Should pediatricians treat ADHD with medications or behavioral treatment first?
When children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall are usually the first line of treatment. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines Monday upholding that central role of medications accompanied by behavioral therapy in ADHD treatment. Some experts say, however, they are disappointed the new guidelines don ’t […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 7, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/alex-smith-2" rel="tag" > Alex Smith < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions Pediatrics Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

8 Nootropics to Stimulate Your Brain This Fall
You're reading 8 Nootropics to Stimulate Your Brain This Fall, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Nootropics is a term coined by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea to describe a class of drugs, supplements, and other synthetic and naturally occurring compounds that improve cognitive function in our brains. They’re often called “smart drugs,” as they can help us think faster and more efficiently. Although used by pretty much everyone, these nootropic supplements are especially popular among youn...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nadav Dakner Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement nootropics pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

How to Be Happier at Work
You're reading How to Be Happier at Work, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Let’s face it - work isn’t always fun and games. Between stress, deadlines and occasional long hours, your job can start to feel more dreadful than enjoyable, and more meaningless than fulfilling. However, as working takes up so much of our lives – for Americans roughly 1,700 hours per year – feeling happy and less stressed at work is important. The negativity that you have at work can begin to affect other a...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - July 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kateowilson Tags: career featured happiness happiness at work work life balance workplace Source Type: blogs

In Recovery? Ask Yourself These Questions Before Moving to a New City
Moving might be the right choice, but examine your motives. When we were drinking and using, we were irrational, impulsive, and at the whim of our heartbreakingly horrible decisions. We get into recovery to be more than that. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu Wherever you go, there you are. – Unknown We’ve all heard or tried the myth of the geographic cure: that we can change the unmanageability of our addictions simply by changing locations. The program suggests waiting a year to make major changes in our lives, such as moving to a new place or getting divorced. That s...
Source: World of Psychology - March 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Guest Author Tags: Addiction Personal Publishers Recovery The Fix Moving Relocation Sobriety Source Type: blogs

Students shouldn ’t take Adderall as a study aid
College students work hard, and many are looking for ways to improve their studying and learn more effectively. Getting more sleep and more exercise would probably help, but up to a third are trying ADHD medications to see if pills can give them that extra boost. A  small, recent study shows that they’re not getting the effect […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 13, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/roy-benaroch" rel="tag" > Roy Benaroch, MD < /a > Tags: Meds Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Amanda ’ s spectacular Wheat Belly success
Amanda began the process overweight, depressed, struggling with energy, muscle and joint pains, pre-diabetic, hypertensive, and with polycystic ovary syndrome, reliant on numerous medications even in her 20s and early 30s. As you can see now, after starting with the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, she is now slender and free of ALL her health problems and off ALL her medications. “The pic on the left is me in my 20’s, 27 to be exact. This was before I ever started my journey. “That smile was masking physical and emotional pain, suicidal ideation, PCOS, depression, hypothyroidism, ADD symptoms, fibromyalg...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - October 23, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates blood pressure diabetes fibromyalgia grain-free grains hypertension Inflammation joint pain polycystic ovary pre-diabetes pros undoctored Weight Loss wheat belly Source Type: blogs

Update: Think twice before taking Adderall as cognitive enhancer — it may worsen your working memory
___ Dear reader, It’s time for SharpBrains monthly e-newsletter, starting in this occasion with an important article by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner raising concerns about the growing non-medical use of ADHD drugs. New research: Do ADHD drugs really help college students without ADHD? Mindfully debunking four meditation myths Cognitive training & remediation works, especially in schizophrenia and healthy aging New tools: Neurotechnology pioneers, please design with the end-user in mind FDA clears deep transcranial magnetic stimulation device to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder DA...
Source: SharpBrains - September 28, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain cognition cognitive-enhancer enewsletter Working-memory Source Type: blogs

Is Addiction Hereditary?
Looking at Your Family History It can be widely speculated that addiction can be hereditary. If there are addicts in your family, it could be possible that their behaviors can be passed on to you, as well. When considering this, it is important to look at your family history, especially your parent’s. Numerous studies show the cause of addiction can be broken down to 50 percent genetic and 50 percent issues with coping skills. Further studies have shown that children of addicts are up to 8 times more likely to also develop an addiction. One study in particular took 231 individuals who had been clinically diagnosed wi...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 20, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Alcoholism Depression Depression Treatment Drinking Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Mental Health family family disease hereditary Source Type: blogs

