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Ritalin is in and out of the system. Niece uses it to study and attend some classes. She was diagnosed ADHD-combined type in first grade. Everything she learned in first grade she learned in the last 6 weeks of the school year on medication. She was going to be held back and moved to special ed-- but for her Ritalin was night and day. She suddenly learned to read because she could focus, and she turned out to be very bright once she could pay attention. She's a junior in college now.
School is an artificial environment. Niece wouldn't have made it through without Ritalin. Now as an adult, she knows what it feels like to be on it and off it, and makes smart, personal decisions about when to use it.
There are 2 families of stimulant drugs that are used the most--the Ritalin family and the Adderall family. Many of the other names are simply varied delivery systems for these two families, although occasionally a minor molecule is changed so a drug company can secure a new drug patent, such as Focalin (Ritalin family). A good psychiatrist can explain it best.
Niece's psychiatrist liked the Adderall family because there were so many options of dosages. Niece first tried 5mg and it was amazing. It was the first time she could express memories, because the cloud of ADHD cleared in her brain. But the rebound effect was disastrous. She saw crawly things on the wall and went to a very dark place. Only happens to a very small percentage of Adderall users. But fortunately it was in and out of her system quickly with the short acting pill.
Ritalin wasn't quite as effective but it still made a huge difference in the quality of her school life and learning, and there was no rebound effect. For delivery systems she used long-acting granules (generic) in elementary school, and later, Concerta in H.S. She uses short-acting pills now (generic), controlling the timing for optimal studying and sleeping, as she loves to go to bed early. She works out regularly and has a healthy appetite.
I think an ADHD student has to be offered the option to try medication, and make their own decision, especially in H.S.
DD is a CA girl, who loves U of A. Laid back, friendly, welcoming. Her sorority actively celebrates every Jewish and Christian religious holiday. What major is your daughter looking for? I have some posts on classes, if u search my posts.
Hi Sarah, find a quiet place at the library, and work there. Whether it's a boyfriend or a roommate or a parent, studying out-of-the-home can often be more productive. This way, when you are home, you can give your boyfriend some quality attention. Early in the morning, a coffee shop may work. As you've identified, you need some time to call your own and it isn't going to happen at home.
DD and her cousin are in SALT at U of A. DD's best friend, also in SALT, is extremely dyslexic. All 3 are doing well and feel supported by SALT. I'm really pleased with the tutoring DD is getting this year through SALT. She has a couple of tough business classes especially this semester. If you search my posts, you'll see some posts about SALT and U of A. It does take a student who wants to be in school to make SALT work for them. But that kid doesn't have to be a great student, just dedicated to trying. They are a sophomore and juniors. ADHD and LD's.