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2013-01-22 03:22:29 PM  

BeatrixK: Diagnosed in my late 30's with ADHD, so really getting a kick....

I take Adderall as needed for it - works wonders! But, in my case, I don't like taking the Adderall more than necessary - because it almost does me more harm than good after a few days of taking it: I'm like a Tourette's patient when their meds wear off and they start doing a buttload of all their Tourettes-y stuff that the meds were keeping at bay: I get more ADHD-y for about 15 minutes after my meds wear off (Last week, I seriously fed the dog coffee and put dog food in the coffee maker.) But I specifically avoid taking meds unless it's absolutely necessary - I like how my brain functions, but it feels very 'unnatural' to me, and I don't want to be a pilled out zombie who can't function without Mother's Little Helper.

ADHD is probably the 'go to' diagnosis to explain what is, probably, normal kid behavior - but, given the drastic lifestyle changes over the past few decades with kids, their normal kid energy which got burned off in our day by riding our bikes until the sun went down, playing outside, climbing trees, etc., it's probably easy to lump them all into it. Today's kids are locked in the house to be kept safe from predators and are kept busy with 400 channels and video games galore at their disposal.

Hey - look - cookies.


Have you tried talking to your doctor about switching off of Adderall? There's concerta and ritalin.

The doctors seem to all prefer adderall for some reason.
 
2013-01-22 03:25:53 PM  

doczoidberg: I'd be wary of having an ADD diagnosis on my medical records.

You never know how, or when that might come back to bite you on the ass.


That is called stigmatizing mental illness. I was diagnosed with ADD in elementary school and am always bemused by people who act like people with ADHD are mentally deficient. I was always in the honors classes and also was placed in the gifted program where we to skip regular class and pick special projects of our own interest to do for fun. Well over half the kids in my gifted class were also ADHD.

I suppose ADD can bite you in the ass in a corporate culture setting, but fark corporate culture.
 
2013-01-22 03:27:26 PM  

FizixJunkee: Mr. Right:
I know it's purely anecdotal, but a couple teachers I know have figured out that students whose parent's insurance covers the treatment or children who are on Medicaid are a lot more prone to have ADHD than children who don't have insurance coverage. Has anyone ever done a study on that aspect?

From the article:
"Higher rates of ADHD observed in affluent, white families likely represent an effort by these highly educated parents to seek help for their children who may not be fulfilling their expectations for schoolwork," Getahun and his co-workers write.


I'm sure that's true. But my teacher friends' observations have been that low-income children on Medicaid are more likely to be diagnosed than middle class kids whose insurance won't cover the prescriptions. But, as I said, purely anecdotal. Doesn't change the fact that every kid diagnosed with ADHD is a repeat customer for the doctors.
 
2013-01-22 03:29:18 PM  

Mr. Right: FizixJunkee: Mr. Right:
I know it's purely anecdotal, but a couple teachers I know have figured out that students whose parent's insurance covers the treatment or children who are on Medicaid are a lot more prone to have ADHD than children who don't have insurance coverage. Has anyone ever done a study on that aspect?

From the article:
"Higher rates of ADHD observed in affluent, white families likely represent an effort by these highly educated parents to seek help for their children who may not be fulfilling their expectations for schoolwork," Getahun and his co-workers write.

I'm sure that's true. But my teacher friends' observations have been that low-income children on Medicaid are more likely to be diagnosed than middle class kids whose insurance won't cover the prescriptions. But, as I said, purely anecdotal. Doesn't change the fact that every kid diagnosed with ADHD is a repeat customer for the doctors.


Affluent white people are working, and don't have the time to deal with it, so they call it something, medicate it. Somebody has to pay for all the poor people's stuff.
 
2013-01-22 03:30:28 PM  

MyRandomName: ManOfTeal: MyRandomName: ManOfTeal: steverockson: steverockson: MyRandomName: A disease created to justify bad children.

Amazing how everyone now has a disability. Nothing is our fault anymore.

Amazing how the 50s had 1% of the population classified disabled with the majority of work actually labor. And now we have 7%.

Astounding.

