One Size Fits All? — ADD Tip o the Day 397

This is following up on tatum channing’s rant about ADD or ADHD medications (adderal, vyvanse, amphetamines, ritalin) .  Ann made a very pertinent comment:

Ann We must not forget that there are different types of A.D.H.D. Factors that can be more dominant in one type of A.D.H.D. as apposed to another form of the condition. Hence the importance in monitoring the medication. One type of the medication might not suit one individual, but could suit another person.

Doug Puryear

ann-
Excellent comment.  ADD and ADHD are  like a Chinese menu; there is a long list of symptoms and each one of us has our own peculiar combination (tho most of us have most of them).
Similarly, due to variance of our genes (and gene expression- how much a particular gene is turned on or off), we are each chemically/genetically pretty unique. so one size will not fit all and there can be occasional pretty strange effects.

The same goes for strategies; we all can benefit from them, but different ones work for different people. 

It looks like God designed us each to be unique, probably so He wouldn’t get bored?


thank you for commenting.
doug

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everyone needs to find their own place

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I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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6 Responses to One Size Fits All? — ADD Tip o the Day 397

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  3. Anonymous says:

    YES! Both of my kids have ADHD as do I…all inattentive type…and we each take a different med. I tried Ritalin, which worked ok with minimal side effects, but was a pain in the butt to get so I wanted to try a non-stimulant. I switched to Strattera and it worked great. My son (who has anxiety issues as well) tried Ritalin, Adderall, and Focalin, but they made his anxiety worse. He tried Strattera, and it did nothing for him. Now he’s on a very low dosage of Vyvanse, which seems to work without making him more anxious. My daughter, who is also mildly autistic, took increasingly higher doses of Adderall…it would work great for a week or two, then fizzle out. Now she takes Concerta, which worked very well the last few weeks of school. Hopefully that’s the one that’s right for her. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all solution!

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