Doctor answers ADD/ADHD Medication Questions – LIVE
Thursday, February 14, 2013 12 Comments
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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 Parker, fellow 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).
The 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.)
Other Related Articles from Dr. Parker
- Article about the shindig from Parker’s blog
- ADHD Insights – Accountability
- The Disorganized Mind
- ADD Insights – Let’s Change the Rules
- ADHD Insights – Biomedical Details Matter
- ADHD Insights: Adrenal Compromise And Copper
WHILE YOU’RE THERE:
Check out my article on Brain-based coaching
Coaching, out where the ADHD rubber meets the road of reality
You Might ALSO be interested in:
- JetLagged for Life (my first person account of DSPS-N24 )
- This Changes Everything-cutting edge brain info (CP, Doug Fields and glial cells)
- ADD Meds info for Moms
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