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A Full List of ADHD Medications

This is a full list of medications that are currently used for treating ADHD.  There isn’t much like this online, so hope it helps.

It’s written in plain English with (we hope!) a sense of humor.  At the end, we go over some common questions.

If it helps you, we’d really appreciate your helping getting the word out by sharing this page’s link with someone.

For those who are concerned they might have ADHD, see an ADHD Test Made for Adults.

Note: Focalin and Concerta and several other medications are not given an entry of their own

One Ritalin Pill

#1 Ritalin

Extremely popular – almost a synonym for ADHD – Ritalin has been a star since it was made in the 1940s and named after a chemist’s love, “Rita.”

Ritalin’s technical name is methylphenidate.

Ritalin acts on dopamine and norepinephrine, to block reuptake from the space in between cells.  This increases the amount of time they stay there, which means that they activate signaling pathways for longer periods of time.

And that means greater focus, motivation and attention.

With therapy, up to 70% of people with ADHD experience significant benefit from Ritalin.  The effects can be amazing, allowing normal living for some – to repeat, it is a powerful medication that can make normal living possible for some people.

One of the biggest downsides to  instant release Ritalin – and all the stimulants – is that the benefits only last a matter of hours, from 3-6.  This can mean you have to take several doses a day, which can be inconvenient.

That said, there are longer release forms which provide symptom relief for much longer periods of times, as long as 12 hours or such.

While the most effective treatment for ADHD, stimulants like Ritalin can have their fair share of side effects, however, including anxiety, weight loss, and potentially even psychiatric issues like triggering mania or psychosis.  Additionally, they can cause heart problems in at risk people.

Because Ritalin has a high potential for addiction and abuse, it has the highest restriction possible while still being widely used – it’s a Schedule II drug.

Pros: With Adderall, Vyvanse and so on, the most effective chemical treatment for ADHD

Cons: Potentially serious side effects, schedule II, figuring out dose schedule can be a pain

Variants: Concerta, Focalin, Metadate, Daytrana

Blue Adderall XR Pill

 

#2) Adderall

Adderall has become extremely popular for treating ADHD since its introduction in 1996.  It is a mix of several amphetamine salts and like Ritalin is a highly effective treatment.

Some studies have shown that Adderall may be slightly more effective than Ritalin at treating some of the ADHD symptoms.  This advantage is not established, but probably has to do with a slightly different mechanism of action.  One dose of instant release Adderall, however, may last as long as two doses of instant release Ritalin.

Adderall may also have a slightly different side effect profile than Ritalin.

In terms of chemical action – Adderall not only blocks the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine through cellular pumps, it also goes inside the cells and reverses the pumps.  So instead of letting those chemicals in, and taking them away from “outside” the cells, it kicks them out.

Reversing the pumps may lead to the build up of free radicals, but no major study has analyzed whether this happens or has a clinical impact.

Adderall has the same downsides as Ritalin, and is also schedule II.

Pros: Among most effective treatment for ADHD

Cons: Potentially serious side effects, schedule II, dosing can be a pain

Variants: Adderall XR

Vyvanse Pills

#3) Vyvanse

Vyvanse is a miracle of advertising and repackaging.  Fundamentally, it’s nothing more than Dexedrine, which has been around for a long time and developed a bad reputation due to its over-use as a diet pill.

That said, there is something quite good about Vyvanse/Dexedrine – it’s made only from the d-type of amphetamine with none of the the l-type.  This is important because it’s quite possible that the d-type is more effective and/or has less of the side effects of the l-type.

Adderall, by contrast, is a mixture of d and l-amphetamines, which means that it more may have more of a kick as well as more or different side effects.  This mix may mean that Adderall may provide more of a “punch” so to speak.

That said, Vyvanse has its fair share of side effects, and none of the stimulants are entirely safe drugs.

The good things about Vyvanse include its quite long lasting effect, possibly up to 12 hours, and its somewhat less susceptibility to abuse.  It is as effective as Adderall and Ritalin for treating ADHD.

Pros: Among most effective treatment for ADHD

Cons: Potentially serious side effects, schedule II, dosing can be a pain

Guanfacine or Intuniv Tablets

#4) Intuniv

Intuniv is a treatment that was initially used for lowering blood pressure and has  recently become more fashionable for treating ADHD, a use for which it was recently approved.  Intuniv is pretty much the opposite of the stimulants, which raise blood pressure and stimulate the body.

If it does the opposite of traditional treatment, why might it work?  The key is that Intuniv acts as an alpha-2 agonist.  While activation of these receptors lowers blood pressure, it may also serve to activate certain areas of the brain, especially the prefrontal cortex, meaning better focus and attention.

Intuniv is like a stronger Strattera, but hopefully avoids the problems of the stimulants, and may even be useful in combination with them.  There are problems, of course.  As this blog has noted, some of the trials which led to its approval had a shockingly high rate of people fainting – something like 5/262 participants fainted.

That is not a good side effect.  Additionally, treatment with Intuniv just falls short of sending ADHD into “remission.”

Other issues possibly include depression and blood pressure problems.

Pros: Non-stimulant, may be moderately effective

Cons: Possibly serious side effects like fainting, less effective than stimulants.  Very new and untested.

Variants: Clonidine, Guanfacine, Intuniv

 

 

Bottle of Strattera

#5) Strattera

Strattera used to be “the only non-stimulant treatment approved for ADHD” until Intuniv came onto the market in 2009.

Like Ritalin, Strattera also works on the norepinephrine chemical and prevents its removal from the space in between cells.  Despite a similar mechanism of action, it does not have work immediately, however.  It can take up to 8 weeks for Strattera to show its full benefit.

Strattera is supposed to provide all day coverage taken just once, but one study showed that taking a dose in the morning and at night provides the best release.  This is still a significant advantage over the stimulants.

The history of Strattera is somewhat interesting – it was initially tested for use in depression, but didn’t seem to do much.  Researchers thought that its effects on norepinephrine might have benefit in treating ADHD, and they were right.

Similar to the antidepressants, Strattera does increase your risk of becoming suicidal, which is why it has a black box warning.

The studies show that Strattera works, some say even as well as Ritalin.  But those claims to efficacy seem somewhat overstated, with many people saying that Strattera is not so effective.

Strattera is worth a try when stimulants fail or are not a good idea (say you have serious anxiety or past psychosis), yet it also has some of their nasty side effects.

Pros: “Non”-stimulant, long term coverage

Cons: Suicidal ideation, may not be as effective, expensive, long time to take effect

 

 

 

Provigil Pills

#6) Provigil or Modafanil

There’s quite a buzz around Provigil, generic modafanil.  It keeps enough of the amphetamine like behavior of Adderall to provide the kick needed to treat ADHD, while having a host of other chemical behaviors that, some argue, may make it less addictive and less risky.

