect of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). If anxiety complicated your adhd or is contributed to by adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine), considering an alternative to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) should be discussed with your prescriber. ...Read more

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Can a family practice doctor prescribe me meds for adhd? Strattera (atomoxetine)? Does strattera (atomoxetine) work for adhd? Is there a lot of side effects?

Can a family practice doctor prescribe me meds for adhd?  Strattera (atomoxetine)? Does strattera (atomoxetine) work for adhd? Is there a lot of side effects?

Yes, ok, yes, no: A family dr can (if he considers it appropriate for you) write strattera (atomoxetine) (a good med for adhd, with few and not common side effects) or refer you to a psychiatrist if he feels like it. Get treatment if you have adhd. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are you able to prescribe medicines for mental illnesses? I.E. OCD, anxiety, MDD, ADHD

Are you able to prescribe medicines for mental illnesses? I.E. OCD, anxiety, MDD, ADHD

No, not on Healthtap: but if you are having problems with your mood, discuss with your family doctor who may Rx or refer you to a psychiatrist. Medications definitely have a role in treatment, and I advise that you do not hesitate to seek help. ...Read more

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Can a regular physician prescribe Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) to me for my ADHD without seeing a psychiatrist. I'm always scatterbrained I can't focus?

Can a regular physician prescribe Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) to me for my ADHD without seeing a psychiatrist. I'm always scatterbrained I can't focus?

Yes, if trained.: An inability to focus may not be adhd. Neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists use a large battery of tests while family physicians/pediatricians use shorter, validated tools. Careful evaluation includes a comprehensive personal/family history, physical exam, mental health screening, corroboration. Life coaching, organizational training, and stimulant medicine are treatment strategies. ...Read more

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Can pediatricians prescribe you adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Can pediatricians prescribe you adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Yes: Pediatricians are trained to treat ADHD with Adderall. If your pediatrician prefers you might get a referral to a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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How to get prescribed ADHD medication?

How to get prescribed ADHD medication?

Have it evaluated: The treatments available for this disorder are often schedule 2 controlled drugs that require prescription and are monitored by state and federal authorities. A proper evaluation by your physician along with charted documentation of your history and problems are necessary. Other non add issues can have symptoms that appear similar. ...Read more

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Do you know if Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is only for people who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Do you know if Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is only for people who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

For ADHD: Generally used for ADHD, but often prescribed off-label with antidepressants, for traumatic brain injury, and in other conditions affecting alertness and cognition. It can have serious side effects, and can be addicting, so should be used appropriately. ...Read more

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Do people have better luck with concerta or strattera (atomoxetine) for ADHD children?

Do people have better luck with concerta or strattera (atomoxetine) for ADHD children?

Depends: The stimulants which include Concerta are still the gold standard of treatment for adhd. Strattera (atomoxetine) is effective but may not be for all patients. There is a subset of patients who for one reason or another are not candidates for stimulant tratment and may benefit from strattera (atomoxetine) and other non stimulants. ...Read more

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Should you have heart tests before starting ADHD stimulant medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

Should you have heart tests before starting ADHD stimulant medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

Not typically: Testing is not typically done in an otherwise healthy, young individual. If there is history of heart disease or symptoms suggestive of heart disease, then testing would be considered. ...Read more

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Can someone with ADHD still get addicted to ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Can someone with ADHD still get addicted to ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Yes: Yes, someone with adhd can still get addicted to stimulants if s/he uses them incorrectly. I have known patients who use their entire months' supply of medication in just a few days, and then have none for the rest of the month. ...Read more

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Can a person that doesn't have ADHD take ADHD medicine to focus?

Can a person that doesn't have ADHD take ADHD medicine to focus?

Not indicated: Most of these meds are schedule 2 controlled drugs. They are closely monitored by the feds. A doc that prescribes them without a valid diagnosis backed up with a chart & testing can loose their license &/or ability to prescribe these drugs. Possession without a prescription equates to possessing meth. While they might help you focus, they do come with risks other than side effects. ...Read more

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