Doctor answers ADD/ADHD Medication Questions – LIVE

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Find out how much better you COULD be doing — directly from Dr. Charles Parker

 by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
An article in the ADD Advocacy Series

THIS is your shot – free of charge

As I said on an earlier post, Dr. Charles Parkerfellow ADD advocate, is one of the physician crusaders for specificity – of diagnosis and of treatment approaches – and he will be at your service on March 14th, 2013, no matter where you are in the world, at no charge whatsoever.

Neuroscientist, adult and child psychiatrist, Dr Parker is the originator of CorePsych, and the creator of an amazing amount of high-value web content in various formats on the CorePsych Blog.

He is also the author of two books containing information you are unlikely to be aware of or to fully understand unless you got it directly from his books, his blog, or the man himself.

I know I wasn’t, and I didn’t — and regular readers of this blog will attest that I personally know and understand A GREAT DEAL about ADD and the brain-body connection.

Do NOT miss this opportunity

In a no charge webinar exactly one month from Valentines Day (March 14 at 6pm Eastern), Dr. Parker will deliver a summary of the highlights of his book, the result of his many years of experience “in the trenches.”

In his “regular guy” delivery style, he will translate the language of “brain science” into practical, common sense treatment solutions that can improve YOUR functioning, whether you are currently taking ADD medication or managing your symptoms with alternative treatments.

Bucking the trend of the 90-minute session, Dr. Parker has scheduled two entire hours for this no-charge session, because he is absolutely serious about wanting to have enough time for an interactive question and answer session.

So CLICK HERE to register, so that your name will be on the guest list. Get your questions ANSWERED by a doctor who really understands what’s going on with the ADD brain-style.

Heads up, TBI readers – you will find a great deal of information
directly relevant to what you are dealing with here as well.

A Little Background

“CP,” as he signs his many of his emails and blog comment responses, has been making
quite a name for himself through his generous support of the ADD Community and the ADD Coaching community

We are on-board with his unflinching insistence that making use of ALL the science
available is the only way we can ever hope to understand what is really going on
with ADD and ADDers.

We agree that, now that we are finally ABLE to do so, we need to take a detailed look
at a whole lot more than observed and reported behaviors — and that the look must be individual specific.

His first book Deep Recovery addresses the inadequacy of “labels” in any recovery process and explains exactly what we need to be looking at and looking for to determine treatment protocols adequately.

His latest book, New ADHD Medication Rules, expands on the first, incorporating the implications of some of the more recent scientific studies.

Getting Tested Myself

Although I consider myself one of the lucky ones (my ADD symptoms respond well to pharmaceuticals — and I would have to shoot you if you tried to take them away, because I am a hot mess without them!), I recently sent off my hair sample to the lab he uses for detailed analysis.

I would have begun this process much earlier except for the fact that I was growing enough “virgin hair” to make sure my sample was uncorrupted by the presence of hair dye or other chemical treatments.

Now guys, you have to KNOW that if I’m willing to walk around in public for over three months with seriously grey roots hanging out, I’d have to be pretty impressed with what he has shared with me (and I will share with you here on ADDandSoMuchMore, as I go through each step of the process).

cross-fingersThe hair was needed to perform a trace element analysis, which begins the testing process — the first step in building a biological profile, so that we will have specifics necessary to undertake the process of rebalancing my neurotransmitter, hormonal and trace elements profile.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that, not only will I see increased meds performance (possibly at a decreased dosage), along with a reduction of the need to manage high distractibility, but also that balancing body AND brain chemistry will improve my bodacious, life-long sleep disorder right along with it!

ADD Coach Glen Hogard, cofounder of ACO (the ADHD Coaches Association) and a graduate of OFI’s training is three months ahead of me in the process – and the story of his results so far is IMPRESSIVE!

UPDATE 2/20/13:  DO NOT MISS Glen’s comment — below the links at the bottom of this post. Scroll down and read what he has to say about his results.

ADDPro, ADDult, parent or partner, you wanna’ be there if you are . . .

. . . an ADD Coach who understands that it is essential to stay up with the
science to be able to do our best for the clients we serve
. . . an ADD professional who treats ADDers with stimulants
(or counsels those who take them), with a few remaining questions about some of
the substances or recent studies, specific dosing strategies or meds in combination
. . . an employer or HR Professional who has no clear idea how best to
support ADD employees

or if you . . .

. . . suspect ADD in yourself or a loved one, still uneasy about the diagnosis in the first place
. . . would otherwise be eager to be diagnosed and/or treated, but are fearful of the multiple issues you’ve heard concerning stimulants
. . . OR a loved one are taking ADD medications and are unclear about what you can expect
. . . have been unsuccessful with ADD meds, leaving you confused and unsure how to proceed
. . . have ADD-like cognitive challenges as the result of “acquired ADD” (TBI, PTSD, side-effects of meds taken for another condition, “Baby Boomer-itis,” etc.)