Provigil, for instance, is only schedule IV, as opposed to the highest restriction placed on Ritalin and Adderall.

That said, we don’t know a lot about it.  Provigil may play with the dopamine receptor like Ritalin – or it might not.  It might just increase levels of dopamine by some other mechanism.  This is important because the way it interacts with dopamine may determine its potential for addiction.

Other chemical behaviors of this drug?  Hold your breath – it possibly has GABA, serotonin, adrenergic, histaminergic and glutamanergic effects.  That’s like half of the neuro-transmitters currently in vogue, and some of them theoretically cancel each other out!  (While there are hundreds of neurotransmitters, because of how little we know, we basically pretend there are only about 10.  Hopefully, as we learn more, we will get even more effective treatments with fewer side effects.)

Provigil is used, in part, for sleep apnea, narcolepsy and has been proposed for schizophrenia, which is stunning, considering that traditional stimulants cause psychosis, not treat it.

As of now, however, Provigil is not approved for treating ADHD, although it seems to have decent efficacy in treating it.  (Some studies have shown similar efficacy to Ritalin, one – from the manufacturer itself (!) – showed no efficacy, and so on).  A major study trying to approve it for ADHD in children failed when a significant amount of children developed skin rashes.

So we don’t know how well it works.  And Provigil is also extremely expensive, so playing around with it can rack up a bill.

Expect interesting things from this drug and its half-dozen chemical actions.

Pros: May be less addictive, may be as effective as stimulants, schedule IV

Cons: Expensive, new, not-approved for ADHD, not enough long-term use data

 

Wellbutrin Bottle

#7) Wellbutrin

Wellbutrin is a strangely behaving antidepressant. It’s an alternative treatment for ADHD, although not approved for that use like Strattera, and has been shown to be better than placebo for treating ADHD.

That said, Wellbutrin has only a modest benefit for ADHD, with some studies showing that it works to some degree and others showing that it doesn’t really work that well.

What it does is act as an inhibitor of reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine – to some degree.  It also mimics them somewhat, which is interesting.  Chemically, Wellbutrin is eventually converted by the body into some form of amphetamine, which might explain why it has some impact for ADHD.

So it isn’t the best treatment for ADHD, but it is used not-rarely.

Side effects can include extreme anxiety.  We’re talking potentially about really bad anxiety.  That said, in addition to making you less depressed, Wellbutrin might just help you stop smoking – which is another of its uses.

Pros: Moderately effective, full day coverage

Cons: Extreme anxiety, not as effective as stimulants, turns into amphetamines eventually – so may have similar problems

 

Tricyclic Antidepressant Structure

#8) The Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA)

The tricylcic class of antidepressants has been shown to have significant benefit in treating ADHD, although not as strong as the stimulants.  They are not so often used because of their serious potential for cardiac toxicity among other side effects.

The TCA’s benefit for ADHD  is separate from their potential antidepressant effect.  This is highlighted by the fact that reduction of some ADHD symptoms, especially behavioral, may start occurring in less than a week, as opposed to the 3-4 weeks it takes for the antidepressant effect.

(It’s an important distinction to make because you could feel like the King of Morroco but still have significant ADHD symptoms.)

They are many drugs in the TCA class.  Of them, desipramine may be the best for ADHD, then imipramine.

That said, it is possible that other issues like antagonistic behavior may emerge with treatment, meaning that you exchange one set of symptoms for another.  On the other hand, treatment with TCAs may provide almost full-time coverage.  You don’t need to take 5 doses a day, for instance, as may happen with some forms of Ritalin.

Note that newer antidepressants, especially the selective serotonin reuptake inihibitors like Prozac and Zoloft have not shown similar efficacy or benefits in treating ADHD.  This may be due to their more specific behavior, and lack of effect on norepinephrine.

Pros: Modest efficacy, long term coverage

Cons: Heart toxicity, overdose possibility, possible new symptoms, not as effective as stimulants

 

Risperdal tablets

#9) Risperdal

Risdperdal is a very popular tranquilizing antipsychotic.  It blocks dopamine receptors in the brain, reducing the activity of dopamine.  Careful readers may wonder if that is its chemical action, then how can it treat ADHD?

The answer is most likely because Rispderal and its family of medications, the antipsychotics, are tranquilizing and can induce a sense of calm.  This can be useful at night in addition to standard treatment to help fall asleep.

Use of antipsychotics as sole treatment for ADHD, however, is not a standard medical choice.  It does, however, happen, which is unfortunate.  Remember, Risperdal has been approved for treatment of agitation and aggression in autistic kids.  Its sedative effects may make it attractive for treating kids who have ADHD and are a handful.

The risks are significant.  Long term use of Risperdal may lead to permanent movement disorders, extreme weight gain, and diabetes.  And long term use of antipsychotics may make concentration and attention problems worse.

Pros: Sedating, may help fall asleep, may help gain weight

Cons: Long term side effects.  Is pretty much the exact opposite of traditional ADHD treatment

Variants: Any anti-psychotic class tranquilizer

 

People exercising

#10) Exercise

Exercise is extremely helpful for people who have ADHD.  Within healthy moderation, it has no side effects – though people taking stimulants should be careful – and can honestly be said to be nature’s treatment for ADHD.  It relaxes the mind and body, increases concentration, and improves mood.

One kid used to be a handle in school, but when his teachers agreed to let him run around the schoolyard when he got restless, did OK.  That kid?  Winston Churchill, one of the greatest British leaders ever.

Exercise won’t provide complete relief from ADHD symptoms and it is not a substitute for medication.  But for people who have ADHD, it can make life that much better.

Other Drugs of Interest: Pemoline or Cylert – a schedule IV drug with moderate ADHD efficacy.  Withdrawn in US from market due to toxicity to liver.  Desoxyn – basically methamphetamine, not used often because it is essentialy the same as the street drug “meth,” which has very bad associations

Choosing Between Ritalin, Adderall and Others

One of the most common questions people have about ADHD treatment is, What’s better?  Ritalin or Adderall?

The answer?  There is no clear advantage any one class of treatment has over the other.  Dr. Tuckman, a clinician who has treated hundreds if not thousands of patients and is Vice President of the world ADD Association has this to say:

Roughly 1/3 of people with ADHD will respond best to an amphetamine type medication like Adderall or Vyvanse, roughly 1/3 will respond best to a Ritalin type medication like Ritalin and Focalin, and roughly 1/3 will respond equally well to both.

