Episode transcript

You’re watching season 2 on Understood Explains: ADHD Diagnosis in Adults.

Today’s episode tackles the question “What do I need to know if I’m thinking about starting to take ADHD medication?”

The name I use my name. Roberto Olivardia. And I’m a psychologist who has over 20 years’ expertise in the assessment of patients for problems such as ADHD. I’m also part of the millions of people who’ve received a diagnosis for ADHD when they reach the age of adulthood. My responsibility is hosting your event.

My aim is to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning ADHD diagnosis. After you’ve completed the course the article, you’ll be able to learn more information about ADHD generally.

It will take about 10 minutes, or maybe just a few minutes. The process will begin immediately.

What is the method by which ADHD medication is administered? [00:51]

Before we go into the topic, I’d like to know that I am a psychologist. This means that I’m not able to prescribe drugs. Psychologists are licensed to prescribe medications, but in the majority of states, psychologists aren’t granted the capability to do so.

Additionally, I’d like to be clear that I am not being paid from pharmaceutical firms to market ADHD treatment. I’m here to share some tips to assist you with discussing with your physician to find the most effective treatment for you.

Okay, what’s the process to create ADHD medication efficient? There are two important factors to consider:

The reason for this is that ADHD makes it more difficult for the brain’s cells to connect each other.

One factor to remember is that medication can help those suffering from ADHD to perform better. It may even aid in the reduction of levels for those suffering from ADHD. However, it doesn’t provide any major improvements in performance for those who don’t suffer from ADHD.

What exactly does mean by mean”to “level your playing fields”? To explain this in more depth I’ll employ an analogy derived from baseball. I’d like you to picture the brain of two cells. One is a pitcher while the other is the catcher. The brain chemicals are known as balls, which are also referred to as neurotransmitters. Brain chemicals are transferred from one brain cell to another.

Three ways ADHD can affect the chemical makeup of the brain.

In the beginning, there could be something wrong between the pitcher and catcher. My personal way of arguing that neurotransmitters don’t have enough within the brain to send the message to the cell for it to follow.

Another type of brain chemical problem is that ADHD makes it difficult for an catcher to hold the ball. It could be because the ball keeps falling out of the catcher’s hand. (The Mitts function as what biologists refer to as receptors. This component of the cell is crucial in everything from the creation of the successful COVID vaccine to locating the keys for your own home.)

Another type of brain chemical issue is that it could be to find that pitchers are constantly moving the ball off of the field before the catcher has a chance to grasp the ball. The pitcher has to take balls that are that are left behind, which is known as”reuptake. Reuptake is vital since without it, pitchers will not be able to collect enough balls. It is also possible that the process of regaining balls too fast could result in that the catcher not having enough time to get the ball.

ADHD medications could produce more neurotransmitters. This may help pitchers throw more balls.

It also can stimulate receptors, allowing them to capture more neurotransmittersIt’s like sticking something inside the catcher’s mitt.

Certain kinds of ADHD medications have the name of a frightened creature, Reuptake inhibitors. This means they reduce the process of retrieving balls by the pitcher, ensuring that the catcher is given an additional duration to be able to catch.

Does everyone who has ADHD require medication? [03:39]

The answer is there is no need to. Even if you’ve been given an ADHD diagnosis, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should take medication. In fact, the whole episode will be focused on alternatives to non-medicated treatment for ADHD.

In this podcast, I’d like to explain the different types of medications and how they impact your body. I’ll also discuss the reasons why it is important to collaborate with your doctor in order to get things done, such as improving the dosage you are taking.

In addition, I’ll make this post more targeted towards two distinct groups of people such as those who are thinking of taking ADHD medication, as well as people who aren’t sure about taking these medications.

What are the best medications to treat ADHD symptoms? [04:21]

The use of medication can be extremely beneficial to a lot of sufferers of ADHD especially those diagnosed with moderate or severe symptoms.

I’ve witnessed medications provide positive results for my patients in numerous ways.

A patient from the legal field an attorney, told that prior to when the patient was identified with ADHD the patient was able to sit for a couple of minutes without being distracted.

He was forced to work long hours in order to finish legal briefs. This caused a decline in his sleep, and caused him to drink plenty of coffee, leading to health issues.

When he started using the medicine and began to feel better, it was exciting to see that he could concentrate on his legal document for hours at a time. He only needed one or two breaks in order to get back on his feet on the ground! The outcome was groundbreaking and not just in learning ability however also the management of other problems that accompanied this.

The most efficient method to consider medicine is to realize that it’s a tool to assist you in overcoming challenges.

Regarding the tools and resources that are available in this toolbox, I’d like to discuss briefly the common concern that using ADHD medication is viewed to be “cheating.”

I’m aware that many people who suffer from ADHD do not like taking medications since they believe that they will be able to manage their ADHD by themselves.

Do you feel this way while being treated for high blood pressure or diabetes? It’s likely that you are aware of your diet and how you carry out your day-to-day routine. If you think that insulin can help your body in performing better, don’t consider it cheating, should you?

ADHD treatment isn’t a scam and isn’t a scam. It’s one of the methods you can get rid and manage your ADHD.

What are the limits in ADHD treatment? [06:05]

Despite the many wonderful things it has to offer ….

ADHD treatment isn’t all-encompassing treatment.

It may help ease ADHD symptoms however it won’t solve all your issues such as organising your schedule or organizing your schedule.

Do not forget that pills can’t help you learn how accomplish things.

ADHD medications aren’t as effective for those who do not suffer from ADHD.

You’ve probably heard by your doctor that ADHD medications are “performance enhancers,” but they’re not as effective in influencing people who do not suffer from ADHD. The medication may aid in staying awake and performing at a high rate however, it doesn’t assist in enhancing the memory of those suffering from ADHD or enhance their ability to learn or perform.

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