Sounds like you have made great progress. Knowing what is wrong and getting help can make all of the difference. I woudl suggest that you get more infromation abut how ADhd can affect you as a woman and as a mom. Visit my site at www.addvance.com and check out the section on women with ADHD. There is also a book, Moms with ADD by Chris ADamec and another site, www.momswithadhd.com
From what I understand Deplin is a B vitamin supplement (folate). It has been touted for the treatment of depresssion but I have never heard it mentioned for the treatment of ADHD. It is important that your son have a healthy lifestyle including eating good, nutriciious foods which includes those with B vitamins.He also needs to exercise each day and get plenty of sleep. All important for decreasing hyperactivity and improving attention. While family therapy can help you address certain behaviors it is also improtant to address your ADHD symptoms instrad of simply muddlign through. ADHD affects parenting skills and it has been shown that when moms have ADHD they have more difficulty and benefit less from parent traning courses if their ADHD is not treated. I would suggest that you find a mental health professsional in your area who is knowledgeable in treating ADHD in children and adults. It sounds like beahvior therapy would help at school (and should be offered as part of an emotionally disturbed diagnosis) but you need to be prepared to carry out the program at home as well. Medication may help both of you but will need to be part of a comprehensive treatment program.View Thread
Raven did an excellent job at responding to your recent post, but I would like to emphasize a few points. First, ADHD rearely travels alone and anxiety and mood disorders are frequent co-occuring conditions. Your family history probably predisposes you to these disorders as well. Second, stimulant therapy, particularly the amphetamines, can make anxiety worse. I would suggest that you discuss your symptoms with yoru treating physician as soon as possible. If he or she is unaware of them appropriate changes can not be made. In addition, I agree that you should not be embrassd to discuss anything with your physician. If you don't feel comfortable for any reason, I suggest that you seek out another physician that you trust and can talk with. In order to treat you he will need all of the information that you can provide. If you don't feel like you have enough time, ask for a longer consultation appointment. You deserve to live well. Working with your physician on the treatment of your ADHD and co-existing conditions is a majoor step to making that happen.View Thread
OCD can occur with ADHD and sometimes the treatment for ADHD can make the OCD symptoms worse. I would discuss your symptoms with your treating physician as there are other medications and other therapies for helping you with your OCD. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has recently been shown to be quite effective. There are also some good books and workbooks on helping with symptoms.
I don't think that drugs for ADHD have ever been studied for the purpose you propose. Howver, if you are looking for a long-acting alpha-adrenergic agonist, I would suggest the clonidine patch or the newer Kapvay. Continue to eat right and exercise and enjoy today. Stay in touch with your doctor, discuss these choices, and seek out therapy whenever you need it.
Parenting a child with AD/HD has many challenges. As one of the experts in this community, I have answered many emails from you describing the difficulties that you are having with handling behaviors, managing medication, talking with teachers and other school administrators, etc. I thought that a Poll might help focus attention on some of the key issues and allow members to provide tips and strategies they use to deal with specific problem areas. So here goes -- please add your "voice" to the Poll below. Thanks!
Are you on the short acting dose of Adderall? If so Adderall XR or Vyvanse, both longer-acting stimulants may help smooth out the "lulls" and help you throughout the day. I would discuss thes with your prescribing physician. In addition, you should know that while stimulants reduce symptoms and allow you to focus and concentrate, they do not teach you organization skills. You may also need to seek out an ADHD Coach to help you set goals and get all that paperwork done.
Indeed, ADHD could be the reason for all the job changes as this is commonly seen in ADHD adults. I urge you, however, not to ignore your ADHD. Seek out an expert in your area and see if you have ADHD, you'll be glad that you did.
First, a question... Is your bipolar being treated? It is important to make sure that your mood is stabilized as stimulants can precipitate mania in bipolar individuals. Next, there are longer acting medications than Focalin LA, both Concerta and the Daytrana patch in the same drug category. You might ask your doctor about these medications. If he does not want to discuss these with you, I suggest that you look for another physician.
How would a glucose meter help your nephew? I suggest that it would be better for your brother to discuss the connection of what he eats and how it affects his behavior with your nephew. He could then politely refuse what his mother offers or suggest that he would like something else to eat. If this doesn't work, it will be important to make sure that he gets some exercise and space as well as nutritious food after he returns from his visits with his mother.