But They Still Said I Have It

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in my early 20s.  I took meds and it was the worst experience of my life.  I did a lot of research to find something else and found out that it means my mom was on crack or that she shook me.  Like that's what the people who diagnose you (which GP's can't do, but they think they can.)  are taught.  It was called brain damage until rich kids got it.  Then it was being hyperkinetic.  The meds work because they stimulate the brain to work around the scaring in the frontal and prefrontal lobes.  In normal kids they stimulate the prefrontal lobe causing them to use parts of the brain that they don't normally because it's not totally developed.  They act better, but you should slap the doctor who blamed their mother.  (none of this came from Scientology, I took graduate level psychology classes to get the info)

alisheaskylar alisheaskylar
26-30, F
1 Response Mar 7, 2009

I've never heard that. I was under the impression that GPs could only prescribe ADHD meds if a psychiatrist gives their consent that the patient is at a stable point with their meds. I thought it was a way to help patients be able to afford to take care of whatever their psychological problems were. It's usually more expensive to see your psychiatrist then it is to see your general practitioner. I know lots of pediatricians like to tell parents to go see if their kid is ADHD. It bugs the crap out of me... but I've never heard that it means you were either given crack as a fetus or abused as a baby. Although, I do know ADHD meds can do really evil things to a fetus if the mother doesn't stop taking the meds as soon as she finds out she's pregnant.<br />
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I was diagnosed with ADHD about 15 years ago. I was about 9. It took a long time and a lot of different methods to figure out how to deal with it. I've learned that there isn't really a catch-all method for dealing with it. I know that ADHD is mis-diagnosed WAY too much and the effects of ADHD meds on a person who isn't ADHD are usually unpleasant to say the least. Lots of the meds for it can have bad effects even for people who really are ADHD. Some people are just better off with out the meds at all, their brains just don't respond well to any current pharmaceutical method for dealing with ADHD. The thing I've learned is that we all sort of have our own individual problems besides our ADHD, it's just that they aren't usually anything that really needs to be medicated.<br />
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I guess I'm the kind of person who thinks that just about everyone is crazy in their own way. Only I don't think every case requires meds. The world doesn't need a bunch of boring happily numb people. I think meds are only required if your mental issues are destroying or removing the value of your live. And even then, a lot of the time a little therapy, just to sort of have a second point of view to help you figure out how your brain works, can often do wonders without a single drug.<br />
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As a person who's taken a wide range of meds for her ADHD I can tell you that the earlier and most common meds for ADHD are definitely the ones that have the worst side effects even for people who are actually ADHD. They make you feel dull and emotion-less. I hated taking those. Right now I'm currently using a mix of therapy and taking a very light dose of Vyvanse, which was developed specifically for people who get that blunted, dull feeling (which often caused depression and even suicidal thoughts). I think the thing that helps most, though, is just gaining a knowledge of how your brain works and how you can best use the unique way it works to make the life you want.