ADD ADHD Medications and “Normals” and Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 497

These from Oren  Mason, MD, ADDer — too  good to let go by:

Oren Mason

Author and Educational SpeakerOren Mason

“This could be another hole poked in my belief that these medications do not help people who do not have ADD ADHD”  doug

Not so fast there, Doug. Don’t ditch that belief.

I would suggest that the effect of all the ADHD medications is to raise neurotransmitter levels at the synapse. In people with low synaptic neuro-transitter levels, that will normalize signal transmission with beneficial effects on self-control. In people with normal synaptic neurotransmitter levels, that will disrupt previously normal transmissions.Dialing up the frequency of an FM radio tuner only makes sense when the tuner is sitting BELOW the center-tune frequency of the station you want. If it’s already center-tuned, dialing up isn’t good.

A recent study looked at Adderall’s effects on people without ADHD. (See “Objective and subjective cognitive enhancing effects of mixed amphetamine salts in healthy people” at There is a very telling quote in the article: “Despite the lack of enhancement observed for most measures and most participants, participants nevertheless believed their performance was more enhanced by the active capsule than by placebo.”

This introduces the notion that subjective effects of stimulant medication aren’t a reliable measure of their actual effect. Kids who think it helps them study are deluding themselves, unless they took the Adderall at 2 am and noted its reliable wake-promoting effect.


Essential post from Oren on ADD ADHD medications :

“The problem with stimulants is not that they don’t work or that they have side effects, but that they don’t work consistently.”

Hope you will check out the link.

doug                                                                                                          Add,adhd,adult add,adult adhd,add diagnosis,adhd diagnosis,add controversy,adhd controversy,attention deficit


Conversation of the day:

“Doug, you need to stop procrastinating.”

“OK, I’ll work on that tomorrow.”

“Doug, you’re too apathetic.”

“I don’t care.”

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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2 Responses to ADD ADHD Medications and “Normals” and Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 497

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