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I am a 16 year old boy and have recently been diagnosed with ADHD (earlier this year).

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 14, 2015
  • 04:43 AM

I was put on 54mg of Concerta daily+10mg of Ritalin at the end of the school day if I needed to study or do homework (20mg if I had to work a lot). I don't know if this (ADHD) is the right category to ask this question but I figured it would make sense. What I wanted to talk about is that when I take Concerta, I get terrible comedowns or crashes. I have heard from a few people that they experience this as well, but the difference is that my Ritalin and Concerta will always wear off by, absolute latest, 6 o'clock. As a result, I have found myself wanting to take more of my medication than required in order to avoid, or just postpone my horrible comedowns. On top of this, I can't adequately study or focus on a day that I have taken my Ritalin/Concerta once they have worn off. I've found myself worried lately about becoming, or already being addicted to my medicine. I understand how my medicine works, along with the symptoms of addiction. However, a big theme that seems obvious to me is that people who are suffering from a methylphenidate addiction experience cravings when they don't take the drug. This is where I become confused because I don't feel a need to take the drug unless I have taken it already and I am crashing/coming down or feel that the comedown may start soon.

I guess my question is, if I can, as of now at least, not take my pills without having cravings for the drug, but I do crave methylphenidate when I have taken it and I am at school or doing homework, would this still be considered an addiction? If so, could I still keep taking my medications if I am very careful? I am not tempted to take a higher dose than prescribed if the bottle of pills isn't with me at school because by the time I am at home the drug has worn off and I do not feel the need to take anymore of it, unless I have a lot of work. In cases like these, I do not necessarily want to take the drug, but I will feel like I need it to help me focus. Please let me know and answer the questions above as best as possible.

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  • You can try natural alternatives (essential oils) instead of opting for chemically manufactured products.

    Cedarwood oil is a great start due to its calming properties. The oil has been used to treat children with ADHD and ADD and has been found to be very effective. The oil acts as a stimulant for the limbic region of the brain and the pineal gland, this helps children stay focused on a particular task for an extended period of time. Cedarwood oil also helps promote the release of melatonin, which helps in attaining a better night’s sleep and as a result makes you more energised and refreshed when you wake up.

    Cinnamon oil is great for increasing the blood flow to the brain thanks to its warming effects, which helps in boosting mental energy and helps you focus the mind. The essential oil can be applied topically but should be used with a carrier oil. Jojoba or avocado oil are work great with cinnamon oil. The oil can also be used via diffusion.

    Hope this helps!
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