Ten years ago if you went to the doctor and were diagnosed with attention deficit disorder your doctor likely just had a couple of options and probably opted for Ritalin. Today, there is a vast range of both stimulant, non-stimulant, and other varieties of medications available to not only treat the primary symptoms of ADHD but secondary symptoms as well. Your doctor's dilemma is to match the right type of prescription medication with the symptom or symptoms while formulating the prefect dosage. No easy task for even the most skilled practitioner.
Among the categories containing ADHD meds are stimulants, non-stimulants, MAOIs, SSRIs, serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, dopamine agonists, antihypertensives, anticonvulsants, and others which are difficult to categorize such as Buspar (serotonin stabilizer for anger control). And you wonder why your doctor seems a little stressed out?
As you can see the list of medicines for ADHD will make the head of both ADHD and non ADHD individuals spin. OK, so now the room is spinning and just to make things a little more interesting, many people may require more than one medication. If you medical practitioner is skilled, has taken his medication today, and isn't experiencing any major side effects your chance of finding the right treatment are pretty good.
Because the effects of each one of the above medication can vary and the side effects can range from mild to severe, you need to make sure that close attention is paid to results. So much of you or your child's success will be based on how well you and your doctor communicate. The most effective way to do this is to gain a better understanding of the results you or your child are trying to achieve.
Let's look at eight helpful criteria:
* Recall and memory improves
* Reduction in levels of distractibility
* Increased control over attention
* Increased control over impulsive behavior
* Improved job or school performance
* Improvement in the ability to start and finish projects
* Better command over emotions such as irritability, moodiness, and impatience
* Decreased levels of hyperactivity and restlessness
In summary, ADHD meds can provide very good results if the proper criteria are met and monitored. For others who fail to achieve the anticipated results the situation becomes a bit more complicated. For many of those struggling to find answers natural alternative ADHD remedies have proven to be an option worth considering. These all natural formulas are very safe and have been shown to be effective in treating such problematic symptoms as erratic behavior, inattention, and impulsivity. They also have the added advantage of being safe and effective across gender and age barriers. As always if you are thinking about mixing and matching medications check with your doctor first.