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” I Don’t Need Any Medicine!” — ADHD Tip O the Day 772

Learning More About My ADHD The Hard Way Had a wonderful vacation.  Was amazed to find I didn’t need my Daytrana patch at all, did just fine without it.  Lying on the beach, eating and drinking, and even reading and … Continue reading

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Medication, Science and ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 771

More new ADHD science From Dr. Wilens and AudioDigest and others: 1. Research shows that the stimulants are not risky for the heart or stroke.  Nonetheless, I probably wouldn’t prescribe them for someone with heart trouble. Kids on stimulants may … Continue reading

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Remedies for ADHD. Or Misinformation? — ADHD Tip O the Day 764

ADHD Remedies and Solutions to ADHD I just found a post that’s an interesting follow up to the last two posts about treatment without medication. It’s an example of unsubstantiated claims and misrepresentations. Guy almost says that he is curing … Continue reading

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Five Disconcerting Facts, Relevant To But Not Limited To ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 759

Disconcerting Facts: 1. Our decisions are made unconsciously, based on unconscious factors, mostly emotional.  After a decision is made, we think we “decide.”  Then we come up with “facts” to support our decision and make it appear to be rational. 2. … Continue reading

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Stimulants and ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 741

Stimulants for ADHD One of the common misconceptions and falsehoods posted on the net are that the stimulants are the same as street drugs.  Not so. amphetamines vs methamphetamine Also, I believe that research shows: Stimulants are rarely abused by … Continue reading

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Getting Diagnosed with ADHD – and Life Before the Diagnosis. Part 2— ADHD Tip O the Day 729

From Jeff – a comment on a previous post and on Ram’s comment on that post.              (The embolding is my doing.) “Hi Doug. I have a different perspective from Ram’s that I thought I’d share. … Continue reading

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Science and ADHD Meds — ADHD Tip O the Day 780

from    Chris Dendy: “Comments from Russell Barkley: Thanks Russ More Evidence of Brain Development Enhancement from ADHD Medications Just today yet another science journal article was published showing that staying on ADHD medications (stimulants) may help to promote brain development … Continue reading

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“Science says —” About ADHD — ADD Tip O The Day 724

‘Research shows that young children with ADHD do better with parental training and behavioral approaches than with medication’ I am a big fan of science, but it is not perfect. Much research is based on averages.    For example, a new medication … Continue reading

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Vitamin D for ADHD????— ADD Tip O the Day 716

I intended this post to be about vitamin D, but I have ADD ADHD, so here: I’m not a big fan of “natural” treatments for ADHD.  There is little evidence to support using most of them and some evidence against … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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ADHD Medications: Side effects, Dangers, and other Boogey Men — ADD Tip O the Day 646

  Why we don’t take the medicine: Some people just don’t like to take medicines.  It’s just a thing.  OK. Some people think all medicines are harmful.  Well, that’s OK, too, I guess. Some people are uninformed or misinformed.  Well, … Continue reading

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Diagnosis and Therapy for ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 640

A Response To Some Questions Everyone needs a careful thorough evaluation by a competent knowledgeable professional (good luck there) before being diagnosed with ADD ADHD.  (There are other things that can look like ADD ADHD and there are other conditions … Continue reading

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Here’s The Poop On Food, Diet, Dyes and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 607

How Many Helped?  How much help? There’s nothing wrong with a good healthy diet. I’m skeptical that it makes much difference for very many people with ADD ADHD. Research shows that the food dyes do make a small difference for … Continue reading

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Are Natural Substances Safe? — ADD Tip O the Day 597

Natural Substances Many people with ADD AHD are helped by medicine – Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, etc.- but many are concerned about medication side effects.  Some prefer “natural” substances but not all “natural” substances they use are safe.  Here’s a report … Continue reading

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Food Coloring And ADD ADHD and Doubts— ADD Tip O the Day 596

My Doubts: that ADD ADHD is one thing that food coloring has much effect on very many people that “natural” substances are better than medicines that stimulants are helpful to people who don’t have ADD ADHD that medicines prevent kids … Continue reading

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Alternatives to ADD ADHD Medicine Part 3 and Beware! -More Snake Oil– ADD Tip O the Day 595

Buyer and reader, Beware!- More ADD ADHD snake oil Here’s the headline on a recent article: “New treatment for kids with ADHD retrains their brains, reduces symptoms“ Here’s the report on the study that is being done: Researchers hope that … Continue reading

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Alternatives to ADHD Medicines, part 2 —ADD Tip O the Day 594

There are lots of alternatives to cover, and recent studies show that the supplements don’t contain what they claim.  What are you supposed do to? Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) for more than ADD ADHD It helps ADD ADHD some. … Continue reading

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Non-stimulant Medicines for ADD ADHD (plus other tips on medicines)— ADD Tip O the Day 592

Advantages of the non-stimulant medicines for adult ADD ADHD: Don’t cause agitation or insomnia; not controlled and easier to obtain; not abusable or addictive; longer acting and smoother effect. Sometimes added to stimulants to improve symptoms or reduce side effects. … Continue reading

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Taking Medicines, ADD ADHD or Any — ADD Tip O the Day 591

About taking any kind of medicine, not just ADD ADHD I wanted to write about the non-stimulant ADHD ADHD medications, but thought this should come first. Generics Always ask about the generic. They should always be much cheaper (should).  Not … Continue reading

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Amphetamines for ADD ADHD: Follow-up. Plus, Foundations — ADD Tip O the Day 589

Great Comment On Last  Meds Post From Dr. Boerboom. Summary: Dexedrine is not very addictive/abusable.  It has a low incidence of side effects. They are different from methylphenidate. Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) may cause side effects, but apparently not often. restlessness difficulty … Continue reading

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Talking About ADD ADHD Medicines — ADD Tip O the Day 585

Terminology When, and why, did medicines begin to be called drugs?  That used to be the term for illegal substances of abuse. Were I a little more paranoid I’d be suspicious. I’m old-fashioned and prefer to say medicines. Side Effects … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD As We Age: The Older Adult — ADD Tip O the Day 581

I didn’t discover I have ADD until I was 64. Suddenly, a lot of things made sense – why I couldn’t make model airplanes as a kid, why I killed a pregnant Guppy fish, why I was always losing my … Continue reading

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Ritalin In A Strip — ADD Tip o the Day 423

The Daytrona strip is a new gift for ADD or ADHD.  It’s working great, once I learned to take it off at 4 PM, no matter what time I put it on, so I can sleep at night.  I cut … Continue reading

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Anahi interview —- ADD Tip o the Day 376

Anahi Ortiz is a pediatrician, ADD or ADHD coach, and a blogger.  I greatly respect her knowledge and opinions. – How did you get involved in ADD ADHD?_ When I was in med school my first rotation was psychiatry and … Continue reading

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meds and foods — ADD Tip o the Day 309

There is a lot of controversy around medications and food, especially in ADD and ADHD. Although there are strong believers, I don’t think there is any really good evidence that additives or diet have much effect on ADD or ADHD. … Continue reading

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Ritalin etc, Safe? — ADD Tip of the day 200!

This week  both a friend and a patient told me that their doctors had advised that they stop taking Ritalin because of fear of long term effect on their heart.  Ritalin can sometimes increase blood pressure and pulse rate, but there … Continue reading

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ADD and “drugs” — ADD Tip o the day 182

warning: this is something of a rant, about my personal viewpoint.  Yours may be different. I am old fashioned; at my age I am entitled to that.  I am a physician, not a “provider” or a “vendor”, and I see … Continue reading

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