Preliminary research shows that treating ADHD with stimulant medication can normalize the ability to uptake iron already in the diet. That is, there’s no need for supplementation. And, in fact, iron supplementation might be dangerous. …
The Award-winning ADHD Roller Coaster – Archive of posts about ADHD Medication
Perhaps no area of ADHD creates as much confusion as medication. Self-education is critical here. But it’s far too easy to be intimidated—or, worse, to suffer from low expectations.
I’m here to elevate your expectations—and help you reach them by providing a basic education.
No, not everyone with ADHD “needs” medication. But for many, medication will be the single-most effective tool in their toolbox. That’s why I place strong emphasis on getting it right.
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.
Each new gone-right story thrills me. Each new gone-wrong story infuriates me. Sadly, the gone-wrongs seem only to be increasing in number.
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 ensure that you get the best results from medication.
No, no one expects you to be a psychopharmacologist. But becoming familiar with the basics will take you a long way toward your goal: Higher functioning and a happier life.
My first book, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?, remains the only consumer book to detail an methodical approach to optimizing ADHD medication. (I wrote it with the guidance of top ADHD clinicians and researchers.)
I encourage you to read the three chapters devoted to medication. Then, keep adding to that information by checking out the posts in this category. (With ADHD Success Training, I’ll be offering 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).
This is the first clinical guide to couple therapy based on the proven evidence of what works—for Adult ADHD and for couple therapy. We included a step-by-step intervention toward helping couples to set and monitor treatment goals.
As you know, prescribing physicians typically can spend only a few minutes with clients. As a result, they know very little about their patients, especially if they aren’t using rating scales and getting feedback from a loved one. (And, from what I hear, most are not.)
As therapists, however, you have more time to:
- Help target behaviors that might be addressed by medication, and
- Track progress over time.
Therapists cannot specifically offer medication guidance. But they are well within their “wheelhouse” in performing this function.
If you choose to include medication in your or your child’s treatment plans, being pro-active is not a luxury. I believe it is a necessity.
Did you miss Part 1? Please click here: Part I: The Truth Behind “10,000 Toddlers”. Here in Part II, I continue to educate the public on why it’s sometimes wise to medicate young children for their ADHD …
To the uninitiated, it sounds horrifying: Toddlers medicated for ADHD! But if you understand the ADHD-associated range of physical symptoms—and physical risks—the reasons are obvious. The latest “clickbait” from The New York Times’ Alan …
With all the media hand-wringing about the alleged over-diagnosing of boys with ADHD, you’ll find little mention of the under-diagnosing of girls. Hence this gripping guest post. After reading my response in the New …
To all ADHD Roller Coaster blog readers who took the time to complete the FDA’s complaint form after experiencing adverse effects from the new Concerta generics: Good job! You have helped to place these generics …
It’s unsettling, at best. This idea that you might not notice the return of ADHD symptoms when you decide to stop medication. But it’s more common than most people realize. A friend wrote to me …
Readers often ask my opinion on the various “brain-training” programs—computer-based activities that ostensibly improve brain functions in children and adults with ADHD. My personal opinion is that I’ve seen no evidence that these games transfer …
Please also see my latest comprehensive post on this topic: Consumer Q&A on Concerta Generics. Why the concern about the new generics for Concerta? I’ll tell you. It can take much trial and error …
NOTE: This later post provides a comprehensive review on this topic: “Consumer Q&A on Concerta Generics.” As promised, I’m following up with more details on the various generic Concerta products. The record number of comments …
A new study offers good news about the cumulative benefits of ADHD medications taken over time: Results showed that adult ADHD patients who received drug treatment for more than two years had fewer symptoms and …