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Medicine vs Self Control
cjshipi posted:
I have ADHD and was diagnosed about 8 months ago.After taking many different med's I think I have found Ritalin is best for me. Taking 10mg. 2x day. This is the dosage that I have been on for about 1 month now. My family see's me going backwards and not being as controlled as I was when I was first diagnosed and was seeing a specialist. I am trying to be more aware of some of my issues like tardiness and making an effort to be on time. How hard should I have to work to see a change in myself? What part does the medicine play? Does it just make me focus and be more calm?
Patricia Quinn, MD responded:
You have hit on a very important aspect of medication treatment for ADHD -- having appropriate expectations of what medication can and can't do. Stimulant medications when used for the treatment of ADHD can increase attention and focus, and decrease distractibility and/or hyperactivity. It doesn't teach us new skills such as time management, organization, or ability to get along with other people. To improve these skills you need to set goals and work with someone like a coach or mental health professional.

In addition, be sure to work with your medication prescriber to get the dose of medication correct. Ritalin 10 mg will only work for 4 hours at a time. Depending on when you take the second dose you may have several hours in the day and evening when your symptoms are not under control.

Dr. Quinn
cjshipi replied to Patricia Quinn, MD's response:
I had to swith to the short acting med's becuase the Concerta was keeping me awake until 1am. Addaril did the same. I don't do well with to much stimulant or like caffene

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