ADHD

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Posted by: add mom | 2010/03/28

Q.

Adult add

While looking for help on the internet (reading up) for y 8 year old girl who I am sure is ADD and not ADHD - I came to the realization that I have been ADD my whole life. I truly dont know how I got through school university etc. ( mostly by clever tricks and bulshitting) -
Today im self employed and if I bulshitt Im the one that suffers from it. My daughter is very bright and still copes well in school because she is bright but I have tested her concentration and at 8 years she cant look me in the eye''s for one minute while im talking and directly afterwards she will talk about something els. She also forgets within 30 min of doing something exactly what she did. When I asked her about it she will tell me " its just blank I cant remember what I did 30 min ago!!!! sounds like me at age 40.
She is with Tina Cowly reading school and is doing very well
and her reading is improving - my worry is next year is her first year with exams - being bright is not going to help her. Ritalin is something that I thought I will never allow in MY HOUSE!!! But at this stage I think we can both do with it. If I go to my GP will they be able to prescribe it if they think it will help (both of us)- do you get a low dose slow release in SA. Im still very scared of the product
We have been doing plenty omega 3 etc products IQ omega etc etc

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear ADD mom,

The switch from natural supplements to prescribed medication can be a difficult one. You seem to be doing a large amount of research which is the best first step you can take. The long acting Ritalin is available in SA; the dosage is dependent on the severity of the symptoms, however, weight and general health factors will also play a role. I'm sure in your research you have come across Strattera and Concerta as well; although the side effects tend to be similar across ADD medications some people prefer one over the others - this tends to be a trial and error process unfortunately. If you are still unsure of medication there are cognitive behavioural specialists who can assist with coping skills to deal with ADD.

Before deciding on a treatment route, it is advisable to get a professional diagnosis. It may be worth taking your daughter to an educational psychologist who deals with ADD for a complete evaluation; you can contact www.adhasa.co.za for a professional in your area. Likewise, you may benefit from an evalauation.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: dad | 2010/04/07

Snort Ritalin!!!! Tell your daughter to crush ritalin up and snort it

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/03/31

Dear ADD mom,

The switch from natural supplements to prescribed medication can be a difficult one. You seem to be doing a large amount of research which is the best first step you can take. The long acting Ritalin is available in SA; the dosage is dependent on the severity of the symptoms, however, weight and general health factors will also play a role. I'm sure in your research you have come across Strattera and Concerta as well; although the side effects tend to be similar across ADD medications some people prefer one over the others - this tends to be a trial and error process unfortunately. If you are still unsure of medication there are cognitive behavioural specialists who can assist with coping skills to deal with ADD.

Before deciding on a treatment route, it is advisable to get a professional diagnosis. It may be worth taking your daughter to an educational psychologist who deals with ADD for a complete evaluation; you can contact www.adhasa.co.za for a professional in your area. Likewise, you may benefit from an evalauation.

Kind regards,
Delia

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