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I am a college student taking

I am a college student taking Psychology at a local college. We have been studying neurotransmitters and the different types of drugs that affect synapses. I find your blog very interesting as I personally have and have heard of my peers being diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. In every case the diagnosis has been treated with Ritalin or another type of stimulant. This has become so popular that you can buy it to help you study for exams. It seems that your approach of using different types of therapies such as behavior modification and computer exercises is much more responsible than just prescribing drugs. Learning organization skills to help with attention difficulties is something most people could use, not just students. I am not saying drug therapy is not correct in these cases, just that it seems that it is irresponsible to prescribe stimulants without have some other types of behavior therapy to support it. No doctor would prescribe anti-depressants without having counseling as part of the treatment. I hope more parents and doctor will read this blog and work in a more responsible manner.

Medication vs alternative treatment

This is not and "either or" debate is far as I understand it. You didn't give that impression either, yet the tone I perceive is that somehow medication shouldn't be a single treatment but should always have the alternatives , or should somehow be considered as a last resort,less desirable or somehow a necessary evil .

The author mentions this may be the case if side effects are intolerable of medicines, or if they have been ineffective or suboptimal, or if the patient doesn't want to take them.

Healthy lifestyle ,vigorous exercise and counseling are never a bad thing. Probably if the counseling were more accessible and covered with fewer limits that would help.It would also be nice if some of those counselors could train and function as a coach to bridge the gap between counseling, medication ,etc or if medical support persons could be also trained and included in insurance coverage, similar to how an occupational therapist helps a stroke victim regain functioning of day to day living , helping them practically in adapting to the remaining disabilities.

The practice of non diagnosed students using stimulants is a different subject which shouldn't influence the treatment choice for the add suffers and their caregivers. It's illegal to share that medication, moreover true sufferers are loathe to give away their meds. Obviously their prescriptions are closely monitored,for timing- and there is red tape.

Some restrictions are probably justified due to possible fakers, who could go to the lengths of feigning a diagnosis . It seems from time to time, in some places shady healthcare personnel are willing to prescribe anything for no particular reason.
More commonly these students are getting it from non medical illegal sources.

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Larry Maucieri, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor at Governors State University. He has published on adult ADHD as well as traumatic brain injury and dementia.


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