Personal responsibility is a thing of the past. Excuse making is the new norm.

www.digitaltrends.com

 
2013-01-22 03:38:34 PM  

Reverend Monkeypants: Grats on altering your offspring's personality forever.


Change is good. Variety is the spice of life.
 
2013-01-22 03:47:13 PM  

shortymac: BeatrixK: Diagnosed in my late 30's with ADHD, so really getting a kick....

Have you tried talking to your doctor about switching off of Adderall? There's concerta and ritalin.

The doctors seem to all prefer adderall for some reason.


I think it's the easiest to start with for a variety of reasons, mainly because the effects last for about 12 - 18 hours, and no 'build up' is needed for them to take effect.

I'm not unhappy with it by any means -- I just don't like relying on a med unless absolutely necessary. (Like all-day meetings - if I didn't have adderall in me, my meeting notes would look like the outside of my blue binder in high school!)
 
2013-01-22 03:47:58 PM  

ManOfTeal: doczoidberg: greenbowlpacker: ADHD - Made up by the drug companies, for the drug companies.

As someone who was given Ritalin as a kid and told he had ADD, I agree with this statement.

Sure, the drug helps kids do better in school, but at what price?

Also, it should be noted that the drug would help ANYONE do better at school.

From what I understand, if you do not need the medication, it is just like taking speed. So basically, instead of helping you concentrate, you will be climbing the walls if you take ADHD meds like Ritalin and do not actually need them.


That's accurate. It completely and utterly slows me down to the point where I'm not a huge prick and can focus and be nice.

Anyone else I've known that has taken it is up cleaning for 12 hours straight or in my best friend's case, reading for 2 days.

I agree with a lot of people posting though that a lot of kids just aren't burning off their youthful energy. My wife is a teacher and I see / work with a lot of her kids and I can see the difference. A real ADD/ADHD kid eyes dart madly, or are in a fog, or run around like madmen. The kids who are just full of energy act so much differently.
 
2013-01-22 03:48:03 PM  

jst3p: shortymac: I LOL WUT'd myself because my brother has a laundry list of learning disabilities and growing up we didn't receive any payments either (to my recollection anyway). Pre-internet it was very had to get information on programs for kids. I know my Dad received an SSI stipend for each of us kids until we were 18 because got his SSI disablities (laundry list of health issues).

My quick google found this:

When we decide if your child can get SSI, we consider your child's income and resources. We also consider the income and resources of family members living in the child's household. These rules apply if your child lives at home. They also apply if he or she is away at school but returns home from time to time and is subject to your control.

If your child's income and resources, or the income and resources of family members living in the child's household, are more than the amount allowed, we will deny the child's application for SSI payments.

She probably earns too much.


Doctors, SSI, or the IRS will not tell you if you are eligible for SSI, you have to fill out the forms, go hunting for information, etc. It's worth mentioning it to her because she probably doesn't not realize this help is available.

My Mom kicks herself a lot because she should have swallowed her pride and gone searching for more government assistance, it would have made all our lives easier if we could have gotten medicaid and SSI for my brother.
 
2013-01-22 03:52:35 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Sigh- I see the trolls are out in force.

As a parent to a severely ADHD kid, let me just say
1) It's real
2) It's a condition you're born with: it's not caused by (junk food|too much TV|Dr. Spock parenting|etc)
3) The drugs are a requirement to function: we'd much rather he never have to take another one.

You may now continue with your trolling


You should look at this article. Very interesting. Posted by a farker last week.

America's Real Criminal Element: Lead
New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic.
 
2013-01-22 04:02:13 PM  
A LOT of people showing their ignorance in this thread - it's been an enjoyable read. I'm at work and I enjoy the distraction.
 
2013-01-22 04:04:03 PM  

megalynn44: doczoidberg: I'd be wary of having an ADD diagnosis on my medical records.

You never know how, or when that might come back to bite you on the ass.

That is called stigmatizing mental illness. I was diagnosed with ADD in elementary school and am always bemused by people who act like people with ADHD are mentally deficient. I was always in the honors classes and also was placed in the gifted program where we to skip regular class and pick special projects of our own interest to do for fun. Well over half the kids in my gifted class were also ADHD.

