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Ten things to know about your ADD / ADHD medication

Posted on March 16, 2016 by optimalhealth

1) Know the name of your medication and how it works. Ritalin (methylphenidate), Dexedrine, Adderall (amphetamines), and Concerta or Vyvanse, and Strattera are all commonly prescribed medications for ADHD. Methylphenidate products and the amphetamines come as either short-acting (usually 4 hours) and longer acting (6-12 hours) preparations. The shorter-acting medications take effect in 20 minutes while the longer acting ones may take up to an hour to be fully effective.Read More…

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Survival Guide for College Students with ADD / ADHD

Posted on March 16, 2016 by optimalhealth

ADHD / ADD affects between 8 and 16 million adults. At least 25% of college students with disabilities are diagnosed with ADHD. Students with ADHD also have lower GPAs more social concerns, emotional instability, and substance use. Many students are first diagnosed with ADD / ADHD when they reach their freshman year of college. ADHD symptoms are often not observed until college for several reasons: The rigid structure of highRead More…

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Common ADHD Treatments for Adults

Posted on March 16, 2016 by optimalhealth

Treating ADD / ADHD in adults requires a multi-pronged approach. Symptoms are generally treated with medicine. Stimulant medications such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta, and Focalin are the most commonly prescribed. Long acting stimulants such as Adderall XR and Ritalin LA can provide symptom relief for an entire day with a single dose. Strattera, a non-stimulant approved for treatment of adult ADHD, has also gained wide acceptance. While there areRead More…

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Symptoms and types of Adult ADD/ADHD

Posted on March 16, 2016 by optimalhealth

When you think of ADHD, you may picture a “hyper” child who runs around and cannot sit still, play quietly, or pay attention in school. Adults with ADHD also have trouble with attention, focus, and impulsivity, but these symptoms play out in other ways. An adult with ADHD may have trouble meeting deadlines or finishing tasks. They may forget appointments or social commitments. For adults with ADHD, it’s harder toRead More…

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6 Highly Effective Study Habits for College Students

Posted on January 5, 2016 by optimalhealth 1.Take thorough notes while in class & review afterwards Writing down ideas immediately helps you absorb key terms and ideas. It doesn’t matter if you reading an assignment or you're sitting through a lecture, always take notes. If you miss a lecture don’t be afraid to ask or a classmate’s notes. 2.Take all opportunities to study Show initiative by taking every opportunity for extra credit of after-calls study sessions offeredRead More... Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment