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Dr. Clarene Cress Dr. Cress
Pediatrics
years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Is trazodone combined with ritalin a typical and effective treatment for ADHD adults with anxiety?

Is trazodone combined with ritalin a typical and effective treatment for ADHD adults with anxiety?

Many Meds possible: It is fairly common to find duo diagnosis such as anxiety with ADHD, and each diagnosis needs to be addressed. Trazadone plus Ritalin is a very reasonable combiination, especially if falling asleep at night is a problem. If not effective, there are other combinations that might be helpful. ...Read more

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


Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad Dr. Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Adult adhd, need medical treatment? What should I look for?

Adult adhd, need medical treatment? What should I look for?

Experienced treator: Some one with experience, a trial of stimulants probably indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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When is phenteramine advisable for treatment of adult adhd?

When is phenteramine advisable for treatment of adult adhd?

Never: Phentermine has not been demonstrated to have a beneficial effect on the neural activity that characterizes adhd. However, it has been shown to cause far reaching cardiac problems when used for weight reduction. Currently, it is not a recommended medication for adhd. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Why hasn't there been any major studies on bupropion in the treatment of adult adhd? Will it ever get approved for adult adhd?

Why hasn't there been any major studies on bupropion in the treatment of adult adhd? Will it ever get approved for adult adhd?

Because it's generic: Most of the money for large scale studies come from drug companies who are hoping to profit from finding a new indication for a drug. Once a drug is generic, that motivation is gone. There have been many small studies showing that bupropion can be effective for adults with adhd, and many psychiatrists and other doctors treating adhd, including me, will use it in patients with adhd + depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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If I am diagnosed with adult ADHD what would a doctor most likely try first as far as treatment goes? Is there a specific medication doctors usually go to first?

If I am diagnosed with adult ADHD what would a doctor most likely try first as far as treatment goes? Is there a specific medication doctors usually go to first?

Yes: The standard of care recommends using a stimulant medication on first pass through. That would be a methylphenidate or amphetamine derivative. If this is not effective then a look for comorbidities would be the next step. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad Dr. Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Anywhere else because the doctors said there's no treatment for adult add/adhd. Now im stuck what should I do?

Not true: Find a psychiatrist or call a local child psychiatrist who could either recommend an adult psychiatrist who could treat you or might treat you themselves-not all doctors keep up and ther is increasing recognition of adult adhd. ...Read more

Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Have there been any recent/ongoing studies on the long term effects (brain structure changes, cognitive, neurological, cardio, etc.) of Adderall use for the treatment of adult adhd? Akin to those studies on ssris and structural changes in the amygdala, la

Have there been any recent/ongoing studies on the long term effects (brain structure changes, cognitive, neurological, cardio, etc.) of Adderall use for the treatment of adult adhd? Akin to those studies on ssris and structural changes in the amygdala, la

Yes. : The use of stimulants in adhd patients stimulates white matter growth to normal levels. If not used, white matter is 25% less volume in adhd pts at 25 yrs old. This means decreased learning and connectivity in untreated adhd people. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar Dr. Husar
Neurology
29 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Just diagnosed with adult adhd. I also have CAD w/ 30% blockage, hypertension and asthma. Which treatments can I use that are not contraindicated?

All treatments for: Add are stimulants and provide some strain on the heart, best to check with your primary doctor or cardiologist. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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I can't stop my heartbeat increasing since i start treatment for adhd, is this normal, what to do?

I can't stop my heartbeat increasing since i start treatment for adhd, is this normal, what to do?

You left out: Important information. Are you on medication for adhd? If so what medication? Call your prescribing physician and tell them the symptoms in order to decide what to do. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What is the most common way to get treatment for adhd?

ADHD: Thorough workup & evaluation by pediatrician (if child) or pcp (if adult), then referral to mental health counselor for therapy & psychiatrist for medication evaluation. All those disciplines work together as a team. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Anand Dr. Anand
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Government Medical College, Amritsar
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What are the sign of an ADHD child,and how to manage or what are the treatment?

What are the sign of an ADHD child,and how to manage or what are the treatment?

See psychiatrist: Child with A.D.H.D.is having attention disorder ,cannot focus,is impulsive and hyperactive .His behavior may be aggressive and destructive.He may be causing disturbance in the classroom.He should be seen,examined by psychiatrist and treated with medicine also to get behavior therapy ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein Dr. Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
23 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Could you tell me what happens if a person with add (not adhd) never gets treatment?

Could you tell me what happens if a person with add (not adhd) never gets treatment?

All Sorts of Endings: #1 this person might find ways 2 address & overcome any problems the add creates, assuming s/he recognizes any such problems. #2 on the other hand, s/he may or may not recognize any problems. #3 even if s/he does recognize any such problems, s/he may not see them as interfering w/ her/his home life, relationships, work life, etc. Ask: is add limiting/hurting me @ home or @ work? In relationships? ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad Dr. Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Anyone care to share their experiences with medications for their kids adhd? Are there other treatment options besides medication?

Anyone care to share their experiences with medications for their kids adhd? Are there other treatment options besides medication?

Yes lots: Remove food additives and anything artificial. Get your child evaluated by an occupational therapist for a sensory processing dysfunction, a spoken and language pathologist for possible auditory processing disorder and an educational psychologist to rule out learning issues or a visual spa coal processing probl.Get a good psychologist to work on structure and org. Fish oil some herbal preparation. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How is treatment for add different than for adhd?

How is treatment for add different than for adhd?

Medication works : For both, because the underlying neurobiological and neurochemical basis is the same for both. Add is now called adhd-primarily inattentive type. Adhd-primarily hyperactive/impulsive type is seen in younger children. Children with adhd-combined type are more commonly referred for treatment, as the hyperactive/impulsive symptoms draw attention. See chadd.Org for full explanation. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
18 years in practice
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
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At what age can a child begin treatment for add or adhd?

At what age can a child begin treatment for add or adhd?

Sometimes 3 or 4: If you are seeing a specialist in child psychiatry, in some severe cases medication might be started cautiously as young as 3 years of age. This should only be done under the supervision of a sub-specialist in this area and in combination with behavioral interventions. There is research, however, showing that adhd can be reliably diagnosed and safely treated in pre-school age kids. ...Read more

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Dr. Alfredo Soto Dr. Soto
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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If my child has adhd, what kind of special treatment on exams will he get at school?

If my child has adhd, what kind of special treatment on exams will he get at school?

More time: If you have an iep (individualized educational plan) you can tailor the needs you think your child has and that gives you flexibility to work with teachers on helping the child during exams. However, in general, the child may be isolated in order to be allowed to take the tests without distractions. Also they are generally allowed more time to finish. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Would you be comfortable prescribing if it is pertinent to my treatment? Adhd and GAD meds?

Would you be comfortable prescribing if it is pertinent to my treatment? Adhd and GAD  meds?

No: You should consult your primary care doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist who will take a thorough history get a detailed understanding of your symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan. This cannot be done in this forum. ...Read more

Dr. John Edwards Dr. Edwards
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Which is the most effective alternative treatment for adhd?

Which is the most effective alternative treatment for adhd?

Nutrition: Well, nutrition won't totally treat adhd, but optimize good nutrition and make sure other possible contributors aren't making it worse. Sleeping well and enough? Eating healthy foods and minimizing or eliminating food coloring and high fructose corn syrup? Make sure not depressed or having other treatable contributors, such as learning disorder, hearing or vision problems, pain (eg headaches). ...Read more