I suppose ADD can bite you in the ass in a corporate culture setting, but fark corporate culture.



I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.
 
2013-01-22 04:08:56 PM  

Okieboy: A LOT of people showing their ignorance in this thread - it's been an enjoyable read. I'm at work and I enjoy the distraction.


The whole thread started out just fine, and then the morons came out of nowhere.
 
2013-01-22 04:09:30 PM  

phattybeefpatty:

From what I understand, if you do not need the medication, it is just like taking speed. So basically, instead of helping you concentrate, you will be climbing the walls if you take ADHD meds like Ritalin and do not actually need them.

That's accurate. It completely and utterly slows me down to the point where I'm not a huge prick and can focus and be nice.

Anyone else I've known that has taken it is up cleaning for 12 hours straight or in my best friend's case, reading for 2 days.



What my Dr. told me when he prescribed it is that yes, it's 'speed', but the way it acts in the brain hits the nerve center that ADHD resides in. The overriding theory in what causes ADHD is a lack of chemical activity in that center, and ADHD meds hit that center and cause the chemical activity needed for focus and concentration. If you don't have ADHD, the drugs cause the affect typically associated with 'Speed'. If you happen to fall into the 'Oh, look - Shiny!' ADHD, those drugs just give your brain a temporary hit of the chemical activity needed to function as a well-focused person.
 
2013-01-22 04:11:21 PM  

doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.


What if you found out that 1,000 ADD and vehicle related deaths occur every year?
 
2013-01-22 04:13:10 PM  

Okieboy: A LOT of people showing their ignorance in this thread - it's been an enjoyable read. I'm at work and I enjoy the distraction.


You can back me up when I say I was a huge ADHD skeptic until my own personal experience. These ignorant "you just aren't beating your kid enough" people should walk a mile in my shoes.
 
2013-01-22 04:14:54 PM  

trappedspirit: doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.

What if you found out that 1,000 ADD and vehicle related deaths occur every year?


I would ask you to proove to me that ADD was the actual cause of the vehicle related deaths and not driving while also intoxicated/texting/eating/playing with audio knobs.

Good luck ruling ALL of those things out.
 
2013-01-22 04:15:51 PM  
*Prove*
 
2013-01-22 04:22:26 PM  

doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.


I have no idea what factually-based reason ADHD would prevent someone from being a bad drive. Again, I have had it all my life, and have been off the meds since I was a teenager (believe me it's been a struggle) but I have a perfectly clean driving record.
 
2013-01-22 04:29:16 PM  
Why give kids drugs when you can just beat the shiat out of them?

Remember: Drugs = bad. Child abuse = good.
 
2013-01-22 04:47:15 PM  

megalynn44: doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.

I have no idea what factually-based reason ADHD would prevent someone from being a bad drive. Again, I have had it all my life, and have been off the meds since I was a teenager (believe me it's been a struggle) but I have a perfectly clean driving record.


People with ADD tend to speed and find speeding relaxing. They can have more accidents because they don't pay attention.
 
2013-01-22 04:53:49 PM  

shortymac: megalynn44: doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.

I have no idea what factually-based reason ADHD would prevent someone from being a bad drive. Again, I have had it all my life, and have been off the meds since I was a teenager (believe me it's been a struggle) but I have a perfectly clean driving record.

People with ADD tend to speed and find speeding relaxing. They can have more accidents because they don't pay attention.


Yes, thank you for placing such an appropriate and sweeping judgement on me that obviously does not correspond to my own actions.
 
2013-01-22 04:55:27 PM  

ManOfTeal: trappedspirit: doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.

What if you found out that 1,000 ADD and vehicle related deaths occur every year?

I would ask you to proove to me that ADD was the actual cause of the vehicle related deaths and not driving while also intoxicated/texting/eating/playing with audio knobs.

Good luck ruling ALL of those things out.


