ADHD Medication Free Webinar Training

At the end of March 2012, I did a webinar training for ADD, called “ADHD Medication Update”.

I’m sharing the video here, and it’s broken into 4 different video segments:

1) Introduction – this is the introduction, and let’s you know what I’ll cover during the training.

2) This is the main teaching – during this session, I cover WHY we use ADHD medications, and help you to understand that there are really only 4 types of ADHD medication – a) methylphenidate medicines, b) amphetamine medications, c) non-stimulant atomoxetine, d) non stimulant guanfacine.

We’ll cover how to make decisions around changing or adjusting medication, as well as a discussion about tolerance to ADHD medication

3) In the third video, I share some information on the ADHD Medication Shortage in the US, and strategies you can use to help yourself during this struggle.

4) In the fourth and final video, I share a summary of the ‘Ritalin Gone Wrong’ article, and share some responses to that.

I hope you enjoy the videos. Please feel free to pass them along, and type any comments in below.

Dr. Kenny

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  1. Dr. Kenny,

    You did quite a good job at covering the complexities of ADHD diagnosis and treatmem in such a short span of time. I’m located in the U.S. (Kansas more specifically), and attended law school due to my interest in/concern for the erosion of our individual Constitutional Rights. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 40 as a result of seeking help with sever panic attacks/anxiety. I also hold a degree in psyscology. I mention my location, education, civil rights interest, and age of diagnosis to qualify what follows.

    Obviouly I was one of those unidentified ADDers, likely due to my good academic performance combined with my “people pleaser”/conflict avoidance personality. But, I always have fought feelings of inferiority, and that at some point people would “find out” I was “a fraud” or weak, and my achievements dismissed. So I have always been compulsive about backing up my statememts with scientific or acedemic data. Plus people in this part of the world tend to be quite narrow minded, conservative and judgemental, but not very critical of their government until Pres. Obama was elected and pushed for healthcare reform. And finally people are talking about big pharma and how medications are regulated. The shortages of ADD stimulant precursor chemicals are a direct result of the U.S. “War on Drugs” and the power given the DEA to override the FDA by Nixon and drug scheduling being used to guage the criminal severity of illicit drug distribution and consumption. Because of these factors, it takes the feds over three months, usually nearly six, to approve additional precursor requisitions from manufacturers. Throw in the fact that Shire spent billions developing Vyvanse, as a “non-abusable” amphetamine based medication, hoping to get it placed on a level III drug schedule vs level II, which is a SIGNIFICANTLY lower regulatory schedule level/drug classification; only to have the DEA simply deny that scheduling as it “still contains amphetsmine.”

    Big Pharma has recognized that they can capitalize on the situation, using it to muddy the water while they overmanufacture the more expensive trademarked meds and under produce generics. Adding to the situation was the merging of two major med manufacturers and the feds NOT allowing the approved individual production amounts for both companies to be added together. Instead the production numbers of the larger manufacturer were used-BRILLIANT!

    In my opinion, as a person who has first hand knowledge of and some education in addiction treatment along with evidence of how the government has criminalized certain classes of drugs for purposes other than public health, I will say that it is America’s Drug Policy, politics and greed which all led to the med shortage. It is a three legged stool that will continue to stand and sacrefice public health for the sake of politics, power and profit. The citizenry can solve the problem by simply pushing for mandates decriminalizing and regulating all psychoactive chemicals with addiction potential, and diverting DEA and prison funding into treatment and rehabilitation. So, thouugh many of us ADDers may not be criminals or addicts, it is in all of our best interest to push for anti-prohibition legislation.

    Thanks to anyone who read this too lengthy reply!

  2. The information about medication is really helpful to understand ADD. Thank you so much, doctor Kenny. I hope to share this information with my husband that is reluctant to consider any medication or treatment for our teen daughter. She is reluctant too. I am looking info throught the web and ADDitude to see if there is a way to do something about that. Once my daughter was diagnosed, I started to consider alternatives to medication. During the first interview with the pediatric neurologist, he exort us to consider medicated her, because the extensive positive researches for that. It was happened more than one year ago.

    • J:

      Consider our experience. For my son, the consequences of waiting to try medication were failure after failure. Studying took him three times as long as other students. His self-esteem suffered, he had NO time for play and right now the concept of fun is foreign to him. He did not develop organizational skills that would have helped him in college and is struggling to do that now on his own. Even remembering to take his medication is sporadic at best. If I had it to do over again, we would have started the medication when it was first suggested, tried several if necessary, then worked with a therapist or a coach to teach him time-management and organizational skills specific to the needs of ADD. You can always stop the medication if it doesn’t help, but you can’t get that developmental time back.

  3. Thanks for the info. I’ll pass it along. So nice of you to take the time to educate the world about ADHD and the options in treatment that people have. Although I wish there were more drug-free options. Nevertheless, too often it seems as though ADD is popularly dismissed as an inconsequential, or imaginary, disorder. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Dr. Kenny, I’m grateful for your articulate, sensitive presentations on this subject.

    My son suffers from inattentive ADD, my husband with combination type, and I have struggled terribly and for decades with organization, setting routines, and all the myriad techniques one uses to gain control over a chaotic life.

    When my son was struggling with middle school, I remember the prevalent advice being “provide structure!” This was all but impossible for me. I certainly went to every parent/teacher conference feeling as if I were the poster child for parental failure. Testing for my son did not yield a positive diagnosis for ADD, so we went without medicating him until eleventh grade. I guess that his life was not impaired “enough” for them to give him that diagnosis, but mine was certainly impaired by doing everything I could to help him.

    Yes, recently it was determined that I have ADD, inattentive type, too. The medication has made a profound difference.

    Do you find that ADD runs in families? If so, does that figure into the advice you give to them?

    The “routine” testing that the prominent medical faciliity in our area wanted to put each of us through before trying medication runs almost $2,000 and is not covered by insurance. Do you believe this kind of expense truly justified?

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