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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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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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Meds for Adult ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip O the Day 736

My opinions about the medications: There are many medications available  for ADHD – the stimulants, the antidepressants, and others. Like everyone else, I have my opinions about the medicines, which I will repeat here: Everyone with ADHD deserves a trial … 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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Amphetamines!? And ADHD— ADHD Tip O the Day 711

Research on amphetamines for ADHD For many people, amphetamine is a scary word. Some of the anti-ADHD folks have preyed on this fear and promoted mis-information. Here is some research on amphetamines for ADHD for children and adolescents.  Presumably it … Continue reading

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Stimulants for ADD ADHD, Yet Again — ADD Tip O the Day 682

First, Happy New Year to everyone. Just read a post that was based on a recent study of ADD ADHD kids on stimulants.  The post said the the study outcome was that there are many kids on stimulants and that … Continue reading

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Sleep, and Health, and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 679

Inadequate sleep makes ADD ADHD worse I’m a little more disorganized than usual, thus so is this post.  Probably because I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Sleep is of fundamental importance to our health and well-being, but even more so with … Continue reading

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Your Brain and Your ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 642

Your Genes We each have two copies of the serotonin transport gene, SERT, one from each parent.  This gene regulates uptake of serotonin back into the cell. The gene comes in two flavors, long (L) and short (S). If you’re … Continue reading

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To Medicate Or Not To Medicate ADD ADHD. Is That The Question? — ADD Tip O The Day 603

  Would you like medication with that? Questions about strategies – are they enough?  Questions about medicines – are they enough? My opinions:   Some people just use strategies, and do OK. Some people, for various reasons, don’t like the … 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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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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Stimulant Medicine for ADD ADHD and New Research — ADD Tip O the Day 587

 Medicines for ADD ADHD Like everything else, this is going to be harder and take more time than I thought. To repeat – everyone is unique. What works for one won’t for another. You need trial and error to find … 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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The ADD ADHD Year In Review –– – ADD Tip O the Day 572

Another Year with ADD ADHD We are starting a new year, 2015 -I just thought I would remind you of that, since so many of us are chronologically challenged. 2014 has certainly been interesting: ADD ADHD Bashing: Esquire bashed ADD … Continue reading

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Stimulants for Children with ADD ADHD? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 561

New report on stimulants for children with ADD ADHD It depends on how you spin it : The headline: Increased risk of cardiovascular events in children on stimulants – Wow! Bad! Makes a sensational headline. 111 children out of 714,258 … Continue reading

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A Startling Thing From The NYT Natural Fix ADHD Article – – – ADD Tip O the Day 560

From the NYT sensational article on ADD ADHD This is the thing that startled me: Psychostimulants like Adderall and Ritalin help by blocking the transport of dopamine back into neurons, thus increasing its level in the brain. I’d understood that … Continue reading

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The Natural Fix For ADD ADHD Revealed At Last —ADD Tip o the Day 559

From the sensational new New York Times article: I promised to reveal “the natural fix for ADHD.” So, here it comes. Both parts. Part A: Adults should find a job that is suitable for them! But wait, there’s more! Part B : … Continue reading

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ny times again downing ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the DAY 556

More ADD ADHD Controversy I’m slogging through the November 2 New York Times article, “A Natural Fix for ADHD”. It’s not as nasty as the recent series of articles they ran; it’s more subtle. I’m having to take it in … Continue reading

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Stimulants and Religion, misuse and abuse – – – ADD Tip O the Day 548

Part of today’s post is not really about ADD ADHD, but it’s important. My friend Ken sent a great post today; I have to use it. What do stimulants and religion have in common? 1. They can both be misused … Continue reading

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How to function with ADD ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 541

Coping and functioning Isn’t that what we try to do? So if we have ADD ADHD we try to cope with it. We can’t cure it, but we can treat the symptoms, and we can use strategies to cope. And … Continue reading

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Trying Medications for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 523

ADD ADHD medication question: Recently posted: “My doctor is prescribing buproprion for adhd. Is this experimental? Am I a Guinea Pig?”     My response:  buproprion is a well known antidepressant that works on the same neurotransmitters as the stimulants, and … Continue reading

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Daytrana Patch (Ritalin) — ADD Tip o the Day 520

My Daytrana patch is helping. This is Ritalin absorbed through the skin. It gives me more control and doesn’t have the G.I. side effects I get from Ritalin. But I need to remember to take it off early, so that hopefully I … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Controversy and Other FlimFlams – ADD Tip o the Day 501

Regarding recent writings questioning the diagnosis of ADD, ADHD and the possible misuse of Ritalin and other medications: Why is there such an increase in diagnosis of ADD ADHD in children? Increased awareness of ADD ADHD? Increased expectations of children, … Continue reading

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ADD and ADHD Blog — THIS IS IT ! ADD Tip o the Day 500

The best Tip o the Day so far: For most of us, our to do list is infinitely long and keeps growing, But – we need to work from a to do list that has five things maximum on it. … Continue reading

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More On Esquire Article — ADHD Tip o the Day 488

The Esquire article was lengthy,                                                                       … Continue reading

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Medications for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 466

Here is Dr Pomery on the ADD ADHD meds: David Pomeroy MD Private Practice in Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD The AMA actually does not take positions on clinical treatments, but the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy … Continue reading

