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

A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more


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Could someone possibly effectively manage adult ADHD without medication?

Could someone possibly effectively manage adult ADHD without medication?

Depends upon: Degree of impact on work, relationships, operating a motor vehicle, etc. Skill development is necessary regardless of medication & some are able to use skills to compensate for adhd impact. Medication properly prescribed is necessary & beneficial for most individuals. Obtain evaluation & work with professional to develop an individualized treatment plan for best response & function. ...Read more

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Can you take ADHD medication without having ADHD?

Can you take ADHD medication without having ADHD?

It is never wise to: Take medication for something you do not have. Medication for ADHD is powerful and could hurt you. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat manic depression without taking psychiatric medications?

Is there a way to treat manic depression without taking psychiatric medications?

Not generally.: There are times when a manic person is so severely psychotic and grandiose that medication is not enough and shock therapy is used. Even then medication is required. Left untreated manic depressive illness can be fatal for a number of reasons such as suicide, severe risk taking behavior and accidental fatal overdoses of medication, street drugs or alcohol. Risks are high doing nothing. ...Read more

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How can a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

How can  a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

Depression treatment: Therapy is a valid treatment for depression. Psychiatrists are trained in psychotherapy as well as medication. Many psychiatrists do less therapy because there is such a need for medication treatment, and insurance makes it harder for them to get reimbursement for therapy versus medication treatment. You are very close to musc which has a great psychiatry department. Contact them! good luck! ...Read more

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Is clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?

Is clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?

For Tics Primarily: Clonidine is , in fact , a proven agent to control tics. Side effect potential needs to be monitered.It is the the best mediaction to control symptoms of add/adhd however. And it should be a last resort. ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin/bupropion an effective treatment for adhd?

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Is wellbutrin/bupropion an effective treatment for adhd?

Wellbutrin (bupropion): In few cases where there is intolerance or contraindication to use of stimulants, yes. At times it can also be used to supplement other meds., off-label. ...Read more

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Which ssri meds or meds for OCD and anxiety problems are the safest to take with stimulant ADHD medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ir ?

Which ssri meds or meds for OCD and anxiety problems are the safest to take with stimulant ADHD medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ir ?

CAUTION: Ocd meds are antidepressants. Antidepressants by default are activating/stimulating meds. They will be an add on with stimulant use to cause you overstimulated agitated, restless, a. Also stimulants can stimulate propagate ocd.. Younxious, insomniac etc. You need to discuss this further with your md. ...Read more

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To what extent does medication treat ADHD symptoms in ADHD people?

To what extent does medication treat ADHD symptoms in ADHD people?

Varies: When medications are adjusted by a skilled professional it is often possible to achieve normailzation of function relevant to the adhd symptoms using one or more meds titrated to sufficient dose while watching for side effects. Very often there are other conditions that add to impairment and this makes treatment more challenging. Non-medication measure are always important as well. ...Read more

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Could a doctor prescribe stimulant drugs without requiring diagnosis first?

Could a doctor prescribe stimulant drugs without requiring diagnosis first?

Not a good doctor...: A doctor can prescribe anything they want if they don't care about legal requirements, medical ethics and their own reputations, and if they lack a conscience. Stimulants are potentially very dangerous drugs, and physicians need to assure their patients 1) are health enough to take them and 2) have a diagnosis that requires them and 3) are followed carefully while on them. Less = malpractice. ...Read more

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Adult adhd medication management help ?

Adult adhd medication management help


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Adult ADHD: Diagnosing ADHD in adults for the first time requires a careful history and evaluation to document onset in childhood. If childhood onset not clear, other causes for symptoms must be ruled out. Neuropsychologcal testing may be useful to clarify cognitive issues. Medications may be stimulants or non-stimulants. In addition, behavioral and coping strategies are often effective. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there an effective treatment for depression without a doctor and medication?

Is there an effective treatment for depression without a doctor and medication?

No cure, but options: There is no cure for depression but there are ways to manage the symptoms. Treatments for mild depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, support groups, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort) and journaling. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. If your depression is severe or worsens please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What medical treatment options are available for kids with attention deficit without hyperactivity?

What medical treatment options are available for kids with attention deficit without hyperactivity?

Stimulant & non-: stimulant medications are equally as effective for ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type as for ADHD-Combined Type. The 9 symptoms of Inattention impact academics more than the 9 symptoms. of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity. One research method to measure efficacy of ADHD meds is to confirm that the kids get more math problems done & more correct when meds levels are optimal in their bloodstreams. ...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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How does ADHD medication affect those without adhd?

How does ADHD medication affect those without adhd?

Like +++ coffee: If you don't have adhd, the stimulant will cause irritability, tremors, headache, stomach ache, muscle cramps, insomnia, agitation, & in higher doses hallucinations or hypertension, arrhythmia, or rapid heart rate. In spite of all those, adhd medications are extremely safe. ...Read more

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What medication is prescribed for inattentive add?

What medication is prescribed for inattentive add?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) adderall etc: Stimulantsand nonstimulants are used ritalin short and long acting forms, dexedrine and adderrall etc , Intuniv , Clonidine etc. ...Read more

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What is the best SSRI medication to take with Abilify (aripiprazole) 5mg for MDD recurrent ,severe without psychotic features?

What is the best SSRI medication to take with Abilify (aripiprazole) 5mg for MDD recurrent ,severe without psychotic features?

There isn't any one: specific SSRI that would work best. Any of the SSRI's could be beneficial. A trial of medication can help to see if a particular one is effective for the person. ...Read more

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What are ways to overcome ADHD without relying on medication?

What are ways to overcome ADHD without relying on medication?

Meet with a: psychologist who specializes in ADHD. They can work with you on techniques that can help you stay focused. If it is not enough, you can always get evaluated for a trial on medications (which can be helpful for many people). ...Read more

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How can I treat clinical depression without taking any medication?

How can I treat clinical depression without taking any medication?

See a therapist: Psychotherapy can be very helpful with depression, and the results can be more long-lasting than medication. Also you can make sure you're getting enough rest, exercise, and healthy diet -- staying away from alcohol and other mood and sleep-disruptive substances. Your family doctor can check for general health conditions too. Get yourself a good psychologist and work with him or her. Be well. ...Read more

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How to treat anxiety without medication?

Anxiety without med: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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