Do ADHD drugs really help college students without ADHD?
___ Over the past 15 years there has been growing awareness that many college students without an ADHD diagnosis use ADHD drugs. On some campuses, rates of self-reported non-medical use have exceeded 30% of students. The primary reason students report taking ADHD drugs is to enhance their academic performance. And, the strong majority of students — over 80% in a study I conducted — believe it is helpful for this purpose. Furthermore, students who report problems with attention are more likely to report non-medical use than other students; this suggests that some self-medicate to address their perceived attentio...
Source: SharpBrains - September 19, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness academic-performance. Adderall ADHD-diagnosis ADHD-drugs cognitive-functioning college Mental-Health neurocognitive psychiatric conditions Working-memory Source Type: blogs

Pilot study finds “smart drug” Aderall has limited benefits for healthy students, and may harm working memory
By Emma Young Stimulants available on prescription such as Adderall improve cognitive functioning as well as attention in people with ADHD, but many students without this condition also take them, believing that they will act as “smart drugs” and boost their cognition, and so their academic performance. The limited research to date into whether this is actually the case has produced mixed results. A new double-blind pilot study of healthy US college students, published in Pharmacy, found that though Adderall led to minor improvements in attention, it actually impaired working memory.  The researchers, fro...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Cognition Educational Source Type: blogs

Think twice before taking Aderall for cognitive enhancement: It may actually impair working memory and other cognitive abilities
___ ADHD drugs do not improve cognition in healthy college students (ScienceDaily): “Contrary to popular belief across college campuses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications may fail to improve cognition in healthy students and actually can impair functioning, according to a study by researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. Study co-investigators Lisa Weyandt, professor of psychology and a faculty member with URI’s George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, and Tara White, assistant professor of research in behavioral and social sciences at Brown Universit...
Source: SharpBrains - July 23, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness amphetamine attention deficit hyperactivity disorder cognitive-abilities emotional improve-cognition medications neurocognition prescription prescription stimulant medic Source Type: blogs

Oliver North ’ s Ritalin Myth
The incoming NRA President, Oliver North, recently offered his theory for the spate of school shootings in this country, blaming “a culture of violence“ and the drug methylphenidate (Ritalin). “If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten,” North said. 1 As a psychiatrist, I partly agree with North: there are cultural factors in the U.S. that may increase the risk for aggression or violence — including but not limited to bullying, gangs, and substances of abuse. But Col. North is way off base in blaming Rita...
Source: World of Psychology - May 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ronald Pies, M.D. Tags: ADHD and ADD Anger Children and Teens Disorders Medications Mental Health and Wellness Psychiatry Stimulants Treatment Violence and Aggression Adderall Child Development drug myths mass shooting Methylphenidate myths about AD Source Type: blogs

Seroquel, Atypical Antipsychotics for Insomnia, Dementia?
I’m a little dumb-founded whenever I run across a prescribing trend that goes against all of the available empirical evidence for common sense use of a medication. Nowhere is this more evident than with the prescription of atypical antipsychotic medications. It wouldn’t be too far a stretch to suggest that such prescriptions have become like Prozac prescriptions in the 1990s, the latest medication fad. But atypical antipsychotics, like Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate), are far more complex with far more problematic side effects than drugs like Prozac, and should only be prescribed for on-label use. The Washingto...
Source: World of Psychology - April 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Antipsychotic General Medications Policy and Advocacy Adverse Effects Atypical Antipsychotic Bipolar Disorder Insomnia movement disorder Seroquel side effects Weight Gain Source Type: blogs

Lessons for the Opioid Epidemic from Meth
As the nation remains fixated on the opioid epidemic,methamphetamineismakingaresurgence. Meth is less expensive than heroin, and it isgaining users who fear opioid overdoses.Meth is not new; it burst onto the scene in the early 1990, as the crack epidemic waned.   Synthesized from readily available chemicals, meth provided a cheaper, homemade alternative to other drugs. As use increased, legislators and law enforcement officials took note.The first major legislation targeting meth was the1996Comprehensive MethamphetamineControl Act. Passed unanimously by the Senate and by 386-34 in the House, the legislation required ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 8, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey Miron Source Type: blogs

