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Re: Non-stimulant Medication

Re: Non-stimulant Medication2010-04-18T00:10:52+00:00

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Patte Rosebank
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If the Strattera is causing you to have thoughts of harming yourself or others (what you describe as “very violent thinking” and “murderous thinking of others and harm to myself”), then it is definitely NOT a medicine that you should be taking.

All medications for mental conditions come with pages and pages of warnings, and there’s always a section that says, “If you experience any of the following symptoms, see your doctor immediately”. And thoughts of suicide or causing harm to others, are right up there at the top of the “see your doctor immediately” list.

Don’t be afraid of stimulant medications for ADHD. Especially Ritalin, which has been around since the 1930s, which is proof that it works, and that it’s safe. Based on what I’ve seen here and elsewhere, being on stimulant medication to treat your ADHD actually makes you far less likely to abuse it or anything else. In fact, people with undiagnosed and/or untreated ADHD will often self-medicate with alcohol, illicit drugs, caffeine… anything to deliver the necessary bit of stimulation to the parts of their brains that need extra stimulation to function properly.

And remember, a mental condition isn’t like a broken leg, where there’s just one way that works to treat it in all people. Finding the right medication or combination of meds is a matter of trial-and-error.

If Strattera is causing you such dangerous side effects, then clearly, it’s not the medication for you, so you need to ask your doctor to try something else.