questions about ADHD in real time.Which is why I started a series of Facebook Live events, in partnership with ADDitude magazine, called Ask Ned. This free, interactive Q&A session takes place every other Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.
To register for these events, go to www.facebook.com/DrHallowell/During each event, I talk briefly about a topic related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and then take participants’ questions for nearly an hour. Below are a few questions from our talks to give you a sense of the topics and concerns we tackle.
We hope to see you at the next session!Q: “I’m 74 and have been taking a stimulant for ADHD for 20 years. My family is afraid that I’m too old to still be taking a stimulant.
What do you think?”What matters when taking stimulants is not a person’s chronological age but their physiology. ADHD medications should always be given under medical supervision — at any age.
If you’ve been taking a stimulant for 20 years, then there’s no reason to stop simply because you’re now 74, or older for that matter.[Get This Free Download: Comparison Chart of Stimulants & Non-Stimulants]As long as you continue to have a normal EKG, your heart rate and blood pressure are stable on the meds, you’re getting good sleep, you don’t feel agitated or “loopy,” and your weight is stable, then you’re fine to take stimulant medication and reap the benefits they can provide.Q: “I take stimulants for my ADHD during the day and at night, but I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep. Do you have suggestions that could help?”Regardless of treatment plan, it is common for people with ADHD to experience sleep problems — and this symptom can be made worse by stimulants.1 To remedy the problem, first make sure you
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