The State of Mindfulness Science: 10 Key Research Findings to Encourage and Guide your Meditation Practice in 2018
___ During the past two decades, more and more scientists have studied mindfulness—a Buddhist-inspired collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment. Their early findings triggered an enormous amount of enthusiasm for meditation. Sometimes, however, journalists and even scientists (who should know better) have overstated the physical and mental health benefits, which has fed growing skepticism about mindfulness. Indeed, the science behind mindfulness meditation has often suffered from poor research designs and small effect sizes, as 15 psychologis...
Source: SharpBrains - January 3, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness attention bias meditation Mental-Health mindfulness mindfulness science physical-health relationships Resiliency Stress Source Type: blogs

5 things parents and teachers need to know about ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a childhood disorder that affects as many as one out of 10 children in the United States. Even though it’s fairly common, many misconceptions still persist. So here are five important things you should know if you are a parent or a teacher of a child with ADHD. 1. The hallmark symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Most kids are inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive at times. But for a diagnosis of ADHD, these symptoms must interfere significantly in multiple places, such as at school and at home. This is a childhood disorder, meaning the sympto...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ellen Braaten, PhD Tags: Behavioral Health Brain and cognitive health Children's Health Mental Health Parenting Source Type: blogs

Top 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2016
Most people understand that the role of psychiatric medications is to help alleviate the symptoms associated with different types of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety, and more. Psychiatric medications are an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan for effectively treating people who have a mental health concern or mental illness. It’s good to know what drugs are being most-often prescribed for mental disorders in the U.S. These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2016, according to QuintilesIMS, a global infor...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Medications Psychiatry Treatment medications for mental illness Psychiatric Drugs Psychiatric Medications psychiatric meds top psychiatric medications Source Type: blogs

Topsy-Turvy Brand Name Drug Pricing?
On August 7, 2017, The New York Times with ProPublica (an independent, non-profit investigative new agency) reported that some drug companies have struck deals with insurers to require that prescriptions be dispensed for the more expensive brand name drug rather than the less expensive generic alternative! Has the world turned upside down? What has happened? Perhaps one could respond: Follow the money. Pharmaceutical companies have apparently cut a deal with health insurance companies and pharmacy benefits managers for some drug products so that middle men pay prices that are very competitive, at least as competitive as th...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - August 10, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Bioethics Today Tags: Health Care Drug Drug Pricing Pharmacy Ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

Today is the greatest day i've ever known.
Last night was my first night not taking Trazadone, but not by choice. My psych wrote my prescription wrong and I did not realize it so I ran out early. At first I panicked when I realized I was going to run out, although I noticed right away I was way short. Today is only the first morning without it and the first day on Adderall without having it for about a week, so it is hard to say how I will feel without it. I do not think I slept much if at all last night.I am really, really behind on my Amazon orders and not sure if they are going to drop me, but the past is the past and all I can do is go forwa...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 1, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Today is the greatest day i've ever known.
Last night was my first night not taking Trazadone, but not by choice. My psych wrote my prescription wrong and I did not realize it so I ran out early. At first I panicked when I realized I was going to run out, although I noticed right away I was way short. Today is only the first morning without it and the first day on Adderall without having it for about a week, so it is hard to say how I will feel without it. I do not think I slept much if at all last night.I am really, really behind on my Amazon orders and not sure if they are going to drop me, but the past is the past and all I can do is go forwa...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 1, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

I Chose Not to Medicate My ADHD — Here ’s Why
A white room. The day I was diagnosed, they brought me into a (not kidding) white room with a metal table. There was a machine at the head of the table. The machine kind of reminded me of a shrunken MRI scanner, but I didn’t have much of a chance to study it.   I laid down, and they put wires all over my head and my chest. The wires were gooey (“How am I going to get that out of my hair?”). Mom had kept me awake for most of the night, so when they told me to go to sleep, and I was out like a light. I was eight years old. Mom had resisted getting me tested, despite my teachers pushing for it. I was ea...
Source: World of Psychology - June 13, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jordan Storz Tags: ADHD and ADD Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Children and Teens Medications Personal Students Success & Achievement Academic Achievement Attention Deficit Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Mood Swings Motivation Scho Source Type: blogs

Does Adderall make you underachieve?
It’s rare for medical students nowadays to go through training without knowing someone who uses prescription stimulants to study. The ever-popular Adderall and Concerta seem to be omnipresent on college campuses and medical schools, while prescriptions for these medications are suspiciously less common. In environments where success and self-worth is often based on academic achievement, the temptation to succumb to using these pills is high. The temptation is even higher as these drugs have become widely available. While students previously borrowed prescription pills from friends and tried to trick their doctors by ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 5, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jack-turban" rel="tag" > Jack Turban < /a > Tags: Education Medical school Source Type: blogs

