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Medical ADHD & Ritalin

  1. Jul 15, 2007 #1
    I need some help here. My psychiatrist believes that its possible that my problem with focusing my attention could be a result of ADHD or my chronic depression. He prescribed Ritalin. Does anyone have first hand knowledge of what its like to take this stuff?


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  3. Jul 15, 2007 #2


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    It's possible that Ritalin (methylphenidate) would help. It stimulates the brain centers and helps people with ADHD 'focus'.

    My son takes Concerta, a time released version of Ritalin. He really does need it to focus.

    http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/methylphen.htm [Broken]


    You might want to get a second opinion on Ritalin as a possible treatment for depression. It seems from the literature that people with anxiety, tension, or agitation should not take Concerta.

    http://www.concerta.net/concerta/pages/importantprodinfo.jsp [Broken]
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  4. Jul 15, 2007 #3
    Thanks for the response.

    My psychiatrist knows me well enough to know whether what he was doing when he prescribed it to me. I 'll start taking it this Tuesday. I'll keep this thread informed of my progress so that others with concentration problems can learn of my reaction to it.

  5. Jul 16, 2007 #4


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    The Boston Globe report

    An alternative to Ritalin prescribes exercise instead


    Here's the address for the Adult ADD Support group (edit:The Dore program was created in England six years ago by Wynford Dore, who was trying to find a cure for his daughter's severe dyslexia.)

    http://www.maaddsg.org/news_5_4_06.htm [Broken]

    Defrauding pharmaceutical marketing claims with expert commentary.

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  6. Jul 16, 2007 #5
    Are you currently on antidepressants? I had a friend that noticed when he was on antidepressants, i dont remember which, but its major effect clouded his focus. This helped him lead a happier life, but made it neigh impossible for me to tutor him in Fields. He asked his phsych about it and they refused to recommend ritalin or aderol, and instead said to start taking half doses. He did notice a difference in his focus and grades.
    I'd recommend some research on related problems if your'e currently on anti depressants. And perhaps a second medical opinion.
  7. Jul 16, 2007 #6
    I already got a second opinion today. All my doctors, especially my psychiatrist who is the expert on what antidepresants can do, is the one who prescribed the Ritalin. As far as it works, time will tell. I have to first determine whether I can tolerate it. Then we wait to see if it either helps or hinders. Seems to me that your friend should have tried another anti-depressant, not stop them all together. That's just jumping the gun way too soon.

    I recommend that your friend ask his doc for a different anti-depressant.

  8. Jul 17, 2007 #7
    Yes, whatever you do, don't expect instant gratification. It may take up to three years to find what works with your particular body chemistry.
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    Try three years of the bean-bag balancing therapy and other physical excercises. Its actually better understood as a treatment than Ritalin and to say the least, anything can happen in three years. Throw some swimming in for good measure. Or try this phys ex stuff along with the Ritalin as a suppliment.
  10. Jul 17, 2007 #9
    Due to back injury I can't exercise. I started the Ritalin today and noticed a change. So far so good!

  11. Jul 19, 2007 #10
    Update - This Ritalin stuff is wonderful. I feel very different than I used to. A feeling I've never had which means the way I was before was my standard for judging my abilities to myself. Now its like a fog has lifted and I can relax. It feels like my mind was always "turned on" and this made me compulsive in my studies.

    If it gets better then I will consider this the answer to my all those prayers I gave God about these problems (Yes, yes. I'm a devout Christian).

    Thanks and I'll keep you updated if this gets better or degenerates and makes me ill. Wish good things for me okay folks? I would appreciated it - ower of positive thinking and all that. :smile:

    Best regards

  12. Jul 19, 2007 #11


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    Best wishes and good luck for a sustained improvement. I hope it continues to work.

    One might find though that the body adapts, as it does with any medication.

    Exercise is a good thing to do on a regular basis, both for physical fitness and mental health.
  13. Jul 19, 2007 #12
    Thanks very much Astronuc. I sure wish I could exercise. A few years ago I had major surgery on it to relieve pressure on my sciatic nerve. Unfortunately I'll have to live with this pain the rest of my life. Right now we keep it under control by pain meds. I tried joining a gym to slowly get the muscles in my body stronger. I went at a snails pace and my back pain started to degenerate along with a new problem with knew pain. So I won't be able to exercise anymore.

    Feels good to feel good. I don't remember my brain not racing anymore. Actually I never knew it was racing until it wasn't anymore!

    Best wishes

  14. Jul 20, 2007 #13


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    One could try swimming or exercise in water. Some elderly people with arthritis or joint issues use water to help buoy the body and relieve some stress on the joints and muscles.

    Exercise is really important - even if only upper body.
  15. Oct 12, 2009 #14
    It helps. A lot.

    IQ without methylphenidate HCl in bloodstream 151.
    IQ with methylphenidate HCl in bloodsteam 184.

    Let me reiterate. It helps a lot.

    2 hours after taking it, I felt as though I had missed out on so much.
    If you need it, get on it.
    If you don't, don't.
  16. Oct 12, 2009 #15
    I have found that methylphenidate helps with short term spatial memory but is slightly detrimental to free-form association. There is an excellent article on this subject in scientific american. The effects of methylphenidate also vary greatly from individual to individual, and are not consistently predictable ( as well as diminishing over time with repeated use).
  17. Nov 25, 2009 #16
    Ritalin is a good drug for ADHD, but we don't know much about its long term use and effects. It also can be used for depression, although there isn't much research into the effectiveness in that use.
  18. Nov 25, 2009 #17


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    My son was diagnosed with ADD many years ago and was put on Ritalin. It had a dramatic (positive) effect on his ability to concentrate.

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  19. Nov 26, 2009 #18
    In my own personal experience, it is helpful as an adjunct for depression, but only in the short term (about a week). Dopamenergic circuits are subject to quite viscious feedback adjustment.
  20. Nov 26, 2009 #19
    It also feels quite dangerous to take a stimulant medication for its mood changing properties. It seems like a quick path to addiction.
  21. Nov 26, 2009 #20
    my children took it in H.S and it helped them focus and graduate. on your OCD problem, one of my children now 25 has this serious disorder which includes a syptom called Bain Lock {look it up} She is under treatment with a Psych MD and psychologist who specializes in this. Cognitive therapy is helpful but also therapy developed ny Japanese psychiatrist named Morita. It is a neurological brain disorder of communication pathway disruptions. There IS an antidepressant that also works on OCD -ask your MD Psych. Morita focused on diversion. When symptoms appear start doing something physical that you really HATE doing like cleaning the house and keep doing it focusing intensely on the cleaning- whatever it is that you HATE doing. It refocuses the brain off the OCD. Good luck.
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