An ADHD Test Made For Adults

This is an informal test with 33 items designed for adult ADHD - that focuses on the way the condition manifests specifically in adults. What distinguishes it from most ADHD tests is that a) it is written for adults b) it is behaviorally based.  That means it asks if you have behaviors associated with ADHD. [...]

Ritalin: What it is, How it Works

Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is the most popular medication used to treat attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity (ADD & ADHD).  It works by activating pathways in the brain associated with attention, focus and motivation and is extremely effective for treating ADD/ADHD. But as a Schedule II medication, Ritalin is a potent stimulant with potentially [...]

10 Things You Should Know About Vyvanse

This article was written by a new addition to our team who has significant personal experience with the ADHD medication Vyvanse. None of the ADHD medications I had tried, Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera and Wellbutrin had helped me much.  Vyvanse has. First, I go over 10 things I’ve learned from taking Vyvanse for about a year [...]

What Does Taking Ritalin/Adderall Feel Like?

What does it feel like to take Ritalin or Adderall in a therapeutic way for ADHD?  To answer that question, we'll provide a story. The following stories both start the same exact way.  An 18 year old freshman in college has just come to the library to get some studying done. Version A:  Not medicated, [...]

Concerta vs Adderall XR for ADHD

Concerta vs Adderall XR Concerta and Adderall XR are two very common and popular treatments for ADHD. They are both long acting forms of two similar yet different medications: one Ritalin, and one Adderall. How well do they work?  And how do they compare? If you want to learn more about what Ritalin is and [...]

Dr. Tuckman Answers Questions About Adult ADHD

Dr. Ari Tuckman is the author of "More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD" and "Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians". He has treated hundreds, if not thousands, of adults with ADHD.  He generously took the time to answer questions that readers of mine have submitted over [...]

Strattera: Side Effects, Use for ADHD

Strattera or Atomoxetine is a new treatment for ADHD that was approved in 2002 and the first medication approved for treating ADHD in adults. It is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, which means that, like Ritalin and the stimulants, Strattera increases the level of norepinephrine that cells are exposed to. This hopefully results in increased attention, [...]

Long Term Effects of Adderall

  Adderall is a popular stimulant treatment for ADHD and is used illicitly as a drug for its energy inducing effects. What are the long term effects of Adderall?  Does it keep working, or do you develop tolerance if you have ADHD? Please note that this piece is written assuming use is within [...]

The 4 Secrets to Success with Adult ADHD

If you think or know you have ADHD, you're probably a little confused.  You may not feel like you have a "deficit" but you may not be entirely happy with how things are going in your life. Let's be honest.  Here's some stuff that you just have to know. 1) First, if you have ADHD, [...]

How to use qEEG to Diagnose ADHD

Some people who don’t believe ADHD exists argue that there is no physical signs or tests for it.  Such a claim, while popular, ignores the strong and compelling evidence from PET and fMRI scans that show things like smaller brain size in people with ADHD as well as dopamine irregularities. But recent innovations in brain [...]