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Managing Your ADHD in San Francisco Bay Area

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD was once thought to be a childhood behavioral condition that could be controlled by discipline, and as they matured, the child would grow out of it. Characterized by bouts of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, these children had difficulty at school, at home and everywhere in between. Managing ADHD can be difficult.

History of ADHD

Contrary to what mainstream America thought, these “immature” children were actually suffering from a condition that had been identified hundreds of years ago, although the name ADHD is a relatively new term. As far back as the late 1700s in Germany, physicians labeled these children with “attention disorders.” Over the years, other names have been attached to the symptoms of ADHD such as “Fidgety kids,” or “Mental Restlessness.”

Despite what we may call the condition, in the 1990s and early 2000s, an explosion of newer, more effective medications were developed. The oldest known treatment, Benzedrine, was first approved by the FDA in 1936, but it wasn’t until the ‘50s when Ritalin came on the market and suddenly became the gold standard for treatment that another viable option was available. With such huge gaps in the release of medications, it is no surprise that when newer, more effective treatments became available in the 90s that this condition became so well-known.

ADHD disorder history

Today, after many years of research, we now know that ADHD doesn’t just affect kids. Many adults who are inattentive or impulsive are shocked to be diagnosed. Although it was once thought that children “grew out” of ADHD, we now know that is not the case. As children matured, they became better equipped to handle their symptoms and often sought careers where the disorder helped rather than hurt them, hiding the symptoms. In contrast, adults who thought they never had symptoms as a child are now finding that they were better able than others to mask the symptoms of the disorder growing up. Sometimes it isn’t until adulthood, and demanding jobs or lifestyles makes it harder for them, and the once hidden symptoms begin to emerge.

Treatment options for ADHD

Unfortunately, there is no cure for ADHD, and you can’t prevent the disease from occurring. In fact, researchers can’t even find the exact cause of the disorder though many believe that there are factors that may influence your chances of being afflicted.

  • Heredity
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Changes in the brain
  • Smoking, drinking, or substance abuse during pregnancy
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Brain injury or disorder

Though we may never know how to prevent ADHD, we do know some very effective ways to treat it in both children and adults, therapy, and medications. Therapy is a useful place for patients to learn how to address the symptoms of their disorder, how to deal with the emotions associated with it, and coping techniques. Some individuals, especially adults, tend to shy away from any counseling but learning how to deal with the confusion and other emotions is the best way to prevent additional conditions such as anxiety or depression that can result from the frustration.

Since the first medication was prescribed for ADHD in the ’30s, modern pharmaceuticals have come a long way. The most popular treatment options are stimulants, which may sound odd, considering hyperactivity is one of the symptoms of the disorder. However, these medications work because they increase the availability of certain chemical in the brain to make it work more effectively. Stimulants are estimated to lessen the symptoms of ADHD by 70% to 80%. Though there are several, a few examples of stimulant medications for ADHD are Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, and Focalin.

Treatment options for ADHD in San Francisco

There are also several non-stimulant medications that can be used to treat ADHD such as antidepressants, or ADHD -specific non-stimulants. While these medications are not as popular as stimulants, they don’t cause agitation, sleeplessness, or lack of appetite, nor are they addictive. Non-stimulant medicines also tend to last longer than stimulants, which can wear off abruptly. Examples of non-stimulants include Strattera, Clonidine, and Guanfacine.

Once a diagnosis has been made, most practitioners will determine the type of treatment necessary. Often this will include therapy. Typically, adults with ADHD who have both medication and counseling treatment are better prepared to control their symptoms and learn to live fuller, happier lives.

ADHD Treatment in SF

Individuals who live in the San Francisco area can turn to EZCare Clinic for all their ADHD treatment. On staff, doctors are qualified to determine if a patient has the condition as well as distinguishing it from other conditions whose symptoms can mimic those of ADHD and provide medications. Counseling services are also available for individuals who need help coping with the emotions of ADHD and who can teach different techniques that can help control symptoms.

Open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Call today at (415) 966-0848 or make your appointment online.