The fuzzy line between medication use and abuse
Opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin (hydrocodone) and OxyContin (oxycodone), are crucial medical tools that are addictive and widely abused. Tranquilizers and sleeping pills of the benzodiazepine class, like Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam) and Klonopin (clonazepam), are safe and effective in limited, short-term use, but are often taken too freely, leading to drug tolerance and withdrawal risks. Stimulants such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine) ease the burden of ADHD but are also widely used as college study aids as well as recreationally. All of these medications are available only by prescrip...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 16, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/steven-reidbord" rel="tag" > Steven Reidbord, MD < /a > Tags: Meds Patients Source Type: blogs

I Am Processing It...
I feel much better today, but I did take two Adderall, and for some reason that really affects my mood. I still have 14 overdue wreaths, but I started with 28 when my ecommerce site delisted my items. It was a totally positive thing, even though I had already closed my shop.My therapist/psychiatrist fit me in for a therapy appointment last week, I think Friday? It was a much tougher appointment than I have had in a very long time - many years at least. I wish I understood myself better, why some things are harder to talk about or even think about. Why?I was basically freaking out over my anxiety, i...
Source: bipolar.and.me - November 7, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Tags: anxiety bipolar disorder election anxiety medication suicide Source Type: blogs

The Dangers of Rising Adderall Abuse among Teens
Call it a case of unintended consequences. Twenty years ago, the prescription medication Adderall debuted as a treatment for narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A stimulant, with amphetamine as its active ingredient, Adderall helped sufferers of narcolepsy stay awake, but it also increased mental focus and endurance for those diagnosed with ADHD. Because of its effectiveness and relatively mild side effects, Adderall quickly became a common treatment for ADHD. But as its popularity increased, use of Adderall also began spreading beyond the people it was intended for. Today, students without ADH...
Source: World of Psychology - September 26, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Elizabeth Blackwell Tags: Addiction ADHD and ADD Children and Teens College Habits Medications Psychology Recovery Stimulants Students Success & Achievement Adderall Amphetamine attention Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder cognitive enhancement Source Type: blogs

The Incoherence of Schedule I
Drug policy watchers learned earlier this month that the latest substance to earn Schedule I status isthe obscure plant ​called kratom. So what ’s Schedule I? By the letter of the law,Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act contains “drugs, substances, or chemicals” that meet the following criteria:The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.In this post, I ’m not going to conside...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 13, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Jason Kuznicki Source Type: blogs

Working On Myself, Try Number Two Million and Three
So...I over reacted to our marriage counselor. I was way more irritated that I should have been. Was I irritable to the point of being hypomanic? I am trying to answer that myself. I cannot exactly explain the situation to HER, and I do not want to tell my psychiatrist either. The last thing I want is some medication that will bring me DOWN to depression level when I am not depressed.#1 - There were a few days where I took an extra Adderall because I was freaked out about how much I had to do. #2 - When I increased the Trazadone, the out of this world heartburn caused major anxiety that nothin...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 21, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

I Thought I Could - But Couldn't
I woke up this morning determined to go with my husband to our marriage counseling appointment. I have been ranting and raving about her since our appointment a week ago. After that appointment, I thought I would get over it and just forget it, but I have not. My frustration and irritation - or is it flat out anger? has only worsened day by day.I had made a plan. Before the appointment, no Adderall, no coffee, and klonipin. Zone out the best I could (the medication wouldn't do that, but I have had many occasions in the past to get plenty of practice) unless asked a direct question, which ...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 13, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Emotional
I have been ****SO**** overly emotional lately.  I am not sure if it is justified and normal or if I really am being dramatic and am feeling everything so much more extreme than I should.It is not unusual for me to wake up in the middle of the night, and many times I stay up.  The night before last, I woke up around 1 or 1:30.  I turned on the television, and I have no idea why, but no matter what station we have left the tv on when we turn it off, when we turn it on it is always on CNN.  It is the weirdest thing.When I turned on the television that night/morning, it was in the middle of the Dallas poli...
Source: bipolar.and.me - July 9, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

