Any Advice About ADHD?

United States
April 3, 2007 5:02pm CST
My husband was just diagnosed with having ADHD. The doctor gave him some sample pills to take, and since my husband has high blood pressure, she doubled his dosage of his blood pressure pills. Any advice from others who have this condition, or whose spouses or other family member have this condition?
4 responses
@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
Honestly I don't believe that this disorder exists. I supposedly have it too. My doctor wanted to give me pills. (what is it these days with doctors filling us up with pills????) I am active, overactive sometimes. That isn't a bad thing. I just make sure that I find constructive things to do. I just remain active. I have learned how to do many things with my energy such as projects around the home, I have taken dancing classes, I used to volunteer a lot. etc.... I think people, kids and adults just need to find ways to burn up the energy. Pick small things that will hold your attention for a few moments and gradually work up to the bigger projects. Pills are definitely not the answer.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Hi! I don't know if the disorder exists or not, but my husband can be very fidgety! And he tends to become very easily distracted and loses focus alot. If it wasn't for his job, he wouldn't have gotten tested for it, but he's a welder, and can't afford to lose his job due to loss of focus and becoming distracted. I do agree that it seems like more and more children are becoming diagnosed with this, due to their high energy levels. Being the mother of 2 school children, I can see that schools are different now than when I went. You were allowed to be a child back then, but it seems like now, they want children to sit there and be quiet. They even have more rules on the playground at recess time. Thank you for your comment!
• Canada
3 Apr 07
A welder? I used to weld for a living. I used to sing songs (in my head) while I welded. This kept me amused enough to do my job. If your husband isn't into nusic, he could try math equations in his head or some riddles etc... I find these work for me. Also for the fidgetting, I took up beadwork. I'm pretty sure your husband wouldn't want to learn how to do beadowrk lol but he can find some small thing to do with his hands to keep them occupied.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Those are some pretty good suggestions, although I think I have to agree with you about the beadwork. He does do some woodworking projects and welding projects at home. Thank you for those suggestions!
@Manoj_s (939)
• India
4 Apr 07
hai i dont know what is even ADHD but i have definite cure for every disease,i am a firm beleiver in naturopathy and i have seen lots of deadly diseases got cured by naturo pathy and yoga ,naturopathy doesnt believe in multiplicity of diseases ,their is only one disease there is toxins accumilated in your body and which ever part ofthe body the toxins accumulate that part get diseased ,now the toxin may arise due to your wrong lifestyle mainly wrong food habits ,correct your food habbits and your husband diseases will get cured by nature, please dont say that it is unscientfic learn more about naturopathy and consult a doctor or learn yoga you can visit website www.divyayoga.com where yoga expert ramdevhji maharahj is conducting yoga all over india ,i thing he is coming to uk and us next month i have regular viewr of his programme on t.v .you can learn about all these in his website visit www.drbass.com also to know about naturopathy and have aconsult with him . remember chemicals are incompatible to life it is poison it will further damage the health] goodluck
• United States
4 Apr 07
Hi, thank you for your response and ideas and tips. Basically, he has Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. Any ideas and tips are good to look into and helpful.
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@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
3 Apr 07
not sure i like that she doubled his meds. my son has adhd. he was on meds for years. i took him off last year as i did not think it was doing anything. does he need the medicine? has he tried any natural alternatives?
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• United States
3 Apr 07
It's his blood pressure medicine that she doubled up. What I mean is that she doubled the milligrams of the medication. He just takes on bp pill a day, due to high blood pressure. I don't know what the ADHD medication is yet, as he went to work right after the doctor appointment. I just know that she gave him samples of it. But, he does need the bp medication, and the ADHD medication, he needs so that he can better focus at work. He's a welder, and he gets distracted very easily. Thank you for commenting!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
24 Jun 07
You know, I started a discussion on ADD and ADHD and I didn't get a big response. I did get a few very helpful responses though. I suspect that my son might have it, but I haven't followed through on getting him diagnosed. From the research I've done, I've determined that he may or may not have ADD not ADHD. Somtimes I suspect that I had it as a child as will and that I have adult ADD now. I don't think it is so severe in either of our cases as to merit being diagnosed and being put on medication. If anything changes I will look into having him diagnosed. My concerns about being diagnoes with the disorders are that he would be "labeled". I have encountered a considerable number of teachers who have negative feelings about children who are diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD. They feel like this is an "excuse" for their behavior. I happen to disagree, but my opinion, unfortunately, doesn't carry a lot of weight with certain teachers. I fear that they way the treat my child will be affected by the label that my son is given, or by the perception that we are "making excuses" for him. Sorry, I think I got a little off track here... The other thing that concerns me is the medication. I guess that' is something that you have to judge for yourselves. Is the ADHD medication helping him to perform better at work. Is it helping him in life overall? If it is helping, it might be worth it to continue on it. I'd be concerned about the fact that those medications cause him to have to take more BP medication. I guess it's a matter of which of the two is the leser evils. Medicating or non-medicating. Good luck. I hope you find the answers you are looking for.