 


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How Long Does It Take for Adderall to Kick In

There are two primary types of Adderall: IR (immediate release) and XR (extended release). IR is the most common form of Adderall; a single dose can last around four hours, which means you will have to keep taking it throughout the day. XR, as the name implies, is more potent, and it can stay active for up to twelve hours. For this reason, you should only ever take Adderall XR once per day. The amount of time traces of the drugs stay in your system also varies from a day or two (IR) to three or four (XR). Effects of  prescription drug Adderall can be felt anywhere from 20 to 120 minutes after you take it. After a single dose administration 5 or 20 mg of Amphetamines to healthy volunteers under fasted conditions, peak plasma concentrations occur 2.5  to 3 hours post-dose.

Adderall, either IR or XR, can prove to be a major benefit for its users. Instead of being unable to sit still or have trouble staying awake or focused, they will be more alert and attentive, thanks to this prescribed medication. While there are major benefits to be had from Adderall, there are also potential dangers that must be understood before deciding to take it. While many who take Adderall do live improved lives overall, it is still a well-known abused drug and it must be taken in low enough doses, especially when starting out.

You won’t know unless you speak with a licensed physician, who will be able to give you a thorough ADHD diagnosis. From here, you will have a better understanding of whether or not you have the symptoms needed for being prescribed Adderall. EzCare Medical Clinic San Francisco can assist you with getting the right type of help and examinations needed for being approved for amphetamine medication. Our licensed doctors can help you find the best treatment options while also providing helpful information about whatever ails you. Call us or visit our webpage so you can schedule an ADHD treatment appointment today.

Adderall prescription for Narcolepsy and ADHD

 

When Adderall is prescribed

There are a few mental and health disorders that do not seem to be related but end up having a specific thing in common. It starts with ADHD, a condition that can be detected early on in childhood but affects adults as well. It can be characterized by feelings of restlessness, agitation, and being unable to stay still. Probably the most common symptom related to ADHD has to do with a lack of focus. Those who exhibit the signs are usually unable to stay attentive to any one thing, which can make them fond of seeking attention elsewhere. This can also lead to hyperactive behavior and an intense need for having distractions of some sort. Adults with ADHD have many options for treatment, some of which can also treat other disorders that come with different symptoms.

Narcolepsy is not a disorder you would associate with hyperactivity or someone who is in desperate need of stimulation. Those who suffer from narcolepsy often find themselves falling asleep during the day or during times where doing so would be seen as inappropriate. A lack of hypocretin is usually to blame, but in the end, this disorder, which can contribute to fatigue and generally feeling tired, can be treated with common medication.

So what do ADHD and narcolepsy have in common? They can both be treated with the amphetamine known as Adderall. EzCare Clinic will be able to evaluate you and provide a thorough diagnostic that will best determine whether you indeed exhibit the symptoms associated with ADHD or narcolepsy. EzCare Clinic can also help you with other medical disorders and provide several other services catering to various types of health. Our experienced and professional staff can even help you both in-person and online.

 

What is Adderall

Adderall, like many other medications of this type, is a combination drug, that involves salts from amphetamine’s enantiomers that work with the central nervous system. As a cognitive enhancer, it can help you stay alert, be more focused, and generally feel better. With a regular, low dosage, a person taking Adderall will find themselves being much more focused and in control. They will be able to stay attentive to topics at hand and not feel nearly as fatigued as they once did. In the case of narcolepsy, they won’t find themselves in need of sleep.

It’s important to understand that a low dosage is normal and recommended for those taking Adderall. This is because the drug is known to be very addictive and easy to abuse. It’s no secret that medicated pills can be taken advantage of by users, and Adderall is no exception. If you feel that you might become dependent on Adderall, it might be best to reconsider it as a treatment option. In any case, your doctor will give you the best recommendation and is the only person who can prescribe you. If they think you should not have more than your current dosage, that’s the way it stands. At the same time, it is not unusual for patients to ask for a higher dosage, so a lot of it does come back to the user.

In addition to the addiction potential associated, Adderall does come with its own set of side-effects that are both physical and psychological. Insomnia and mood swings are among the different symptoms that can come from the side-effects, as well as weight loss and erectile dysfunction. As can be expected, Adderall affects everyone quite differently, so if you do have any side-effects, they could range from the minor to the extreme.

