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Do A.D.H.D. Drugs Work?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by MikeHustle, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. MikeHustle

    MikeHustle Power Member

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    For members with diagnosed A.D.H.D., do A.D.H.D drugs really make a difference?
     
  2. Merlin22

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    I don't take drugs for that condition, but I do have a psychology background. My research and work experience has found that the efficacy depends on a combination of medication management and lifestyle changes. Check into the prevalence of doctors prescribing Ratalin in the 80's vs now for some interesting stats.

    Are you researching a niche or something else?

    Of course, there is always the alternative here
     
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    yes it does. I have been on ritalin, adderll, and now im on vyvanse. you just need to find what works best for you. Being on the med helps me get things done on time and most importantly helps me stay focused. i just hate the cotton mouth that the meds give me, and some times it messes up my sex drive. Other than that, if u have ADHD, i would suggest to consult with a psychiatrist and test what medication works best for you
     
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    yeah they work, but it's mainly good for people that actually have add or adhd. many people like to diagnose themselves with add/adhd because they think it's "cool" because it's "cool" to have not be able to concentrate in this day and age. People with real cases of adhd suffer daily and find it hard to get through daily life - not like hurr durr look at me I'm playing video games I'm distracted. They can't even play the video games or whatever it is beacuse they lack basic chemicals that we have an abundance of such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Anyone reading should remember that next time they try to diagnose themselves with a disease people are actually suffering from. (This rant has nothing to do with OP or the thread)

    Okay lol, off my soapbox.
     
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    My ex with who I have lived together for 5 years was on that shit, namely Ritalin and I didn't like how it changed her. She became very ehm... mellow I guess. You could tell she was on drugs.
     
  6. MikeHustle

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    I'm going to see a psychiatrist about meds. I've suffered with lack of focus, constant day dreaming, and inattentiveness since I was a kid.

    I remember the dumbarse teachers in middle school try to put me in the SLOW class because I would always day dream. never pay attention, and never finish my work, but I have above average test scores! I went to elementary school in the late 80's before the whole A.D.D. craze, so their was no talk of A.D.D. OR ADHD. I made it through school by being able to ace tests. I could never pay attention longer enought to study or do homework. College was the first time I ever had a 4.0 because grades weren't based on homework and worksheet BS.

    Any I'm looking to optimize my life, and use ADHD meds when I need them to focus-- like to day. I'm trying to start a new campaign, but my mind is everywhere. My action-board and brainstorming board are semi- keeping me on track...
     
  7. MikeHustle

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    Yeah... I fear losing my edge! I love how fast my brain works, and how I am able to conceptualize ideas. I don't want to lose that! I just need a few gears like in a car where I can gear up and down. I need a mental filter.
     
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    Same here. Whenever I think of something good I have to write it down, else I'll forget it in a few minutes.
     
  9. MikeHustle

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    Do you have notebooks full of ideas, and ideas scrambled down on random sheets of paper?

    I've moved all of my brainstorming to a corkboard that is next to my desk, so that I can see all my ideas; above the corkboard is my dry erase board where I keep my to-do list in large bright colors. A good day is when I'm able to erase everything on the top board:)
     
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    all i can say is that those drugs have different effects on different people. also remember you'll have to take them for a period of 3-8weeks before you'll be able to asses the true effect it has on you.
    come to think of it, my ex also drifted in and out of moodswings when on those drugs, that is what she hated the most and she stopped taking them.
    good luck and if you have any more questions feel free to ask man.
     
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    Vyvanse works great for one of my kids. It does wear off by the end of the day, but he is pretty focused for the first 12-15 hours of the day.
     
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    im using ritalin before studying and exams, works good.

    2 times in the year for about 3-4 weeks.
     
  13. John Dough

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    Some people can use caffeine in place of a stimulant drug. The theory of using a stimulant is that it allows you to put the "brakes" on your brain and stop the constant transition of thought.

    I would be careful of prescription drugs, as they can make you lose that great edge that ADD/ADHD gives you.

    Some people smoke marijuana as well.
     
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    I would agree with this. One time my son accidentally ate some "special" brownies. He was great for about 6 hours.
     
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    i smoke alot but ive always had trouble concentrating so some adderal/ridalin does prove to help me focus and get more work done. Just my 2cents
     
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    As far as notebooks go

    [​IMG]

    I have a "Random thoughts" notebook I write in first, and usually about a week later I will look through it and pick out ideas that I think have some substance to them. I can fill out a small spiral easily in about 2 weeks.

    I don't use a cork board, but my entire office has about 20 4 x 8 feet whiteboards. They are actually shower boards that work great as whiteboards.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MhjWLr3YDk

    You can see some of my "to do's" behind me, lol.

    When I take adderall, I feel like the squirrel from "Over the Hedge" when he drinks the soda. At times, I feel myself feeling something I first confused as "depression" actually turned out to be calmness. It is great if I can casually sit someone and focus on work casually. However, if I really can focus on a task which is very rare, I could do something that takes an average person to do in 20 minutes I can do in 10 thoroughly.
     
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    I think a lot of people misdiagnose add and adhd....
    the question you have to ask is.... do you have problems focusing on things you are enjoying? if you do, you might have add and might need treatment.. if not... maybe its just a matter of learning to enjoy things that you find boring, or maybe learn to focus on things you don't enjoy.

    I will say though... adderall was freaking awesome for the week before I had my board exams;) hahaha...
     
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    It really depends. If the child really has adhd then yes they can help. If not it can drive them mad.

    We took our son to several dr and they keep saying that he had adhd and doped him up. It did not help it made thing very bad. Went and did more testing come to find out. the reason he was acting out is that he was board in school. Turns out my son is very bright. thank God he did not take after me.
     
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    Thats kinda bad indeed. Atleast some of those ADHD meds are based on amphetamines. My friends have bought from some adhd dude. Also what i did speed it really gives the feeling "got to do something" even you might not notice it at first. Friend said they once gave speed for some older guy and he went chopping wood for next 2 hour claiming that it did not have any effect :D
     
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