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Switching docs.What type of doc can I go talk about anxiety/depression/substance abuse/adhd. Do i bring all my prescription meds? What documents should I bring.

Switching docs.What type of doc can I go talk about anxiety/depression/substance abuse/adhd. Do i bring all my prescription meds? What documents should I bring.

A Psychiatrist: There is no question in my mind that you should be seeing a psychiatrist if you want someone with whom you can discuss these problems and figure out the best course of treatment. Yes, bring all the meds you are already on and if you can bring past records or maybe a list off what you've been on in the past--all that will be helpful to your new dr. You know what to do! good luck! ...Read more

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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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I want to talk to my doctor about having ADHD but i'm afraid they will think I am just seeking drugs. How should I come about asking them?

I want to talk to my doctor about having ADHD but i'm afraid they will think I am just seeking drugs. How should I come about asking them?

Beyond fear: Don't let misconceptions stopping you from seeking help. A psychiatrist with experience in adult adhd will make the distinction between seeking medications and the real adhd in less than five minutes. Even if you have only mild adhd, the treatment will change your life. So don't be shy and don't get discouraged by ghostly fears. Take action to become the most successful person you can be. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can talk to my doctor about adhd?

Can you tell me how i can talk to my doctor about adhd?

ADHD: Be as honest as possible in describing your symptoms and you will be more likely to be helped and more likely to receive and accurate diagnosis. Remember many people with adhd lead quite successful personal and professional lives with the right help. Best. ...Read more

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Is the school allowed to talk to my son's doctor about his ADHD symptoms?

Is the school allowed to talk to my son's doctor about his ADHD symptoms?

With Permission: All patient information available to your son's doctor is private and privileged by law. It can only be discussed with others with parental permission, assuming your son is a minor. ...Read more

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Was wondering if I could talk to a doc about being put back on my adhd med but it is a controlled substance and not sure if you guys could, live in fl?

Was wondering if I could talk to a doc about being put back on my adhd med but it is a controlled substance and not sure if you guys could, live in fl?

Yes. See an MD: You need to see an MD face-to-face. Regulations prohibit doctors from prescribing controlled substances during telemedicine visits. I would suggest you start by seeing your primary care doctor or get a referral from the last physician who prescribed your medication. ...Read more

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If IV had substance abuse tendencies in the past, but still need help with adhd, what meds are my best option? My doctor just put me on ritalin (methylphenidate)

Non-stimulant meds: Like strattera, (atomoxetine) Intuniv or capvay carry no risk of abuse & are not dopamine-enhancing. If your drugs of choice were methamphetamine or cocaine, giving you Ritalin or Adderall is like putting chocolate in my refrigerator - way too tempting! tell your prescribing physician about your past substance abuse. Best of luck staying clean. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best medication for adhd?

Can any doc tell me what's the best medication for adhd?

The one that works: Every kid is unique; their response to any medication or dosage will differ from the next kid. Many have concurrent problems that add to their problems like ocd, depression etc. And the medication or medications must work well together to get to a well functioning kid. Methylphenadate based products are my first line choice, with > 90% response, but some do better with other meds. ...Read more

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Doc fpund a hear murmur on my son who is five uears old. He is on ADHD medication. He never had one before. Could the concerta have caused it.

Doc fpund a hear murmur on my son who is five uears old. He is on ADHD medication. He never had one before. Could the concerta have caused it.

Echo: A heart murmur. A murmur is just noise. Sometimes serious problems cause a murmur many times a murmur is caused by normal flow. Patients often misctranslate what the dr. Tells them.Ask the doc what it means in your child. ...Read more

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Which add/adhd medication is most commonly prescribed by doctors?

MPH / AMP: The most effective and most commonly prescribed meds for ADHD are Methylphenidate-MPH (i.e., Ritalin, (methylphenidate) Concerta, Metadate), or Dextroamphetamine-AMP (i.e., Dexedrine, Adderall). Effect is dose dependent and should be increased until the patient feels continuous full-day effect, which means from waking until bedtime. The last dose of the day should drop off no sooner than 2-hours before bedtime. ...Read more

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Was already diagnosed with adhd, take no medications. Where do I go to get help with adhd? I have no family doctor.

Was already diagnosed with adhd, take no medications. Where do I go to get help with adhd? I have no family doctor.

See a psychiatrist: Most psychiatrists can diagnose and treat ADHD with medications if that seems indicated. It is also a good idea to to have a physical examination with routine blood tests before beginning treatment ...Read more

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If I live in a state where Marijuana is legal can my doctor make me stop using Marijuana before prescribing medication for adhd?

Things to ponder: ADHD meds are often controlled substances that are monitored by the feds from creation to end user. Prescribing them puts the doc under scrutiny by the state & feds. Unless they can justify the use with testing/exam and records they can lose their license. They can decline to treat you if you don't follow their instructions. ...Read more

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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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Can any physician prescribe medication for adhd? I've called multiple psychiatrists in my area and they are all booked until next month.

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Can any physician prescribe medication for adhd? I've called multiple psychiatrists in my area and they are all booked until next month.

