What does the diagnosis of ADHD actually tell you? That you have attention and hyperactivity issues? Aren't those the symptoms? How can a diagnosis allow for treatment if the causes are not found by the doctor? Do they search for the causes? Or are they more inclined to check criteria so that they may provide the label and a medication? There are thousands of disorders that can result in an attention deficit. What if the attention deficit is caused by a liver deficiency, as in the case of hepatic encephalopathy? I'm not trying to sass you, I'm simply curious if you have an answer for any of these questions.View Thread
I am 31 years old and I was diagnosed with ADD around 3 years ago. I was prescribed Adderall, The dosage was raised twice, where it topped off at 105mg daily. I recently received a thorough examination from a more qualified doctor. I had dysautonomia, which is a deregulation of the autonomic nervous system. As a result, I had developed a nystgamus in my left eye. The nystagmus had been causing me to become irritable when I tried to focus on something. Also, the Adderral had been inhibiting my liver function and I developed severe inflammation from an infection. Luckily, I found this doctor (who I won't name, so that this does not seem promotional). But let me ask, what does the diagnosis of ADD really tell a doctor or patient? That I have deficient attention? Did that pinpoint the cause? No. Without searching for a cause, treatment is a guessing game. I'm glad I didn't have more adverse side-effects and that I found the doctor who fixed both problems without using narcotics.View Thread
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