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View Poll Results: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?
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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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My therapist told me that taking meds for my adhd were not optional if I wanted a life; I would not call that a coping mechanism; do you have adhd? If you rely have it and meds have worked for you, this would not even be a logical question
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

Definitely a treatment vs a coping mechanism in my opinion. To me, coping skills are things like using lists or timers or reminders. Medication makes using those lists, timers and reminders possible.
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Re: Is medication for ADHD considered a coping mechanism?

A substitution for what's not there. Given the right dosage by a dr with the right expertise

it's morally the right move. If I get hopelessly hurt by it I'm gunna sue.
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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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