Coming Home For The Holidays!

Coming Home For The Holidays!

Coming Home for the Holidays!

The holidays are approaching and I am so excited to see my college kids! Well, sort of.   We have gotten used to a routine without them and honestly a much cleaner house. Do you have this kind of conflicted tug on your heartstrings when family comes home from college and kids are home from school breaks?

As students get excited for the holidays and receive long academic breaks, it can be a time that adds stress to the family household.   Elementary students are exploding with timeless energy while anticipating the events of the season. High school and college students are planning their off time with friends. Maybe they are even inviting out of town friends to stay at home with them. Or they are frantically studying for their final exams and can’t even respond to your calls about their plans for the break. You are anticipating the onslaught of entertaining, messes and the joy it all brings.

You are pre-occupied with navigating the holiday to-do list and your tolerance is low.

The stress can affect even the most “chill” family in a negative away.

Here are a few ways to be proactive and set the tone for a smoother holiday season this year.

  • Kick it off with setting some time aside to talk about important issues that will help create a peaceful season.

For many high schoolers and returning college students, it will be a time they feel a justified freedom from the responsibilities of school and routines. Parents may see it as a time to be extra vigilant with their expectations around the household.   This can lead to family tension. By taking some time to sit down with your high schooler or college student to go over family rules and routines, you can create the environment you desire during the holiday

  • Curfews, sleep and chores

This season try to involve them in re-establishing and/or creating the expectations during this time off from their academics.   Parents need to give some of the responsibility of creating rules, consequences and privileges to their teens and young adults to promote their newly acquired independence. Learning how to discipline oneself is an essential skill that can only be taught through experience. For example, continue to expect your teen to take responsibility for chores around the house when returning from college.   A way to engage your teen might be talking about how everyone who lives in a home is responsible for maintaining that home .   Therefore, everyone has chores, even those who have busy schedules.   Ask for their input.

Here are some good points I have found to help when addressing the rules and routines:
  1. A key for parents is to use your “active listening skills.”
  2. Identify what your Goals are: ie…curfew time, chores
  3. Create possible scenarios with choices to be made ie…movie goes past curfew and they have a family car. How do I handle this? Go home on time, Decide to be late, call to explain,
  4. Evaluate the decision consequences: get grounded, car taken away, get to stay out later

Here is an excellent reminder for teens in concluding the discussion:

Freedom equals responsibility

The Responsibility is:

  • important in your family relationship, at school, at work,

and in relationships.

  • Proves your dependability, reliability, and will earn you trust

and privileges.

Research shows that youth problems are less likely to occur when parents communicate clearly and provide consequences for inappropriate behaviors. Besides, clear communication and active listening strengthen the bond between parent and teen. Help your teen handle the stress of these life changes and adjustments by building their confidence with reminders of their life skills, abilities, and listening to their ideas while allowing them to make their own expectations during the holidays.

While we rush through the holidays, this may seem like too much work. Weigh it out. The outcome may be a positive experience that is worth the effort.   Knowing they have your trust, love and support and yet firm rules will help them transition into more responsibility. This may be just the right time to lean in on them and will help create a peaceful holiday season.

Michelle R. Raz, M.A. Ed., is a professional executive function coach and educational consultant. Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

 

 

 

When ADHD Becomes an Excuse

When ADHD Becomes an Excuse

When ADHD Becomes an Excuse

Has this ever happened to you? You are on the phone talking to your spouse and you stop mid-sentence and start to look for your phone to see if you have a text message. You panic while you are still in conversation and say, “ Honey, I can’t find my……?” And then you suddenly realize it is in your hand!!!!  Could ADHD become an excuse for you?

Is this just plain absent-mindedness or ADHD working memory?
Or is this you?

Do you find yourself making excuses for your “loudmouth” that shocks people into a burst of nervous laughter? You realize right AFTER you said something that the person you told it to was taken way off guard, shocked or insulted because you have that gift of reading people’s facial expressions AFTER you blurt out something without thinking it through first. But you know it is too late to go back. You have seen this expression many times before. So first, you apologize, “Hey, I have ADHD and we tend to act before we think!”   You try to smooth it over and then walk away with that dreaded feeling that you just once again inserted your foot straight into your mouth.

What is the fine line between taking ownership of your ADHD and using it as an excuse?

