Medications

Welcome to the ADHD Roller Coaster’s archive of posts about medication. Perhaps no area of ADHD creates as much confusion.

These posts approach this topic from various angles.

Self-education is critical here. But it’s far too easy to be intimidated—or, worse, to suffer from low expectations.

Can we trust the average prescriber to get it right? Probably not.

As an ADHD advocate and educator for 20 years, I’ve heard thousands of medication-gone-right/wrong stories.

Almost all consumer books on ADHD reduce advice on medication to “Talk with your doctor.” No, I’m sorry, but that is not enough. Not for most people.

Self-Education and Self-Advocacy

Self-education and self-advocacy is the only way to improve your odds of getting the best results from medication.

My first book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?, remains the only consumer book to detail a methodical approach to optimizing ADHD medication.

With ADHD Success Training, I’ll offer step-by-step guidance for working with your prescribing professional to achieve the best outcome.)

Attention: Therapists Treating ADHD

If you are a therapist, please know that you can help individuals and couples with ADHD medication treatment—while still respecting your licensing guidelines.

Please refer to Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions, by Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD (2016, Taylor & Francis).

ADHD commercial pilot license

FAA Guidelines on ADHD — No Rx for Commercial Airline Pilots?

Basic FAA Highlights on ADHD and Piloting

As best I can make out, this is the bottom line for potential pilots with ADHD:

ADHD itself is not a disqualifying condition.
The FAA acknowledges that sometimes that the ADHD diagnosis in the past was in error.
Ifyou have a formal diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, you may need to undergo additional testing in order to receive a medical certificate.
Most medications used to treat ADHD are disqualifying (stimulants and non-stimulant Strattera).
Requires a 90-day period of taking no medication before evaluation.
The FAA requires its own extensive evaluation for ADHD.

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