A New Treatment for ADHD, Finally

For years, research on ADHD has been only confirming things we already knew. Some new medications are on the market, mostly variations on the old ones so they can get a new patent. Meanwhile, we’ve had a shortage of stimulant medications.

But now there’s something new, TMS. This is not actually new; it was first approved by the FDA in 2008 for treating depression and is increasingly used for many different conditions, including adult ADHD. TMS consists of applying magnetic coils to the outside of the head to induce electrical currents at certain spots in the brain.

The following are my impressions.  I haven’t researched this deeply. I’ll spare you my excuses and provide links you can follow as deeply as you wish.

Treatment takes 5 sessions a week of 30 to 60 minutes for 2 to 6 weeks. Results are positive in at least over 60%, with minimal side effects. Costs range from $6000 to $12000 per course. There is good insurance coverage for depression but it’s less likely for ADHD.

I would love comments from anyone who’s tried TMS or knows more about it.


Personal Notes O the Day

If you have forgotten your password, no problem, you can just reset it. All you have to do is enter your old password (the one you’ve forgotten) and then your new one and you’re good to go. Oh well.”

My spellcheck doesn’t work well.  OK, but why are most default values obscenities?  My last goof though was saying, “New line, thanks, doug.”  Spell check wrote “You are dumb.”   Fortunately, I read it before hitting send, a good strategy.

While I was writing this, my lovely wife graciously brought me a delicious cup of coffee.  I promptly spilled it all on my desk. Could Apple somehow be behind this, like revenge for the above?




TMS 3 Possible Side Effects

rTMS-the same thing as TMS?

Deep TMS

Home Stimulator – Warning: sound a little fishy to me

Stimulant Shortage Adderal

Stimulant Shortage   Ritalin, et al

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 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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4 Responses to A New Treatment for ADHD, Finally

  1. ram
    wow! you are one tough cookie. that with your smarts and your determination are pulling you thru. congratulations
    best wishes


  2. rammkatze says:

    Don’t know. Magnetic stimulation of the brain sounds like humbug to me. They have plenty of that sort of treatment in Germany. Usually not fully covered by health insurance because decent studies showing any proof are… Pretty much non existing. They have that sort of magnetic stimulation as pain a treatment too. Even in vets. Eh. I’ll stick to my Ritalin.

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    • Ram,
      always good to hear from you. thank you for contributing.
      I agree it sounds like humbug. the research I’ve seen suggests it’s pretty effective for depression but i think trying it for ADHD is pretty new.
      whenever a new treatment is found for something is found, they eventually try it for everything. it would be nice if it works for ADHD.
      how are things going? school? new job?
      best wishes

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      • rammkatze says:

        Things are ok, I guess. I had a rough semester because I tried to tackle all the subjects I had missed from first semester (because I was working full time on my first year) and I actually pulled through! Despite juggling a part time job which caused me some troubles – if there’s an a-hole who has self-esteem issues and likes to pit people, they will find me and pit everyone they can against me. It’s being worked on. But I’m doing ok, I guess. Thank you for asking. 🙂

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