Dr. Tuckman also emphasizes how important it is to have patience.  He says that is actually quite lucky to get the right dose on the first try and that often you just have to try several doses out until you hit get it right.

Instant Release or Extended Release?

Most ADHD medications come in the instant release or extended release form.  An instant release pill will typically last 3-5 hours, while an extended release typically lasts 8-12 hours.

It is our increasingly strong opinion that extended release medications may have superior results than instant release.  This is due to smoother drug release and less need to take medication.  You wake up and take a pill and don’t have to take another one at work or at school.

Instead of having spikes of drug level, there is a smooth, continuous release over the course of the day.

Some studies have shown that a significantly higher amount of people will respond to extended release treatment than to instant release.  Also, some studies have shown that people prefer extended release treatment to instant release.

And in theory, extended release formulations may reduce the risk for tolerance.

That said, 8-12 hours of activity does not cover the whole day.  Some clinicians will prescribe an instant release to be taken at night to provide coverage for the whole day.  The risk, however, is that this might cause insomnia.

On the effects of a proper dose

At the right dose, an ADHD medication should have minimal impact on how you feel.  It changes how you experience things, how you perform, but shouldn’t change who you are or make you feel weird.  The right dose is often very subtle in its effects.

The following is not uncommon – that someone is on an ADHD medication, feels it isn’t doing anything, but when other people are asked, they see a major change.

As such, the best person to judge if a medication is working is someone who spends a lot of time with you and doesn’t have ADHD him or herself.

Because the person taking the medication might not feel it at the right dose – finding the right dose can be a bit tricky.  Doctors have different approaches, but the one that feels safest is to start at the lowest and carefully work the way up from there.

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  1. My daughter is seven and was diagnosed last year with ADHD, She was first put on Aderall 10mg xr and it did nothing, they quickly switched her to 20mg of Metadate (Ritalin) and it helped a little but only for 3 hours or so. She was then bumped up tp 40mg xr and that worked wonders! She was on it for 3 months before the daily headaches kicked in. The next was Focalin XR 40mg.. She acted out and was so violent that we discontinued after 3 weeks. Now she is on Straterra a non- stimulant. It works for an hour and then fades away. she is on a split dose 1 am and 1 pm toaling 50mg. She also takes 1 mg of Guanfazine at night,, Straterra is a Joke. She has a follow up next week and Im going to request this new VyVanse. If that doesnt work we will have to deal with the headaches with Metadate. For all of you above that have not seen a doctor for behavioral health or taken our child asking anyone with ADD or ADHD wont give you the answer your looking for. It’ll will definately educate you alot more but you wont know until you find the right dose and med for you or your child. Dont take no for an answer.. We are still hoping to find one with minimal side effects and the best help. Good luck!

    • You are an irresponsible wh***, putting your daughter on drugs so she grows up to be dependent on drugs??? Youre willing to let her suffer from headaches and such just so your irresponsible a** doesnt have to help her keep up in school? I sure hope she doesnt get a heart attack or bcome so dependet on the drug that she cant function. FYI at the right dose, adhd medications affect everyone the same way regardless of “adhd” or not

      • “putting your daughter on drugs so she grows up to be dependent on drugs???”
        Hmmmmm….. yeah, there is only one person around here that I would suspect of being addicted to drugs (Just going off of posts) and Allison (or her daughter) is not it.

        Might wanna lay of the crack there bucko…

        Normally I do not feed the trolls but….

        • “Might wanna lay of the crack there bucko…”

          Oops, I made a typo there, I meant:

          Might wanna lay off the crack there bucko…

      • Sam, I’m wondering if you have a child with any kind of attention or developmental problems? Actually, I assume you do not, given the uninformed and judgmental nature of your response.

        My son is now 22. I resisted putting him on any kind of medication until the publicly-funded private school for kids with special needs he was attending suspended him for aggressive behavior problems, and would not readmit him without medication. Hey, I admit, I was pissed. However, that started us on a long and careful search for a good doctor and a carefully monitored medication regimen, which we think turned out to be the best thing for our son.

        Over the years, he has been on and off different treatments and combinations of treatments, at varying doses. Since he has gotten old enough to observe and describe his needs and medications’ effects, as well as be in charge of his own medicating, we have had more of an opportunity to simply observe without as much sense of responsibility or even guilt about what he is taking.

        We have experienced periods of time when he has become very difficult, unhappy, and frustrated, then come to learn that he independently decided to stop taking meds–because he did not like the idea of being medicated or dependent on medication–and then started taking them again because he decided that he could not functioning well without them.

        Science and medicine have learned a lot about brain function over the last 20 years. Our son has certain low/non-functioning brain processes that have become more and more measurable over the years–very slow auditory processing in spite of perfect “hearing,”
        very fragile executive function which makes his frontal lobe as exhausted as a sleep-deprived POW after one or two hours of challenging reading, so that his ability to make sound judgments and control his behavior become extremely compromised. And more.

        There are plenty of arguments in favor of learning to cope as you are, vs. treating problems of impaired brain function just as you would treat problems of impaired kidney or liver function. And certainly there are LOTS of questions about teachers pushing for meds rather than make creative adjustments in their teaching strategies, or making individual adjustments for different children’s varying learning styles and needs.

        However, there are also practical questions about the effects of living with the consequences of NOT taking medications when they are truly needed. For instance, is it better to medicate a child who has extreme difficulty with impulse control, or is it better to have them live with the consequences of having caused some serious injury or harm to someone that they caused as a young child, before they had the capacity to understand the consequences of their actions, because of severely uncontrollably impulsive behavior?

        Is it better to allow an otherwise intelligent child develop a belief, communicated both intentionally and unintentionally by teachers and fellow students, that they are stupid and inferior because of their inability to grasp phonics or basic math operations, when medication during instructional time will allow them to focus enough to master these skills?

        When you have a child with these kinds of challenges, the questions and answers can fall into a lot of gray areas, and are difficult to come to grips with. Calling a loving, concerned parent a “person who performs sex for pay” more than anything reveals your ignorance of a very complex subject.

      • dude you trippin, im on 72 mg of adhd concerta and it affects me the right way dumbass

      • I am 32 and only recently discovered I have ADD. I have wondered if I am incredibly lazy, a bad person, a socio-path, depressed, I could go on. It turns out I have ADD and I just assumed I didn’t because I hyper-focus so often and I didn’t think that was a symptom I thought it meant the opposite. I failed in school because of non-medicated ADD and then eventually got a GED but then dropped out of college. Trust me the impact of not being treated is FAR worse than the side effects of the drugs. I am in my 30′s and only now starting to get my life on track as normally a 20 year old would. You have no idea what you are talking about.