Get on the invite list by clicking HERE!

Check out my article on Brain-based coaching
Coaching, out where the ADHD rubber meets the road of reality

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

12 Responses to Doctor answers ADD/ADHD Medication Questions – LIVE

  1. glenhogard says:

    My comment (copied from Linkedin) isn’t showing up even as awaiting moderation. I logged into wordpress first, is that the difference? And I want my photo-avatar too!


    • #1- I have no control over photo avatars – yours or anyone’s — and no idea where it’s “broken” — sorry. (I can only control “all avitars” or “NONE” – so if you are seeing any avitars, then it’s not my doing if yours isn’t working).

      In my experience, whenever it gets fixed (not possible by me), it will be fixed everywhere on my site too (i.e., replacing the green “smiley” with your photo).

      #2 – with over 50K link-spam comments trapped by Akismet, my spam catcher, I cannot allow auto-approvals or I would spend ALL my time finding and deleting spam comments all over the blog. I have had to make friends with approving each comment manually.

      While it only takes a few seconds to approve (longer to respond), it works best with WordPress notification procedures to “reply and approve” vs. “approve” only and respond later, so that’s how I do it (slower to get it up there, but more reliable) — and I can ONLY do either once I am aware that there IS a new comment.

      I have to be awake to DO that. As you may recall, in addition to ADD, I manage a bodacious chronorhythm disorder, so try to remember that standard assumptions about when that will be don’t apply in my case. (click the ==> JetLag post for more info)

      Last “night” I was up and working far into [everyone else’s] morning, so today, I did not awaken until 3pm, and it was after 4pm when I was conginitively alert enough to come back to do it again – any “it” required by the blog. (your comment is timestamped 5:12)

      #3- Several components of WordPress have been “broken” for the last few days. In addition to the extra time it takes to recover from and work-around these problems, I have ADDED to my todo list with multiple notifications to them, describing the problems I am encountering – and have heard nothing in reply so far.

      Problems seem to center around the login script, currently, but they may well extend to comment moderation.

      #4- ALL time spent supporting ADDandSoMuchMore is unbillable time – and I must ALSO do what I do to make a living and keep my life on track.

      I pat myself on the back for approving almost all of the comments within a few hours MOST of the time, and 99.9% of them within 24 hours (in addition to the 4 hours daily that I spend researching & writing content). That is the very most that can be reasonably expected of me or anyone. (Some of my comments on other’s blogs languish unapproved for many DAYS – a few for weeks!)

      I hope this info helps you (and everyone reading) to hang on and not worry in the future (i.e., “get Mr. Amygdalla to crawl back into his cave”)

      If nothing shows up after a week, I am either dead, ill or out of town 😀 — OR WordPress is at fault.

      WordPress is not a perfect platform – if any such animal exists. They ARE relatively responsive to user problems and fix things eventually. Sometimes *some* things are lost forever, but that is rare.

      Hope this helps — it’s extremely frustrating for me, too!

      PS. I hastily “approved” all of your comments when I saw that you were concerned – and I see now that one is a “retry” – I’m going back to delete duplicate posts – they’re good, but duplicates discourage ADD readers from reading the comments.


  2. glenhogard says:

    There is no one answer for everyone who has trouble with ADHD or TBI or other brain-based issues. Having said that, never give up trying.

    John Bradshaw once said to me I had put the cart before the “recovery” horse in that I’d done 13 years of Vedic/meditation studies with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, another decade of ACOA recovery and found my “family of choice” which helped me learn what healthy relationships were all about, plus the many many workshops with John, Pia Melody, and many others.

    Only then, was I diagnosed with ADHD at age 47 which was the final key to the mystery of why my life sometimes worked wonderfully, yet other times the ADHD prefrontal disruption caused many of the typical ADHD symptoms.

    Then 18 years of searching for answers and every trying every medication until I discovered that the answer was at a more basic biological level below the level at which medications were designed to work. When I “normalized” the biology/neurobiology, then the medication worked like magic-the way I’d read and heard it could work but hadn’t been working for me.

    I guess I need to write my story as many have asked me to do. My success despite my challenges shows how high intelligence, stubborn persistence, and determination to find a “different way” to work through the areas where my ADHD got in the way made me strong. I’m a survivor.

    So now that many of the barriers are gone, I feel liberated to live closer to my full potential and can only imagine where it will go from here. My greatest wish is that everyone for whom there is an answer if they can only find it, that they do find it soon and live the rest of their life with much less effort and greater dynamism and direction than they every hoped possible before.