I think the best thing to do here would be to err on the side of safety. We have people diagnosed with an inability to stay focused on tasks operating vehicles weighing thousands of pounds and high velocities in populated areas. Specifically diagnosed to have a deficit in that area of function required to keep the streets from being safe one moment and turning into rivers of blood the next. Who do you want to have to die next just because we continue to allow these freedoms?
 
2013-01-22 04:58:11 PM  

BeatrixK: shortymac: BeatrixK: Diagnosed in my late 30's with ADHD, so really getting a kick....

Have you tried talking to your doctor about switching off of Adderall? There's concerta and ritalin.

The doctors seem to all prefer adderall for some reason.

I think it's the easiest to start with for a variety of reasons, mainly because the effects last for about 12 - 18 hours, and no 'build up' is needed for them to take effect.

I'm not unhappy with it by any means -- I just don't like relying on a med unless absolutely necessary. (Like all-day meetings - if I didn't have adderall in me, my meeting notes would look like the outside of my blue binder in high school!)


I've had great results with Vyvanse. It's new and thus very expensive but lasts all day. Also, thank you for the favorite and please forgive me in advance if I post things you may dislike.
 
2013-01-22 05:01:43 PM  

megalynn44: shortymac: megalynn44: doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.

I have no idea what factually-based reason ADHD would prevent someone from being a bad drive. Again, I have had it all my life, and have been off the meds since I was a teenager (believe me it's been a struggle) but I have a perfectly clean driving record.

People with ADD tend to speed and find speeding relaxing. They can have more accidents because they don't pay attention.

Yes, thank you for placing such an appropriate and sweeping judgement on me that obviously does not correspond to my own actions.


Ummm, it wasn't a judgement, it's actually listed as a sign of ADD in "Delivered from Distraction". My Husband speeds a lot and I nag him constantly about it and he's more careful now.
 
2013-01-22 05:03:55 PM  

Ohlookabutterfly: BeatrixK: shortymac: BeatrixK: Diagnosed in my late 30's with ADHD, so really getting a kick....

Have you tried talking to your doctor about switching off of Adderall? There's concerta and ritalin.

The doctors seem to all prefer adderall for some reason.

I think it's the easiest to start with for a variety of reasons, mainly because the effects last for about 12 - 18 hours, and no 'build up' is needed for them to take effect.

I'm not unhappy with it by any means -- I just don't like relying on a med unless absolutely necessary. (Like all-day meetings - if I didn't have adderall in me, my meeting notes would look like the outside of my blue binder in high school!)

I've had great results with Vyvanse. It's new and thus very expensive but lasts all day. Also, thank you for the favorite and please forgive me in advance if I post things you may dislike.


I have you Favorited as well :), I'm going to google that tax credit and hopefully we'll get a nice tax credit.
 
2013-01-22 05:15:56 PM  
oh feminized education system, its so cute how you pathologize masculinity and ruin the lives of millions of little boys
 
2013-01-22 05:48:21 PM  

shortymac: Ohlookabutterfly: BeatrixK: shortymac: BeatrixK: Diagnosed in my late 30's with ADHD, so really getting a kick....

Have you tried talking to your doctor about switching off of Adderall? There's concerta and ritalin.

The doctors seem to all prefer adderall for some reason.

I think it's the easiest to start with for a variety of reasons, mainly because the effects last for about 12 - 18 hours, and no 'build up' is needed for them to take effect.

I'm not unhappy with it by any means -- I just don't like relying on a med unless absolutely necessary. (Like all-day meetings - if I didn't have adderall in me, my meeting notes would look like the outside of my blue binder in high school!)

I've had great results with Vyvanse. It's new and thus very expensive but lasts all day. Also, thank you for the favorite and please forgive me in advance if I post things you may dislike.

I have you Favorited as well :), I'm going to google that tax credit and hopefully we'll get a nice tax credit.