 

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How Does Adderall Work

If you are familiar with dopamine, then you know that it likes to hang out in your brain’s reward center. The reward center is where the motivation we have to do things originates, and neurotransmitters like dopamine help us continue to stay motivated. Without it, it is likely we would not feel that we want to have a refreshing drink or eat delicious food, things we do for pleasure but also for survival.

What Adderall does is help release dopamine that is otherwise standing around not helping our brain receptors. It does this by stimulating the dopamine, which then causes our brain to become more active. It’s this jolt of distraction that helps the brain refocus and allow for you to become more attentive.

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Understanding and Handling Your ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a serious problem (hence it’s classification as a disorder). It is a neurological condition that affects a person’s ability to manage behavior (particularly impulsiveness), focus or pay attention, resulting in problems in work, health, finances, and human relationships. The condition becomes more complicated due to its “hidden” nature.  Friends, neighbors, family members, colleagues, and bosses don’t see the challenges and as such, may find it difficult to accept the problem as neurobiological rather than an individual’s choice. ADD patients also suffer from feelings of inadequacy, not living up to their potential as well as others’ expectations of them.

Effects of ADDEffects of Attention Deficit Disorder

ADD symptoms vary not just from patient to patient but can manifest differently based on the specific situation (social, work, school, or home). The symptoms could also be inconsistent from day to day; one day, you feel as if you accomplished a tremendous amount of work while on others, you feel exceptionally unproductive. ADD patients can spend hours doing a homework assignment or writing a book report, and then forget to submit it.

On some occasions, they relegate tasks they feel are confusing, boring or challenging to the background (even if the tasks are considered critical to work, personal finances such as doing taxes, or school) and focus exclusively on projects that seem trivial or unnecessary. As such, ADD patients often fail or drop out of school, constantly get fired or have financial and legal problems that could have been easily avoided.

However, with the right treatment, environment, and lifestyle, symptoms of ADD can be mitigated, and patients can live relatively normal lives. A lot of talented actors, writers, business owners, athletes, artists, and inventors had ADD but went on to become renowned in their various professions. They led exceptional lives and contributed immensely to the growth of society.

Diagnosing Adult ADD

The first step in handling ADD begins with an accurate diagnosis of the condition; however, this is not as simple as it sounds. An ADD diagnosis requires a medical professional (who has extensive experience with adult ADD) to perform a detailed evaluation. This evaluation is done using interviews, rating scales, questionnaires, and intellectual screenings, in addition to measuring distractibility and level of sustained attention. The professional then decides if the symptoms correspond with those outlined in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the official diagnostic manual used in the U.S. 

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Handling ADDCoping with Attention Deficit Disorder

Once you’ve been accurately diagnosed with the disorder, the next step is finding a way to handle it. In the past, experts thought that ADD/ADHD affected only children and that they grew out of it as they grew older; however, this is not the case. This was because adults with ADD learned to cope with the condition as they grew older, developing strategies that helped them fit in with social expectations. Fortunately, we now know that ADD lasts throughout a person’s lifetime, from formative years to old age.

Methods Used in Managing ADD

The most common way of managing ADD is through the use of medication. These are divided into two: stimulants and non-stimulants. Stimulants help to increase attention while reducing impulsivity and hyperactivity; however, if you experience too many side-effects or have a history of addictions, your doctor may prescribe non-stimulants. In special cases, a combination of both kinds of medications may be used.

Counseling is another approach to treating ADD. It has been observed that CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is effective in treating cases of adult ADD. This type of therapy assists patients to learn new ways of behaving and interacting with the world. In particular, CBT helps to address symptoms of ADD such as shame, feelings of low self-esteem and loss of self-confidence.

Other ways of treating ADD include practicing stress reduction techniques, including physical exercise as part of your daily routine and making lifestyle shifts (such as focusing on personal strengths). You could also be eligible for workplace accommodation.

The good news is that ADD is a manageable condition and with the right professional help, you can live a remarkably productive life. If you would like to meet with a qualified physician to discuss your ADD, please schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling our San Francisco clinic at (415) 966-0848. 


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