Terminology: "ADD" became part of "ADHD" with the DSM-IV (we are now up to V).
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I think some people do this. It’s actually a common characteristic of mania, but hyperactivity can often look a lot like mania.
I’m not sure how you can manage this, but I think some of my followers have talked about this problem so hopefully they will chime in and offer some advice!
Followers, how about it?
Yes, because when you go off it for a long time your body gets used to not having it around. So when you start up again, it’s like you’re starting from the very beginning again. If you do this often you may need to talk to your doctor about taking a smaller dose at first, to slowly get used to taking your regular dose again.
There is a correlation between ADHD and sensory processing differences, which of course includes misophonia. I’ve got misophonia myself!
I think it’s possible that the shutting down part is due to autism and the difficulty following the lecture is due to ADHD.
I don’t know how important it really is to be able to separate the two from each other. I have a friend who has ADHD, bipolar disorder, and OCD, and they can sometimes tell when a shared symptom is happening because of a particular disorder, but most of the time they don’t worry about why things are happening, just how to deal. :)
Yup! I learned a lot of my social skills by talking with autistic people online. It was really helpful because a lot of them had to learn the same things I needed to learn. What does everyone else know that I don’t? is all about social skills and ADHD. It’s on our reading list and I definitely recommend it!
I think it depends on the person and the medication. One thing to remember is that our sense of time is pretty poor, so you may think a lot of time has passed when it’s only been a few minutes (and vice versa).
Followers, what are your experiences with rebound when your meds wear off at the end of the day?
I’m not sure what the process is, but I’m sure it’s possible. For the state it probably depends on which state you’re in, but hopefully one of my followers will know the US federal process.
You might also like to check the ADA for information on how this works.
There are a few reasons why it may not be working as well as it used to.
For example, your life is probably more stressful now than it was ten years ago. Heightened stress, dietary changes, changes in the amount of exercise you’re getting, and lack of sleep can all impact how well your medication works.
It’s also possible that you have developed tolerance for this dose of Concerta.
If you look at your stress levels and the other elements mentioned above, and nothing is out of whack, it’s probably tolerance and you should talk to your doctor about trying a different dose.
It’s Terrific Tuesday!
Send us an Ask or a Submit with anything you are proud of having accomplished in the past week and mark it as being for TT. You can be anonymous or not, we don’t mind! We’ll collect them into one post and share them at the end of the day. Then hopefully other people will reblog and let you know that they’re proud of you, even if you’re anonymous!
Remember, anything and everything counts - we don’t care if you finally remembered to feed the cat last night or if you got all of the laundry done for the first time in a year or if you wrote a term paper and turned it in early or anything else you may have done! If you are proud of it, you can (and should!) share it with us, because then other people who understand how huge your achievement was will be able to rejoice with you!
ADHD medication impacts how your brain uses dopamine, so it should affect more than just focus.