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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Dyslexia (Definition)

A neurological problem that causes difficulty in word recognition and spelling. This often affects reading comprehension and consequently ...Read more


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Hi, I find it really hard to concentrate at school. I have dyslexia and not being able to concentrate is hard. I wanted information on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine).

Hi, I find it really hard to concentrate at school. I have dyslexia and not being able to concentrate is hard. I wanted information on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine).

For ADHD: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is an amphetamine which is prescribed for symptoms of ADHD. It increased brain Dopamine (necessary for focused attention) and nor epinephrin (alerting). It may help you focus and attend. It is not likely to improve your dyslexia. ...Read more

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I have a question about adult dyslexia. Do any employers test you for this before hiring?

I have a question about adult dyslexia. Do any employers test you for this before hiring?

No: It is not routine practice to test for dyslexia before hiring. Hopefully if you have it you have had learned how to compensate. I am not aware of any company that tests before hiring. ...Read more

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Asked question about Tardive Dyskinesia & Adderall/Ritalin. How would those meds cause TD? Now I'm really afraid to take my medication. Help?

Tardive Dyskinesia: Tardive dyskinesia is a parkinson's-like movement disorder usually caused by neuroleptics but has been reported to be caused by over 50 meds including prolonged use of adderall and Ritalin (methylphenidate) as well as caffein. TD results from an excessive amount of the brain chemical Dopamine or excessively sensitive receptors for Dopamine. All meds have risks. Take meds that help more than they can potential hurt ...Read more

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Is 90 mg of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) a fatal amount for a 215 lbs adult male with a medium-high tolerance? (Not taking this amount, was just asked this question)

Is 90 mg of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) a fatal amount for a 215 lbs adult male with a medium-high tolerance? (Not taking this amount, was just asked this question)

Depends on person.: According to FDA "Individual patient response to amphetamines varies widely. While toxic symptoms occasionally occur as an idiosyncrasy at doses as low as 2 mg, they are rare with doses of less than 15 mg; 30 mg can produce severe reactions, yet doses of 400 to 500 mg are not necessarily fatal." Safest thing to do is follow your doctor's prescription for you, and don't experiment. ...Read more

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I take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) which will show up amphetamines but my question is how I failed for methamphetamine because I don't take anything that contains it.?

I take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) which will show up amphetamines but my question is how I failed for methamphetamine because I don't take anything that contains it.?

Cross reactivity: The screening tests on urine drug testing often shows false positives due to cross reactivity. This means your medicine reacted as if it were another substance because of a chemical reaction. When the sample is tested by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, the results will show the Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and not methamphetamine. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I noticed on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) that I sweat a strange, chemical and almost fruit smelling odor. A search of the internet provided many people with the same question but no definitive answer?

Drug effect: Almost all adult males have increased perspiration with stimulants, particularly amphetamines. This is typical sympathomemetic dose related effect. How sweat itself smells is a result of individual chemistry & diet. Sweet smelling perspiration suggests an abundance of Amino Acids in diet. Dry mouth accompanies sweating, so drinking excessive amounts of diet drinks increases phenylalanine loads. ...Read more

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Hi, what (roughly) dose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is equal to 80mg of methylphenidate? I asked a similar question, but the doc's answer was cut off. Thanks a lot.

Hi, what (roughly) dose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is equal to 80mg of methylphenidate? I asked a similar question, but the doc's answer was cut off. Thanks a lot.

Impossible to say: They are two different medications acting by different mechanisms of action such that no one has ever been able to come up with the equivalency table. One must try various doses of these agents to find the correct dose for any given individual. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Follow up question. After I take my Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) my BP is low 110/55, pulse rate peak of adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 60-68 per minute. Is this due to my running every day?

Follow up question. After I take my Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) my BP is low 110/55, pulse rate peak of adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 60-68 per minute. Is this due to my running every day?

Probably: If you have been running for a long time then you might have what is called "runner's heart", that is a variant of normal. If the rest of your health is good and you have passed a complete physical exam, then keep up the good work. ...Read more

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Dlpa supplement interaction I would like to ask a question and I intend to consult with my psychiatrist first but would like a second opinion. I am on lamictal, paxil, lithium and Adderall for ADHD and a bipolarii. My mood disorder isn't my biggest burden

Dlpa supplement interaction I would like to ask a question and I intend to consult with my psychiatrist first but would like a second opinion. I am on lamictal, paxil, lithium and Adderall for ADHD and a bipolarii. My mood disorder isn't my biggest burden

Hello,: Hello, there seems to be variable input on this issue. Phenylalanine is an essential Amino Acid which is converted into tyrosine. Tyrosine is then used to produce Dopamine and norepinephrine. Of course, both of these neurotransmitters are impacted by a number of psychotropic medications. Dpla is contraindicated with monoamine oxidase inhibitors and reportedly should not be used with atypical antipsychotics. The majority of sites recommended that d.L. Phenylalanine not be used concurrently with standard antidepressant medications. Several sites recommended that dlpa not be used with Paxil (paroxetine) or with stimulants. Use of dlpa can be associated with insomnia, headaches and increased blood pressure due to overstimulation of the central nervous system. I could not find any literature that addressed using dlpa with lithium. It should be noted that the fda does not regulate supplements and that dosages of the active ingredients are often not standardized. ...Read more

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Some questions about adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? Can I use it if prior history of abuse or heart palpitations?

