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  • in reply to: recently (and unexpectedly) diagnosed- and still floundering #98954
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    “lost 10 lbs and gained 1 dress size”

    I think Pamela Anderson experienced the same thing after going to her plastic surgeon. She might have gone up 3 or 4 dress sizes though 😮

    :-) turbo

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    in reply to: Biphentine? #92959
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    April- when you have some time watch some of the informational videos on the totallyadd.com WEBsite. Dr Jain and the team have put together a great package explaining ADD, how it affects people, and treatment strategies.

    He stresses that, although some people go on the meds long term, for a lot of ADDers medications are a powerful short term tool that help you “reprogram” your life, routine and behaviours in ADD-friendly terms. Once these all important basic routines become ingrained, the brain should carry them out the same way, almost in an “auto pilot” mode when the meds are stopped.

    Like all medications, those for ADD have side effects and contra-indications. In the end, it becomes sort of a “cost benefit” analysis. ie what are the potential problems/hazards of the medication and how do those comapre to the benefits?

    The ADD meds typically fall into 2 groups: stimulant based, and non-stimulant based.

    The stimulant-based treatments like Ritalin, Dexedrine, Biphentin, Adderal, etc have enjoyed incredible success in ADD treatment but have also gotten a pretty bad rap in the media. There is a LOT of misinformation on the internet about them. This WEBsite as well as the http://www.caddra.ca and http://www.caddac.ca WEBsites offer a great place to start informaing yourself with medically correct, non-biased information about the different meds available.

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    in reply to: Stimulants and Anti-Depressants #99276
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    From what I’ve read, one anti-depressant which has been prescribed “off label” for ADD issues with some success is “wellbutrin”, which is also known as Buproprion.

    I’ve read that the Effexor, which is an SSRI, has also been used although I reacted VERY badly to it.

    Strattera is a current front line med for ADD treatment, which started out being developed as an anti-depressant. Apparently in clinical trials it didn’t perform as well as the current crop of anti-depressants, but research continued on the ADD front and it eventually came to market as a non-stimulant ADD/ADHD treatment.

    I myself have benefitted from it’s anti-depressant qualities – in fact it helped with my mood far more than Wellbutrin or Effexor which I also tried.

    In your specific situation, have you been diagnosed as “ADD” or “ADHD” by a medical doctor? I’ve heard many times that getting the “correct” diagnosis is key. If your doctor isn’t a specialist, you may be able to track down one in your area and have a referral made for a full diagnosis.

    In the lecture series I attended last year Dr Jain (from U of T) mentioned that ADDers have a VERY high incidence of comorbidity (co-occurence) with other issues like depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Anxiety issues, and even disorders like Tourette’s syndrome.

    He stressed that adults who have ADD/ADHD frequently present a “chicken and the egg” scenario when being diagnosed ie has a lifetime of anxiety or depression issues caused the ADD-like behaviours or is it the other way around? It gets very complex. The goal is to deal with and treat the underlying problem, not just medicate one of it’s effects, hence the importance of a thorough diagnosis.

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    in reply to: ADHD Support in Windsor, ON #96526
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    SJLY: I heard back from my brother. He saw 2 people about ADHD issues in the Ottawa area about 10 years ago. He didn’t remember their names right off the bat, but he remembered the areas where their offices were so he did some searching and believe he saw these 2 people:

    diagnosed by: Dr Richard Glatt who is an ‘educational psychotherapist’. Interestingly he does computer based testing in ADD diagnosis. Here is a blurb about him: http://www.oaccpp.ca/richardglatt.html

    treated by: Dr Daniel Mahar, 613-237-7873 101A-858 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W3

    I’m not sure if Dr. Mahar is a psychiatrist or medical doctor.

    – Turbo

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    in reply to: Small Business Owners #99234
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    I don’t kow that any one accounting package is “add brain friendly” more than another.

    That said, I use a very dated copy of MYOB for the books in my office. I looked at a newer revision the other day and found myself fretting over all the additional options and complexity they added so maybe there is a difference?

    Perhaps you can find an old license of MYOB Premier V1.5 or V2.0 – warning though, it won’t handle payroll and if you have LOTS of inventory items (like 10,000+) it will take a while to initially boot up. You will also have to key in the new sales tax rates.

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    in reply to: Funniest ADD Moment — What's yours? #96849
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    Miguel- with all the threads here lately talking about memory issues I was worried your story would go in the direction of “I forgot I was straight. When I remembered – BOY was it an akward scene”. lol.

    Don’t really have a story to share myself, but I’ve smiled a lot while reading all of yours :-)

    It’s great when people can relate.

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    in reply to: Strattera advice please #97025
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    Thanks for the update!

    On my end, I’m not sure I mentioned it, but my family doc put me on Flomax to try and ease the urinary side effects, which it did quite handily — as well as all the sexual side effects. In fact it worked so well that I had dropped from once a day dosage to once every 2 or 3 days and “it” still worked great. lol.

    Now I’m on day 9 at 40mg myself. At about day 5-6 the urniary issues returned so now I’m back to taking Flomax once per day hoping it will bring the problem under control again. What may be a factor, though is that I didn’t start the Flomax until after about 7-8 days on 25mg. I found relief by day 10, but perhaps the side effect itself was also lessening as my body became used to the meds?

