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Are there any ADHD medications that work well with mood stabilizers?

Are there any ADHD medications that work well with mood stabilizers?

Why are you asking?: This is a question that shouldn't be answered without learning what the meds are being used for. Is the mood stabilizer the appropriate one? Are there multiple diagnoses being made? Is there drug or alcohol use? ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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Is there any kind of food which works like ADHD medications and which really helps a person with ADHD ? Is it a stimulant ? Is it a good alternative ?

Is there any kind of food which works like ADHD medications and which really helps a person with ADHD ? Is it a stimulant ? Is it a good alternative ?

Nope, sorry: No, there are no foods which are as reliable or effective for adhd as stimulant medications. Caffeinated beverages like coffee would be the closest, but aren't as focused or as easily titrated as stimulant medications. ...Read more

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Dx, severe combined adhd, BP1 and BPD feat. Very high functioning, don't want to be a research project. Plz suggest an effective mood stabilizer? Ty

Probably Lithium: "Lithium is one of the oldest and least expensive mood-stabilizing mediations for bipolar disorder...." I am assuming you have had consultations with psychiatrist before. If you feel you have new onset of symptoms or worsening with current medication, you should get a re-evaluation or a referral for a second opinion. Feel better:) ...Read more

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Is it uncommon for Adderall to be used with a mood stabilizer like saphris (asenapine)? Is it hypothetically "safe"? I have adhd/bipolar. Thoughts? Thanks a lot.

I think it is safe: Personally, i think it is safe as I have quite a number of patients with this combination of medications. About one third of my practice consists of bipolar disorder patients and not a small number of them have bipolar disorder with adhd. Using a psychostimulant is fine and generally will not trigger mania as long as there is either a mood stabilizer such as Depakote onboard or in antimanic antipsychotic agent on board. Best wishes. I'm curious as to what my colleagues think about this. ...Read more

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If your cardiovascular system and heart are good (no problems), then do stimulant ADHD medications harm in short term or long term use? Are they safe?

If your cardiovascular system and heart are good (no problems), then do stimulant ADHD medications harm in short term or long term use? Are they safe?

In 2013 not harmful: It is presently thought that the administration of a stimulant medication does not cause short term or long term adverse effects in terms of health. There remain unanswered questions that the research community is still trying to unlock presently and so to say that there are no long term effects at all may not be entirely true. At the present, when used appropriately they are safe. ...Read more

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I have tried pretty much every medication for my severe depression as well as mood stabilizers. Nothing works what next as far as treatment goes?

I have tried pretty much every medication for my severe depression as well as mood stabilizers. Nothing works what next as far as treatment goes?

Combination rx, ECT: Severe depression unresponsive to the usual meds is called "treatment resistant." strategies include maximizing dosages & "augmenting" with additional meds. Electroconvulsive treatment (ect, "shock treatment") is very effective in extreme cases, esp. If delusions are present. Short of this, i often tell patients that if meds alone haven't worked, try meds plus psychotherapy (safe, often helps). ...Read more

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What are some better ADHD medications?

What are some better ADHD medications?

Commonly used meds: the most commonly used medications are methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and amphetamines (Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and Vyvanse). They are generally equal in benefit, but some respond better to one than another. ...Read more

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What is the effect of ADHD medications on those without adhd?

What is the effect of ADHD medications on those without adhd?

Stimulation: Since the stimulant medications increase brain nor epinephrin (non adrenalen, a person without ADHD would feel a stimulating effect. It might make a person jittery, restless or increase their blood pressure and pulse. Not a good idea. ...Read more

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Are any adhd medications non addictive and if so which ones?

Are any adhd medications non addictive and if so which ones?

ADHD Meds: Medication options for ADHD include no medications that are truly physically addictive. There is a lot of hype about ADHD diagnosis and treatment options. The best science information says medication options are effective and safe. So Concerta, Vyvanse, Adderall etc worth considering to name just a few. ...Read more

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What are the differences between anti-depressants and anti-adhd medications?

What are the differences between anti-depressants and anti-adhd medications?

Worlds apart: Most antidepressants increase serotonin. Most adhd meds increase Dopamine & norepinephrine. Some antidepressants help adhd like atomoxetine. Some antidepressants work on norepinephrine or Dopamine as "dual action" meds. Some adhd meds worsen depression. ...Read more

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

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is 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