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11/15/2013

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Gwynne

I know a tiny bit about dopamine as it associated with ADHD. My son has ADHD and it was explained to me that the neuro transmitters and the chemical dopamine that carries signals between the nerves in the brain, do not connect correctly,( my words).Dopamine controls attention, mood, sleep, learning and function. I wonder if this drug could help with aDHD as well, something else to ponder.

M

One other point.

You are two years out from your injury. In TBI terms that is still relatively early on (by my view). The first year is a lot about gaining your 'balance' in sense again, recovering certain basics. The second year is when you discover the walls and landmines and you want to fix them. It is very frustrating.

M

Don't know if my first post went through..

I would look for the following in any drug regime
1. Do I have a TRUSTWORTHY neuropsychiatrist who can work with me to help with any problems.
2. Can I easily stop taking the drug if I decide it is not for me.
3. Are there any side effects for which I am at high risk?
4. What measures (other than self-reporting) can I use to assess the effectiveness of the drug on my particular issues? For example, if it helps with memory or mood but not with initiation then is it worthit for the risks?
5. Am I in a good place to take this med - in other words, if you just started a new job and this impacts your functioning negatively is that a risk you are will to take?

Meds are tricky - docs love 'em but they are not magic.

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