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My dh is considering Ritalin to help with his inability to concentrate and stay on task. He is a classic case of ADD/ADHD and scores really high on all of the tests. He is very functional and successful, but he is under an extreme amount of stress and is having difficulity balancing everything, especially with his job. One major factor is that he is used to excercising for several hours a day (played sports all through childhood-college, worked outside in an active environment until just this year). He is working in an office for the first time and even though he goes to the gym a few times a week, he is really experiencing a lot of difficulty and it is making us all miserable. We already do the Feingold program, our diet is based on whole organic foods cooked from scratch - we don't eat any additives at all. Any other suggestions? Is ritalin really harmful in this type of situation? Do you have to take it all the time or can you just take it as needed? I know he needs to exercise more, but he already works a 10 hour day and when he gets home we need his help! I don't think we can spare more than 1-2 hours a day (maybe more on weekends). He can't bike or walk to work. Any ideas?
 

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Here is a website with lots of info on the adverse effects of Ritalin use<br><br><a href="http://www.mercola.com" target="_blank">www.mercola.com</a><br><br>
Ritalin is basically like Cocaine,its only one molecule off..........think about chronic habitual users of cocaine? Same thing with Ritalin.<br><br>
Yes there are alternatives to Ritalin<br>
look here<br><a href="http://www.homeopathic.com" target="_blank">www.homeopathic.com</a><br><a href="http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com" target="_blank">www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com</a><br><br>
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I don't have any suggestions to alternatives, but I can say that ritalin is highly addictive, and like PP said, very similar to cocaine. In the drug circles it's referred to as "diet coke" because it's cheaper and less of a hassle to buy than cocaine. It can be a scary drug.
 

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an extra thought;<br>
have him take omega 3 oils daily this helps the brain function more<br>
read up on omega 3<br><a href="http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com" target="_blank">www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com</a><br><br>
elliminate dairy and sugar aswell,feingold diet is good.<br>
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Got to chime in here - as long as your DH is being followed by a competent psychiatrist, he will probably do fine on the Ritalin. Minor side effects such as appetite loss and difficulty sleeping are common, but the half life of the drug is so small that the effects wear off 2-3 hours after taking it. This allows for a person take the medicine during the day (at school/work) and take evenings and weekends off if they'd like. Many people have been immensely helped, and it might be worth a shot for your DH to try it. The biggest risk is to those who have structural heart defects (which are not common), and the psychiatrist should clearly describe the risks and benefits to your DH before he prescribes the recommended stimulant. If your DH has a history of substance abuse, this will be taken into account, and keep in mind that the vast majority of people who take Ritalin for ADHD do not become raging cokeheads. Best of luck to you guys!
 

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One of my dd's has been on ritalin for 13 years.<br><br>
She does well in school with it, functions well at work. When we have done trial periods of not taking it, she cannot function well at all. Lack of focus, inability to process information, etc.<br><br>
She's really had no trouble with it at all.<br><br>
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the half life of the drug was my brother's issue -- it gave him highs and lows. he switched to another drug with timed release.
 

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While i normally wouldn't feel compelled to share this information but i think it might help so I will. I been diagnosed with ADD since the age of 6 (and this was before it was the "in" thing)<br><br>
I was on Ritalin when i was very young for a couple of years and then we moved and it was hard to find a new doctor that we liked. Then I refused to take it in High School and I did horrible....Fast forward to University failed out my second year and had to go home, started taking meds again and could totally notice the difference.<br><br>
If your husband truly has ADD/ADHD then the meds will help, if he doesn't then the meds could be dangerous. The best way to explain how they work (based on my experience) is when i don't take them its like having 10,000 tvs going at once and you're trying to listen to every channel. When i am on my medication i can actually just tune into that one channel and focus on the task at hand.<br><br>
You don't have to take it everyday, in fact I only take it when I need it as well. The days that i don't need it i find that a cup or two of coffee mixed with hot chocolate will work well too (if i only need to focus for a couple of hours)<br><br>
I am not addicted to other drugs, nor have i ever abused drugs (in reference to the people who liken ritalin to cocaine) I believe that Ritalin can be abused and the reason it affects certain people like it does is because of the fact that they do not really have ADD.<br><br>
I have tried some of those "natural" alternatives and some don't work and some have made me actually sick...Perhaps your husband could try a trial for about a month or two and see how it works for him?
 