You wish it weren’t this way, but throughout the years, you have done this and you say the only thing you remember from your conditioned childhood is that you do things differently and sometimes offensively because you have ADHD.

It’s just who I am…..

it is common for parents to focus a lot on their ADHD children in an attempt to normalize their actions as much as possible, but it can backfire as they get older and become young adults. So much so that the person can get confused with their actual condition as most of their lives they heard that they could not do certain things normally because they are dealing with ADHD. At other times, they might have been constantly reminded about the diagnosis. In both cases, there are high chances of believing that they are not capable of doing certain things, internalizing negative perceptions about themselves. People start giving their condition as an excuse to others, saying they cannot do something because they are dealing with ADHD.

“Yes, I know I make a lot of mistakes but that’s because I have ADHD.”

Or you might hear, “I keep forgetting the formulas; I have issues remembering things because I am dealing with ADHD.” – all these and various other excuses could be potential scapegoats expression when they are trying to avoid doing something.

Focusing too much on the ADHD symptoms can lead to negative consequences – short term as well as long term. Therefore, it is essential to understand the difference between empathizing and making them feel low. Focusing on their symptoms to help them deal with them is different than making them think they are incapable of doing a certain thing. And there is a grey boundary between these two things. Understanding the difference between the explanation and an excuse is important as the difference is subtle.

Here’s how you can help

It is essential to look at different ways you can assist. For instance, your 10-year-old wants to go out for a movie with friends. You are worried because he gets hyperactive at times and when he is in that state, it can intrude in people’s personal space. Yet, you don’t want to stop him just because he has ADHD. The solution is to explain your concern instead of showing it as an excuse. Sit with him and describe the issue about him getting hyperactive. Don’t just show him his problem, also provide him opportunities or ways to role-play and offer solutions when he gets too much energy and needs to move around.

Focus on the solution of how they CAN do something. You can use role-playing for behavior outcomes. This strategy can be used for children and adults. It can help to bridge the desire to use ADHD as a self-defeating symptom and see there are other possibilities. You can also discuss strategies that help thinking patterns with a distraction or fidget toy. This can help the mind focus more. By considering strategies and resources to help the symptoms of ADHD, one can need to rely on it as an excuse and focus on what they can do IN SPITE of ADHD.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

My Story My Purpose My Drive

My Story My Purpose My Drive

I want to share with you my personal story of how I became an ADHD coach

My daughter is the story behind my story, my purpose and my drive to be an  ADHD coach.  She  was in fifth grade and we had been traveling in South America for four months during the school year. I worked with her during our home-school sessions and got to see how she was learning in a one on one environment. It was clear that she understood the concepts being taught. She was getting good grades in this environment.

Back from our travels, she settled back into the classroom but soon began to fall behind academically. It didn’t match up to me, and I couldn’t understand what was going on. I really did not know much about ADHD.

Being a former teacher, I began to research what could possibly be going on. It was when she took a math test that it really clicked for me. She had been practicing at home, and she knew the concepts. She took the test and nearly bombed it. When I got that paper back home, I looked at it and the whole front sheet of the test, she earned a 100 percent. As she turned her paper over, I noticed that she missed like ten questions in a row, and then she picked up and was able to finish out the last part of the test. So I thought, “What is going on here?” Something happened when she flipped that paper over, and she just blanked out.

It was an AHA Moment!

So, I took it upon myself to get onto the Internet and find out as much as I could so I could help her succeed at school. At that time, there was not a lot of information out there, but I pieced together some scenarios and thought, “You know what? I think she might have ADHD!” I went to the teacher to share my newly found knowledge, and the teacher said to me, which was so typical for girls. “Oh, she’s just a Chatty Cathy. She’s very social, and she just needs to focus more in the classroom.”

It was a dead end.

That was very typical at the time to think this way. They just needed to sit down and do the work and focus. Well, I thought, “ No, there’s more to her issues than that!” I personally knew because I was working with her one on one when we traveled. So I took it upon myself to go ahead and get a private psychologist to do a test with her. She went through a bunch of different battery tests, and sure enough, it came up that she was ADHD combined, meaning some hyperactivity and some inattentive.