      • I am 33 and have been on ADHD medication for 3 yrs now and I know for a fact it has helped me tremendously. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was around the age of 3 the doctors told my parents that I would never learn my alphabet, read, or write. I graduated from highschool with a tutor and have had many jobs went to school and now working at a hospital as a EKG Technician.

        To Sam who sounds like a complete dooshbag! When you do your research then write somehting about ADHD! It has nothing to do with being dependant on medicine it’s what works for that person. I have had people like you call me stupid and make fun of the fact that people like me that have this problem can never be successful! You are WRONG!!!!! Maybe you should consider talking to your doctor about some type of medication for your name calling seems like you have diarrhea of the mouth!

      • That’s bullshit. No drug on this planet effects everyone the same way. Everyone has a different brain chemistry, everyone reacts differently. If you don’t know what you are talking about, then shut up

    • There are many wonderful alternative options out there. I have severe ADHD but can’t take the meds. They make me like they made your daughter…angry and stressed out OR give me horrible allergic reactions. I needed other options. I highly suggest Dr. Daniel Amen’s resources on ADHD. He utilizes medications as well as diet, supplements and exercise in his treatment. Amazon has great prices on his stuff. His website is http://www.amenclinics.com It’s truly worth checking out ;)

    • I have a 12 yr old who has been on different meds too,he was on Ritalin,Adderall,Intuniv,and now is on Vyvanse 40mg and Straterra to help stabilize his mood and it works very well with him.. Sometime its the dosage that determines if it works well they start him out on a low dose and raise it when it doesn’t work well enough,also he takes a sleeping pill which he doesn’t really need so he don’t take it unless he needs it..Just keep trying till you find the right one that works. Don’t go back to the one that gives her headaches.

  2. My son is 10 and diagnosed since he was 7. Just until last year tried meds. First we tried Intuniv and did not work at all with him. After waiting almost 4 weeks to give some time to his body to clear from Intuniv, we started  Concerta and he has been there for almost a year. He is in the minimal dose (18 mg) there are nasty side effects like lack of appetite and some trouble to fall asleep at night and frequent headaches as well. Concerta helps him a bit to improve attention, but helps him more to control his impulses.

    At the beginning his doctor recommended to double the dose if we did not see any improvement, which for me was not a good advice. This doctor wanted to skip the 27 mg option and go straight to 36mg.  I refused because I guess the right thing is to increase it slowly.  Also she advised that this med could be stopped “cold turkey” and that was another advise that I did not agree with.( No need to say that we are in the process to change doctor).

    I’m not a doctor, but I’m a Mom that keeps reading a lot about ADHD and meds to educate myself in order to take educated decisions regarding my son’s treatments. I understand that every kid is different and every doctor has different approach but something that I have learned and doctors usually don’t tell patients is that it is much better if the brain clear itself from one med before put a new one on it. Otherwise  while the brain try to adjust the wires to function properly,  the symptoms can be much more accentuated. If the meds keep changing frequently without any break for the brain, kids tends to act extremely wild.

    Timing and patient is important, to find the right  med. We as  parents need to be self educated about every med and their side effects. Doctors many times are not very accurate on their prescriptions. We need to trust but at the same time be educated to verify. That will help us to take the right decision regarding our kiddos.  Good luck!

     

    • Hi Anna, I know this is kind of late, but I am a 19 year old junior working towards my B.A. in Community and Organizational Psychology. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD. My doctor and I tried a slew of meds pretty quickly. I have to say – your doctor is right. You can go off Concerta cold turkey. I was on it for a month and my doctor and I decided that it controlled my impulses and hyperactvity but did nothing for my inattention (I have combined type ADHD). He took me off of Concerta and immediately prescribed me Vyvanse, my current ADHD medication. I did not notice any negative side effects of the quick switch in meds. My mood was stable, I wasn’t physically withdrawing from Concerta, and my sleep pattern remained steady.

      Psychiatrists are smart people! They went through a lot more schooling and certification processes than the people who post “reliable information” or “facts” about ADHD/medications that you find on the internet. Unless you know the information comes from a board certified MD or DO, that information is useless. Doctors go through years and years of education (and continuing education throughout their career) to become experts in their specialty and I feel that it is much better to trust someone that you know is a qualified physician and interact with personally than John Doe on the internet. I know it’s hard to trust a doctor who is dealing with your child’s wellbeing, but it is in your child’s best interest to let the doctor be the doctor, and let John Doe be John Doe!

      Best,
      Tom

  3. For Allison: You are right that the medications only work for a period of time before changes in medication or medicaation levels seem to be needed. My kid grows fast and this has changed his needs over time. While Focalin worked for my son for about two years, he never suffered from headaches. One helpful advance is that some medications like Daytrana are in the patch form and this seems to be good for him – I think it allows the medication to be absorbed differently from oral meds.

  4. When a new medication was appropriate or even a new level of an already-familiar medication, we learned it was best to work through this over a holiday break, summer vacation so we could closely monitor our kiddo and keep brief notes about how he acted, ate or slept differently – just wrote them in my daytimer-type book.  I also asked him how HE felt asking him to describe his own feelings in words he could use, not necessarily medical terms.  Making changes this way meant my son didn’t usually have to go through a medication changeover during school when he was working on academics and didn’t want to tell other kids or teachers why he wasn’t his “usual self”.  Helping the kids identify how they feel is a big help – like asking them whether they have headaches, feel jittery/shaky, not hungry or feel ‘wrapped up in a big blanket’ as my son once described.  Though he’s nearly 15, I still ask him whether HE feels more alert in the AM or after lunch or what his favorite time of day is and why.  I ask if HE feels like the medicine helps him listen to the teacher better.  I asked his teachers a lot of questions when he was elementary age (even now sometimes) and their willingness to bravely comment was very helpful in finding what my boy needed and I learned to respectfully listen to their perspective.  I still email teachers.  I also check with my son near the end of his first 9 weeks of school, again at the end of the first semester, etc.   Our doctor insists upon at LEAST every 4-6 mos. for medicine checkups which I appreciate.  My son now believes that his ADD has given him special talents and gifts.  Seven years of meds, counseling, tutoring and careful monitoring has resulted in his earning his first academic scholarship as a 9th grader so he can attend a summer camp for engineering.  Please stay patient – you may have a super-talented kid waiting just under the surface!

