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Old 12-05-10, 07:16 AM
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Medication life long?

Do those with ADHD that are not diagnosed with it until adulthood have to take medication for the rest of their life to feel normal. I have read that children are able to overcome the symptoms if started on medication early enough and was wondering if it was possible for adults to achieve the same results.

Is medication that works for someone with ADHD designed to make them feel normal?
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Old 12-05-10, 08:53 AM
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Re: Medication life long?

I haven't heard of children overcoming their symptoms if started on medication early enough. That sounds like a misconception. Medication doesn't cure ADHD - as soon as you stop, you're back to your normal unmedicated self, regardless of your age or how young you were when you started taking it.

So yes, medication is life-long.

Re: your last sentence - ouch. Are you calling us abnormal? :P
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Medication is supposed to assist ADHDers with functioning. "Feeling normal" makes no sense.
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Re: Medication life long?

Yeah my doctor said I'd be on it for the rest of my life. Although at least it's optional. If I don't I will be a complete failure at most aspects of life, but I at least get that choice, unlike people with conditions and illnesses that need life long medication or they could die.
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Old 12-05-10, 09:27 AM
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Re: Medication life long?

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I haven't heard of children overcoming their symptoms if started on medication early enough. That sounds like a misconception. Medication doesn't cure ADHD - as soon as you stop, you're back to your normal unmedicated self, regardless of your age or how young you were when you started taking it.

So yes, medication is life-long.

Re: your last sentence - ouch. Are you calling us abnormal? :P
I didn't mean cured, but I assume those diagnosed with it earlier in life tend to be able to cope with it better when not on medication?

I'm recently diagnosed and just can't imagine taking a pill everyday the rest of my life.


Re: your last sentence - ouch. Are you calling us abnormal? :P
Haha, sorry I didn't word that very well.
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Old 12-05-10, 09:30 AM
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Re: Medication life long?

To be honest I can't imagine my life much further than the next 3 or 4 years. I can see myself finishing uni then off to get job interviews for office jobs. Finding inventive ways of making my hair look tidy and working out how to hide my piercings.
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Re: Medication life long?

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Medication is supposed to assist ADHDers with functioning. "Feeling normal" makes no sense.
You're right. Been up all night since I couldn't sleep after taking my medication yesterday afternoon. So now I'm getting tired and not making sense
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Re: Medication life long?

Tired + ADHD = Super ADHD!!!

It's true. If I'm really tired then even on meds I am still a bit inattentive!
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Re: Medication life long?

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Tired + ADHD = Super ADHD!!!

It's true. If I'm really tired then even on meds I am still a bit inattentive!
hmm I bet that's a riot!
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Re: Medication life long?

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Tired + ADHD = Super ADHD!!!

It's true. If I'm really tired then even on meds I am still a bit inattentive!

Pixie-you're just preaching to the choir.

My general perception of the whole "med" thing is that it is optional. I sense that paring meds down may be an option for me after I have corrected some of my natural thinking.

Adderall is a tool I only intend to use temporarily. When I first started it, I was totally committed to taking it for the rest of my life. I am seeing so many improvements, and that I am able to maintain them when meds have worn off. It's like the meds gave me a point of reference for what might feel "normal." Now I can identify when I am pushing too hard or becoming overwrought. I hope that makes some sense.... I was up early baking, so I'm a little tired as well.

I don't need the same level of focus at home as what I need to work full time. Around the house I can compensate pretty well. I think Strattera would be a better choice for me if I could stay closer to my home or go to college full time. I need the additional focus from the Adderall for now. It's kind of like I need the adderall to dig myself out of the messes I have made for myself.... then the strattera (or something similar) could help me to maintain and use the things I am learning.

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Re: Medication life long?

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Pixie-you're just preaching to the choir.

My general perception of the whole "med" thing is that it is optional. I sense that paring meds down may be an option for me after I have corrected some of my natural thinking.

