Don’t let your child be a zombie on ADHD medications!
Speaking of Halloween, the biggest fear that parents have about stimulant medication is that it’s going to zombify their child. Nobody wants their child’s personality altered by medication, and at Focus-MD, we don’t want their personality changed either. There is no reason, in 2013, for stimulant medication to flatten the affect of any child. We always say that getting the dose precisely right, getting it optimized is the way to avoid this.
Most kids are actually under treated for their ADHD. They’re not on enough medicine. But there are kids that are over treated, and they look like robotic zombies. They’re affect is very flat. They don’t, they’re not as expressive and don’t talk as spontaneously. That is not the stimulant medication. That is the wrong dose of the wrong stimulant medication.
We’ve got to get four things straight between now and Halloween. We’ve got to find the right molecule, that’s the right drug. Then we’ve got to find the right dose of that drug. Then we have to find the right delivery system for that drug. When we have those things right, we have the fourth D, the right duration of action for the medicine and no zombies to scare you on Halloween.
James Wiley is the founder of FocusMD. Focus is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and related problem patients. They provide objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies to help or patients transform from frustration to focus. To find a FocusMD clinic visit http://staging.focusmd.fortyapp.com/
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