I'm interested in treatment of adult ADD, specifically behavior modification techniques and nutritional recommendations. I'm in the Philadelphia area.
As for traveling for Dore, it's unlikely that I'd do it, just looking into any and all options. Fortunately, there's a considerable amount of medical resources in the Philly area, hopefully help for ADD is included in that.
momuv4girls - can you send me some ADD resources near zip code 19355? Thanks! Also, have you heard of the Dore Program? I just heard about it today, trying to see if anyone knows anything about it. All I know is it's a program for treating, among other things, ADD/ADHD. They have centers in TX and MS, so it's a long way for me to travel from PA! If it seems like a solid program, I'd consider doing it.
I'm really sorry to hear this story. I can really only echo the sentiments of "momuv4girls", he needs to get connected with a good Dr that can get him on the right meds for him. Meds combined with a good diet and sleep habits can have him enjoying his life in no time.
Everyone reacts differently to meds, sometimes it's not the actual med, it's the dose the kid is on. My therapist told me he was seeing a kid that weighed 120lbs whose Dr had him on 70mg of Vyvanse, and the parents couldn't understand why he was so aggressive! I weigh 175lbs and I'm on 50mg. (Kid switched to 30 or 40mg and the parents were ecstatic with the improvement)
Best of luck, and be patient. As someone who suffered with untreated ADD for a long time I can tell you it's incredibly frustrating. He will absolutley appreciate the patience of those around him once he gets himself on track.View Thread
Well, I really feel for you "Anon", I know how frustrating ADD can be. I am sure my wife knows the frustration too! I'm 38 and have been on meds for about 8 years now, they made a huge difference for me. I'm currently on 50 mg Vyvanse.
As for increasing your dose, it amazes me that your Dr won't increase the dose if you're telling them that the two 20mg's are not working. I see a therapist and in my last visit he was lamenting the fact that many Dr's are now reluctant to deal with ADD patients/meds. One obvious suggestion would be to switch Dr's, I think you might be able to do some research and find Dr's in your area that may specialize in treatment of ADD. If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area I can make some suggestions.
Also, just today I saw something called the "Dore Program" for treatment of ADD without the use of meds. They have locations in TX and MS, other than that I don't know anything about it. I sent them an inquiry today for more information, I will pass along whatever info I find on that. You can Google it, and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I just heard about this Dore Program in a video on YouTube. Is anyone familiar with it and more specifically it's efficacy for treating adult ADD? I am curerntly on Vyvanse after switching from Concerta due to side effects, so in the back of my mind I am concerned that at some point Vyvanse, or any medication, isn't an option and I am left with an unmedicated "ADD brain". They only ahve centers in MS and TX, so it's a long way to travel from PA but, I'd be willing to do it if it seemed liek a good program. I sent them an inquiry today, I will pass along on their feedback once I get it in case anyone is interested. Look forward to hearing some feedback.View Thread
I have know I had it since I was about 19, I was put on Ritalin and it really helped. Unfortunately, I was more into partying and drugs which obviously negated the effects of the Ritalin. I wasn't real serious about anything, so I paid no attention to ADD.
Eventually I straightened up and got a job where it became obvious that my ADD was going to make it impossible to survive, so I went on meds. I would say give the meds a shot, ya never know....
As for having kids, well I have no idea there! My wife and I struggled to get pregnant for a long time but, it was unrelated to ADD meds. Now we have 3 kids under 5 years old, so I need meds just to survive at home! Good luck getting pregnant, try hard!
I have found the same thing with sleep, it's like if I get a really good nights sleep I know the next night I will be up late, frustrating! I have taken melatonin or lemon balm to help get me sleepy and they work well. Take either one and then just lay in bed and read, usually works well without feeling foggy or hazy the next morning.View Thread
Have you suggested he get on meds? There are so many people, myself included, who will testify that the meds to treat ADD have "saved their lives"...and many marriages too. Maybe if he knows how exasparated you are he will be willing to give the meds a shot, nothing to lose except you.View Thread
I was on Concerta (54 - 72mg) for years but started getting headaches, chest pain and was irritable so Dr switched me to Vyvanse. I've read a ton of good reviews on it, I have only been on it for....3 hours! I will be posting my review once I've been on it a while. Search for behavior modification techniques too, they really help. In summary - get enough sleep, healthy diet with lots of Omega 3's, and exercise. Good luck!View Thread
My two cents....get enough sleep every night, eat well, exercise. I am summarizing advice I have seen from many reputable sources and I can tell you from firsthand experience, this is good advice. I am not saying these things can replace meds, but they help to mitigate the effects of the symptoms. I have recently seen a lot of experts advising to get plenty of Omega 3's, don't ask me the "why" behind it. Chia seeds are a really popular/trendy and tasty way to get Omega 3's, an particularly good example if you are like me and don't like Salmon I think tuna is another good option, as well as Barilla Plus Multigrain pasta. It's not bad at all, my kids eat it all the time too, it's a far cry from whole grain past, in my opinion. Good luck to you all.View Thread