I Guess An Explanation For My Anger
I saw my therapist/psychiatrist yesterday, and I was chomping at the bit to get out what had been bothering me since last weekend.Tara (she was like a little sister when I lived with her family after my mother had kicked me out) had sent out what I considered a frivolous "GoFundMe" page for $7k in donations.  For the record, she received no donations, the group conversation she sent virtually everyone left, and her mother said once she figured out how to deactivate it, she did. I guess I am validating myself - but I am not alone, just saying!  I had NO idea why I wnnt from 0 to 100 when I read the descr...
Source: bipolar.and.me - July 7, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Thoughts Are Scrambled and Everywhere - Maybe I Am Too
It has been really rough lately.  I pretty much ran out of klonipin.  I want to say I do not know how it happens, but obviously I take too much in a certain time frame.  But how could I take THAT MUCH?  Both Adderall and Klonipin - the two worst medications I could take too much of, I usually do within the month.I now have my Klonipin back and have felt so sick for almost a week lately.  I thought I would take it and ta-da, all of my negative thoughts that were keeping me from getting my wreaths done would be gone.  I am so far behind that just that is a lot for me to deal with.  I hate w...
Source: bipolar.and.me - June 15, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Just Deal Already
Once again it is 2:19 am, and I have been up since 12:30 am.  I stayed in bed and slept or just laid there yesterday because I was tired.  I guess that is why - I am not sure.  Spending time with Mark lately is not exactly enjoyable.  Yes, it takes "two to tango".  He has said, even in ..marriage counseling, that he is miserable and it does not matter what happens, he will always be miserable.  I have been thinking about that for a lot.   This has been going on for YEARS!  I do not dare to look back in my blog to when it first started, but I know it is 5+ years that he has ...
Source: bipolar.and.me - May 31, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

It's 2:00 am I Must Be Lonely
It's 1:42am on Monday, Memorial Day.  I have been up for at least an hour.  I would say "typical", but since I have been taking Zonegran, I have been sleeping SO MUCH, and when I am not sleeping I have zero energy.  It comes in capsules, so I asked my psychiatrist if I could take half last night - just open up the capsule, take half, and put the cap back on.  She said I could.This is new to me.  Normally, and never before would I have asked to do that.  I would have just done it and told my doctor on my next visit.  But she read in my psychiatrist's records that I do that often,...
Source: bipolar.and.me - May 30, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

It's 2:00 am I Must Be Lonely
It's 1:42am on Monday, Memorial Day. &nbsp;I have been up for at least an hour. &nbsp;I would say " typical " , but since I have been taking Zonegran, I have been sleeping SO MUCH, and when I am not sleeping I have zero energy. &nbsp;It comes in capsules, so I asked my psychiatrist if I could take half last night - just open up the capsule, take half, and put the cap back on. &nbsp;She said I could. This is new to me. &nbsp;Normally, and never before would I have asked to do that. &nbsp;I would have just done it and told my doctor on my next visit. &nbsp;But she read in my psychiatris...
Source: bipolar.and.me - May 30, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Help Convince BC Pharmacare to Cover Long Term ADHD Medications for ADHD Adults And Children
Please tell BC Pharmacare and health minister Terry Lake why they should cover long-acting ADHD medications vs just the short acting ones. Deadline is June 1st, 2016. If you live in BC and have a family member with ADHD or have ADHD yourself and already know why this is important, have your say here now . Scroll down to “Therapeutic Review of ADHD Drugs” and chose “Patient Questionnaire” or “Caregiver Questionnaire.” Please follow the instructions carefully. If you are unsure why this is important, please read on. I called for BC Pharmacare to cover long-acting (10-13 hour) ...
Source: Adult ADD Strengths - May 26, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Pete Quily Tags: ADD / ADHD Advocacy ADD / ADHD Medication BC Pharmacare Source Type: blogs

Please Help Convince BC Pharmacare to Cover Long Term ADHD Medications for ADHD Adults And Children
Please tell BC Pharmacare and health minister Terry Lake why they should cover long-acting ADHD medications vs just the short acting ones. CADDAC, CADDRA and some BC Psychiatrists and doctors are organizing this. Deadline is June 1st, 2016. If you live in BC and have a family member with ADHD or have ADHD yourself and already know why this is important, have your say here now . Scroll down to “Therapeutic Review of ADHD Drugs” and chose “Patient Questionnaire” or “Caregiver Questionnaire.” Please follow the instructions carefully. If you are unsure why this is important, please r...
Source: Adult ADD Strengths - May 26, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Pete Quily Tags: ADD / ADHD Advocacy ADD / ADHD Medication BC Pharmacare Source Type: blogs

