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ADHD and Symptoms

How do you know if you have ADHD? First, you have to look at whether you have the most common symptoms. These include feeling like you can’t just be in one place all of the time, as well as the need for distractions or other forms of stimulation. Maybe you’ve been feeling restless, and you can’t focus like you normally would. Or perhaps you have always been this way, and you just never got around to getting evaluated, or you have become accustomed to it. In any case, it is not so unusual for adults to have ADHD, though it is fairly diagnosed in childhood. Those thinking they may have ADHD would want to get in touch with a medical doctor so that they can be properly looked over. This way, you will know whether you actually do have the disorder, and you can work towards a treatment that works best for you.

ADHD AND NARCOLEPSY SYMPTOMS AND COMPARISON
ADHD AND NARCOLEPSY OVERVIEW

Narcolepsy and Symptoms

Would you know if you had narcolepsy? More than likely, since the signs pertaining to it are much more obvious. While you might feel tired and fatigue ridden, these are minor compared to falling asleep at various points throughout the day. Narcolepsy is perhaps most famous for being a disorder that has people falling asleep at the wrong moments, such as during a meeting or when socializing, you know. The location does not matter, as the disorder will have you falling asleep (or be close to falling asleep) whenever the affliction hits you. As you might happily expect, there are treatments to narcolepsy that can be sought out.

You might be wondering why ADHD and narcolepsy were both brought up in the same conversation. That’s because they can both be treated with one very special form of medication: Adderall. EzCare Clinic is able to help you get evaluated and assist you with the different options you have, including medication. Our licensed physicians will be able to help you determine whether something like Adderall would be best for you or not.

What is Adderall XR?

Adderall is an amphetamine that uses a combined make-up to help your brain stay focused by going through your central nervous system and providing your brain some much-needed stimulation. It can be used for those suffering from symptoms related to both ADHD and narcolepsy, which means it can keep you alert, focused, and even more active mentally, but in a way that helps you.

ADDERALL XR (Extended Release Medicine)- Important Checks
Adderall XR( Extended-release) Important Checks

How Adderal XR Helps?

For those with ADHD and narcolepsy, drugs like Adderall can be life-changing and provide them with a sense of relief that they have never had before. It can be refreshing and beneficial to be able to stay focused on something or to not be on the verge of falling asleep at the wrong times. For these reasons and more, a lot of people look at Adderall as a necessary part of their lives. But this can also be a problem, as drugs like Adderall have been known to be taken advantage of.

Adderal XR -Dosage and Abuse

It’s not difficult to take the low dosage prescribed and think you need more; the request for either more or a higher dosage is one doctor is quite familiar with. So while amphetamines can be helpful, they can also be abused. Be sure to consult with your doctor about the possibility of being dependent on Adderall, especially if you think you have addictive personality traits.

Side-effects of Adderal XR

Let us not forget the associated side-effects of Adderall. Among them include:

  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision,
  • Fatigue,
  • Dry mouth
  • Sexual dysfunction

Due to everyone being different, the way the drug affects you varies. Nevertheless, it’s important to understand the very real and potential unintended effects that taking Adderall can give you.

How Does Adderall XR Works?

Those who may be suffering from ADHD tend to have a low concentration of something known as dopamine. This is a neurotransmitter that works within the brain’s reward center, which allows us to have the motivation to do the things that we do. Enjoy eating a meal, having a refreshing drink, or having sexual intercourse? The brain center is what helps us want to do certain things so that we may be rewarded. Dopamine is a major player in this center, so when it’s lacking, your brain is having trouble staying focused because it is in desperate need of attention.

This is where Adderall comes in; it confronts any dopamine you may have and stimulates with the brain’s receptors, allowing the brain to release dopamine the way it regularly should. You then become much more distracted internally, which, in a way, scratches that itch you’ve been craving, which then allows you to stay more alert and focused.

How Long Does Adderall XR Take to Kick In?

Adderall XR (extreme release) is a much more intense version of the more basic IR (immediate-release). Where each dose of IR last for a few hours and must be taken throughout the day, XR should only be taken once per day because one dose lasts for around 12 hours. Due to its strength and potency, you should only ever take Adderall XR once every 24 hours. The higher intensity of XR also extends to how long it can sit within your body. One dose can essentially rest for a full day; it will not completely leave your system until a few days have passed.

