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Medication Options for ADHD

ADD medication optionMedications to treat Attention Deficit Disorders are effective, with a rapid onset action. ADD medications also help with diagnosis because if someone has a classic response, the diagnosis is supported. Put simply: if you respond to the medication, then it helps confirm that you have ADD. ADD or ADHD medications work by affecting dopamine transmission, creating a nutrient-rich environment for the brain and allowing it to perform normally.

How do medications treat attention disorders?

ADHD medication is usually an essential part of the treatment plan. The main categories of medication for the treatment of ADD or ADHD are stimulants. They release dopamine – more importantly your dopamine — into the synaptic cleft, which is the space between the neurons in your brain. This allows your brain to function normally.

The challenges for people with ADD include lack of focus on a task or conversation because every distraction gets in the way. Poor focus and time management, forgetfulness and emotional instability make life very difficult.

With treatment, patients relax and have more energy. The irrelevant noise and chatter in the brain is quietened. The change can be truly transformational.

What other medication options are open to ADD patients?

ADHD medication options

Before deciding on medication, I help you fully understand your condition with an in-depth assessment including relevant ADHD or Attention Deficit Disorder tests.

Sometimes patients can’t take stimulants, perhaps because they have cardiac problems or they might be forbidden from having them due to a history of drug or alcohol abuse. On rare occasions, a patient with Attention Deficit Disorder won’t respond to stimulants. In these instances, Psychiatrists use other drugs, all of which affect dopamine.

Book Now for Assessment

Even if you’re unsure whether you need medical treatment for your attentional problem, or you think you only have a mild form of ADD, make a booking through my website so we can organise an ADHD assessment for you. You can then be sure you have covered all possibilities.

Dr Anthony Mander | 08 9386 7855