Outgrowing ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 524

New brain imaging studies

I don’t pretend to understand this, but this is as close as I can get:

Years ago, I was taught that children outgrow ADHD ADHD during adolescence.

This is wrong.

Our brains are different:

In children, when our brains are at rest, two different areas are lit up on imaging. They are supposed to be synchronized. Ours are not.  Our  brain at rest is not resting.

Doesn’t that feel right?

A major feature of ADD ADHD is executive dysfunction

For about half of us, most of the symptoms of ADD ADHD do go away in adolescence, and those two areas get into sync, like “normal”.

But for almost all of us, the executive dysfunction continues anyway.

There is one brain network that is supposed to light up when our brain is at rest, and another that is supposed to light up when we are doing a task.

For us, they both are lit up. We are stepping on the gas pedal and the brake at the same time.

Doesn’t that feel right?

I’m hoping that some of you can make this more clear for us.

doug

bonus comment o the day:

Studies like this should lay to rest the argument that ADD ADHD does not exist, or that it is merely bad behavior.

They won’t.

 

the brain study

 

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Trying Medications for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 523

ADD ADHD medication question:

Recently posted:

“My doctor is prescribing buproprion for adhd. Is this experimental? Am I a Guinea Pig?” 

 
  •  My response:
     buproprion is a well known antidepressant that works on the same neurotransmitters as the stimulants, and is sometimes effective for ADD. If it works for you, it is probably a better choice than the stimulants. It is “experimental” only on you – we never know what the right medicine, or the right dose, or the right scheduling is going to be until we try it.
     
  •  
     In that sense, I guess we’re all “guinea pigs”, but probably the only place that term would really apply is if you are in a drug study, in which case you would have been given a lot of information and signed a lot of forms so that you would have “informed consent”.Buproprion (Wellbutrin)  is a good medicine, and I hope it works for you; again, it might take some adjusting of the dose and timing.
    Best wishes ,
    Doug
     
    The bottom line:
    Everyone is different. Some people need the medicines, such as Ritalin, Adderall, buproprion, Vyvanse, Daytrana, etc., and some don’t.   Some people do very well with them, and some don’t.  The choice of medicines, the dosing, the scheduling, all has to be tailored for the individual, and you’ll never know until you try.
     
    Bonus tip:
    Some people do very well on the medicine and think everybody should take it.         Some people have a terrible experience with it and think no one should take it.
    These are examples of over generalizing.
    Other posts on medications:
    ADD,ADHD,adult ADD,adult ADHD,stimulants, ADD and medicine,ADHD and medicine, ritalin, adderal,vyvanse,daytrana, buproprion

    I used to be very different.

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Do You Know the Principles of Humanity? — ADD Tip o the Day 522

PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY

1. If we struggle and struggle with a problem, and finally find something we can
do that works, the next thing we will do is stop doing it.

2. People will choose up sides, and make it into us against them.

3. People need someone to look down on.

4. People lose sight of the distinction between their opinion and facts.

5. If we are under heavy stress, the first thing we will do is to stop doing the
things that help us cope with stress.

6. If a man is under time pressure, the first thing he will consider optional and
expendable is his time with his family.

7. We want the people we are  involved with to be different than
they are. We also want the world, and life, to be different than they are.

8. If what we’re doing isn’t working, we will try doing more of it and doing it harder.

doug

question of the day:

Are any of these more common if we have ADD ADHD?

 

bonus links:

more on routine/schedule-   My Name is Patty and I Have ADHD: This is My Story

 

 bad money habits

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Can life just be simple?

 

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ADD ADHD and Change of Schedule – – – ADD Tip o the Day 521

I changed my schedule. And Oh, my!

Wake up.

Pills, pills, and more pills.

Kegl exercises (don’t ask).

Quiet time.

Check net.

Breakfast and read paper.

Brush teeth.

And so my day is begun –

Change of schedule

But recently I realized that I feel better if I eat breakfast earlier. But that changed everything, and I’m forgetting to do things, forgetting to brush my teeth, forgetting quiet time, etc.

Forgetting to brush my teeth!?!

Can’t anything be counted on?

I need structure.

See recent post, # 519.

Strategy

I made out a new schedule and put it on a whiteboard next to my computer. It will eventually become habit and I won’t have to think about it. Thank God.

Doug

bonus links to posts on structure:

structure and schedule

and another

and yet another

and one more– an older one

isn’t that enough already?

 

 

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Things will get better!

 

 

 

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Daytrana Patch (Ritalin) — ADD Tip o the Day 520

My Daytrana patch is helping.

This is Ritalin absorbed through the skin. It gives me more control and doesn’t have the G.I. side effects I get from Ritalin. But I need to remember to take it off early, so that hopefully I can get to sleep at night (that’s another topic).

But I don’t remember.  

strategy:

So I set the alarm on my wonderful iPhone for 1:30.

procedure:

1. Set alarm for 1:30

2. Alarm rings.

3. Turn off alarm.

4. Set iPhone to the side.

5. Say, “Oh yes, I need to take off the Daytrana patch.”

6. Do something else instead.

7. Try to figure out how to cope with insomnia.

New strategy:

1. Set alarm for 1:30 and also for 1:40

2. Take off patch when alarm rings

3. Try to figure out how to cope with insomnia – but it’s not as bad.

Principle:

When what you’re doing isn’t working, try doing something different.

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bonus link

homey on processing mail

 

 

 

Nearly bedtime

 

 

 

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Don’t Need Structure — ADD Tip o the Day 519

Escape from structure

Camil and others write about being free of structure, “Relief from all this silly rules.” And “Just let my mind fly anywhere it wants to.”

That sounds wonderful to me, and now that I’m retired, seems like it could be possible.

Would that work for me?

I don’t think so:

1. I do like to be functional and productive.

2. I do not want a divorce.

3. I want to finish this book I’m writing.

4. I do not want my house to fall into disrepair or overwhelming clutter.

5. I would lose my mind (the part I have left).

So I need to regain my structure, which I’ve lost (upcoming post).

Doug

The link to discussion:

link to Camil and adult ADHD website (scroll down to Jenny Derksen)      

Bonus Link:

Homey’s Planners

 

Without too much structure:

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Retirement, Time, and Other ADD ADHD Illusions — ADD Tip o the Day 518

With ADD, ADHD, we tend to be interested in a lot of different things.

When we moved to Santa Fe, I planned to cut down my practice. Then I would have time to do things on my wish list, like woodworking, painting, hiking, etc.

Not!

I wound up doing my own bookkeeping, secretarial work, and screwing around with the insurance companies. My practice quickly became a full-time job.

Then I retired.

Now I will have time to do all the things on my wish list.

Not!

Almost everything I’m doing, I’m doing because I want to, and I’m enjoying it. I have no complaints. But my “free time” is pretty well taken up with writing my new book, and there’s not that much free time to start with.

With ADD ADHD, we need to set priorities, limit the number of projects we try to do at once, and accept that we can only do so much.

Doug

Quote o the Day:

“I don’t know how I ever had time to work.” –  from almost every retired man I’ve ever spoken to.

Just for another issue to include, we have a heck of a time with time.   More later.

Stimulants can help.

Stimulants, anyone?

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