I emailed you info, be warned, it takes about half a year to be approved. Also, look into the federal Canadian RDSP. A registered disability savings plan where the you put in $1000/annum and the feds kick in up to $3000 more for those of us with income enough to live on. Those with children with it get much more for their kids. To become eligible you must simply be approved for the DTC.
More info here
 
2013-01-22 05:53:49 PM  
They've got it all wrong. It isn't that more kids are being diagnosed with ADHD it's that more kids are being misdiagnosed with ADHD. You'll have a lot of people who think their kids have ADHD, because they aren't doing that well in school. It isn't because of ADHD it's because they simply just aren't that smart. They don't have trouble paying attention in class because of ADHD. They have trouble paying attention in class, because they're kids, and the topic is boring to them. Parents needs to face the facts that their kids just may not be as smart as they want them to be.

The biggest issue with misdiagnosing kids with ADHD is that their brain chemistry is still developing, and the medicine is not going to last forever. They will build up a tolerance over time, and it will not keep working as well. Then where are they going to be? SOOLJGF, to quote George Carlin.You're left with kids with a damaged reward system in their even stil developing brain chemistry that is going to screw them up for life.

You can tell a lot about whether or not a person has ADHD from how the medicine effects them. It's all about brain chemistry. With people that have true ADHD the medicine effects them differently. Also things such as alcohol and nicotine effect them differently. I have heard countless times about people that have been diagnosed with ADHD and have been on ritalin. It makes them 'zombie out'. Here's a valuable piece of information for those people: You. Don't. Have. ADHD. You just don't, because if you did the medicine would NOT effect you like that. You're misdiagnosed.

Sure, it'll give you a short term bump in grades, but the idiots that use that as a basis to cement their diagnosis need to have their license revoked. Who the hell wouldn't benefit from being on mind enhancing drugs? That's the problem. Mind enhancing. People with true ADHD don't need their minds enhanced. ADHD isn't a Sometimes Thing. It's an AllThe Time Thing. If your precious litle snowflake only takes the medicine for school, and even moreso don't take it all during the summer: They. Don't. Have. ADHD. They just don't. You may think you're helping your kid, but I'm warning you it will end up to no good.

I'm frakkin sick of all the ADHD misdiagnosis. It makes it a lot harder for people to get the medicine that actually need it. The undeserving people who abuse it give the rest of us with true ADHD a bad name

I don't doubt that some kids have a real problem. I know if I had been on medicine when I was a kid my life would have turned out completely different in a completely positive way. Sad fact is cases like mine are few and far between.

You have such a widespread misdiagnosis that kids as young as 3 or 4 are being prescribed the medicine. Let that sink in. My cousin's son is that age, and he was "diagnosd" with ADHD. That was until a couple weeks ago when they were in Wal Mart. The kid went ape shiat. Started screaming, throwing a tantrum, kicking his own ass. They took him to the ER, and the people there were astoundedat the fact he was even given the medicine to begin with.

It's nonsense like that. Ignorance to that high of a degree that ends up hurting kids.
 
2013-01-22 06:03:44 PM  

trappedspirit: to do here would be to err on the side of safety. We have people diagnosed with an inability to stay focused on tasks operating vehicles weighing thousands of pounds and high velocities in populated areas. Specifically diagnosed to have a deficit in that area of function required to keep the streets from being safe one moment and turning into rivers of blood the next. Who do you want to have to die next just because we continue to allow these freedoms?


See???

It's exactly this kind of thinking that would stop me from ever looking into an ADD diagnosis.

Wouldn't want it on ANY record. You never know when you could be hassled because of it.
 
2013-01-22 06:45:25 PM  

shortymac:

People with ADD tend to speed and find speeding relaxing. They can have more accidents because they don't pay attention.


But I have a completely clean driving record. No accidents, no tickets.
 
2013-01-22 08:08:16 PM  

FizixJunkee: shortymac:

People with ADD tend to speed and find speeding relaxing. They can have more accidents because they don't pay attention.

But I have a completely clean driving record. No accidents, no tickets.


that's cause u take methamphetamine
 
2013-01-22 08:28:54 PM  

BeatrixK: Diagnosed in my late 30's with ADHD, so really getting a kick....

