We also know that medication is one part of a holistic treatment plan, and certainly not a magic pill. As part of our treatment for ADHD, we will recommend an excellent psychiatrist outside of the Sachs Center for you to meet with to discuss medication and fix certain problems like attention deficit hyperactivity. We will work closely with this doctor to help with your treatment.
Why take medication?
ADHD medication is safe, and does work to improve symptoms. We believe the most devastating symptom of ADHD is shame or a sense that one has failed in their life. This is especially troubling for children who are not reaching their true potential in school because of inattention or procrastination. Medication can be an effective treatment to improve your overall health including, mental health, struggles, and, most importantly, reduce the associated shame and help control the blood pressure that comes with ADD/ADHD.
Stimulant medications improve ADD symptoms in roughly three-fourths of children and adults. They reduce hyperactivity, including problems with focus, impulsive behavior, aggression, defiance, and task completion. In addition, stimulant medication can greatly increase concentration, work productivity, emotional control, and appropriate social behavior.
Stimulants are one the most researched medications in psychiatry, having been in use for more than 40 years, with over 400 studies over thousands of cases. Advances in the delivery system of the medication, ex. short/long-acting, immediate acting, etc., have been steadily improving, making the medications even more effective as science improves. The short-acting forms of the drug can be taken up to three times per day. Whereas the long-acting type is taken only once per day. The Mt. Sinai-trained psychiatrist at the Sachs Center will help guide you through this process.
Stimulants are not considered to be habit-forming. Because the doses used to treat ADHD are too small to produce narcotic-like dependency. Common side effects include headache, low appetite, insomnia, upset stomach, and elevated blood-pressure. It should be noted that the major side effects only last a few weeks while the body gets used to the new medication.