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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.

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Dr. Rachel Goldstein
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Adults (Definition)

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Could you tell me what type of doctor do I see for adult adhd?

Could you tell me what type of doctor do I see for adult adhd?

Neurologist or psych: Neurologists and psychiatrists are specialists that evaluate and treat adult ADHD

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Do I have adult ADHD or ADD, and how can I mention it to my doctor?

Do I have adult ADHD or ADD, and how can I mention it to my doctor?

Maybe : If you are asking yourself that question, it is likely that you suffer from some degree or form of work or academic dysfunction related to your ability to focus. You need to talk to your doctor; nothing will surprise him or her, so simply ask. Beware that other conditions (depression, anxiety) can present like ADHD, so you will likely be referred to a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.

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Can anyone tell me how to find a good mental health doctor who treats adult adhd?

Can anyone tell me how to find a good mental health doctor who treats adult adhd?

Fairly Easy : If you go online and look up chadd which is children and adults with attention deficit disorders you will find lots of information including research and resources. They also offer online courses for patients and parents and links to local support groups and providers. Look under www.Chadd.Org. Good luck.

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How can i tell my doctor that i really have adult adhd without suspection of that i want legal amphytamine?

How can i tell my doctor that i really have adult adhd without suspection of that i want legal amphytamine?

ADHD Testing: Schedule an appointment with your doctor for a consult, tell your doctor what symptoms you are having and how they affect your daily life. Your doctor then will give you a test for ADHD or you will fill out a questionnaire to see if your concerns are due to ADHD or something else.

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Is there really an adult ADHD ? Because i hear most doctors say the ADHD is born with someone ! and is there any definitive fast solution ?

Is there really an adult ADHD ? Because i hear most doctors say the ADHD is born with someone ! and is there any definitive fast solution ?

Yes: There is adult add/adhd. There aren't any fast and definitive solutions to it. A combination of medication and techniques/therapy are the most effective solutions available.

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What do doctors do to diagnose adult adhd?

What do doctors do to diagnose adult adhd?

Testing and clinical: Testing is one way to go. It is expensive and hard to find a place to do it. For psychiatrists with experience in diagnosing add/adhd, a targeted interview investigating key symptoms, will give you a diagnosis in one hour. You can discuss also the treatment options at that time. Add in adults is widely prevalent, but it depends on the daily routine and job demands to become an obvious problem.

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I have been treated for Adult ADHD for 8 years by my doctor who retired this month. I am in need of a doctor who can continue my same prescriptions.

I have been treated for Adult ADHD for 8 years by my doctor who retired this month.  I am in need of a doctor who can continue my same prescriptions.

Time for new doc: There are many physicians who are qualified to assume the care of your issues. You may want to ask your retired doc or consult your insurance list. You will need to transfer your records. Since most of the treatments are meds closely monitored by the feds, don't expect anything automatic. Docs must create a record, including exam findings, history & any testing to justify the meds.

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Recent diagnosis of adult ADHD inattentive-15-45mg Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) no effec then concerta 36-108 mildimprov what can doc prescription next? why are these not working?

Recent diagnosis of adult ADHD inattentive-15-45mg Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) no effec then concerta 36-108 mildimprov what can doc prescription next? why are these not working?

Cog Behavior Tx: Of course it would be a nice thing to have it all solved by a medication - but very often, it takes more. It's good you had improvement. CBT can round that out and you'll learn skills that you can use forever in many areas of life. Consider a combo!

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Lookng for a new family doctor I am looking for a dr that can help with all needs medical and mental. I suffer from maligant hypertension as well as depression, adult ADHD and bi polar mania and anxeity. I am currently under meds, lisipril. Norvasc hctz,

Lookng for a new family doctor I am looking for a dr that can help with all needs medical and mental. I suffer from maligant hypertension as well as depression, adult ADHD and bi polar mania and anxeity. I am currently under meds, lisipril. Norvasc hctz,

Multidisciplinary: With medications for cardiac issues, and what are descrribed as three psychiatric conditions it would normally be well advised to have multidisciplinary treatment - psychiatry, cardiology and clinical psychology in addition to a primary care physician. These conditions can require close follow up and a lot can happen between routing pcp visits that should be monitored.

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Concerned about adult adhd. Should talk to docor?

Concerned about adult adhd. Should talk to docor?

Absolutely: Adult adhd is an under diagnosed, under treated, misunderstood problem of significant concern. Please discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If you feel that your doctor brushed you off, check out chadd.Org or the nimh. Adults with adhd have disorganization, impulsivity, procrastination, poor social skills, poor work performance, financial mismanagement and drug/alcohol problems.

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Symptoms of adult ADHD?

ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks.

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What are the symptoms of adult adhd?

What are the symptoms of adult adhd?

There are a range of: symptoms.Not everyone has them all,but here are some: not finishing tasks or projects started,difficulty remembering appointments,difficulty paying attention,especially when doing repetitive or boring work,easily distracted by noise around you.There are often other conditions along with the ADD that need to be addressed,so please speak to your doctor and they can properly evaluate you for this.

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How would you know if you have adult adhd?

How would you know if you have adult adhd?

Need evaluation: The only way to tell if you have adhd is to be evaluated by an experienced health care provider. Ask your doctor or health plan for a referral to someone who specializes in adhd or psychiatry. You can also go to a web site like chadd.Org and search their professional directory.

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What is the cure for adult adhd?

Medications: Adhd is a medical illness similar to diabetes. There is a biological, inherited, genetic predisposition. After a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist who is knowledgeable about adhd in adults, you will be more likely to have an accurate diagnosis. At that point, treatment options will be discussed. Medication treatments are the foundation of treatment for adhd, which are effective and safe.

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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.

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Does adult ADHD affect quality or quantity of sleep? I can't seem to fall asleep or stay asleep most nights.

See your doctor : Medications used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder can cause insomnia. You need an evaluation for a co-occurring mood disorder such as Bipolar Disorder or Depression. Avoid the use of caffeine late in the day. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and your need for treatment of your insomnia.

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DiX adult adhd.Can't take meds due 2 heart cond. Distracted,disorganized, all over the map.Suggestions, other than exercise? Help!!

DiX adult adhd.Can't take meds due  2 heart cond. Distracted,disorganized, all over the map.Suggestions, other than exercise? Help!!

There are two other: general treatment types. Behavioral, which is big on re-training awareness and setting external limits to replace lacking internal ones, and herbal, which might work, but needs to be supervised by a medical professional who also knows about meds. For a complete list of adhd traits, diagnostic procedures, plus treatment suggestions, see: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/adhd.html

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I am 44 w/adult adhd, I have tried Strattera and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) & neither seemed to work for me. What would u suggest I try next?

Ritalin/Concerta: ADHD meds fall into two categories, stimulants and non-stimulants. Strattera is an example of a non-stimulant. Within the stimulant category there are Adderall type meds and Ritalin type meds. Sometimes one type of stimulant works much better for someone than a different type. Vyvanse is an Adderall type medication. My next recommendation would be something like Ritalin LA or Concerta.

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

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