Since Adderall XR is much stronger than traditional IR, you should consult with your physician if it is right for you or not. He/she will be the one who will be able to clear you for Adderall in general, and from here, you will be able to figure out which form of Adderall is best.

If you think Adderall XR would be right for you, contact EZCare Clinic so one of our licensed medical professionals can look you over thoroughly. We can help you better understand any symptoms you may have and present the different possible options that can work best for you. You can set up an appointment by calling us or visiting our appoints webpage. Set up an appointment today and get the relief you deserve!

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What is Ativan?

Anxiety disorders are the common type of mental illness in the U. S., which is affecting approximately 40 million adults (18.1% of the population) each year. These individuals are unfortunately six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not have any anxiety disorders. Even though these conditions are highly treatable, less than half of those suffering receive treatment until their disease is out of control, requiring hospitalization. The exact source of anxiety is not known, but clinicians believe that these disorders are caused by a complex set of risk factors that include genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events or PTSD.

It is not uncommon for someone who has an anxiety disorder also to be diagnosed with depression; in fact, approximately one-half of those diagnosed with depression have an anxiety disorder. With such staggering statistics, there is no wonder the mental health community has been pushing for expanded research and treatment options for this population. Benzodiazepines are a group of medications designed to affect specific chemical imbalances in the brain.

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are primarily used to treat anxiety disorders but may be useful in treating certain off-label conditions as well. The exact way in which benzos work is not fully understood, but it is believed that they affect specific neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that nerves release to communicate with other nerves. Researchers believe that anxiety causes include overactive nerves. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that performs the function of suppressing the activity of these nerves. Benzodiazepines are an effective treatment method because they reduce the activity of nerves in the brain and spinal cord by enhancing the effects of GABA.

Several benzodiazepines are marketed under various names, Lorazepam (generic name, Ativan) is one of them. Lorazepam was patented in 1963 and became available to the public in 1977 for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Since that time, Ativan has been proven to be very useful in the treatment of these complex and all too often debilitating diseases.

What is Ativan used for?

What is Ativan
How to get Ativan

Ativan is primarily used to treat anxiety disorder but can also be used off-label for patients who have epilepsy, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, and chemotherapy-induced nausea or vomiting. In those with anxiety, Ativan is used as short-term management for severe anxiety. This fast-acting medication is useful in treating sudden panic attacks. Because it can effectively reduce agitation and induce sleep, Ativan is also an appropriate choice for the short-term treatment of insomnia due to severe anxiety or night terrors. 

While Ativan is often prescribed to treat those who have an acute case of anxiety or panic attack rather than a long-term depression or anxiety, physicians typically look to something suitable for long term use if the disorder is chronic in nature. Long-term use of Ativan should be avoided because it can become habit-forming or abused. When Ativan is prescribed, it is usually combined with other forms of treatment, such as cognitive or behavioral therapy, so that the medication can be slowly weaned from the patient’s system. 

How does Ativan work?

Lorazepam or Ativan works like most benzodiazepines by depressing brain activity. It is considered a sedative that specifically targets the central nervous system by targeting the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) that is found in the brain. Ativan has a relaxing effect that helps stress and anxiety sufferers reduce overactive thoughts and promotes an overall calming effect on the body. This calming effect is useful in bringing someone out of a panic attack.

What are the side effects of Ativan?

Lorazepam can be habit-forming and should only be used as a short-term treatment method. Currently, the FDA recommends that it is not used for longer than four weeks. Do not stop taking this medication without the advice of your doctor. A sudden change in use can result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including seizures. Misuse of Ativan can cause addiction, overdose or even death. Do not drink alcohol while taking Ativan as it can increase the effects of alcohol. 

Although Ativan is an effective treatment, some individuals should not use this medication. Those who have a history of narrow-angle glaucoma or myasthenia gravis or those who’ve had an allergic reaction to Valium or similar medicine should not be prescribed Lorazepam. 

Ativan Important Checks
Important Checks When Using Ativan

Any medication of this type should be treated with great care to prevent an accidental overdose which can be fatal. Symptoms of an overdose may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed and fainting. If you have unusual changes in mood or behavior, confusion, aggression, hallucinations or thoughts of suicide, contact your medical provider immediately.