  5. My daughter is age 8 and has been on 6 adhd meds, and none has worked for her. She is allergic to most. a troubled and frustrated mom

    • I am a 19 year old who learnt I had ADHD when I was 16 and much like your daughter I have been switched between almost all medications that are out there for it due to be allergic too. I hope you find something that work soon as do I.

  6. My name is Lorena, I have 4 boys ages are 9, 8, 5, and 3! They are all Adhd, with ADD and ODD! It is really rough, The oldest 2 it took me little over a year to get them on the right dose, the 9 year is on concerta 18 mg with 10 mg straterra! It really works good for himm he is not zombied out but he is calm, the 8 year old is on concerta 18mg with 2mg intunvi at night to help with his ODD and his sleepless nights!! Also for he behavior and anger problems. The 5 year is a work in progress we just started with him a little over a month ago, we tried just the 18 mg concerta NO WAY, done nothing so the dr bumped him up to 27 mg and another medicine like intunivi at night to help, well it is not working either! So I have requested the move up 36 mg, if this doesnt work I am going to request something else, He anger has starting coming out with this medicine!! I want to try the addreall but not sure if he is quite old enough yet!! For the ones that are having problems stick with once you do find their correct dosage it is wonderful, everyone will be able to tell!! I was As well Adhd when I was younger, I was not put on anything till I was in middle school, which hurt my grades in school bad!! So dont give up!!

  7. Lorena – Hang in there! It sounds like you are working closely with each of them individually and not trying to fit all four into the same meds or behavior mold. Sounds like you could work with behavioral issues on the older guys who may help model it well for the younger ones once they have mastered it. It is hard to keep up the reading and learning when you have 4 kiddos and are ADD yourself but even if you read some short articles and try to learn about new medications, then you’ll get new ideas and come up with new ways to solve everyday issues. All our best for you. Yours is definitely not an easy situation but if you can ensure you stay mentally healthy then you can help the kids. I acknowledge to our high-schooler that ADD has meant he connects to his world and to us differently but I also like to remind him of his giftedness in other areas.

  8. I had brain surgery in 2003 and in 2005 my pyschiatrist placed me on Adderall 20mg. twice a Day for AADD. i have this Horrible Condition in my mouth and was trying to find out if anyone else has experienced this. My skin in between my teeth on the bottom is pouring this clear, sticky, gummy, mucous liquid out all of he time and after I eat it feels like the inside of my mouth is totally ripped apart. It is just Horrible and it has caused me to stop eating and drinking fluids. I have been to my Dentist, another dentist for a 2nd opinion, an Oral surgeon. my Primary care Doctor and I even took myself to a Peridontist and they all say that I just have a sticky dry mouth. I have spent thousands of dollars trying to get well but I can’t seem to get better only Worse. If anyone knows anything about what could be wrong with me, Please notify me. Thank You So Much !!!!

  9. I have 6 kids, 3 have adhd but 2 of them are adults now and take care of that themselves. I have one still at home who is 17 with adhd and the BIGGEST problem that i have is FILLING her scripts because of the shortage!!!! so consequently she is on and off and has paid a price for it in accademics. its summer now and she is in marching band and that alone helps alot but we have an appointment with doctor to find alternative. Lorena, i will think of you when i get frustrated with the system and then i know it will get better!!!!! lol!!

  10. ADHD , in my opinion is over diagnosed. I have a step daughter that they wanted to put on drugs when she was in 4th grade. She had all the “symptoms” What kid doesnt!!! She moved into our house where she was given more structure, a routine , love and discipline. She made a remarkable change without the use of drugs. In fact , her teacher along with the school psychologist wanted to have a meeting within 2 weeks after these changes in her life and wanted to know how this child could have changed from the worst kid in class to one of the best. We found out that many of her classmates were on ADHD drugs…I think it is one of the biggest scams by the drug companies in America. My step daughter moved back with her Mother. And guess what she is diagnosed with ADHD again. So her mother put her on the ADHD drugs and she got so depressed she ended up in a mental hopital…..I live in an area near the Amish community and no Amish child was ever diagnosed with ADHD…I talked to a young Amish father who never heard of ADHD. Could it be that their children who have structure, love, discipline and go outside to play have the answer to this ADHD problem. Im sure some children have problems but not this hysteria that many children have ADHD and need drugs.

    • JoAnn,

      I can assure that most parents who have come across this website are here because they are looking for ways to best educate themselves about what medications are out there for the treatment of A.D.H.D. I have a son who is 11 and we have been struggling with A.D.H.D. since he was four. We did not resort to medications for a few years. Before trying medication we tired other alternatives such as vitamins, mineral suppliements, sugar maintenance, and a plethora of other unsuccessful solutions. I’m sure that your step daughters surroundings may have played a part and she may have been acting out due to her family situation before moving in with you and her dad. What I do know is that if all it takes is love, out-doorsie activities, and structure to cure a.d.h.d. my son would be cured. In fact, he would never have been diagnosed in the first place because he has always had structure, plenty of love, and he pretty much lives outside. A.D.H.D. is not some diagnosis that is just thrown upon children who are “bad”. It is a documented medical condition involving chemicals and neurotransmitters within the brain. Is it overdiagnosed and are there children who are not A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. who are being treated? YES! Please do not lump all children together. Also, please do not insult the many parents who are here on this page looking for the best possible medical treatments for their children by saying that maybe their child needs more “love” or “structure”. I would advise you to educate yourself further on this medical conditon.

      C.C.

  11. I agree that with an earlier post that ADHD and ADD are probably over diagnosed. I am raising a 10-year-old grandson who was also diagnosed three years ago, primarily because of his need to move around and lack of focus in class. I believed he simply wasn’t ready to start school yet. I pulled him out of school and started homeschooling him. He is thriving. He gets breaks when he needs to get up and run around outside. We’ve identified his learning style and his interests and built on those. Some children, especially boys I think, need to run off that physical energy outdoors. We begin school each day with exercise and prayer. Some friends use visualization to focus their children before starting lessons. It all seems to work. We have a changed child. He is happy, well rounded and eager to learn new things. Teachers are overloaded, and they are unable to individualize curriculum and schedules for each inidividual child’s needs. Homeschooling is working for us.

    • What are you going to do when your grandson hits college age and doesn’t know what to do or how to act? And has problems in class because he can’t just “have a break” when he feels like he needs ?

  12. I have had ADHD since I was about six. My doctor had to take me off of it because when I was in school, I wouldn’t talk and if I did talk, i would practically be crying. I haven’t been on it since then and I don’t really see a difference in myself. I was on Ritalin if I didn’t say that before..

