LIVE A NORMAL, PRODUCTIVE LIFE WITH ADHD AND ADDDr. Ray
Your child is unable to concentrate on the lesson the teacher is giving in class. He is fidgety, looking here and there; his eyes show there are other things on his mind. He has problems finishing tasks and following directions. He seems distracted, forgetful or careless. His hands and body seem to have a tendency for too much movement. It is hard for the teacher to make him sit in one place for an entire lesson. It seems that he just has to have some physical activity intermittently, whether it is roaming, jumping or hitting someone.
Who Can Suffer From ADHD/ADD
If you are a person struggling with such a child, then it’s highly likely your child is suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). The only difference between ADHD and ADD is that ADHD patients are hyperactive whereas ADD patients are simply distractible, unorganized, forgetful with difficulty in focusing on one thing. ADHD and ADD affect adults too, though their symptoms may be subtle. They themselves may not realize that they have ADHD or ADD but they continue to struggle in their daily lives. They have problems getting organized and have a short listening span. Moreover, they lose focus easily, have trouble starting up tasks, are frequently late and can be rash, impatient drivers.
Recognition of ADHD & ADD
Since ADHD and ADD have been formally recognized as mental disorders only in the latter half of 19th century, patients do not have a wide variety of options for treatment. There are some medications which have been proven to help improve the lives of ADHD patients significantly. One of these is a combination of two stimulants amphetamine and dextroamphetamine which comes under the brand name Adderall. This medicine helps control the chemicals and nerves which deal with impulses and hyperactivity in the brain. It increases the brain chemical dopamine’s levels which stimulate the brain. In this way, it helps to increase the ability to focus, pay attention and control behavior. It is also prescribed for narcolepsy, a condition including excessive sleepiness, thus helping the patients stay alert. And don’t worry, it’s safe; the Food and Drug Administration approved Adderall in 1960.
Adderall is available as tablets of different dosages with varying colors and as an extended-release capsule (Adderall XR) as well. It is usually taken 2-3 times daily whereas the extended-release capsule is only needed to be taken once a day. Although a prescription drug, you can buy Adderall online without prescription. Read the medication guide carefully before you consume it. Do NOT use it if you don’t have a medical condition but you want to stay alert/awake etc.