And then, I started piecing everything together. I got the material and started reading about what this ADHD thing was or what this attention-deficit was all about. It finally all made sense to me what was going on with her. When we were in a small setting, she was able to be focused. She was able to get her work done and pay attention. But in the classroom, she was social, and she had a lot of friends, and she didn’t have that filter to get rid of those extra stimuli and just focus in the classroom.

She got distracted. A lot.

I was relieved and thought, “OK. Now we have something we can go to the school with, and we can say aha we know what the problem is now, and here are some ideas to help her and others out in the classroom.” Because, of course, I went and researched even further about some ideas of what could help a kid with ADHD in the classroom.

Being very green with my new found knowledge, I went to the classroom very excited with here’s what you can do, and I’ve done the research and I want to help you. I did not get the support that I wanted, and I was really disappointed in the system at that point.   The teachers didn’t know anything, especially in the elementary years of how they could be supporting kids in the classroom with ADHD.

A lot has Changed Since Then

It just wasn’t talked about enough at that point. So, I did the option of doing some home things with her and started giving her strategies.

And one of the things that actually worked for her was this: The next time she took a math test, I said to her, “When you find yourself losing concentration, and you’re getting bored, I want you to take a break: look at the clock. Look at the second hand (they still had the second-hand clocks in her classroom) and watch the second hand go around for 30 seconds and then focus on your math paper.”   Then, I gave her another tool. It was to cover up each problem and only look at the one question in front of her. This helped her, so that she didn’t get overwhelmed with the stimulus of all the problems on the paper.

That proved to be one of the tricks that helped her.

Well, that was the beginning of me starting to research and dig into ADHD. Because I was an educator, and have a graduate degree in curriculum and assessment, my interest was high.   I dug really deep, and started to educate myself as much as I could at that time. As the years went on, I ended up putting her in a smaller environment where she could get more one on one. Also, I started looking into coaching. It turned that  the research at that time was brand new about how you could take corporate coaching and bring it into an education level and help students. I actually got really excited about that and hired a coach for her.

Now, she was at this point in middle school. She was not ready for a coach, and that is one of the first things that we ask today, “Is the child, student or client ready for coaching?” If it could have been presented a little differently, it might have worked better, but at that time, she was just too young. So we tried it for a while, and I ended up being her coach.

I thought,   “You know, maybe I should get trained in this.” And so I went through the training, and that was the beginning of my journey of coaching. I became her coach. It was just within my own family to really embrace and understand and help my loved one.

I became one of the first trained ADHD coaches

Being an out of the box thinker, I’m continuing to investigate ways that we can have these external structures put in place so that these people with ADHD can have success.   Because one thing that I recognize with my daughter is that she was extremely bright and she got it when there was structure put into place, she was frustrated when she would lose attention and not understand what went wrong. We experimented with long-acting and short-acting medication, which helped, but the habits she had created to get by in the classroom stood in the way of sustained success.

It was hard as a parent to watch that and see that self-esteem begin to deteriorate. So, I was very proactive in finding resources for her. At that time, there wasn’t a 504 plan; there wasn’t an IEP for them. And I fought long and hard, and I actually ended up getting her an IEP. I’m telling you, I was a parent that probably would not have wanted to put my child on an IEP because I didn’t understand them. But once I went through the system, and I saw the benefits, it really saved her.

She is a success today!

She graduated, she moved on, and she’s a very successful little businesswoman today.   But she still has ADHD, and she has to have systems in place. Right now, we focus on financial stability in structures so that we can control some of the tendency to be impulsive with buying purchases. So it continues to go on overtime.

ADHD, they say, is a chronic disorder; that needs to be managed. And it can be. That’s the great part. It really can be managed between medication and solid structures in place. There is absolutely nothing that somebody with ADHD can’t do that really has the support behind them and the resources that are so so important.

So that’s what is what has driven my passion for ADHD. Over many years I’ve been able to help hundreds of people. This journey has turned into  my passion and purpose.  I continue to want to share this with other people.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

 

What do ADHD Medications Do Anyway?

What do ADHD Medications Do Anyway?

What does ADHD medication do?

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD medications are effective in treating the symptoms of ADHD in the majority of children as well as adults. Medical research shows that medication is the preferred treatment for ADHD. If you are like I was when they were prescribed at first, I blindly gave them to my daughter without really understanding what they were doing for her.  Fast forward to today and I am now an informed educator and coach and want to pass off some information to help you understand a little bit about the meds that are being recommended for you or your child and see what do they do and how they work.

