Good News (for a change) — ADD tip o the Day 409

A recent study showed that adult ADD or ADHD parents started on a stimulant  (in this case Vyanse,a form of amphetamine), developed better parenting skills.  In this study, they also had a child with ADD or ADHD, and the children’s  behavior improved also, without medication.

Specifically, over several weeks, the parents increased their use of praise, become more verbally responsive, less negative, and less authoritarian, and the children improved.

How can we understand this?  I think the meds helped the ADD parents function better, so they were less frustrated and less negative.  Also, of course, the stimulants (ritalin and others) have some antidepressant effects.  Then as the children’s behavior improved, the parents had even a more positive attitude towards them, so the children then improved more.  Nice feedback loop.  That’s a hypothesis.


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About doug with ADHD

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. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (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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10 Responses to Good News (for a change) — ADD tip o the Day 409

  1. Thomas – well, not everybody needs the medications but they sure can be tremendously helpful for some.
    Thank you for commenting.

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  3. natural- the meds certainly aren’t for everyone, and i’m sure the herbs work well for some people. still, i lean towards the meds, as they are manufactured under controlled circumstances. mainly, i believe in whatever works for each unique person. And whatever they take, or nothing, i believe in strategies..
    thank you for commenting!


  4. hopeful – sure sounds rough. i have to wonder what medical condition, there are very few that contraindicate the stimulants or the antidepressants, but some do. and if you cant take those i guess you cant use coffee either??
    so you need strategies, and i would add yoga or meditation and exercise for both conditions.
    best wishes and thank you for commenting


  5. bjkuhlman says:

    I’m an ADD parent with an 11 year old boy and a 10 month daughter. I am aware that on days when I don’t take adderall my good parenting skills are diminished and can have a negative effect on my son and the rest of my family.
    I know that many studies are in journals that require a subscription of sorts however, when you discuss a study is it possible to cite it so that your readers could look it up?


    • bj – that is a great idea but feels like a lot of work. but i can try anyway. this one i think was in the latest issue of the psychiatric times.—- but i just searched and cannot find it (not surprised).
      thank you for commenting.
      best wishes


  6. HopefulSorrow says:

    Stimulants act as an anti-depressant? That makes sense….
    I was diagnosed at age 40 (an “aha” moment) at the same time my 8 year old child was. We both started taking stimulants. Life improved. I DID become a better parent and she was less difficult to parent. Having ADD along with a child who does also is a double whammy. Because of another medical condition I have not been able to take medication for 2 plus years. It has been an uphill battle to think straight on many days. I felt the depression as well. Thanks for posting.


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