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My brother has been on ritilan since middle school. He really cannot focus properly without it, he is just way too distractible. For him, I really believe the ritilan is what makes him employable in any decent career capacity.<br><br>
I took it for a while in college - the two semesters I actually got 3.9's. It really did make a big difference for me. A class was just excruciating to sit through, I couldn't stand to pay attention, I was constantly talking to my friends, especially the classes where I got the concept right away, I had a hard time listening to the rest, so I would skip class and miss too much. With the ritilan, I was able to sit there and concentrate on what the teacher was saying like any normal person.
 

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My dh is on strattera and it works really well. It takes care of the symptoms without being addictive the way ritalin is.<br><br>
Your dh's pdoc should look into strattera as a first option for pharm therapy.<br><br>
good luck!
 

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Ritalin has really gotten a bad rap in the last few years, and I think a lot of it is totally undeserved. Stimulant medication have been proven to help those with ADD/ADHD. That's a fact. The side effects are also well documented, not the least of which is appetite suppression. This can be a problem in kids, but in adults is more manageable. Others such as sleep interruption can be easily managed by managing the dosages and when they are taken.<br><br>
My 15 year old son was on Ritalin for a number of years. It wasn't ideal, but it was what he needed. He couldn't have functioned effectively without it. He finally got off of it after taking neurofeedback training, but while he was on it, it was a godsend. I dispute the assertion that it's addictive - it wears off in 4 hours or less, and my son never had any problems taking a break from it for a weekend or a week, or when we stopped it altogether.<br><br>
If you don't want to try Ritalin, try caffeine. If that helps, consider Ritalin.
 

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We do Feingold too, my whole family has been on the diet for 4 years. While it helps immensley, I finally had to put ds on concerta.<br>
The effects wear off in hours and the difference it has made is VAST.<br>
I wouldn't rule out medications.<br>
While people have extremely strong feelings about this issue (so did I) the benefits to my son, his learning and our family life is amazing.<br><br>
Good luck
 

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I have ADD, which is NOT helpful in my profession (I'm a newspaper copy editor, so being distractible is a real problem!). Before we started TTCing, I took Ritalin, and it was a tremendous help.<br><br>
The first week or so, I felt kind of "wired" ... very very energetic, didn't eat much, etc. But that went away quickly, and then I found concentrating on my work (and stuff at home) was SO much easier. I could focus on one thing without my mind wandering in 1,000 different directions, and I didn't get so overwhelmed by stuff that I didn't even know where to start.
 

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I just wanted to come and join this thread because we are going through similar issues. we just started my 12 yo on Adderall which we like so far. Our doc explained that strattera only works on the dopamine so it won't work for many people. ritalin and concerta work on norepi. but adderall works on both, so for many people it works best.<br><br>
We've tried all kind of natural stuff too and now I realize that I have ADD. In fact, my daughters scores and my scores were the highest her doc had ever scored. which explains so much! My husband and other daughter also scored high. I really hate the thought of all of us going on the meds, but over the years I can come to learn never to say never, and that sometimes meds are a godsend.<br><br>
Here's a question for all with adult ADD: Who diagnosed you and gave you meds? My family doc has agreed to start me on something next week, I am trying to wean off my meds for restless meds first (not successful so far at all, I slept a total of 1.5 hours last night and now I am up and going to work all day and have a client who is overdue and could go into labor at any minute) I am wondering if I have to go to a psych or anything or if I could just stay with the family doc.<br><br>
also, we joined an online site that has podcasts which are truly wonderful. When I heard the one about women and ADD, I cried. I bought a book about when both parents and kids have it and cried again. Anyway, the site is addclasses.com.
 

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Hubby was diagnosed by a psychiatrist, but a family doc is okay too.<br><br>
A psychiatrist is important if you don't know what you have, and hubby didn't.<br><br>
However, if your family doc will give you meds, I say try them. If they don't work, you can stop, and if they do....your life will improve. :)<br><br>
Btw, dh takes strattera and is very happy with it....doesn't get you racing the way ritalin can.<br><br>
good luck!<br>
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Yeah, and oxygen is one molecule away from water. Table salt is one molecule away from bleach...<br><br>
ADHD is real and there is real treatment. See a doctor, get help, etc. If you have good insurance, I'd try Concerta. I think it's the best as it has a slow release and few ups and downs. It is controlled, but it's not really that addictive, especially if you have ADHD. I went off it very easily while pregnant -- didn't miss it a bit. I'd say it's way less addictive than caffeine for me. Considering it's so controlled, I'm probably wrong -- I know there is abuse of it, but for people who need it, it's basic medication and it's pretty mild at that.<br><br>
High doses of EPA (Not DHA) from fish oil (not flax oil) and magnesium help. Sunlight and working outside/gardening help. Caffeine helps, but people with ADHD probably already use that.
 
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