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View Poll Results: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?
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Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?


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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

No more than insulin for diabetes. Seriously.

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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

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Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?


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What is your definition of coping mechanism?
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

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What is your definition of coping mechanism?

I do not have a definition, yet.

I am asking.




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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

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In general, here are the general classifications of coping mechanisms:


Defense - the unconscious ways of coping stress. ...

Adaptive -tolerates the stress. ...

Avoidance -keeps self away from the stress. ...

Attack - diverts one's consciousness to a person or group of individuals other than the stressor or the stressful situation.
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

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any effort directed to stress management, including task-oriented and ego defense mechanisms, the factors that enable an individual to regain emotional equilibrium after a stressful experience. It may be an unconscious process.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. 2009, Elsevier.
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Psychiatry Any conscious or unconscious mechanism of adjusting to environmental stress without altering personal goals or purposes
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
http://medical-dictionary.thefreedic...ping+mechanism


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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

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In general, here are the general classifications of coping mechanisms:

Defense - the unconscious ways of coping stress. ...

Adaptive -tolerates the stress. ...

Avoidance -keeps self away from the stress. ...

Attack - diverts one's consciousness to a person or group of individuals other than the stressor or the stressful situation.

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Simply, I look at it as eliminating or alleviating the stressor(s). So I guess using the above criteria the med is a coping mechanism because it "avoids" the stress.

Did I get it right?
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

Generally, a coping mechanism is a behavioral or mental process that soothes and alleviates stress. Things such as thumb sucking, repetitive motions, etc. This also includes things such as substance abuse, because the abuse of the substance is motivated by behavior and the stress. The substance is not the coping mechanism, but the behavior to reach for that substance is the coping mechanism. For example, stress eating. Food itself is not a coping mechanism, it is a requirement of life. But the act of reaching for food in stressful times is the coping mechanism.

So unless you're reaching for ADHD meds in a substance abusive manner, no. No more then a diabetic using insulin, or using a high blood pressure medication to treat high blood pressure.
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

No. Medication is no coping mechanism for ADHD.
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

I think of medication to be a treatment and not really a mechanism.

Based off the definitions, perhaps it's the act or desire for taking medication that could be a considered a coping mechanism.
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

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Medical Definition of mechanism. ... 2a: a bodily process or function b: the combination of mental processes by which a result is obtained 3: the fundamental physical or chemical processes involved in or responsible for an action, reaction, or other natural phenomenon.
Mechanism | Definition of Mechanism by Merriam-Webster
Good idea to look at the term "mechanism" Greyhound1.

It seems to depend on the context of coping and mechanism?

Fascinating discussion!

I have not decided yet.



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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

Definition 3 refers to it as a "natural phenomenon" and #2 says "mental processes" and #1 refers to "bodily function" which all would rule out medication being a mechanism, no?
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

"chemical processes" has me stumped.

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Medical Definition of mechanism. ... 2a: a bodily process or function b: the combination of mental processes by which a result is obtained 3: the fundamental physical or chemical processes involved in or responsible for an action, reaction, or other natural phenomenon.
Mechanism | Definition of Mechanism by Merriam-Webster
Is it bad to say medication is a coping mechanism?

What is the "other" alternative to "no" and "yes"

I really do not know, but I am fascinated by this conversation.

I never noticed the reduction of distresses associated with coping styles.

Methyphenidate temporarily reduced my distresses, gave me time to work some things out, I presently am not taking methyphenidate.

I think I am more aware in someway from the experience.


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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

Some of my coping "skills" can be quite effective and also so destructive. Such as anxiety and obsessive thoughts. Both effective for motivating and remembering but not good for my mental health and stability.
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

I said yes because by the broadest terms, yes, it's a way you can mitigate the effects of ADHD. I can totally understand why others disagree with this though.
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