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I don’t buy it – The war on ritalin — ADD Tip o the Day 459

The New York Times seems embarked on a war against ritalin or adderall for ADD ADHD. Why? I’ve read some of these articles, some I scanned, some I just read the titles.  I don’t have time and I do have … Continue reading

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Sometimes They Just Don’t Get It — ADD Tip o the Day 436

More from the blog about French children don’t have ADHD, or ADD, or whatever, filled with many opinions, mostly expressed with absolute certainty – doesn’t that feel good, to be absolutely certain about something? So a post from a school … Continue reading

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Principles For ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 424

Here’s a review of the principles for coping with ADD or ADHD: 1. Identify a problem, devise a strategy, make it a rule, stick with it until it becomes a habit. Then you don’t have to think about it or … 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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ADD ADHD and Drug Abuse? — ADD Tip o the Day 408

I’m confused, maybe more so than usual.  There’s a lot of contradictory information about ADD and ADHD and abuse of stimulants, ritalin, adderall, other amphetamines, etc. 1. If children with ADD or ADHD are treated with meds, it lowers their … Continue reading

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Lisa, Life with ADD, part 3 — ADD tip o the Day 405

“I’m also terrible with money. My dad had me write down every penny I spent, including cash…that was extremely difficult for me, but it did show me some major “leaks” that I’ve had to fix. Now I keep better track … Continue reading

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Lisa’s Comments, Life with ADD — ADD Tip o the Day 403

I hope you’re reading the comments, cliking the little comment note at the bottom of each post.  Lisa made a series of such great comments, really illustrating life with ADD and learning strategies, that I decided to make them into … Continue reading

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What Is ADD Really? — ADD Tip o the Day 401

Boy, there’s a lot of theories out there.  And certainly a lot of OPINIONS.  What is ADD (or ADHD)? ADD doesn’t exist: it’s just a conspiracy to make doctors and pharma rich.  It’s caused by food additives or diet.  It’s … Continue reading

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“ADHD Meds Are Like Coke or Crystal Meth” — ADD Tip o the Day 395

This is the title of an article by Channing Tatum (should I know who that is? – ok, i just googled him, interesting) on medicines for ADD or ADHD. Like many bizarre or erroneous ideas, there is a grain of … Continue reading

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Science? — ADD Tip o the Day 394

I am pro science, but today let’s look at some of the problems with science. 1. Some of the studies are not well done, and some  are actually faked – one glaring example is the English doctor who faked data … Continue reading

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Is It the Vitamin C? — ADD Tip o the Day 387

Bonnie Mincu points us to some new information, new to me, about the stimulants (Ritalin, ADDerall, etc) for ADD or ADHD.  Turns out that vitamin C, or orange juice, will make the medicines less effective.  It will be OK if … Continue reading

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Recent Research — ADD Tip o the Day 380

Tidbits on ADD ADHD: “ADHD is estimated to be present in 3%-7% of children, while adult ADHD has an estimated prevalence of 4.4%.  In those diagnosed as children, rates of ADHD persistence into adulthood span 30% to 70%. It is … Continue reading

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I Was Wrong — ADD Tip of the Day 375

I was sure that people without ADD or ADHD did not respond to ritalin (methylphenidate), but just got a little anxiety or maybe a little hyper.  My friend who is a college psychiatrist assures me that kids are taking ritalin … Continue reading

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Change — ADD Tip o the Day 374

If we have ADD or ADHD we need to be open to change, to find strategies to our lives go better. Change can be hard.  Often we don’t even realize that change is an option.  Therapists talk about patients who … Continue reading

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Sticking With It, Part 2 — ADD Tip o the Day 366

My wife, who knows a lot about ADD or ADHD after all these years, said I misquoted her on the last post.   I thought she had asked, “Is it working?”, meaning the whole thing.  She says she was specifically asking … Continue reading

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The Straight Scoop On Medicines — ADD Tip o the Day 357

For many with ADD or ADHD the medications, ritalin and other stimulants (and a few others) are a great help.  For others, not so much.  I have not seen any problems with them, other than occasional mild side effects for  … Continue reading

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Bad Things About Ritalin — ADD Tip o the day 347

What bad things have you read or heard about Ritalin (methylphenidate)? Many of us with ADD or ADHD function much better with help from Ritalin.  It helps us focus, which is a primary issue.  It also helps with motivation and … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Find It Hard to Believe — Add Tip of the Day 335

1. that ADD doesn’t exist – because I have it, others have it, and research shows difference in our brains from “vanilla” folks 2. that it is just a matter of character, of willpower, or of needing to “just try … Continue reading

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ADD Mythology — ADD Tip o the Day 325

I think these characteristics are just human, not specific to ADD or ADHD: 1. We tend to swallow what someone tells us, especially if it is in writing or on TV, without engaging in critical thinking. 2. We are susceptible … Continue reading

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follow ups —- ADD Tip o the Day 316

I forgot to mention on the weight loss – the Ginger Chews candies after lunch and dinner.  let them dissolve in my mouth and they take away the munchy craving that persists even after I’ve eaten. Lisa pointed out the … Continue reading

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ritalin – cons and pros —– ADD Tip o the Day 314

Here is my current take on ritalin for ADD or ADHD: con- maybe you don’t like taking medicine, maybe prefer (unregulated) “naturals” .                                   … 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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