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Re: treatment for inattentive ADD?

Posted by saint james on November 29, 1999, at 21:55:27

In reply to Re: treatment for inattentive ADD?, posted by Noa on November 29, 1999, at 21:31:02

> I have known some people with ADD who have been helped by wellbutrin. Also, ritalin. But as always, response to medication is very individual. And, as you mention, it is VERY hard to distinguish between ADD and other things, like anxiety. I suspect it is more helpful to think in terms of process or symptoms, rather than discrete diagnostic categories, which are intellectual constructs to help us think about what is really going on in our brains. Until we can look inside each of our brains and really assess what is going on, these constructs are helpful. So, if you have "cloudy brain" plus anxiety, and both are helped by wellbutrin, what the diagnosis is becomes less important. If you are not helped by wellbutrin, thinking the diagnosis through, which would include a thorough review of your history, might help to guide you and your doc to the next logical step to try, but the truth is there may be one or two meds that your doc would have you try anyway, regardless of the diagnosis.

James here....

I agree that getting a Dx of ADD is important. When I describe ADD, many say "I have that" and it is true that everyone has ADD moments. ADD is about distractibility more than the norm, so it is a grey area. Some ADD;ers have neurological signs, I am right handed and left eyed. Also you have ADD for life so look for problems in primary/secondary school.





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