I take Adderall as needed for it - works wonders! But, in my case, I don't like taking the Adderall more than necessary - because it almost does me more harm than good after a few days of taking it: I'm like a Tourette's patient when their meds wear off and they start doing a buttload of all their Tourettes-y stuff that the meds were keeping at bay: I get more ADHD-y for about 15 minutes after my meds wear off (Last week, I seriously fed the dog coffee and put dog food in the coffee maker.) But I specifically avoid taking meds unless it's absolutely necessary - I like how my brain functions, but it feels very 'unnatural' to me, and I don't want to be a pilled out zombie who can't function without Mother's Little Helper.

ADHD is probably the 'go to' diagnosis to explain what is, probably, normal kid behavior - but, given the drastic lifestyle changes over the past few decades with kids, their normal kid energy which got burned off in our day by riding our bikes until the sun went down, playing outside, climbing trees, etc., it's probably easy to lump them all into it. Today's kids are locked in the house to be kept safe from predators and are kept busy with 400 channels and video games galore at their disposal.

Hey - look - cookies.


Same here....teachers never cared about my inability to complete work that I liked. They never cared about my messy droors in elementary school, no one bothered to go out and get me diagnosed. "He'll grow out of it" was the motto.

I had to wait until I was an adult to finally get diagnosed. When you really have A.D.D. and are finally treated, especially after you have fully developed like us, it feels like a fog has been lifted.

Please people, don't misinterpret a culture of overdiagnosing for the condition being fake. Many of us struggle silently to treat our condition and make no excuses for it.
 
2013-01-22 08:40:37 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: FizixJunkee: shortymac:

People with ADD tend to speed and find speeding relaxing. They can have more accidents because they don't pay attention.

But I have a completely clean driving record. No accidents, no tickets.

that's cause u take methamphetamine


I didn't have any tickets or accidents during the 13 years between getting my license and getting diagnosed with ADHD.

You can't explain that!
 
2013-01-22 11:22:17 PM  

jst3p: Reverend Monkeypants: Too many people dont understand how these drugs work.

Might as well give the kids a little cocaine and some strong Yarrow tea. Same effect.

Not in someone who is actually ADD.

I think it is funny that you claim others don't understand something you clealy don't understand.


Really? You don't know my history at all but hey, nice of you to assume.

/early guinea pig for riddlin
 
2013-01-23 07:35:10 AM  

FizixJunkee: Jon iz teh kewl: FizixJunkee: shortymac:

People with ADD tend to speed and find speeding relaxing. They can have more accidents because they don't pay attention.

But I have a completely clean driving record. No accidents, no tickets.

that's cause u take methamphetamine

I didn't have any tickets or accidents during the 13 years between getting my license and getting diagnosed with ADHD.

You can't explain that!


easy, cigarettes.
 
2013-01-23 07:42:40 AM  

trappedspirit: ManOfTeal: trappedspirit: doczoidberg: I wouldn't want something like that on my medical records in case some kind of psychotropic drug registry is created by the authorities for any number of reasons.

Suppose they decide that it's not safe to let ADD people drive...or own guns?

I dunno. I admit I'm a bit paranoid, in general.

What if you found out that 1,000 ADD and vehicle related deaths occur every year?

I would ask you to proove to me that ADD was the actual cause of the vehicle related deaths and not driving while also intoxicated/texting/eating/playing with audio knobs.

Good luck ruling ALL of those things out.

I think the best thing to do here would be to err on the side of safety. We have people diagnosed with an inability to stay focused on tasks operating vehicles weighing thousands of pounds and high velocities in populated areas. Specifically diagnosed to have a deficit in that area of function required to keep the streets from being safe one moment and turning into rivers of blood the next. Who do you want to have to die next just because we continue to allow these freedoms?


No, what will happen (if it happens) is that they will put a little note on your driver's license just like they do when you have to wear glasses or contacts. If you get in an accident or get pulled over the officer will simply ask you if you took your meds. Just like when he asks you if you are wearing your contacts, if you require them.

They will play hell trying to prevent a large portion of the population from getting behind the wheel of a car just because they might get distracted. Could you imagine? Not only would the ACLU get involved, so would the ADA. This would NEVER fly.

Look at it however you want. Everyone who knows me well enough knows I have ADD and that has never kept me from doing anything that I have wanted to do.
 
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