Alana freed from her “big, fat bulimic life” by Wheat Belly
Alana shared this instructive story of finally being freed from food binging/bulimia by living the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “Restored, Renewed and Illuminating! “At age 16 I was chubby, self-conscious, and began my 30+ year adventure of my big, fat bulimic life. “I used binging and purging as a way to have my cake and eat it too, and it worked! I lost weight, looked great and loved my delusional life. I tried so many times over the years to get help and recover. Unfortunately, everything I tried failed. Therapist, diet pills, even my son’s Adderall. Finally, at age 50 I said no more purging, which too...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 5, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories appetite binging bulimia eating disorders gluten grains Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The psychiatric secrets that harm physicians
I know your secrets. I keep secrets for a living. I know about the eye opener before your shift; the Adderall prescribed for your son that you take in the morning; the Xanax a colleague gave you for upcoming air travel that that you take at night; the near DUI that you got out of by showing your hospital badge, the letters “Dr.” prominent on the left side; your wife who tells white lies about why you can’t attend the retirement party of a colleague’s (“Patient emergency. He has to go to the hospital. I do know you understand.”); or why you didn’t show up for your last appointment w...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - February 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The urine drug screen commonly utilized in the emergency department is an immunoassay that uses antibodies to detect specific drugs or their metabolites. This allows for rapid screening for drugs of abuse, but it has many limitations.   Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is the confirmatory test, but it is more costly, time-consuming, and generally can only be performed by outside laboratories. This confirmatory test is generally not useful in the emergency department, but has a role in cases of pediatric exposures, research, or occupational drug testing.     One of the limitations of a urine d...
Source: The Tox Cave - June 1, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The urine drug screen commonly utilized in the emergency department is an immunoassay that uses antibodies to detect specific drugs or their metabolites. This allows for rapid screening for drugs of abuse, but it has many limitations.   Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is the confirmatory test, but it is more costly, time-consuming, and generally can only be performed by outside laboratories. This confirmatory test is generally not useful in the emergency department, but has a role in cases of pediatric exposures, research, or occupational drug testing.     One of the limitations of a ...
Source: The Tox Cave - June 1, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

When Enhancement Isn’t
Enhancement is weird. It seems objectively obvious what is better and what isn’t. But then context goes and screws everything up. The New York Times recently featured a debate series entitled Adderall in the Office (h/t James Hughes) in which a few thinkers (including two of my favorite bioethicists Savulescu and Parens) discussed the merits of using A.D.H.D. drugs [...] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - April 29, 2015 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Kyle Munkittrick Tags: Health Care adderall bioethics enhancement New York Times Parens Savulescu smart drugs syndicated Source Type: blogs

Promoting Amphetamines for Over-Eating - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
In this study, about 5% of patients given any dosage of Vyvanse had to discontinue its use because of adverse effects.  3/196 patients initially randomized to Vyvanse had serious adverse effects, and one patient died, apparently of an amphetamine overdose.  Oddly, the article declared that the one death, due to methamphetamine overdose, was thought by a study investigator not to be related to treatment with another amphetamine, lisdexamfetamine.  That makes little sense, given that in a randomized controlled trial, the presumption is that differences in groups given different treatments were caused by these ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - February 26, 2015 Category: Health Management Tags: clinical trials conflicts of interest deception evidence-based medicine FDA marketing Shire stealth marketing Source Type: blogs

Is a Sock Drug Paraphernalia?
Jeffrey Miron Yes, according to the attorney general. And the “crime” of possessing drug paraphernalia is serious enough to warrant deportation of a legal permanent resident: At the U. S. Supreme Court Wednesday, the question before the justices boiled down to whether a sock can be considered drug paraphernalia. Each year 30-35,000 people are deported for drug crimes. But federal law does not treat all drug crimes equally. The question before the justices was whether the government can deport legal permanent residents for minor drug offenses. Moones Mellouli came to the U.S. on a student visa from Tu...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 16, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey Miron Source Type: blogs

