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ADD/ADHD: To Medicate? - January 13th 2011, 06:55 PM

Hey all,

I wanted to start a thread that got everyone's thoughts on the matter.

Apart from side affects of the drugs I do believe I feel better when taking my meds. The thing is, I can't be creative. People I know that also take ADD meds have this problem too. I compose music as well as lyrics and on medication, I can't bring myself to do it. Without the drugs I'm insane, can't follow a conversation and just am overall annoying.

In short, what are your thoughts on the ADD population: To medicate, or to not medicate?

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Re: ADD/ADHD: To Medicate? - January 13th 2011, 07:08 PM

Medication is good at keeping it under control, but it has it bad sides too, because if u don't medicate then things get out of control and ur emotions are everywhere. I say that you should stay medicated and try to find ways to be creative.

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Re: ADD/ADHD: To Medicate? - January 13th 2011, 07:42 PM

i have ADHD and have been med free for about 4 years, my doctor took me off them we still have some in this house just in case my mum decides i need them she often carries some in her bag too. i have not needed to start taking them agian - i dont concentrate as well without them but when i was on them i just felt like i was some sort of robot.

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Re: ADD/ADHD: To Medicate? - January 13th 2011, 08:22 PM

medicate definetly it has helped me alot!!

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Re: ADD/ADHD: To Medicate? - January 14th 2011, 02:05 AM

Medicate it helps me alot though school and everything
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Re: ADD/ADHD: To Medicate? - January 14th 2011, 03:06 AM

Yeah It's helped me tons but I'm looking at the creative side of it.

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Re: ADD/ADHD: To Medicate? - January 15th 2011, 10:28 AM

I'm very tired now so hopefully this makes sense, I'll explain more though if needed when I'm more awake. Although ADHD is one psychiatric disorder, you'll find not all researchers agree on this, depending on the sub-type of ADHD, some argue it should be split into 2 disorders. This is the part that probaby doesn't make sense now but I'm not coherent enough now to explain it.

The problem for ADHD is psychotherapy doesn't often work because keeping attention is always required, as are most other psychotherapies so medication becomes the golden solution. Usually, medication is used to stabilize the patient short-term then psychotherapy is given to better the patient in the long-term. With ADHD, this can happen but still can have some difficulties, making it a bit different than your other common psychiatric disorders. But, it has been found some ADHD patients who are unmedicated can perform better when their environment is adjusted.

A common way of measuring attention for various studies is to have a distraction condition, where normal people do poorer. However, many ADHD patients do better. Obviously this doesn't work for school settings but for other settings, it may work so, adjusting the setting may help.

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