The Impacted Areas

ADHD mainly affects the parts of the neurological system, which is the brain and nervous system, in terms of transmitting electrical signals or stimuli. The process of parts of the brain communicating with each other is known as neurotransmission.

It makes it difficult to concentrate and focus. Other major symptoms widely observed are inattentiveness, hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, anxiety, depression, tics, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, restlessness, and short-tempered. These are commonly treated with medications such as stimulantsalong with behavior therapy.

How Do the Medications Target Impacted Areas

The medications widely being used for treating both children and adults suffering from symptoms of ADHD fall under the category of Stimulants. These stimulants function by boosting the levels of two main neurotransmitters in the brain, namely, Norepinephrineand Dopamine. The former is responsible for attention, attentiveness, concentration and focus whereas the latter controls attention and memory.

ADHD medication drugs increase or decrease the release of these chemicals in the brain to bring them to a normal state. When that happens, the synapse between neurons can hold an accurate amount of neurotransmitter for sending and receiving of neuro-signals. So, the metabolic activity increases in certain areas of the brain, aiding communication with elevated neurotransmitter levels and resulting in better functioning during cognitive tasks.

Different Doses, Varied Effects

When taken in small dosages, the body reacts to these stimulants in the same way that it does when the brain naturally produces dopamine and norepinephrine. The energy levels rise, alertness increases and so do concentration, attention, and focus. Different kinds of stimulants are available in the market. These are categorized based upon their ability to produce results within a certain frame of time. The categories are as follows:

  1. Short-acting stimulants
  2. Intermediate-acting stimulants
  3. Long-acting stimulants

The short-acting stimulants produce short term results. They have to be taken twice or three times a day. That implies that the patient has control over the intake of medication in his or her system. However, it is often noticed that patients tend to be forgetful about their medications and doses. It is no surprise that long-acting stimulants are widely preferred for patients suffering from ADHD with the reason being only a single tablet per day and the results lasting from 8 to 12 hours are more manageable.

However, higher dosages of the stimulants can affect adversely and result in impaired attention, obsessive-compulsive disorders, heart disorders.

It is noteworthy that the stimulants, non-stimulants, antidepressants, and behavior or other therapies do not cure ADHD. They result in an enhancement in the condition by increasing or decreasing the symptoms based on the need of the patient and help make it more manageable on a day to day basis. Proper and regular doses along with cognitive behavioral therapy and coaching have been reported to help with near to normal cognitive functioning.

This is just the surface level of information. Each person has a different way their body absorbs the medication and they effective can vary.  More medications are coming available to compensate for various patient needs.  The best point of contact to discuss these options is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of ADHD.  I believe more research is needed to better understand the effects in adults coupled with external structures to help cope with the challenges ADHD brings to your life. For now, it is a trial and error testing period to see what the right combination, dosage, and external structures help you manage your unique challenges.  But, keep looking and reading as knowledge is power and you can find ways that other people are managing their ADHD which can spur some ideas for yourself. As one doctor said in a podcast recently, ADHD is the best disorder that you can have as it is so treatable.

Michelle Raz specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD,  Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

 

 

Are ADHD Meds Stimulants?

Are ADHD Meds Stimulants?

Are ADHD Meds Stimulants?

Yes and No. Not all ADHD medications are stimulants, but the vast majority of prescriptions are for stimulants.

So, let’s dig in a bit to understand them.

For most people dealing with ADHD, stimulant medications are effective and safe. Just the way reading glasses help our weak eyes focus better, stimulant medications help people dealing with ADHD focus their thoughts better. They help them in becoming more aware of their surroundings; they make them gain more control and pay attention to things around them. They are prescribed more often than non-stimulant medications

 

According to experts, stimulants are best when combined with another form of therapy such as behavioral therapy or coaching. According to researchers and studies conducted, around 80% of the children dealing with ADHD show great improvement when they are given stimulants in the correct dosage. I would predict that adults are similar, but there needs to be more research in this area.