    On the bowel end of things, gas has stopped for me. No cramping or constipation for me since day 1 except -hmmmm- things appear to work slower. Instead of going to the bathroom every morning, I now go only once every 4 days or so. As you can imagine, it’s a doozy. Kind of freaked me out the first time! lol.

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    in reply to: ADHD Support in Windsor, ON #96524
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    Z: I believe “sjly” said she would contact the good doctor and try to find out which clinic she may be working at. Could take some time.

    SJLY: My brother was diagnosed and treated by a doctor, who may have been a psychiatrist, in the Orleans area of Ottawa. I will ask him for the details and his take on their care. Please be patient, though – my brother is very slow in getting back to people.

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    in reply to: Beware companies offering to help with claims! #98991
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    Buxmon said: “I’ve never seen any evidence that the people working for this company have any greater expertise than those at H & R Block, who don’t charge that much either.”

    The bulk of the tax preparers working for the large tax prep chains are temp workers have all of 1 month of training prior to being let loose on tax returns. I can’t imagine them having any expertise in this area at all. I understand your frustration with the numbers, but you’re talking to someone with 20 years experience in this industry, including almost 5 years inside the hallowed halls of Revenue Canada. Believe me: expertise and experience matter a LOT in situations like this.

    Curly said: “So for at most 10 hours of work how many thousands of dollars does their contract stipulate they owe.”

    Do you realize that 10 hours of an accountant’s time will cost you between anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 these days? Most people aren’t exactly excited about the prospect of shelling out $2-4,000 and possbily getting NOTHING back in return. The woman retained this company on a contingency basis. If she ended up receiving $0 in the end, she would have owed this company nothing EVEN THOUGH someone still spent those 10 hours.

    Your suggestion of talking to a lawyer can be even worse. A good tax lawyer starts at $400 an hour, with great ones charging far, far more than that — all with no guarantees. By the way, when lawyers work on a contingency basis in lawsuits their fees start at 30% and work upwards from there. In the U.S. you’d be hard pressed to find a legal contingency agreement under 50%, and I’ve even heard of some as high as 75%.

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    in reply to: Looking for ADD & Loving It! #98373
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    Jen-

    Given the choices, my choice would be to watch Clifford the Big Red Dog.

    ;-)

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    in reply to: Sports, Anyone? #94891
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    Anyone else here play hockey? I love the game, and really enjoy playing. However, I find there is “too much going on” for me to focus and be effective on the ice. In ball hockey, I tend to just freeze up which could be my anxiety issues. Would love to hear tips if anyone has them.

    One time while playing recently I had my feet swept out from under me from the front — I did a face plant on the ice from 6′ upright. Only thing that saved me from breaking my nose and losing teeth was my visor. I actually hit the ice so hard my face was numb from the nose down for almost an hour. I was positive the guy did it on purpose.

    I was absolutely LIVID. Once I knew I was in one piece with nothing broken I jumped up, raced off after the puck, and decided I would smoke that guy somewhere on the ice before the night was over.

    I then proceeded to play probably the best game of my life. Incredibly focussed, in on nearly every offensive play, scored lots, and had TONS of energy (which I normally don’t). I also maintained my anger towards the guy that tripped me and played him aggressively at every chance. I waited for him to give me an “opportunity”, but it never came and my anger slowly faded.

    About an hour after it all started, my play began to return to normal.

    My doctor told me that what I experienced was because of an adrenaline rush. The great thing was I never felt “jumpy” or “fidgety”. I truly wish they could bottle whatever chemical reaction was going on in my body that day. I’d love to feel it again.

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    in reply to: First Day taking any ADD medication–Concerta 18mg… #98552
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    Glad to hear you’re geting such a positive response from it.

    I, on the other hand, noticed little (if any) improvement even on a 20mg dosage. I was really hoping it would work for me, but it didn’t :-(

    I did feel like I had more energy on it, but it had little effect on my ability to “focus” or get work done.

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    in reply to: Concerta vs new Generic Concerta #99154
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    DIstracted66 said: “It is my understanding that it becomes a legal issue if the pharmacist or pharmacist’s technician make that call in substituting it one drug for another, especially in light of the fact that the doctor expressly wrote, no substitutes. As well, industry standards ensure that ‘generic brands’ are to be the exact same structure chemically speaking as the brand name products.”

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    From the information Dr Jain gave in his sessions, I believe you may be wrong on both counts.

    In fact, I specifically recall him saying that (at least in Ontario) pharmacists can substitute generic drugs for their brand name equivalents and do not have to tell either the patient or doctor it has been done EVEN IF “no substitutions” is written on the prescription.

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    in reply to: Concerta vs new Generic Concerta #99150
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    The problem with the current system, as I understand it, is that even if the Doc writes “no substitutions” on your script the pharmacist can still substitute and doesn’t have to tell anyone about it.

    If you pay for your own meds, getting the real deal shouldn’t be a problem. If a medical plan is involved, they may not allow it though.

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    Good call, spicelady!

    She’d be GREAT ! With some people, their personality really comes through in their writing. She could end up with a large following in short order!

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