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Thread #86484   Message #1608765
Posted By: Dave'sWife
19-Nov-05 - 05:22 AM
Thread Name: ADHD- Ritalin
Subject: RE: ADHD- Ritalin
Mark Cohen - thanks for that explanation of the didferent medications.

- My husband was having a very rough time after 9/11 (we lost someone close and had some others injured) and then a dear friend was killed in a triple Homicide. He was also having a terrible time concentrating and staying focused at work. We assumed Depression.

After a fairly long evaluation period, a very good Shrink had him looked at for ADHD. He was put on the extended release form Adderal and what an IMMENSE difference it has made. We went back and had his parents re-evaluate his childhood symptoms and based on what they had to say, it appears he might have benefitted from treatment back then. He's lucky in that he went into Film where a creative temperament is tolerated!

He's doing very well on the dosage and is monitored closely by both the Shrink and our Primary care Physician. Nobody wants this to be forever, but we are so grateful for the diagnosis. He lost some weight,began sleeping better, stopped thrashing about at night, gets work done easily and without stress, feels terrific and relaxed. He is better able to enjoy his free time than he used to and he took back up hobbies he had set aside years ago.

You'd think being on Adderal, he'd be hyper, but it has had the opposite effect of grounding him. Before treatment, he was nervous, prone to grinding his teeth from worry, slept badly and couldn't keep his mind in one place very long. He says now he feels as if he's been set back on the tracks after having jumped a rail.

it may have been the combined effects of everything that hit us all after 9/11 that made his condition apparent. I don't know. I just know he's happy, productive, healthier and more serene. I believe in the diagnosis and I;m glad our doctors took the time necessary to arrive at it. They didn't rush into any one conclusion.

It may be an over-diagnosed condition, but it is a real one!