In general, there are two types of stimulants that are used – the short-acting stimulants that are used as an immediate acting medication, and then there is extended-release that is used for long-acting. The first category of medication is usually taken when needed, like for an important event you might be planning when you really need to focus and be on point. Extended medications are taken once a day, usually in the mornings. Some common ones used are Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. Clients that I have worked with say that, when they REMEMBER to take their meds, they can help manage the typical ADHD symptoms, such as impulsive behavior and short attention span allowing them to have a very productive day.

You may be wondering how they work. These medications boost the level of neurotransmitter brain chemicals such as norepinephrine and dopamine, which play a crucial part in one’s ability to be attentive and process information.

In simple words, they help the nerves found in our brain communicate with other nerves. As a result, you are able to focus better.

 

Just as eyeglass prescriptions are customized to a person’s unique vision problems, medication can be seen as the same. You want to get the correct type and dosage that is best suited for your conditions. Have you ever tried on someone else’s eyeglass prescription and it distorted everything in your view the wrong way? Well, think of having the wrong dosage of medication as a correlation. This is why it is always best to consult with a physician. You need to consider your own circumstances and health needs.

I must caution users to never try a medication from a friend or family member

Over the years, I have heard stories of parents that have used their kid’s prescription to see if it worked for them. This is not safe. Especially, for people with these complexities below, this group is cautioned to not take stimulants and a consult should be the first step.

–Severe anxiety, nervousness, tension or stress

  • Tourette syndrome, or if it is there in family history
  • Glaucoma
  • Taking medication known as monoamine oxidase
  • Psychotic or have a history of psychosis

 

When you meet with your physician they will discuss some options for you and the side effects that are possible with stimulants such as higher blood pressure, headaches, weight loss, loss of appetite, insomnia, social withdrawal and abnormalities in stomach. These generally go away after a few days, but if they don’t one must consult the doctor. Getting the medication right is an important piece of managing your ADHD. Do not ignore your symptoms and make sure to take note of how you are reacting to the medication plan.

Contrary to belief, sleep-related problems generally do not exist with a long-acting stimulant. I have heard of people who say that when they take their medications consistently it can actually help them have fewer thoughts as they go to bed and help them sleep better. I saw a comment once that said, “If I could actually count the sheep, I could get to sleep!” I think they were referring to the distracting thoughts that were happening while they were trying to focus on counting the sheep!

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind while taking these stimulants –

  • The medication must always be taken as prescribed. If there are any doubts or questions, one must call the doctor
  • One should try to stick to a schedule to ensure the medicine is given at the same time every day
  • If any dose is missed, the next dose should be given at the defined time
  • Record how your body is reacting to the meds over time and share it with your doctor

I was listening to a podcast recently on the usage of stimulants for treating ADHD and someone had raised a question if these stimulants get someone high or if they are addictive. To this question, the experts replied that when these drugs are taken as directed by the doctors, they do not get people high. They help make people with ADHD feel “normal” where they could hold their thoughts and carry on conversations without being distracted or impulsively blurting out their every thought. Essentially, it helped people with ADHD be more successful in their lives. They went on to state that stimulants used for ADHD have no pieces of evidence that consuming them is habit-forming and nor leads to drug abuse. The reaction in a person with ADHD using a stimulant is the opposite effect of someone without ADHD using the prescription. There is a much higher risk of them ending up in the hands of someone who does not need the medication nor has ADHD and them abusing it. This leads to another focus of safe storage and educating people to never share their medication as I mentioned earlier.

When used appropriately, stimulant medication has changed lives for the better.

So now that you have a little information about stimulants, you can start to look at the types of stimulants that are available to you. There is a lot to learn about medications with more options coming into the market. It can be overwhelming.   The best practice is to find a doctor who specializes in ADHD treatment plans and have a consult with them to determine what is the best plan for your unique situation. Be sure to ask what your options are for managing your ADHD given your health history and lifestyle. It makes a difference to the physician prescribing the medication to know which is best for you.

Just as you need to be informed about how the doctor may be able to help you, the doctor needs information about you to best help you.

Michelle Raz specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD,  Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

 

When to use ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

When to use ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. –     Kofi Annan

When my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD we began a long journey of trying various medications and it was absolutely the most overwhelming experience I have ever had. I compared it to learning a new computer language. Sitting in the ever so busy doctor’s office, I knew that I had very limited time to understand the options that were going to be presented to use for a treatment plan.   So, I hurriedly began searching for what my options would be on my phone while we waited in the reception room. This was one of the few times that I was actually happy they were running behind schedule.

