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Maystarmom

Maystarmom Junior Member

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  • Re: Getting ADHD medication at college

    Wow @NYmommabear. That would be so convenient for mail order. My neice will need to look into it.

    For mail order, the Ritalin prescriptions that went to an in-state pharmacy required no diagnosis (United Health) and the scripts that were mailed to out of state pharmacies (Aetna and Cigna) required the diagnosis ADHD written on it. Wonder if both the sending state and receiving state of electronic scripts need to approve it's ok for controlled substances. It is worth finding out.
  • Re: Fusion Academy?: Any feedback?

    DD did some heavy tutoring (full time) one summer at Fusion in Southern CA 5 years ago. She enjoyed the one-on-one attention of patient and encouraging teachers in geometry, chemistry and Spanish. She was one of the few students who wasn't attending year around.

    Got the feeling that the success of going full time would depend on the team managing that specific location of the school and how experienced and stable the teaching staff was.

    2 of her teachers were long-term members of the program; 3rd teacher was temporary and didn't last full summer. Administration was stable that summer, but had changed by the next summer. She met some nice kids and made some friends and it helped her academic success in those classes when her school started up again in the fall.
  • Re: Good schools still accepting applications?

    University of Arizona ranked 40 in CS
    Rolling admissions
    Automatic non-resident merit scholarship with high SAT/ACT score available if admitted by May 1
    Admission process fairly quick if all paperwork in order
  • Re: adhd and deciding on medication

    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.
  • Re: Daughter is having hard time committing to a college: U of Arizona, U South Carolina, Florida State

    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.