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Unknown: If you do not provide any iformation with your question, no proper answer can be formed. Start over from scratch, the ?'s are not linked on the site. ...Read more
Like +++ coffee: If you don't have adhd, the stimulant will cause irritability, tremors, headache, stomach ache, muscle cramps, insomnia, agitation, & in higher doses hallucinations or hypertension, arrhythmia, or rapid heart rate. In spite of all those, adhd medications are extremely safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Word games: Adhd is a label that implies both attention deficit and hyperactivity, when someone is inattentive in isolation (does happen) it is labeled add, if hyperactivity occurs without inattentiveness, it could be labeled hyperactivity disorder.As a practical feature, hyperactivity impairs focus, and I have never seen it used separately.Some folks have motor overflow habits that i would never label. ...Read more
Do you know if Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is only for people who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
No: According to amer acad peditrics practice guidelines for adhd, a doctor must recommend stimulant medication. The parents have ultimate say in what/how their child is treated. Having said that, untreated adhd is such a devastating, chronically pervasive condition that not treating it amounts to sentencing a child to an inferior life, increasing risk for drugs, motor accidents, financial problems. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Certainly can: Concerta is a long-acting for of methylphenidate, a stimulant. Stimulants have been well studied in children and increasingly studied in adolescents and adults. They improve attention, decrease activity levels, and improve impulse control in 65-85% of those with adhd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The basics: The basic issue with ad/adhd is thought to be the inability to screen out external stimulus form reaching the thinking processes. The stimulants "turn on" a better screening center to eliminate the distracting inputs and allow a greater ability to focus and/or control activity overflow.At higher doses it often slows the kid and makes them sleepy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Many with adhd do have problems socially, and some clinicians tend to label any social difficulties as being "on the autism spectrum, " but usually the causes of social awkwardness in those with adhd are quite different from what happens with autism, and the long-term course of each illness is quite distinct. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It seems everyone has adhd? Do they say that to get adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?
Maybe...but..: The system relies on physicians to sort out the drug seekers from those in true need for help. Some physicians are poor at this skill, but most are skilled. Failure to properly evaluate a person & document that evaluation in the records can and does result in the DEA removing a docs ability to proscribe such meds. Their state medical board can also restrict or remove their license to practice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not all: Not all children with elements of ADHD are going to need medication. Their ability to function appropriately can be enhanced by cognitive behavioral techniques, special education services, managing classroom environment to reduce distractions and counseling to assist parents in management. The use of medication should not be ruled out if these approaches are not successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ADHD- Primarily : Hyperactive/Impulsive Type, Primarily Inattentive Type & Combined Type impact academics, peer interaction &/or behavior < age 10. Because attention & memory interface, all types of ADHD impact learning & co-exist with Specific Learning Disorders in Reading, Written Expression & Math ~ 30-35% of the time, but are a different neurodevelopmental disorder than Learning Disorders. See CHADD.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that generally ritalin (methylphenidate) helps more for people with ADHD (with hyperactivity), and Adderall helps more for ADHD people without hyperactivity?
No but may be factor: Adhd can cause children to behave impulsively and cause disruptions in many settings. It is a treatable disorder for which medicatoins and good behavioral systems can greatly reduce problem behaviors. That said, studies do show that those with adhd tend to be somewhat behind their peers socially, so parents may need to help find the right structure for them. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sometimes: As in most areas of medicine, medications are prescribed and it is hoped that they will work, but they don't always perform at 100% level. Sometimes we have to change the medication or add in another medication to get improvement up to level that the patient and their family desires. Psychotherapy however should also be an important part of the treatment program so that the patient can learn psychological techniques to avoid the impulsivity. Best wishes. ...Read more
Not indicated: Most of these meds are schedule 2 controlled drugs. They are closely monitored by the feds. A doc that prescribes them without a valid diagnosis backed up with a chart & testing can loose their license &/or ability to prescribe these drugs. Possession without a prescription equates to possessing meth. While they might help you focus, they do come with risks other than side effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) only for people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
No, but most common: There are other conditions where Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and other stimulants may be of help, including narcolepsy and as a booster for people who have depression that only partly responds to an antidepressant. For short-term use, people may find it helpful to stay up longer to study or to decrease appetite, but these effects typically wear off over time, which is when problems can begin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More awareness: There's more awareness & acceptance of this diagnosis. It's always been with us, ~5% of the us population, but it went undignosed in children for too long. There is no evidence that anything other than inheritance & neurotrauma (prenatal nicotine, alcohol, mj, Cocaine exposure; prematurity, inflammation, perinatal stress, multiple births, oxygen deprivation, or intrauterine malnutrition)are cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer