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It's my party, and I'll maul if I want to.

This is piggybacking on this question here: It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to. I've given it a lot of thought, and I really think I need a new doctor for my ADHD. Or, at least one who I can get a second opinion with. Because, while the Ritalin induced freakouts are less often and less severe, and take more to trigger them, they're still there, and I still consider them disabling. So, I need recommendations for Psychiatrists who treat Adult ADHD, with co-morbid Depression and Anxiety. All three have been professionally diagnosed by my current Psychiatrist. My current Psych is great, bit he's a jack of all trades, and may not know all the subtleties of the meds out there for ADHD. And I have a feeling that I'm hitting the wall of my current doctor's knowledge. Location: Seattle, and I'd like to stay in Seattle, please. I'm on the bus system, so transportation is hard. For medical insurance, I have CIGNA. I have no preference as to age or gender. I do want to be treated with allopathic/Western medications; I've tried alternative methods for treating my ADHD, and they don't work for me. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Tips for dealing with Ritalin Crash?

Ritalin is having a good effect on me for ~3 hours. In a few weeks, I am going to take a 3.5-hour-long test. What can I do before/during the test to avoid crashing near the end of it? [more inside]
posted by alona on Nov 2, 2013 - 18 answers

How often do I HAVE to see my shrink?

The doctor who prescribes my Ritalin and Lamictal is telling me that the state licensing board in Maryland requires that he see me once every three months. I've never heard of this before. I believe that it may be recommended that a doctor see a patient on some defined basis, especially with new prescriptions, but I've been seeing him for years, been taking these for years and never had any issues. The only justification I can imagine is the overall crackdown on Schedule II prescriptions. I really don't want to spend the time and money to sit there and tell him everything is fine 4 times per year. Is he really required to do this? Is it medically justifiable and necessary?
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Is Ritalin safe with heard palpitations?

I get occasional heart palpitations, is it safe for me to (legally) take Ritalin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Drug holidays from ADHD meds?

Do you take weekends off or longer "holidays" from your ADHD meds? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Mar 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Safe, legal, convenient way to carry around ADHD meds?

I'm an adult with ADHD. I need to have my meds with me in the daytime and early evening at work/school, etc. How do I do this conveniently, securely, and legally? I can't figure out how to do all three. Snowflaky details inside. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Feb 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Is Ritalin working on me?

I have recently been diagnosed with ADHD, at 22, and prescribed Ritalin. I am unsure to which extent it's supposed to be helping me, but I do notice subtle differences in my day to day life, like my place suddenly not getting messy anymore. While I notice I managed to get more done (school work) since starting it, I still have a hard time sitting down and just going ahead with projects. I study graphic design, so things are usually quite mental, and need time to develop, but I am wondering if it's really helping? Occasionally it feels like it's slowing me down too much. Should I suggest my psychiatrist to try another drug? (Adderall is not an option, I am curious about dexedrine)
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 8, 2012 - 24 answers

Non-prescription ADD drugs with non-anectodal evidence

37 y.o. with ADHD here, diagnosed a few years ago. Ritalin works a bit, but gives me headaches. Dexadrine doesn't seem to do a whole lot except make sleep impossible (hence the 6am post). My psychiatrist says that if I don't tolerate those, I won't tolerate the others, either. Are there any non-prescription supplements or medications that might help and have some kind of hard evidence to support their efficacy? [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Apr 3, 2012 - 20 answers

Why am I immune to speed?

Ritalin having no effect whatsoever, why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Y Kant Anoni Read

Grad student can no longer read. ADD reading strategies sought, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 - 20 answers

Red Bull and ritalin for breakfast?

Should I be worried about a daily diet Red Bull habit? Is there any real science about the health effects of artificial sweeteners or combining energy drinks and ritalin? [more inside]
posted by simbiotic on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Which ADHD med won't cause anxiety?

What's a focus-enhancing ADHD medication that won't cause anxiety or make me feel "out of it" the way caffeine does? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Apr 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Early 90s Flashback

I was recently officially diagnosed with ADHD by a great psychiatrist who spent a lot of time with me and seemed very serious about helping me. He ended up prescribing me Ritalin. This was very surprising, and I felt like I was transported back to the early 90s (which was the last time I heard the word actually spoken aloud). What are the possible benefits of Ritalin over Adderall, which may have led him to choose this? [more inside]
posted by wombat stork on Mar 24, 2011 - 20 answers

Bartelby Ain't Got Nothing On Me

I've been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD by 3 separate professionals through my life and on medication to treat it for nearly a year. The meds don't work, and I've been on a lot of them (i.e. Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera and now Adderall.) How can I give myself a swift kick in the butt to become a productive, organized individual? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 - 9 answers

New ADHD diagnosis--meds and weight loss?