  13. I have 2 children that was dianosed with ADHD.  My daughter   took ritalin for a couple of months and it had her zombie like. After taking her off the meds  she went in too a depressed stage for a few months. My son was on meds and became very aggressive as the meds wore hoff. Neither of them are on meds now and my daughter is a honor student now. My son is only ten but is inproving with age. Meds are not the answer. I agree with Joann. Kids need love,  routine, discipline, etc.

  14. I have two children with ADHD and I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions to medicate or not to medicate. My children are both being medicated and it is a roller coaster ride with medicines. As they grow their bodies adjust to the doses that you work hard to get right for them. I would like to take them both off medicines when they mature more. In other words, when they can control themselves. Just when I have one child’s medication correct, then the other child has the isuue. I am unable to find the correct medication for my daughter who has focus issues in school. She is currently taking Adderall, but when she comes off she is moody city. I am thinking about asking about trialing Vyvanse.

  15. I am a 20 year old male in college and recently was diagnosed w/ ADHD, which I have suffered from my whole life, however, I performed quite well despite having what I would call a complete and utter lack of focus/concentration. I learned I had ADHD by taking adderall “recreationally” and seeing it calmed me down extremely. Therefore when I was classfied as having ADHD I was given adderall; however, we learned that my body builds up a tolerance to adderall in a matter of days coupled with my extremely high metabolism (40mg of adderall xr is gone in 4-5hrs). I have to take several days off between adderall (and vyvanse). After finiding out adderall didn’t work, I tried the methylphenadate group (concerta)…it amplifies my anger and irrability greatly, and most of all does not help me focus or concentrate at all. Then I went to vyvanse, it works somewhat but is out of my system in roughly 8 hours or so. IR adderall is too spikey for me. Wellbutrin does nothing as well. Has anyone else experienced these issues or does anyone have ideas?

  16. Reply for NIck
    I have heard from a few people that coffee actually helps. I have witnessed it for myself working on my children.

  17. I have some advice for all of you, dont take yourself or put your child on any if this crap!! I got put on ritalin when I was in the third grade and have been put on almost every drug on this list. I am now a 23 year old man that looks like a 16 year old and weighs 120 pounds. And the stuff didnt even help, because i didnt have add i was just a kid. A normal kid who liked to play rather than sit, answer questions as soon as i knew the answer, and talk to other kids rather than listen to the teacher talk about boring crap that doesnt matter. i find it funny that in the 80′s there was a big just say no to drugs campaign, then ten years later there saying just say yes to the very same drugs when prescribed by a doctor. 

    • Daniel, Your story makes me sorry that so many people are using drugs, instead of using common sense. that is terrible. 8 grew up in the 50-60′s with a terrible condition that made me different Han the other kids. Looking back now, I probably had a form of asperger’s . Although, I suffered greatly atg the time and through my young adulthood, I have been able to find meds (in my 40′s) that help me. Most of the time I can feel normal.
      I do wish that I would have been able to turn the disability to an advantage earlier, tho. If you could find a drug addiction specialist that would be able to diagnose you now and help you become a productive member of society. it would be great. I know of several young people who are going to college as scientists and professors, biology students and such. One 29 y.o. is writing an article for Discovery Magazine on Temple Grandin. (She grew up with autism and before meds and without meds she is one of the leading experts in how to handle farm animals.)
      I do not believe medication is right for everyone, but it can help some. If you can figure out how and where your speciality is, eeven without medication, you will be on your way to helping this country and the world survive in the beginning of this 21st century. Good Luck , young man.

  18. My 9 year old has been fighting to get her meds right for two years now. Finally we have found the perfect match. She is taking 3mg of the intunive and she is on the 15mg daytrona patch. For all of you parents out there that are tired of there children not feeling well while on there meds ask your MD’s about the daytrona patch.

  19. Reply to Daniel Glover
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and maybe your situation is a different one. I personally would rather use medications on my son, so he would not harm anyone or himself.

  20. I agree with Daniel……Dont let them tell you your child has ADHD and needs meds……….Its a pharmaceutical scam. What did kids do before this made up problem, they dealt with. Kids need structure . If you ever heard of the Amish community, you can be sure none of their kids have ADHD. This is my opinion and I know most wont agree but I have seen too many kids being put on meds and causing harm in their life.

    • Joey,

      Have you ever sat down, alone, to complete a task (something as simple as writing a grocery list or fix that squeaky chair in the kitchen) and all of a sudden you are surrounded by 20 radios on full volume, all on different stations, all telling you to do, say, or feel different things? “CHEW ON YOUR PENCIL SCRATCH YOUR FACE TAP YOUR LEG FEEL SAD FEEL HAPPY GET OUT OF YOUR SEAT SIT BACK DOWN CRY LAUGH PULL OUT YOUR HAIR GET ANGRY”… you get the picture. All at once.

      I’d bet my life savings you have never experienced anything like that in your life.

      What you don’t know is that THAT is ADHD. Not a lack of structure. Not a made up problem.

      It is a NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER. ADHD causes neurons in your brain to misfire and send the wrong signals and commands at the wrong times. Imagine taking a circuit board in a computer and switching all the little plugs into slots where they don’t belong or don’t fit and then trying to use the computer. That computer isn’t going to work right anymore, now is it?

      I am a 19 year old college student in my 3rd year of study pursuing a B.A. in Community and Organizational Psychology. I have taken a wide array of classes on mental illness and have studied ADHD extensively. I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2014 at the age of 20 and go right into a Master’s program in Counseling to become a psychotherapist by the age of 22 or 23 (depending on how long I take to study before I sit my Counseling licensure exam). You may think I am young and inexperienced, but I can guarantee you that I know the ins and outs of ADHD like the back of my hand. I have had excellent professors and even conducted my own research study with one of them on the effectiveness of certain types of play therapy in children ages 6-10 who are suffering from an array of mental illnesses, ADHD being one of them.

      Now here’s the plot twist: I have suffered from ADHD for my entire life. However, when I was a child, I always thought that the constant “mind buzz,” as I called it, was normal because I didn’t struggle in school. In fact, I was in the gifted program at every school I attended and completed a full semester of college credit before I even graduated high school. I am also an accomplished clarinetist and classical singer and have had several pieces of my creative writing published in a few regional publications.

      I have a remarkable memory and reading comprehension rate and I have had 8 IQ tests over the years that averaged out to a score of 165, which is higher than 99.9976% of today’s population and considered the lower end of the “high genius” category (populated by the likes of physicist Galileo and mathematicians Pascal and Descartes). I scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT and a near-perfect 2360 on the SAT in my junior year of high school. In short, I was (and still am) extremely gifted academically.