Yes, assuming comfor: While many ADHD/ADD medications are controlled substances, most duly trained & certified physicians w/appropriate DEA licensing are allowed to prescribe whatever they please, assuming that they're comfortable doing so. Many Family Doc prescribe ADHD/ADD medications in concert & follow up w/psychiatrists once diagnosis made/confirmed. Check w/your Family Doc or General Internist. ...Read more

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Could my doctor prescribe anything to help with my ADHD? I'm afraid to ask because he's treating me for opioid dependence with the medication Bunavail

Could my doctor prescribe anything to help with my ADHD? I'm afraid to ask because he's treating me for opioid dependence with the medication Bunavail

Bunavil & ADHD: Bunavil is a buccal film that contains buprenorphine & naloxone, similar to Zubsolv & Suboxone, all approved for outpatient maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. If you are on this medication & formally diagnosed with ADHD your doctor may first want to try treating the ADHD with therapy +/- non-stimulant FDA approved ADHD medication. Stimulant treatment requires expertise & close monitoring ...Read more

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I am trying to figure out if I should go to a doctor for medication for ADHD since i was diagnosed when was 22 and never prescribed any.

I am trying to figure out if I should go to a doctor for medication for ADHD since i was diagnosed when was 22 and never prescribed any.

Maybe: There are many medications for adhd, but that is not the first line of treatment. There are effective interventions like mindfulness and braingym practices, and natural supplements like omega 3 fatty acids that can be helpful. Also best to check the cause, which is sometimes habit or even substance sensitivities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get prescribed ADHD medication such as adderall online as I have no primary doc?

Not from any site: Such medications are class 2 controlled substances monitored closely by the feds. Providing you with any of these without a proper physician/patient relationship,history & physical with supportive documentation of need can end the physicians career. They would risk loss of ever prescribing controlled meds in the future and loss of license. Your "need" is a poor reason for such a risk. ...Read more

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Are there doctors who can test to find out why I have ADHD and OCD and suggest non medication treatment options?

Sort of: There are no specific tests to either adhd or ocd; both are clinical diagnoses based on patient description of symptoms. However, there are non-medication treatments for both, especially for ocd. Look for a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt). In urban areas, you probably can find centers that specialize in non-medication interventions for both adhd and ocd. ...Read more

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When do doctors prescribe non stimulant medications for ADHD ? In which cases? Which are the benefits of stimulant medications over non stimulant med

When do doctors prescribe non stimulant medications for ADHD ? In which cases? Which are the benefits of stimulant medications over non stimulant med

Stimulants are more effective.: Non-stimulants are used in people who prefer not to be on a stimulant, who have anxiety disorders, have a prior history of addiction, or even along with a psychostimulant in the event that they have not responded adequately. The other non- stimulants are often used adjunctively, or in the case of antidepressants, in an attempt to treat both conditions simultaneously. Some people prefer the use of antidepressants especially if they are effective in a given individual. ...Read more

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I was previously diagnosed with adhd generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia was prescribed medication but no longer see the doctor I need medi?

I was previously diagnosed with adhd generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia was prescribed medication but no longer see the doctor I need medi?

This is curable: I specialize in this type of problem and have 30 years of proven experience with the diagnosis. Tt can be cured and I guarantee my work. It involves a new type of therapy,non-talking. ...Read more

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I believe I have ADHD or ADD but I have not been to a doctor to be prescribed medication for any of my symptoms.How would I get prescribed medication?

You qualify for it: Many of these meds are controlled substances.They are monitored by the feds & possession without a prescription can put you in jail. A doc can lose their license if they prescribe them to you without proper history, exam and testing to verify that you need them.Contact your doc & see if they actually treat this or refer patients to other docs. ...Read more

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My 5yr old is small he was a premie and it seems he has Adhd and don't want to give medication for it one doc say he dont have it but he shows signs?

INTENSITY MATTERS: Proper labeling of a kid as ADHD is sometimes difficult.The symptoms they may have overlap with other behavioral, health and maturity issues. Most cultures don't put their kids in "sit down" school until about 6 because their nervous system is not mature enough. You can re-study the issue at any point and consult with psychologists/ child development specialists. They can help you understand him. ...Read more

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I was wondering if it safe to take ADHD medication (if a have a big varicose vein in my leg) i was diagnosed w it recently and i was too embarrased to tell my doctor

I was wondering if it safe to take ADHD medication (if a have a big varicose vein in my leg) i was diagnosed w it recently and i was too embarrased to tell my doctor

Safe.: It is certainly save to take your medication if you have a varicose vein and it would be wise to tell your physician about it. Better still, see a vein specialist and have a venous reflux ultrasound to see if you can have your varicose vein treated before it worsens. ...Read more

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Doctors say my almost 5yr old grandson does not suffer from Adhd because he was a premie they dont want to put him on medication?

Doctors say my almost 5yr old grandson does not suffer from Adhd because he was a premie they dont want to put him on medication?