    • You really DO need to write your story in SOME format. I KNOW it will help others understand how important early diagnosis really IS (from a competent, ADD-literate professional, natch!), I think it would be an important piece in YOUR healing.

      I know in my case, although I can’t change my own past so that I might have actuated my own potential, the writing I do for others (in hopes that THEIR lives can be better than mine has been) has been very healing.



  3. OMG! Blessings to another who hangs in there no matter how difficult things are. I’m excited for Glen that he has his life back! I’m certain he has a list of so many things, and I’m certain after that length of time it does seem doubtful. Remaining hopeful and believing there must be at least one healthcare professional who is interested improving quality of life, and listens to the patient! Glen found someone and I’m so touched to read his story.

    Laugh of today! I choose to laugh then cry. I realized that I only read what was in the gray box the last time I visited here. I signed up for Dr. Parker’s Shindig but never read the rest of the post! That might answer a couple questions you’ve asked about comments. I never came back once I clicked on the link so I missed the rest of the information.

    I’m so far behind on reading but it’s ironic that I started writing about my treatment this week. I started writing about my treatment at the request of my readers a couple weeks ago. I just didn’t get to it until this week. I never read this as I was sitting at my husband’s side while he spent last week in the hospital. He’s good now!

    Another laugh: You mentioned to click on the link and told me it was a short story. Initially I clicked and got two words! I’m sure it was WordPress, because I didn’t think it was that short!LOL I wish I remembered the two words on the page!

    Finally, and yet another laugh. You mentioned “just shoot me” if you didn’t get your medications. I know the feeling. But last week when I told my husband if he couldn’t make it to the car I would call an ambulance, then I proceeded to say “I’d shoot you but I don’t have a gun to put you out of your misery but I’d rather see if we can find someone to help you”. So that comment reminded me of the expression “Just shoot me”. Now, Dr. Parker can say you are “suicidal” and I am “homicidal” if these comments were in the literal sense, and of course they are not. I just find it ironic with this common phrase. Thank God we have a psychiatrist on board!LOL

    It’s hard to feel helpless when you’re trying to help another and they resist based upon our past experiences with healthcare…so I really do understand. Sitting at the bedside is exhausting, but I’d rather be there then in the bed as the patient. He had outstanding care, we are blessed!

    Take care and stay safe,


  4. Reblogged this on braininjuryselfrehabilitation and commented:
    Do you think you should be feeling better? You should! Dr. Charles Parker , a Neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and author of two books is offering a free webinar March 14th 6-8 pm (eastern time). This includes an interactive session and expert advice of “brain science”, including TBI along with ADD. This neuroscientist starts getting a biological profile to determine balance with neurotransmitters, hormones, and trace minerals. Read the comment about a gentleman who improved after 18 years. It sounds like a very similar story to mine. With advances like this, TBI symptoms could possibly be managed with the quality of life improving drastically. Let’s all keep pushing for quality and searching for the proper professionals. One of his books “Deep Recovery” focuses on “labels” during recovery/rehabilitation and where the focus should be during evaluation, assessment and treatment for adequate care. I truly believe signing up for this Shindig will be an educational opportunity no one wants to miss. What do you think about the research, and possible improvement in TBI symptoms and quality of life?


  5. Glen Hogard says:

    Madelyn, as we discussed, I’ve just received the results of my 3 month re-test of hair (trace minerals and nutrients) and have my Neurotransmitter samples frozen and ready to go out tomorrow. But the results of my “experience” are already in.

    I have an amazing new level of functioning. For the first time in 18 years of expert advice and sampling of every medication even suspected of working for ADHD with no good results, it’s working. I rarely took medication because it didn’t work much and had terrible side effects.

    I now look forward every day to taking my medication because when I do, I inhabit a different world: at least my perception and functioning in it are that much better. Anyone else (less stubborn) would have given up years ago. But I kept trying and finally discovered with scientific, laboratory tested certainty, where I was nutritionally starving and thus trace mineral and neurotransmitter imbalanced.

    With those problems addressed, the medication can now work as designed. I can’t describe in a believable fashion just how dramatic my functioning, motivation, and even mood have improved. I wouldn’t have believed it myself if it hadn’t happened to me.

    So please, everyone, show up for this talk for yourself or a loved one or client who’s having trouble with medications. You just may change their life.


    • WOW! I know as well as anyone, I believe, how difficult it has been for you many, MANY days – and how you accomplished all you have on sheer guts & resolve a great deal of the time – like climbing a mountain with luggage!

      CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to the rest of your mountain-climbing life. I’m right behind you, kiddo!

      Thanks for taking the time to share this with my readers. See you in HOT-lanta!


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