      My childhood and teenage life was far from perfect, though. I was cripplingly socially awkward and had the worst trouble making friends and maintaining meaningful relationships with anyone. I had one best friend and 2 or 3 other friends through high school, but other than them I was the definition of social outcast. I sat by myself at lunch and rushed straight from one class to the next, hoping no one would talk to me because the mind buzz would ruin everything if I tried to hold a conversation with anyone.

      I was made fun of for chewing on my pencil erasers absentmindedly and singing songs under my breath during class because I already knew the course material (I read all of my high school textbooks cover to cover within the first couple weeks of each semester). I couldn’t control my actions when something wasn’t holding onto my attention.

      Every time I tried to converse with peers, some or all of what I meant to say would get scattered or lost completely in what I actually said. Because of this, my verbal communication style was unique and only my few close friends and most of my family actually understood most of the mumbling, fast-paced chatter that escaped from my mouth every time I tried to speak. I was notorious for being asked to repeat myself over and over again so whomever I was speaking to could understand what I was saying. I saw a series of speech therapists for years but showed no signs of improvement, so I was basically left to just deal with my speech problems on my own. I was pretty depressed in high school because of how hard it was for me to do basically anything but learn and take tests and create art (although this was before I knew what depression was, so it went untreated).

      Fast forward to one year ago: I was fed up with how my life was progressing and decided to see a psychiatrist for the first time in my life. I was diagnosed with severe ADHD-Combined Type in our first session, meaning my symptoms manifest in 3 major domains: hyperactivity (chewing on pencil eraser, unable to sit still), impulsivity (breaking out in song under my breath), and inattention (inability to focus in class). I went through a few different ADHD meds (Ritalin, Concerta, Strattera, Adderall) before my psychiatrist and I mutually settled on Vyvanse 50mg once daily because it was the only medication that adequately controlled all 3 domains of my symptoms without insomnia as a side effect. I also started seeing a psychotherapist twice weekly for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on consciously modifying ineffective thought and action patterns into ones that worked for me, and Talk Therapy, in which the therapist provides unbiased, realistic feedback and insight on whatever the patient would like to talk about (friendships, time management, managing symptoms, etc.).

      There are not words for the miracles that Vyvanse has worked for me. I can sit in my college classes and not chew on my pencil eraser or sing songs under my breath – instead, I am present for what is happening in front of me instead of inside my own brain counting down the seconds until I would again be intellectually stimulated. I can now sit through a 2 hour lecture while taking detailed notes and – the greatest part – after class, I can hang out with my friends, which I now have lots of. My speech problems completely cleared up after about a month on the medication and a couple more speech therapy appointments. My speaking voice is now that of a normal human being, something I have never experienced before. No one asks me to repeat myself anymore. It’s hard for anyone to understand how remarkable something as simple as not being asked to repeat yourself every time you speak is, but take my word for it: it’s incredible.

      Vyvanse put (and continues to put) the wiring in my brain back in order.

      I am now only 19, but I now have so much more to look forward to in my life because my ADHD is well controlled with medication and therapy. A promising career, a group of friends who love me as much as I love them, the self-esteem I lacked my whole life, and the ability to one day enter into a romantic relationship and even get married (something I wouldn’t have even dreamed of before being medicated).

      So please, tell me again that my ADHD is a made up problem that stems from lack of structure and that the medication that made my life worth living again is a pharmaceutical scam. Please.

      Best,
      Tom

      • Tom, I agree that you needed the medication for ADHD. But many children are misdiagnosed. My step daughter was diagnosed in 4th grade and they were prescribing drugs for her. But she moved into our house where she received more structure and discipline. In a month without drugs she changed from the worst kid in class to the best. The teachers could not beleive it. We had to meet with the teachers and school psychologist and wanted to know what we did. They could not believe the change. I think many kids just need more structure and discipline and love instead of drugs.

      • TOM……… IT’S 5 MONTHS LATER..JUNE 2013 JUST RAN ACROSS YOUR LETTER ON ADHD…MY 8 YEAR OLD’S SYMPTOMS ARE SO MUCH LIKE YOURS..ALL THE WAY TO CHEWING ON HIS PENCILS IN SCHOOL. EXTREMELY IMPULSIVE.. HAS GREAT GRADES. TRIED MED.S BEFORE AND HE ABSOLUTELY WON’T TAKE IT. WENT TO A CHIROPRACTOR OUT OF DESPERATION AND DID NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS…I DID SEE A”SMALL” CHANGE TO THE GOOD SOMETIMES……HE IS VERY FIDGETY AND JUST WON’T LISTEN,, HE IS A VERY SWEET BOY…NO ANGER ISSUES AS OF YET. TEACHERS SEND ‘DUMB’ EMAILS OF THE SILLY THINGS HE GETS IN TROUBLE FOR …VERY MINOR…I THINK HE GETS BLAMED ALOT BECAUSE OF THE ADHD. DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET HIM TO TAKE ANY MED. FOR THIS…… HAVE HIDDEN THE MEDS IN FOODS…..HE ALWAYS KNOWS IT IS THERE AND WON’T TAKE IT. YOUR LETTER REALLY HELPED ME AS HEARING SOMEONE ELSE WITH VERY SIMILAR SYMPTOMS….I WORRY ABOUT WHEN HE GETS A LITTLE OLDER. YOU WILL BE GREAT IN YOUR PROFESSION AND HAVE GREAT KNOWLEDGE. YOU PROBABLY WON’T EVER SEE THIS MESSAGE SINCE IT IS SEVERAL MONTHS LATER..I WOULD LIKE TO TRY AND FIND SOMETHING NON ADDICTING…..I HAD A YOUNG RELATIVE DIE OF AN OVERDOSE A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO AND HE WAS ALWAYS ON ADHD MEDS. AND YOU CAN’T BLAME THE ADHD MEDICINES…BUT MOST PEOPLE SAY THAT COULD BE THE START OF IT FOR HIM GETTING IN TO HEAVIER DRUGS AND OVERDOSING …I THINK MENTAL ISSUES PLAY A BIG ROLE IN THAT…..ANOTHER WORDS ..I DO FEAR ADHD MEDS THAT COULD BE ADDICTING LIKE MY NEPHEW DID AND HAVE A FEAR OF IT FOR MY KID. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR LIFE AND JOB AND KNOW YOU WILL HELP ALOT OF PEOPLE. GOD BLESS AND HOPE WE CAN FIND SOME KIND OF MED, FOR MY CHILD THANKS KRISTI

        • Kristi,

          Could it be that your child doesn’t want to “take” medication? If so, how about Daytrana? It does not go the oral route- It’s a patch you put on under your clothes and take off when they get home from school- And even better- it was not a good drug for my daughter but the great thing was when it was finals- she could put on the patch and come home from school 2 hours later and just take it off- it stays in the system for a few hours and wears off gently.. Good Luck

      • Tom,

        CONGRATULATIONS! I wish and hope the very best for you! I hope that you are proud of yourself. You have accomplished so much in such a short time!!!!!!!! My daughter is on Vyvanse also, but we had to lower her dosage as she lost 12 lbs in 3 or 4 months and is now way too thin and on a suppulment (sorry for misspelling).