Anxiety about ADHD: You are a caring grandmother! Of course you want god health for your grandchild. All aspects of your grandchild are important-attention, thinking, feelings, learning, playfulness, curiosity, relationship with parents, yourself, friends and school l, and physical activities.. Focus on his functioning, not ADHD. Ask his parents to see a Child Psychiatrist for individual and family counseling. ...Read more

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I think I have depression and adhd, but i feel like if i go in and say that, any doctor will just think i'm conning for drugs. What do I do?

I think I have depression and adhd, but i feel like if i go in and say that, any doctor will just think i'm conning for drugs. What do I do?

Get evaluated: You need to get evaluated by a psychiatrist and just be honest. Let them know that you think you may have those illnesses. They will do the rest. I have no problem when people see me and think they have a particular diagnosis. Sometimes they are right. Once you are properly diagnosed then you can discuss treatment options, including non-medicinal treatments. ...Read more

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My dad diagnosed with ADHD without taking me to a doctor who specializes in this. I take concerta but this drug keeps giving me the negative affects.

Several thoughts: Most ADHD cases in this country are managed by primary care physicians.Some that fail to respond to treatment or have other co-existing problems are referred to specialists for care.I assume from your statement your dad is a doc and qualified to provide both diagnosis and write for the controlled drugs used. If you would like a 2nd opinion, man up and tell him. ...Read more

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Doc says i prob have cyclothimic bipolar instead of ADHD and that's why i get cravs for drugs.Says lamictal should help control cravings.Is this true?

Doc says i prob have cyclothimic bipolar instead of ADHD and that's why i get cravs for drugs.Says lamictal should help control cravings.Is this true?

Lamictal: Lamictal. Has proven to reduce the risk of recurrence of bipolar disorder and people who have recovered from an acute episode of illness if drug cravings were in the context of an episode of mania or depression then yes Lamictal may help by preventing their recurrence. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have ADHD, perscriebd ritalin, (methylphenidate) it helps, but now i i finish 1 month worth in 2 days of getting high. i tend to abuse drugs. any alternative?stattra

Yes, but I don't : know if it's sold in your country. A stimulant overdose can cause your blood pressure & pulse to increase & may cause a heart attack, stroke &/or death. Tell your psychiatrist & ask for a non- stimulant medication: Strattera, (atomoxetine) Intuniv or Kapvay. They take a few weeks to work, but are not addictive. I don't keep chocolate at home , because I'd eat it all in 1-2 days. Avoid temptation & stay safe. ...Read more

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If i constantly have the potential/temptation to abuse my ADHD meds/other drugs is it a good idea to give my meds to my wife to give me?

If i constantly have the potential/temptation to abuse my ADHD meds/other drugs is it a good idea to give my meds to my wife to give me?

FDA Class II: This could certainly help. However, the temptation will not go away and likely to increase as time goes on. Discussing the topic with a psychiatrist is important. These are class ii fda controlled medications and the prescribing doctor should be made aware of your intention to have someone else monitor the medication for you. He or she would most likely want to meet them at list once. ...Read more

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ADHD, anxiety and depression. Is it normal for my doctor to have me on vistaril, Wellbutrin, and Abilify (aripiprazole)? No stimulant or benzos. Not seeking drugs but I told him these meds are making it worse

ADHD, anxiety and depression. Is it normal for my doctor to have me on vistaril, Wellbutrin, and Abilify (aripiprazole)? No stimulant or benzos. Not seeking drugs but I told him these meds are making it worse

See a psychiatrist: see a apecialist you are not on any medicine for ADHD you are taking medication for depression and anxiety sometime that could make ADHD worst see a specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Should i talk to my pharmacist or my doctor first about taking my medications?

Should i talk to my pharmacist or my doctor first about taking my medications?

Yes : If you have unresolved concerns or not sure how to take medication you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor. What antipsychotic medications are you talking about?

Hello Doctor. What antipsychotic medications are you talking about?

Medication question: Sorry, but we can not cross reference this question with your previous one. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm extremely anxious even taking Paxil (paroxetine) for my pmdd. Should i switch medication or talk to my doctor about adding something for anxiety. Suggestion?

I'm extremely anxious even taking Paxil (paroxetine) for my pmdd. Should i switch medication or talk to my doctor about adding something for anxiety. Suggestion?

Depends on dose: It depends on the length of time that you have been on the Paxil (paroxetine) and what the dose is. If you are on the maximum dose for 12 weeks or longer, you may need a switch to a different medication. ...Read more

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Are there any medical conditions that make it dangerous to have a septoplasty? I'm on medication for several issues. None are life-threatening, but i'm worried about having surgery. I haven't talked to any surgeons yes, but my primary care doctor seems to

Are there any medical conditions that make it dangerous to have a septoplasty? I'm on medication for several issues. None are life-threatening, but i'm worried about having surgery. I haven't talked to any surgeons yes, but my primary care doctor seems to

If : If there are any concerns about your medical stability for septoplasty surgery, your primary doctor and plastic surgeon will need to communicate in order to determine whether the procedure is safe for you. Your primary doctor may recommend certain tests be done to help assure your safety with anesthesia and surgery. If you have a history of prolonged bleeding, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart attacks or stroke, or other significant medical conditions, you will need specific clearance to proceed with any operation. All the best, dr. Skourtis. ...Read more

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