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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

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


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I need medication for my adhd?

I need medication for my adhd?

ADHD MEDS: How do you know you have ADD? Many adults I see, think they have ADD, but they actually have other conditions. I recommend seeing a Board Certified Psychiatrist for a Comprehensive Evaluation. The Stimulant medications, like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall are powerful medications and are very closely related to Crystal Meth. They can be addictive with lots of side-effects. I usually try alternatives. ...Read more

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Can ADHD medication really help?

Yes: The thing about stimulants, and "adhd" medications is that they help those with adhd but they also improve the focus and concentration of people without the disorder. However particularly for people without the diagnosis, they can often experience more anxiety and tremor from the medication. ...Read more

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Can ADHD medication help my grades?

If you have ADHD or: Add - stimulants or other adhd medications may be very helpful. I am not a proponent of using adhd medications solely for the purpose of performance enhancement. ...Read more

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Should I start medications for adhd?

Should I start medications for adhd?

Depends: The first thing to do is make sure a good evaluation is done by someone with expertise in the diagnosis, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or a primary care provider with experience. Then, if the symptoms are mild they can respond to psychosocial interventions, such as sitting in front of the class or creating better structure in life. However, medications work very well and are very safe. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for adhd?

What is the best medication for adhd?

No med right for all: In this era, we have several very good choices. Every patient is unique, so i consider it my responsibility to tailor a specific treatment that is individualized to be optimal for each patient. Often, >1 med is appropriate, depending on the person & circumstances. Best advice: see a dr who is not only an adhd specialist, but also has vast experience with a broad array of psycho-active meds. ...Read more

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Can ADHD medication affect creativity?

Can ADHD medication affect creativity?

Sometimes: Some people feel that their adhd medication affects their creativity. It's difficult to say since their perception may be significantly affected by the adhd as well. Work with your doctor to find the best possible dosage that allows you to focus on your work, while being able to think creatively as well. ...Read more

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How to get prescribed ADHD medication?

How to get prescribed ADHD medication?

Have it evaluated: The treatments available for this disorder are often schedule 2 controlled drugs that require prescription and are monitored by state and federal authorities. A proper evaluation by your physician along with charted documentation of your history and problems are necessary. Other non add issues can have symptoms that appear similar. ...Read more

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What medication should I take for adhd?

What medication should I take for adhd?

Many choices: First make sure you get a proper evaluation, and the diagnosis is correct.Second make sure that any coexisting conditions if present are properly addressed, lastly seek help from a lisenced professional who is well acquainted with indications, contraindications and possible side effects.There are many choices, stimulants, non-stimulants, first line, second line, long acting, short acting, etc.See your md. ...Read more

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Can you advise for ADHD and medications?

Can you advise for ADHD and medications?

Start lo go slo: After a comprehensive evaluation, consider need for ECG baseline on pt. & get family CV S/Med. Hx.. Get baseline-wt. , ht, BP, HR, RR. Use Iowa Scale to get an ADHD stimulant txmt. baseline. Review Med./psych. problems , med. experience and side effects, allergies hx. & use of past/current meds. Look for other dix. Choose med. according to age guidelines-start low & go slow. Regular f/up ...Read more