        We’ve tried other things but none worked anywhere near as well. No more crashing or meltdowns. I just wish she would put a little more in at college if she did she wouldn’t be 3.2..

        Again congrats and good luck!

        Lynn

  21. I was just diagnosed as ADHD and I’m 27 years old. I did fine in school and acquired a bachelors in engineering. Just recently I started becoming depressed with stress from work so when I saw the doctor she put me on Zoloft for a few weeks. Thats when I did further tests and a therapist had diagnosed me with ADHD. She stated that since I was able to cope with the disorder for so long there was no need to put me on any medications and I would seek her help to help maintain stability in my life. I never believed in medication so I am dealing with my ADHD without meds :-). Exercising, eating healthy, and being aware of the issues has helped me cope with my ADHD and I would recommend doing that before you start taking meds.

  22. I am 20 years of age I have severe ADHD, diagnosed since I was 4 years old, and have been on medication since I was 6, I started out with the APO brand Methylphenidate 20mg IR I stayed on those until I was about 12 then moved to two 56 mg Concerta XR, then I moved to two Adderall 15mg IR when I was 16 and then to vyvanse 1 300mg XR I stopped taking all medications when I was 17 And they all did the same for me, I found the Adderall the most effective, but withdrawls from the amphetimine salts were almost unbearable. Pharmacology speaking Ritalin structure is extremely close to the narcotic, referred to as Cocaine. Stay away from it and stay away from testing stage drugs the FDA is a fucking joke.

  23. It’s intriguing to me that u fail to discuss the miraculous results of the prescription medicine known as Desoxyn©!!  Parents should research this marvelous treatment of ADD and ADHD before making a decision on how to cure their children. 

    Dr. Stephen Brule

  24. My child started taking Procentra this fall and is having great results. You should add that to this list.

  25. For all of you that say ADD/ADHD isn’t real, you need to stop please.  I am a mommy of 3  and was diagnosed with adhd at the age of 14 I was put on meds and remember how  much better  I felt.  I just started taking meds again and my kids my husband my friends and my parents notice a positive  change in me.  It’s  not fair  for those of you who don’t think its real to come on here and say what you are saying. 

  26. if all you people dont realize why the numbers of adhd diagnosed people have risen so dramatically then you deserve to be on all this stupid medication. keep giving yourself and your children chemical lobotomies. keep giving all your money to the pharmaceutical companies, they love it.

  27. everybody whos got there kid on medcine becouse of there behavor thats bull shit thay are druggys there selfs

    • Get your facts straight before running your mouth about parents putting children on medication.
      They are children that need help regulating them self so that the can learn in school. Get over your self and find a new hobby instead of finding sites online to have run of the mouth when parents are trying to help their children!

    • First of all you say that anyone that puts there child on meds is a druggie them selves you are wrong considering I am 32 myself and have NEVER touched a drug that is illegal and only take what is call Synthroid for my thyroid to regulate my levels, in which makes a huge difference in my mood and sleeping patterns. Putting my 11 year old daughter on a medication scares the crap out of me but when her grades have fallen in the last 3 years from all A’s to pretty much all D’s there is an issue! I have tried helping my daughter with her home work and she gets very frustrated with me due to her not being able to FOCUS!!!!!! The School has had her in special classes to try to help her and NONE of this is working. This issue is not only seen at home but is also seen at school. She cant keep her focus long enough to tell a 5 minute story, in which winds up being a half hour story. She has stopped doing homework cause she doesn’t want her classmates looking at her bad grades cause she cant focus long enough to understand what she is doing. How in the world is my Daughter going to get a good education if she cant FOCUS. How is she going to hold a job if she cant FOCUS. TRUE PARENTS don’t take put their children on medication lightly. I don’t disagree that all kids should be on these types of medication but sometimes it has to happen. This is not my oldest child and this is not my youngest child. I have 5 other children in which NONE of the other 5 are on Medications but do have another with issues that cannot and will not be treated with medications. So if you want to bash Parents for trying to make their Childrens lives better you need to grow up and see the whole picture. Not everyone is the Straight A student, or the Perfectly well behaved child that you hope they are. Every child has that potential and these Medications make it possible for some.

  28. Its amazing how many people don’t have lives, or their lives are so incredibly lame that they feel the need to search the web for sites on medication and post pointless comments about parents being stupid, etc… for taking proactive approaches to helping their children to succeed. Grow up- get a life. 

  29. Hello all!
    I am 49 years old and probably I am someone with the highest ADD simptoms. When I was 6 years old, I lost my father and after that, I went trough all the things between step father and new brothers. I have never heard a word of love or at least a word of affection. I have lived in 32 different homes, 30 jobs and still not interested in doing things because my brain lives in a dark cloud, where I do not see anything clear. When I have something to do…I just stop before I even start. I have no feelings, not desires, not enjoy things and I dream of living alone in the mountains, away from humans. I was in strattera for 3 years but my liver was damaged. I tried adderall and did not feel good. I am thinking to go with concerta. I can build great things in my mind but not in the real world. When I have to be focused in something important, my mind takes me years back and it thinks that the past is more important…it feels like someone gets inside my brain to pull me out of reality. Does anyone has an idea of what is going with me?

    • George, these feelings you are describing: “not interested in doing things because my brain lives in a dark cloud, where I do not see anything clear. When I have something to do…I just stop before I even start. I have no feelings, not desires, not enjoy things and I dream of living alone in the mountains, away from humans”

      These feelings/symptoms sound to me like severe depression. I am not a doctor but I do have ADD and mild to moderate depression, and I urge you to please go see your doctor or a psychotherapist as soon as you can and talk about what is going on with you. You need some help. Your life doesn’t have to be this way. It would be best if you could find someone who has experience treating patients with both ADD and depression.

      Please don’t wait. You are suffering a lot. This is your one precious life and you owe it to yourself to take care of yourself and get better so that you can enjoy your life, not just suffer through every day. Imagine if a friend came to you and described what you are describing. You would want to help them get better. Be a friend to yourself and take action to help yourself now, not later!

      Best wishes, Jessica

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