ADHD meds and weight loss: How to make this transition as healthy as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 - 9 answers

If its not ADHD, then what is it?

What effect would you expect to see if a child (a pre-teen boy) who does NOT have ADHD is treated with ADHD meds (Ritalin, Adderall, or similar)? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 20, 2010 - 36 answers

ADHD Specialists in New York

Can you recommend ADHD specialist psychiatrists in New York that are not at the Hallowell Center? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Generic Concerta

Where can I get balanced information on switching to generic Concerta? [more inside]
posted by magacid on Mar 9, 2010 - 9 answers

I can't get my stupid pills. How do I work without them?

After twenty-something years without an ADHD diagnosis, I started taking Adderall XR about a year ago and it completely turned everything around with zero side effects. Now I live in a country where I can't get it (drug laws). The only medication available is Ritalin, but Ritalin makes me feel like crap and I doubt I could take it long-term. So then, how does one deal with adult ADHD without drugs, especially if they've already had such spectacular success with them? I know YANMD, but even if I could find a decent English-speaking psychiatrist here I get the feeling ADHD isn't something that's taken very seriously outside the West. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Travelling with Ritalin

I currently live in Brazil but shall be returning to my country of origin, the UK, for a month or so in December. I recently managed to get a prescription for Ritalin from a psychiatrist here in Brazil and was wondering whether I'd have any complications in bringing this back into the UK. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Nov 21, 2009 - 4 answers

St. John's wort + ADHD medications?

What are your experiences with St. John's wort? In particular, have you ever taken it at the same time as ADHD medications like Ritalin/Focalin (methylphenidate), Adderall (amphetamine) etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2009 - 16 answers

Bringing legally prescribed controlled substances through customs in Asia?

Advice on bringing a small quantity of legally prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate) and other prescriptions for personal use into Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, and the Philippines? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Willpower or Ritalin?

ADD Filter (YANMD): Willpower or Ritalin? Your anecdotes, advice, opinions, options, and facts are all welcome here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Longterm affects of amphetamines?

What are the potential longterm effects of regular amphetamine (i.e., adderall, ritalin) use? Does anyone really know? [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Jul 22, 2008 - 18 answers

Uninsured and unfocused

I'm a typical ADD adult, and I don't have health insurance until at least September. I'm down to my last few Ritalin tablets, and I need a new Rx. How much does Ritalin (or Concerta, Adderall, etc) typically cost without insurance, and can I minimize these costs without having to sign up for an interim insurance plan? What are the best generic varieties of the big name psychostimulants? Will getting an Rx while uninsured just kick up my fees when I am finally covered by a health plan because my condition is pre-existing? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jul 3, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I maintain my sanity when my partner has ADHD?

My partner has ADHD and I need ways of understanding/coping with his behavior so I can maintain my sanity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2008 - 30 answers

martial arts for kids in San Diego

I've got a friend with an adopted son. The kid has some adjustment problems from his early treatment and adjustment here. She's looking at using meds to change his behavior. I think that's not a great idea and she should look to enrolling him in martial arts classes. They are in San Diego. Can anyone recommend a program in that area? [more inside]
posted by diode on Dec 14, 2007 - 13 answers

Overzealous recommendation of ADD meds?

My partner just went to the doctor for a urinary tract infection and came out with a referral to a psychiatrist and a recommendation to be put on dexamphetamine! This doctor also insists it is important she meets me as well. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2007 - 23 answers

Will Adderall kill me, and can I take it on occasion?

Two questions about ADD medication, especially Adderall: 1) How dangerous is it (for me)? 2) Can it be taken "as needed"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2007 - 18 answers

Withdrawal Symptoms

What is the name of the condition caused by abrupt discontinuance of anti-depressent medications like Xanax... said condition is described as a feeling of immense internal physical pressure/stress/twisting... [more inside]
posted by kaytrem on Jul 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Is it possible that taking 10mg of Ritalin a day could cause my tendons/ligaments to tighten up and be sore?

Is it possible that taking 10mg of Ritalin a day could cause my tendons/ligaments to tighten up and be sore? I am noticing a correlation between starting taking it again and tendon pain in my wrists and ankles (achilles) and the top of my foot
posted by kaytrem on Jun 29, 2006 - 4 answers

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