My Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) wasn't diagnosed till I was in my late thirties. By that point, as you can imagine, I had developed coping strategies to get me through life, especially at work. So when my doctor asked if I would like to give treatment with medication a shot, although I couldn't imagine how it would help me, I agreed. We first started on Ritalin. I didn't notice any positive effect, as the heart palpitations I experienced were too distracting, and I discontinued the treatment after three days. We then tried Adderall, which had the same unpleasant effect. I wasn't surprised that I was experiencing this side effect, however, when I remembered how I reacted in college to large amounts of caffeine. I worked part-time at a cafe that served croissants, cappuccino and espresso. We were allowed to have as much of the coffee drinks as we liked. As you can imagine, as a poor college student, I downed quite a lot. After a couple of weeks I noticed that my heart...
Today we’ll talk about: • Inhaler technique for Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) • How to clean and store your MDI • How to tell how many doses are left in your MDI If you have diabetes, you wouldn’t be sent home with insulin, needles and syringes without 1.) being taught how to use them, and 2.) making sure a trained health care professional watches as you demonstrate that you’re able to use them correctly.
But who shows you how to use a MDI? In an informal survey, doctors were asked if they provide inhaler instruction. Each of them said that the pharmacist does it. When those very pharmacists were asked if they provide inhaler instruction every single one said that the doctor does it. This is a problem and that’s why we’re talking about inhaler technique. Here’s a short scene about MDI use from an episode of the television show “House.”
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What are some of the common symptoms of ADHD in adults?
Most information is written on children with ADHD, however, it is now known that ADHD doesn't disappear. Some of characteristics of ADHD in adults are:
Lose things easily
Jumping from one task to another without completing tasks
Difficulty following conversations
Difficulty in self motivation
Difficulty following timed schedule
Constant movement, fidgety
Becomes restless quickly
Desire for intense, highly active or risky activities
Interrupts others while speaking
Blurt out answers before hearing the end of the question
Can be easily angered
Low tolerance for frustration
How is ADHD treated in adults?
ADHD is treated similar in adults as it is with children. The most effective treatment found is to be a combination of medication and behavior modification . Behavior modification can be implemented with the help of...
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