I am simply appalled at what is happening in this thread. I've never seen our members misinterpret so much information before. You guys are
arriving at some schizophrenic conclusions from a string of loosely tied together facts. At the same time, you are slandering those of us that have
It is really infuriating to read some of the posts in here, simply because of the blatant denial of reasonable information and disregard for those
that have the condition. Just because you can create a conspiracy out of anything doesn't mean that there always is a conspiracy. You guys are
refuting any information about ADD as non-legit... are you serious? Do you really think that all the millions of doctors, researchers, and
institutions involved with ADD are conspiring to create a fake condition? You've got to be kidding me.
The drug companies certainly do want to sell more of their product, but that has nothing to do with whether or not the condition is real. ADD was
here first - it wasn't until later that Big Drug, Inc. may have somehow convoluted the situation to sell more product. But regardless of what Big
Drug may do to hit sales figures, the condition does exist.
Yes, people are misdiagnosed and misinformed about ADD all the time. I've already mentioned that this root problem is caused by physiologists and
family practice MD's trying to diagnose and medicate a psychological/neurological condition. It is a deep rooted disorder that is closely tied to
localized blood flow inadequacies, poorly regulated neurotransmitters, and structural abnormalities in the brain. The psychoactive drugs that exist
for treatment of ADD each have their own peculiarities and effects. These drugs affect each brain differently, which is why competent psychiatrists
will generally prescribe 3-4 different ones in sequence and monitor the physiological and psychological effects. As with ANY medication, it's about
finding the right balance of solution vs. risk of side effect.
I was put on Ritalin back in high school and it did restrict my mental bandwidth. I was a bit more aggressive in those couple weeks, as well. The
drug simply wasn't the right fit for me, so we documented the effects and tried another drug.
Adderal comes in MANY varieties, each with their own delivery systems and metabolic rates. The first version we tried made me feel too wired and sped
up. Adderal XL corrected some of those side effects, due to its more controlled and steady drug release system, but the intended effects for the
condition of ADD were not strong enough.
Welbutrin took care of the psychosomatic side effects of ADD itself (like depression and anxiety), but again it did not solve the ADD problem well
enough to continue using it.
Focalin worked very well, and had a nice balance of intended effect vs. side effect. The problems associated with ADD were relieved by this drug, but
there was a few side effects during my 2-week loading phase such as insomnia and loss of appetite. However, I can attest that those side effects went
away after the loading phase.
I stayed on Focalin for a month or two, fully satisfied with its effects. However, a new medicine called Vyvanse is available that I wanted to try.
It is essentially the same active ingredients as Adderal and Focalin, however it's delivery system is quite different. There is no loading phase
with Vyvanse, thereby enabling me to eat a pill when I need it. Great stuff!
The point here is that, yes, some of these drugs can cause problems for people, and yes there are risks associated. But that is true of just about
any drug. You have to find which drug works best for you and evaluate the balance of intended effect vs. side effect. Trying Ritalin once, hating
it, and deciding that ADD is a NWO conspiracy myth is hardly a logical progression.
So, those of you that insist upon an ADD conspiracy in which the condition is a myth... you are certainly not an expert, and any conclusions you make
are circumstantial and inconsequential. ADD is certainly real - any conspiracy you may believe in does not take away from the reality of ADD.
Be very careful when debating this issue, because it is a personal reality that many of us have struggled with. Some of the comments made in this
thread have been almost slanderous... whatever you may think about ADD, a degree of tact and respect is demanded.