Amphetamines ??? — ADD Tip O the Day 659

Adderall is crystal meth!

This is not accurate, but it does make a sensational headline.  It’s from a recent post on the net. Adderall and meth are not the same, but they’re pretty similar.  And so–????

If it helps you and doesn’t harm you, that’s good.  

Please check out the links. The comments section illustrates the depth and breadth of ignorance about these things.  The level of ignorance and the level of fervor and certainty seem correlated.

Adderall is crystal meth–  the headline.

Are they the same? – well, not exactly.

Difference between?  – note some apparent contradictions.

I’ve been waiting for a good chance to use these:

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Me, after counting the millions I made prescribing stimulants.

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And did you know that no French children have ADD ADHD?







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He who knows, and knows he knows, he is wise, follow him. He who knows, and knows not he knows, he is asleep, wake him. He who knows not, and knows he knows not, he is a child, teach him. He who knows not, and knows not he knows not, he is a fool, shun him.

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No one is more certain in their views than the one who has no idea what they’re talking about.

If you’re in the Toronto area, be sure to read Shannon’s comment below.

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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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7 Responses to Amphetamines ??? — ADD Tip O the Day 659

  1. Pingback: Amphetamines!? And ADHD— ADHD Tip O the Day 711 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. betsy – please don’t give up, we need to keep pecking away, trying to shine a little light into the darkness.
    there is a psychological term, confirmatory bias? where people only take in data that supports what they already believe.
    the millions? I spent most of it on wine, women and song.
    the rest i wasted.
    thank you always for commenting

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  3. Martha Puryear says:

    Hope you’ll share some of your millions with me. I’m waiting!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. shannonell says:

    I, too, love the memes. Thank you! Laughing is so, so good.

    I hope you’re well, Doug. I just passed on a recommendation for your book to the new members of my IRL support group; hope they listen and buy it!

    Don’t know when I last checked in here, but I have received my official diagnosis, proper meds, and have been seeing a not-very-knowledgeable-about-Adult-ADHD psychiatrist for some months now. He’s not so great on the ADHD specific stuff, but is good for general talk therapy and medication.

    Fortunately I’ve also gotten to the top of a waiting list for a CBT program, and they’re wiling to work with me using the books I’ve been going through myself – yours and the Tool Kit and Clinician’s Guide put out by Ramsay and Rostain. They also use Solanto’s CBT book. I wanted to post about the program here because I know how difficult it is to find the help we need in Canada within the public healthcare system. Ignorance abounds here in the Greater Toronto Area outside of private clinical psychology practice, which is not covered by our public insurance (OHIP).

    So for anyone near Toronto, a 12 week course of Adult ADHD specific CBT, covered by OHIP, is available for owe with a diagnosis through the Clinical Psychology Training Program run by Ryerson University and St.Michael’s Hospital. There is an initial appointment, followed by a waiting list, followed by 12 weeks with a graduate student (monitored by their clinical supervisor, a clinical psych PhD, by video if you’ll allow it, so WELL supervised). Not ideal because it’s not experienced help, but great because students are keen to learn about adult ADHD and are willing to put in the time reading about it. I’m 3 weeks in, and so far I’m really impressed by my student therapist. For the first time since I started looking for help, I’m seeing someone who knows a bit more about it than I do, and is capable of giving me the assistance I need to learn how to live with this more independently. The other sad thing about the program is that they don’t do diagnosis, because they don’t feel that students have the required experience to differentiate between this diagnosis and others. And they take it very seriously, of course, because, in my opinion, it’s an official disability as far as the government is concerned (and the government’s default position is always that a bunch of people will be faking it…sigh…). But I’m pleased with the therapy so far, so worth looking into for anyone looking for OHIP covered help in the area.

    Thanks for the laughs in this post!


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    • shannon – we do need to laugh, don’t we? thank you for recommending the book. I appreciate it.
      glad you’re getting help. the talk therapy can be very helpful, especially when we’re carrying the boatload of shame, so common with add adhd. In the process, maybe you can educate him about ADD ADHD.
      thanks for sharing about the program, sounds good.
      and thank you for commenting


  5. Most days I just haven’t got, anymore, the fight in me to fight this ridiculous fight. I love your memes.

    And I always, when confronted by people’s wrongness about ADD and medication, think of how many other things no one would dare to be so wrong about with such fervor. Depression. Leukemia. Chronic pain. Etcetera.

    And the most galling part of it is that they are not just wrong, they are self-righteously wrong. Taking the moral high ground on something about which they have not troubled themselves to learn.

    Keep up your good work. And what about those millions? What will you do with them?

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