Probably: I would consult with you physician and potentially a cardiologist. The cardiologist would probably do a ekg and/or echocardiogram to decide if you have any structural or heart rhythm problems. If you don't, you probably can use Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) under a doctor's guidance. But I would ask the doctor about these issues before using. ...Read more

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How common is dyslexia?

How common is dyslexia?

Most common LD: Depending on definition, 5-17% of people in the us have learning disabilities, ~ 2.6 million children aged 6-11. About 80% of people with learning disabilities have dyslexia, a language-based primary reading disorder that results from a written word processing abnormality in the brain difficulty with accurate/ fluid sight-word reading, reading decoding & spelling are hallmarks. ...Read more

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What can cause dyslexia?

What can cause dyslexia?

Wiring issue: Dyslexia is felt to be a due to a wiring problem in the brain where the link between seeing & interpreting the content of written words is not quite right. No medication or colored lenses or other such crap will change this. If a patient has an additional problem such as add, medication may help s/he lead to deal with the learning issues better. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have dyslexia?

Specific symptoms: Dyslexia is not something you "catch" as an adult. Usually, it is detected between ages of 7-8 up to 10 years, rarely later. Before 7, a number of people have some of the symptoms but outgrow it. It is defined as having specific problems with reading, e.g., letter reversal, that specifically makes reading hard. A variety of effective treatments can ease the problem but no cures. ...Read more

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Ok I've got dyslexia. What should I do?

Resources: Dyslexia can be treated by working with reading specialists, speech therapists, or even occupational therapists. Medications are of little value in absence of adhd. Excellent resources are available from mayo clinic or cleveland clinic, and there are both local and national organizations dealing with this problem. Do not give up, find help! ...Read more

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Can someone develop dyslexia in your 20s?

It Shows UP: It ceratainly may seem to appear as the need for reading increases. But one is born with the problem. The severity varies which is why it appears to show later. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of language dyslexia?

What are the symptoms of language dyslexia?

Reading disorder: All dyslexia is language-based, though misinformation persists about letter/word reversal or eye movements deficits. Early language delay, inability to rhyme or to associate specific sounds with their symbols in pre-k & with letters in kg can predict difficulty with with written word processing (reading decoding) in late kg or in 1st grade. "overcoming dylexia" by dr. Shaywitz explains all. ...Read more

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Can you spell alright and still have dyslexia?

Yes: These require different brain functions. So this can happen. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dyslexia?

What is the definition or description of: Dyslexia?

A type of reading: Disability, a neurological problem that causes difficulty in word recognition and spelling. This often affects reading comprehension and consequently adversely affects academic performance. ...Read more

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Does dyslexia make a person to write their letters backwards?

Does dyslexia make a person to write their letters backwards?

No: Dyslexia is a disorder of symbol identification. Letter reversals are common in children up to 3rd grade and is more an indication of neurological immaturity ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are signs of dyslexia for 12 year olds.?

Need expert help here. What are signs of dyslexia for 12 year olds.?

Dyslexia symptoms: Dyslexia creates problems with sounding out words for reading and spelling. Reading is slow, choppy, and inaccurate and spelling may have the wrong letters in words, or the letters may be in the wrong order. Typically, comprehension is fine as long as inaccuracy does not significantly interfere with meaning. ...Read more

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Are there any positives to having dyslexia, and how can you tell if you have it?

Not sure: I've never heard anyone describe positives of having dyslexia. Think of it more as as a part of the brain that, from an evolutionary perspective, has been required only relatively recently, so lots of people functioned just fine in the past without needing to read but it's much harder to do so now. There are effective treatment interventions. Look up slingerland & lindamood bell, among others. ...Read more

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How to know if I have minor dyslexia, or am I just stressed?

Unless you are: Planning 2 go 2 school or R having major difficulties at work due 2 difficulty reading, U may not need a full psychological evaluation 2 diagnose dyslexia. If it is causing problems at work or school, testing would help & could get educational or professional accommodations 4 dyslexia. It can lead 2 anxiety when undiagnosed & untreated. You can speak 2 a psychologist & decide what 2 do RE: stress ...Read more

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I'm wondering is handwriting your letters backwards a symptom of dyslexia?

Dyslexia: Dislexia is a disorder of symbol identification. Reversing the orientation of letters is seen in some cases but is not diagnostic. It may be due to not consistently recognizing right or left. It can be seen in young children as they start to write words and letters, confusing them with b-d, p-q etc. It usually is outgrown by 4th grade but can persist into adulthood. ...Read more

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Is dyslexia genetic?

Is dyslexia genetic?

Yes, partially: Learning disorders have a small genetic contribution. Therefore, if your parents have/had a learning disorder, you would have a greater chance of also having a learning disorder than someone whose parent did not have a learning disorder but it only increases the odds minimally. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dyslexia?

What is the treatment for dyslexia?

Have a good team: Once a child is diagnosed, and is over 3 yrs, federal law states a individualized education program that is unique to each child be implemented via the public school system. The goal is to teach the child according to his strengths, and using a multidisciplinary approach. Reading can be taught using a multisensory approach like the slingerland method or project read. It is not an i.Q. Problem. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dyslexia?

Dyslexia: There is no cure but there are therapes provided by psychologists and school teachers to improve reading and writing skills. Overall prognosis very good. ...Read more

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Is having dyslexia a genetic condition?

Possibly: Learning disabilities can be related to genetic causes. However, this is not an automatic thing. ...Read more

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