I might have ADHD but I can't take the medicines typically used to treat it.
October 21, 2012 8:26 PM Subscribe
I think I might have ADHD, but I also have a heart condition. Now what?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
After coming across this thread
and more specifically, this comment
, I was shocked to see how uncannily accurately this described me. But I know I can't diagnose myself, so normally I guess I'd get the wheels moving on trying to meet with someone qualified to do that.
It's awesome to read about people whose lives were completely changed by medicine, but I have a heart condition. I can't take any meds that might increase my heart rate or screw with my heart rhythm, including caffeine and amphetamines.
With that in mind, would it be worth it for me to be diagnosed? Are there other treatments available? Do any Mefites have experience with that?
I don't know if it would be a good thing to have a diagnosis like that on my record with no real way to treat it. I guess I'm mainly wondering if there are ways to successfully treat ADHD that don't include drugs that mess with heart rhythms, and especially people's experiences with them.