I had every intention to look it up ahead of time, but between work, after school sports, being the homework Sargeant, laundry, dinner, and my latest Netflix binge, I forgot to do it!

This was my chance to get informed. Well, let’s just say before I dug into the various drug options, I had no idea there was such a thing as stimulant and non-stimulant options.   So, if you were just like me, I just thought they were all one big category for ADHD. BUT as I found in my searches, I needed to REALLY set time aside and learn the different categories, how she might react to each one based on her diet, body type, and other factors. It was all so overwhelming that when we finally went into the appointment, I succumbed to what the doctor recommended. I later came to find out that they really didn’t know what would be best for us either without a lot more trials.

It is a long process that takes dedication and education to gain knowledge of the individual and how they respond to the medications. I had assumed we could just walk into the office and get a script, work on some strategies at home and be done. That day opened a whole new educational journey for me and one I want to help others become informed OR at least know there is a lot to know when determining a medication treatment plan. It is not a one medication that works best for the general population.

We are unique individuals and the treatment plan needs to represent that.

The ones suffering with ADHD are generally prescribed stimulants. However, there can be certain side-effects of stimulants and in that case, non-stimulants are prescribed. It also happens when one may have certain other ailments or conditions, if one’s system does not respond to stimulants or if their usage is resulting in side-effects. We tried both to come up with a plan that would work and it took months to get it right.

Following is a list of ADHD non-stimulation medication list:

  1. Strattera or Atomoxetine

One of the first FDA approved medications for ADHD, Strattera boosts the amount of norepinephrine in the brain. It decreases the defiance, opposition, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity and increases attention span.  It can be consumed by anyone above the age of six. Since it is a non-stimulant medication, it is not a controlled substance and negates the possibility of potential abuse. It has also been classified as a first-line therapy for ADHD.  This medication has to be taken daily without a break for results that fully appear in six weeks and may last for more than 24 hour.

The side-effects are increased heart rate and anxiety, increased blood pressure, weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, irritability, and agitation. It is advisable to take this medication with food for lesser or no side-effects.

  1. Intuniv or long-acting Guanfacine

The drug is effective in decreasing distractibility and increasing memory, attention and sharpening the impulses. It can be consumed by anyone above the age of six.

Approved by the FDA, this drug is not a controlled substance. It takes four to six weeks to show maximum results.

The side-effects may include headaches, stomach-aches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, lethargy, dropped blood pressure and appetite as well as irritability.

 

  1. Kapvay or long-acting Clonidine

To be taken twice a day for maximum results, this drug is FDA approved as well. Alike the aforementioned drug, long-acting Guanfacine, also known as long-acting agonists, the drug can be consumed along with stimulants to eradicate any symptoms left behind after the usage of stimulant medication.It can be consumed by patients above the age of six and shows effects on certain areas of the brain.It is effective in lowering distractibility and increasing memory and attention and controlling impulses.

The side-effects may include fatigue, nausea, lethargy, headaches, sleepiness, low blood pressure, irritability, and decreased appetite.

  1. Tricyclic Antidepressants

Drugs such as

  • Imipramine or Tofranil
  • Nortriptyline or Pamelor
  • Amitriptyline or Elavil
  • Desipramine or Norpramin

are known as tricyclic antidepressants and are prescribed when stimulants fail to show any effect. They are effective when the patient is suffering with ADHD and anxiety or depression.

These drugs boost norepinephrine in the brain. The therapeutic benefits can take days or weeks to show an effect. However, once achieved, the effects can last for more than 24 hours at a stretch or more. The dosage must be daily. Skipping a day of dosage can result in symptoms of flu and aches. Hence, tapering off eventually rather than a stoppage of intake abruptly is advisable.

The side-effects noticed may be insomnia, headaches, stomach-aches, vivid dreams, blurred vision, drowsiness, constipation, and dry mouth.

It is advisable to consult a doctor to be prescribed drugs and discuss what is available for your unique situation. Be an involved and informed patient. Knowing your options early will prepare yourself for the decisions when you are at the doctor’s office. Knowledge is power!

Michelle Raz specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD,  Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.