Friday, June 22, 2012

ADHD Medication Chart

The National Resource Center has a really nice chart that lists ADHD medications.  Here is the link...

I may already be on the best medication for myself, but I have recently looked around to see if there is anything new or better out there.  That is when I found the chart above. 

I'm currently taking Focalin.  I have tried Adderall and Strattera, but they are not as affective as Focalin for me and they had side affects that I would rather not have to deal with.

There is nothing else on the chart that I believe would work for me.  I would love to get some feedback on what other folks have tried and are successful with....

Sunday, June 3, 2012

ADHD: How Misdiagnosis Can Appear

Topic from CHADD Columbus Meeting - Adult Speaker - May 20th 2012

Speaker: Leslie Marshall, MA PCC, Director Central College Christian Counseling, Westerville, OH

Below are highlights from her presentation based on the work of Dr. Daniel Amen

SPECT Imaging

  • Looks at the brain while it's working to determine if it works well, not hard enough or too hard.
  • Helps identify other co-concerning conditions
  • Clarifies the right diagnosis for the right form of treatment for optimal health

6 Types of ADD

  1. Classic
  2. Inattentive
  3. Over-Focused
  4. Limbic
  5. Temporal Lobe
  6. Ring of Fire

Type 1. Classic ADD (ADHD) -- inattentive, distractible, disorganized, hyperactive, restless, and impulsive.

Type 2. Inattentive ADD -- inattentive and easily distracted, but not hyperactive; sluggish, slow moving, low motivation, and often described as space cadets, daydreamers, couch potatoes.

Type 3. Overfocused ADD - inattentive, trouble shifting attention, frequently get stuck in loops of negative thoughts or behaviors, obsessive, excessive worrying, inflexible, frequent oppositional and argumentative behavior. May or may not be hyperactive.

Type 4. Temporal Lobe ADD - inattentive, irritable, quick temper, aggressive, dark thoughts, mood instability, and severe impulsivity. May or may not be hyperactive.

Type 5. Limbic ADD - inattentive, chronic low grade depression, negativity, "glass half empty syndrome," low energy, and frequent feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. May or may not be hyperactive.

Type 6. Ring of Fire ADD - inattentive, extreme distractibility, angry, irritable, overly sensitive to noise, light, clothes and touch; often inflexible, cyclic moodiness, hyperverbal, and opposition. May or may not be hyperactive.

According to Dr. Amen, understanding the nuanced complexities of each of these six subtypes allows for more effective and targeted treatment for children and adults with ADHD. You can learn more about Dr. Amen's approach in his book Healing ADD.

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