Adderall is a tool I only intend to use temporarily. When I first started it, I was totally committed to taking it for the rest of my life. I am seeing so many improvements, and that I am able to maintain them when meds have worn off. It's like the meds gave me a point of reference for what might feel "normal." Now I can identify when I am pushing too hard or becoming overwrought. I hope that makes some sense.... I was up early baking, so I'm a little tired as well.

I don't need the same level of focus at home as what I need to work full time. Around the house I can compensate pretty well. I think Strattera would be a better choice for me if I could stay closer to my home or go to college full time. I need the additional focus from the Adderall for now. It's kind of like I need the adderall to dig myself out of the messes I have made for myself.... then the strattera (or something similar) could help me to maintain and use the things I am learning.

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Great I appreciate your perspective! I want to eventually get to that "point of reference" and I am guessing it will take me several years of life and adjusting however. I'm in for the ride though.
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I didn't mean cured, but I assume those diagnosed with it earlier in life tend to be able to cope with it better when not on medication?

I'm recently diagnosed and just can't imagine taking a pill everyday the rest of my life.
I haven't seen anything indicating that those who are diagnosed earlier do any better than those diagnosed later. The medications really do not change anything but act as a set of reading glasses, so to speak, to help you do what you need to do.

What does count are the skills involved in dealing with ADHD. If the child picks these up early then they may have had more time to hone them but if not learned, I suspect both are on equal footing.

As to having to take the medications for life, that depends on the severity of their ADHD and the personality of the individual. Some will and some can lower or dispense with medications all together. It just depends, each has to discover their own path.

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I haven't seen anything indicating that those who are diagnosed earlier do any better than those diagnosed later. The medications really do not change anything but act as a set of reading glasses, so to speak, to help you do what you need to do.

What does count are the skills involved in dealing with ADHD. If the child picks these up early then they may have had more time to hone them but if not learned, I suspect both are on equal footing.

As to having to take the medications for life, that depends on the severity of their ADHD and the personality of the individual. Some will and some can lower or dispense with medications all together. It just depends, each has to discover their own path.

Dizfriz

Just some thoughts,

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I think I have a vague memory of seeing some comments in some of Russell Barkley's recent writing. There was a comment that there was a statistical increase of white matter in children that were treated early for ADHD as opposed to adults who have not been treated.

Then my counselor has made comments to me in the past that she believes that some of the pathways in our brain can be healed to a certain extent. (I really don't know what she is basing this comment on.)

My walk away message from those two bits of information, I want to be hopeful that I can learn solutions for my executive function difficulties; then at some point they will become second nature to me. The ADHD will always be there, but I hope I can minimze it's affect. KWIM??
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I think I have a vague memory of seeing some comments in some of Russell Barkley's recent writing. There was a comment that there was a statistical increase of white matter in children that were treated early for ADHD as opposed to adults who have not been treated.

Then my counselor has made comments to me in the past that she believes that some of the pathways in our brain can be healed to a certain extent. (I really don't know what she is basing this comment on.)

My walk away message from those two bits of information, I want to be hopeful that I can learn solutions for my executive function difficulties; then at some point they will become second nature to me. The ADHD will always be there, but I hope I can minimze it's affect. KWIM??
I am reasonably up to date on ADHD but that is all. What you reported could be true but I haven't seen or forgot I saw anything on it.

The research does indicate that all the interventions we have studied have one thing in common; that as soon as you take them away the benefits go away, there is no carry over. An additional view (and it is mine)is that when you learn tools for dealing with ADHD, the learning carries over.

What this means is that you have to keep using the tools, including medication, to maintain any benefits from them but as you learn non medical techniques, these can stay with you and be used often and hopefully become an integral part of who you are.

Actually I have a good bit of hope that we may have some tools in the future that do have carry over.

I have a lot of hope for Cognitive Therapy specifically designed for ADHD but we are not there yet but there is some good work being done currently on this.

Good questions,

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Re: Medication life long?

Johnny Drama, may I ask why you are disturbed by the idea of taking medication for the rest of your life? I'm in no way attempting to counter your views, just curious.
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