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ADHD & Michael Phelps: Medication is Not a “Crutch”

By |2016-11-20T07:53:40-05:00August 14th, 2016|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Sports|Tags: , , , |

A fellow blogger at Psychology Today wrote a post on Michael Phelps' ADHD not being a true disorder, and stating that stimulant medication for ADHD is a "crutch". Here is my response. One of the greatest disservices to children and adults with mental health issues is marginalizing those who need medication. In Marilyn Wedge's blog post [...]

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Yes, DEA, there’s an ADHD Med Shortage

By |2016-11-20T07:53:44-05:00January 1st, 2012|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Medication, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The FDA says there's a shortage of ADHD medications. They've put stimulant medications on their official shortage list. The DEA says there's no shortage. I've been taking Adderall since I was 23. I'm now, um, considerably older. I tried to get my Adderall prescription filled a couple of months ago. For the first time, I was [...]

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Is the ADHD Brain More Creative?

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-05:00June 13th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Movies/Music, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Is it possible that the impulsivity and quick-thinking that accompanies ADHD may also boost creativity? And what role does medication have in that creative process? Does stimulant medication hamper creativity, or boost it? The ADHD brain may not be held back as much by constraints on thinking. In a study by Abraham et al. (2006), adolescents [...]

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My review of “Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists”

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-05:00April 25th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Books, Depression/Anxiety, Medication|Tags: , , , , , , , |

My review of Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists has been posted at Metapsychology Online Reviews. It can be read at: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=6045&cn=390 An excerpt: "One of the many great features of this book is that even before it addresses specific disorders and medications, it provides the reader with a thorough background regarding the biology of psychiatric [...]

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Antidepressants: Boost brain cells after injury?

By |2016-10-05T06:45:48-04:00April 25th, 2011|Categories: Brain, Depression/Anxiety, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-04-22) -- When neurosurgeons noticed that patients with brain injuries who had been prescribed antidepressants were doing better in unexpected ways than their counterparts who were not taking such medications, scientists took a closer look. Early results in mice indicate that anti-depressants may help spur the creation and survival of new brain cells after brain [...]

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Is ADHD Overmedicated?

By |2016-11-20T07:53:47-05:00March 11th, 2010|Categories: ADHD, Books, Medication, Organizing|Tags: , , , , , |

The Edge Foundation, which specializes in coaching services for ADHD students, provides their opinion on medication treatment of ADHD. The blog post includes information on Judith Warner's new book, We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication. http://www.edgefoundation.org/blog/2010/03/11/is-adhd-overmedicated/

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Online guides for ADHD medication info

By |2016-11-20T07:53:48-05:00March 10th, 2010|Categories: ADHD, Medication|Tags: , , , , , |

I've found two guides online for learning more about medication for ADHD. The first is the "ADHD Parents' Medication Guide" (I added the apostrophe to the title...I think it needs one.) It was created by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Psychiatric Assocation (APA). It can be found here: http://www.psych.org/Share/Parents-Med-Guide/Medication-Guides/ParentsMedGuide-ADHD-English.aspx [...]

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Pilots and Psychiatric Medications

By |2016-11-20T07:53:50-05:00January 2nd, 2009|Categories: ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, Medication|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I never realized that the Federal Aviation Administration could decline someone from becoming certified if they took certain psychiatric medications - even antidepressants and/or medications for ADHD, or if they had a psychiatric diagnosis such as depression or ADHD. If you have or have had a psychiatric diagnosis or are taking medication, you are required to [...]

Study chows children with ADHD have more difficulties with handwriting

By |2017-01-10T08:46:47-05:00December 16th, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Medication, School|Tags: , , , |

In a study by Rosenblum, et al. (2008), children with ADHD had poorer handwriting than non-ADHD children.   Additionally, when children with ADHD were off of their medication, they took an even longer time to copy a paragraph as compared to when they were on medication. Many parents will not be surprised at these study results. (That was my [...]

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