Signs and Symptoms of ADD/ ADHD
ADD and ADHD affect approximately 1 in 25 adults, there are approximately 3 million cases of ADD and ADHD per year. Some common symptoms of ADD and ADHD include:
- Feeling Anxious
- Constant Lack of Organization
- Sudden Outbursts
- Obsessive Activity
- Mood Swings
- Impulsive Activity
- Inability to Manage Time
- Passive Behavior
Types of ADHD
ADHD can be divided into three types:
- Inattentive Type
- Hyperactive-Impulsive Type
- Combined Type
Medications for ADD/ ADHD
It’s quite difficult to successfully self-medicate if you have ADD/ ADHD, though some people attempt this when they first suspect they have the disorder. Due to the different types of ADD/ ADHD, a proper diagnosis must be made before treatment options can be discussed. In some cases, serotonin boosters may help while others benefit from a change in diet or increased exercise.
However, if the symptoms are serious enough, prescription medication is the best method of treatment for those with ADD/ ADHD. It may take a few different tries before the proper type of medication and dosage is determined and all prescription medications should be administered and monitored by a medical professional.
Some of the common medications used for ADD/ ADHD treatment are:
- Adderall – Adderall is a stimulant drug that combines amphetamine with dextroamphetamine to speed up the brain and increases dopamine levels.
- Concerta – Concerta is a stimulant drug similar to Adderall though its active ingredient methylphenidate is different. Concerta is only available in a slow-release tablet.
- Vyvanse – Vyvanse is a stimulant drug that is similar to Adderall but uses the active ingredient lisdexamfetamine. Some believe it to be less addictive than Adderall and is taken once in a day.
- Ritalin – Ritalin is a stimulant that uses the active ingredient methylphenidate to treat those with ADD/ ADHD. Ritalin is more fast-acting than Adderall.
- Dexedrine – Dexedrine is a psychostimulant drug used to treat ADHD. It works by increasing the number of neurotransmitters in the brain by affecting the central nervous system.
- Strattera – Strattera is a medication that inhibits the reuptake of norepinephrine in the brain. Strattera can help patients with ADHD improve their focus while also reducing impulsivity and hyperactivity.
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