Shire Corporate Integrity Agreement: New Payment Disclosure Requirements
We recently wrote about Shire’s $56.5 million settlement to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving the company’s ADHD drugs Adderall XR and Vyvanse. Shire agreed to a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with HHS-OIG in exchange for avoiding exclusion from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, or other Federal health care programs. Shire’s agreement became effective September 15; view it here. Shire’s CIA has similar requirements and structure to previous agreements, with some noteworthy changes, especially in the physician payment disclosure category. We have compared Shire’s CIA to the...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 20, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Shire Pharmaceuticals Settles for $56.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Over ADHD Drugs
The Justice Department announced last week that pharmaceutical company Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC will pay $56.5 million to resolve civil allegations that it violated the False Claims Act as a result of its marketing and promotion of several products, including ADHD drugs Adderall XR and Vyvanse.  The allegations arose from a lawsuit filed by Dr. Gerardo Torres, a former Shire executive, and a separate lawsuit filed by Anita Hsieh, Kara Harris, and Ian Clark, former Shire sales representatives.  The lawsuits were filed under the False Claims Act’s whistleblower provisions, which permit private parties to sue...
Source: Policy and Medicine - September 29, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Shire Settles Claims of Deceptive Marketing of Multiple Drugs for $56.8 Million, No Individual Held Responsible
Here we go again.  A big drug company has settled claims of deceptive marketing, yet no individual was held accountable.  The most extensive coverage came from the Philadelphia Inquirer, presumably since the announcement came from the local US Attorney.The basics were:Shire Pharmaceuticals L.L.C. will pay $56.5 million to settle allegations that it inappropriately promoted the sale of ADHD medicine, among other drugs, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said Wednesday.Shire is registered in the Channel Islands and headquartered in Dublin, but operates from the United States....As is usual in such cases,Shi...
Source: Health Care Renewal - September 26, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: corporate integrity agreement deception legal settlements marketing Shire US Department of Justice Source Type: blogs

Once an Addict, Always an Addict?
This is a saying I’ve always grappled with. One part of me is against any type of labeling, let alone a heavy label to be carried for the rest of your life. We are all so interchangeably dynamic, that to categorize someone into a box forever doesn’t sit well.  Another part of me completely agrees with this statement and perceives it to be utterly valid. Instead of denying who you are, true acceptance perhaps is the only way to not only recover, but to continue to maintain your recovery. However much I am against “branding” someone for life, it is human nature to create categorizes in order...
Source: World of Psychology - August 31, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Kristin Bach Tags: Addiction Celebrities Habits Health-related Mindfulness Personal Recovery Born Again Designer Drugs Party Drugs Peer Pressure Self Acceptance smoking Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs

Skool Nerse time
This is Mrs. Grumpy.School is starting soon, and, as your school nurse, I'd like to offer some tips to help make this a better year for all of us.1. I'm happy to handle your child's medications. That's part of what I do. Please be sure to bring them in with useful instructions. DO NOT drop them off outside my office door after I've left, or hang them in a grocery bag on the school's front gate overnight. Have you people seen the kind of neighborhood Douglas C. Kenney Elementary school is in? Billy's bottle of Adderall is worth a lot of money here, and likely made some junkie very happy. Can't imagine how you explained that...
Source: Doctor Grumpy in the House - August 21, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Grumpy, M.D. Source Type: blogs

What Words With Friends Can Reveal About Your Personality
I started to play ‘Words With Friends‘ about 4 years ago, but really got into it when a good friend from the UK started playing soon after. I have no idea how many games we’ve played but it’s many hundreds over the years. Things can often get highly abusive and extremely childish in the chat if one of us thinks we are losing through bad luck rather than the other persons skill – which is all of the time. Over the years in playing hundreds of different players I have started to pick up on certain personality types.  I think that how people play ‘Words With Friends’ over a susta...
Source: Life Coach Blog: The Discomfort Zone : - July 30, 2014 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Tim Brownson Tags: Life Coaching Source Type: blogs

20 Motivational Quotes From Science
I’ve written a number of posts now on great motivational quotes and one of the things that’s surprised me is some of the unusual sources. Sure you expect to hear words of wisdom from the likes of Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill. Early Nightingale and the godfathers (and mothers) of self development, but do you expect profound wisdom from Marilyn Monroe? Equally, you expect people such as the The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rumi, Pema Chodrin and Mahatma Ghandi to  make you stop and think with their nuggets of wisdom, but for most people Kurt Cobain probably wouldn’t usually be included in the sa...
Source: Life Coach Blog: The Discomfort Zone : - July 8, 2014 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Tim Brownson Tags: Life Coaching Source Type: blogs