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drkfox 09-07-12 03:08 PM

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Forgive me ... I am new to blog posting and apparently ( I think :)) I submitted before I finished! well I did say most of what I wanted to so hopefully it does get posted. The last remarks (briefly, I am running short on time): Strattera works through a different transmitter. Another new medication is Intunive (long acting Tenex) also a different mechanism of action. The latest studies ( double-blinded, placebo controlled - the most rigorous of study designs) have shown that medication is superior to therapy, BUT, that the combination of the two is superior to either one alone. Also, in (IMHO) one of the most important messages in this primer is " no one medication works better across the board - prescribing is to some degree a crap shoot - than another". It often takes time, experience, and clinical acumen, to find an optimal treatment. I also believe that the most common reason for non-response is an inaccurate diagnosis made by a practitioner who is unwilling to re-consider the accuracy of the diagnosis and the possibility that they may have been wrong, to begin with.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Fox

Rivett 10-02-12 07:25 AM

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Boy do you have to write so much, i cant read it all, I think I have add lol
Sorry
Its hard for me to take all this in. Im new here and I have quetsions about the meds. Ive been on all kinds of antidep and had only limited results. No one diagnosed me with ADD only depression. I got my doc to put me on ritalin and I noticed a big difference in the me. I got the dosage about right and then my insurer said he will only give me generic meds. Generic meds are supposed to be same but theyre not. I dont get anywhere the refief that ritalin gave me. Can it get better?
I didnt know any of this stuff you are talking about. I didnt know about taking other meds as well. What an exellent idea.
Im sorry for the joke but I never thought I could actaully be helped? wow that would be just too cool. Who would I be?
Its been a long long lonely road here and I have a lot to take in. thank you

awialways8 05-05-13 03:32 AM

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This is really great advice. unfortunately, I'm not in a position financially where I can "shop around" with doctors. I'm seeing a specialist though, so I'm optimistic.

myjade_84 06-23-13 07:56 PM

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Thank you for an educative post. I learned a lot today.

Kashche 01-10-14 09:02 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by oddjobace (Post 204798)
I struggle with the question of "Do I medicate myself and conform to the way 90 percent of the world operates? or Do I build my world in such a way as to maximize my ownm unique ADD personality?" Does this make any sense to any of you? In other words, I am extremely creative and a great problem solver, although, very messy and unorganized. Should I become neat and organized and sacrifice my other strengths? Is this a common question? I'm sure I could be more of an achiever if I were medicated, I fear losing the only person I've known.

It makes SO much sense to me. I am new here, undiagnosed and also unmedicated but I have passed every Inattentive ADD test I have tried. i really dont want to know more about medication and i am not unhappy in anything. i have worked for the same place for 9 years i have reached many of my goals that i have set and my next step is to become financially independant. I want to know how to live optimally and harmoniously with myself and with ADD. DO you have any tips?:)

Kashche 01-13-14 10:05 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by talitha (Post 667176)
i'm really new to all of this... i've only known about my add for a matter of weeks now. so i hope i'm not off base.... but i think that we adders are amazing. i think we are all very similar and just because we are not recognized in a good way doesn't mean we are NOT OK. we are different, that's all. i mean... our society just isn't friendly to our type. i say no meds, i say expand your creativity in your own way and see how far you can go!

i don't really know, like i said, i'm a newbie... but it just seems like such a waste of a fresh perspective. i wish we could be more free to just be the way we are instead of masking it with medicine. :mad:

I love it! This is exactly my outlook on life. No meds and live your life so that your ADD benefits you. We share the same perspective Talitha :)

Kashche 01-13-14 10:25 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by talitha (Post 667178)
i was hoping it would talk more about coping and learning to 'deal' with yourself. does anyone know of a source that does such?


A good source of info for me:

Your life can be better - using strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD by Dr Douglas Puryear (I bought it on Amazon Kindle)

Tells of his ADD and the methods he devised to handle it. :)

FroGpants 04-04-14 12:23 PM

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Are you freaking kidding me? I appreciate the incredible volume of info from the op but there is NO WAY I would have EVER been able to wade thru all that prediagnosis or meds!

Make me a really entertaining video and MAYBE I'll be able to sit thru it.

When I got my diagnosis and started on meds I had no choice but to throw something at the wall and see if it stuck.

Do you have any idea what it did to me when I spent YEARS trying to be *normal* and force myself to attempt to digest stuff like this?

You give me something like that that I have to comb thru and you're going to send my adhd into overdrive and I'll probably end up feeling inadequate and depressed. And do you have any idea how many little branches of thinking my brain will start to do with all that detailed info I'm supposed to be paying attention to? My god I'd be running in circles like a dog chasing its tail!

No no no. Absolutely not. I am so glad I didn't read this a few years ago. It would have bottomed me out with feeling stupid and like I wasn't doing something I *should* have been able to.

Actually, I take back what I said. The msw op might have good intentions but clearly has no understanding of my limitations.

Lifesucks 09-07-14 11:09 PM

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I think thats a little unfair on the original poster (comment above)

You can always read bits at different times. What i find very difficult is when people dont break up large chunks of texts into paragraphs, but use one very large continuous chunk!

maggiecat39 12-13-14 11:59 AM

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This is great. Does anyone have tips on how to get the dr on the phone? I've only ever talked to overtaxed admins.

4rch0n4n6313 07-29-15 03:51 PM

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Dont give up on yourself just yet! more information is coming out about how to shape your environment so that it works for you. And some of it is just trial and error. Meds dont always have the "voila" effect that you may think they will, and in the end you will still be you anyway...just with a different set of mental adaptations.


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