All medications can have side effects, the list below includes some, but not all, of the most common associated with Ativan:

  • Dizziness, drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of balance or coordination
  • Memory issues
  • Unsteady feeling

Conclusion

Ativan has long been used to treat certain types of anxiety and depressive disorders effectively. Although it is not appropriate for long-term use, many short-term users report that it has been useful to control the onset of sudden panic attacks and moderate anxiety. Because of the propensity for abuse, providers encourage patients to monitor their medications closely. 

If you believe that Ativan may help control your anxiety, talk to your mental health professional today. For far too long anxiety disorders have been hidden and not talked about due to the stigma attached. It’s time to bring this and other disorders to the forefront of healthcare. You don’t have to suffer alone, EzCare Clinic in San Francisco can help you.  Promising new treatments and therapies can help you take control of your life once again. Ativan is one of the most trusted medications available to help patients today. 

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How effective is Lexapro for treating anxiety?

Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication that is used to treat anxiety in adults and major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old. Anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 40 million American adults as well as 8% of teenagers and children.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can be a complex disorder to understand because everyone has some level of anxiety at some point in their lives. Though it is hard to imagine, anxiety can offer a wide range of positive outcomes.

  • Protection:  Because anxiety is very often related to fear, it is nature’s way of protecting individuals from something dangerous.
  • Attention: Anxiety has a way of focusing our attention on the things that are important to us.
  • Motivation: Anxiety can be a mighty force that drives us to accomplish things. Fearing the consequences of our actions can be the motivation that we need to complete a task or project.
  • Preparation: For some people, concerns about how a scenario will play out will drive them to prepare for the situation. The adage, “prepare for the worst, hope for the best” always comes to their mind.
  • Communication: When people are anxious, they naturally feel compelled to talk to someone to find support or encouragement

Conditions of anxiety

Anxiety Risk Factors
Anxiety Risk Factors – What factors will trigger anxiety and how Lexapro can help?

Anxiety disorders are a classification of mental illnesses that are characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. Several conditions can be classified as an anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety, specific phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Though each may manifest in different ways, several physical symptoms tend to be associated with each of them, such as an increased heart rate, shakiness, numbness, or tingling in one or more extremities, sweating, and heart palpitations.

Causes of anxiety

The medical community has yet to determine the exact cause of anxiety disorders, but they believe that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Certain risk factors can include abuse, family history of mental disorders, and brain chemistry. It is not uncommon for anxiety disorders to occur with other psychiatric diseases, particularly major depressive disorder, personality disorder, and substance use disorder.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety

In order to be diagnosed, symptoms typically need to be present for at least six months and decrease functioning in day to day living. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, counseling, and medications. While counseling, typically a cognitive behavioral therapy, is a valid option; medicines such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or beta-blockers can also help to improve the symptoms of anxiety disorders.

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro is an antidepressant medication that affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression or anxiety. It is a selective, serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs enhance the function of nerve cells in the brain that regulate emotion. The body and brain communicate with signals through chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. As the neurons (brain cells) send signals to one another, they release a portion of the neurotransmitter. They then take the chemical messenger back that they released in order to send the next message; a process called “reuptake.”

In individuals who are living with depression, the area of the brain that regulates the movement of messages may not function properly. SSRIs inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, allowing it to build up between neurons and send messages correctly.

Effects of Lexapro

Several clinical studies have shown that depression and generalized anxiety disorder are effectively controlled by Lexapro. In fact, a long-term study concluded that it could help to prevent depression relapses in some patients. Although it is very effective in adults, Lexapro has only recently been approved for use in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17.

Lexapro side effects

As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Lexapro use in some but not all patients. Typically, when side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily. More severe side effects are less common in adults.

Reported side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Ejaculation problems

Conclusion

Lexapro is a useful tool in treating anxiety disorders. Individuals who suffer from severe or prolonged bouts of fear or anxiety should seek professional help. Although many people do not recognize the dangers of these disorders, or how they are affecting virtually every aspect of their lives, serious complications do occur. With such effective treatment options available, there is no need to allow anxiety to control your life.

EzCare Clinic in San Francisco has a wide range of services geared towards your well-being. The caring and dedicated staff can provide the necessary testing, therapy, and if needed, medications to treat all your medical or mental healthcare needs. Anxiety disorders aren’t something that is going to go away on its own, seek professional help today. Visit EzCare Medical Clinic in San Francisco to schedule your appointment with a licensed Anxiety Doctor today.

 

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