I think I have Attention deficit disorder. I went to a doctor near me and he prescribed for me cipralex and Abilify. I have greater attention, feel more focused and do things faster than before but there are side effects. Now, I walk with my hands facing forward like a brick man, cannot lie down for long, have to get up and walk every while and have sleeping issues. Any better solution? Thanks in advance.
On the good news side I’m glad to hear that you’re noticing improvement in your attention and concentration. Since this particular combination was prescribed by your physician I would begin with asking him or her about ways to manage the side effects. It is not uncommon for physicians to modify medicines once they see their effects.
After you’ve done this I would highly recommend finding an educational psychologist or school psychologist who has experience in helping adults with ADHD. There are a number of behavioral and cognitive strategies the psychologist can recommend that may help support the positive impact of the medicine. This may help you and the physician decide if the dosages can be adjusted.
Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.
APA Reference Tomasulo, D. (2018). Attention Deficit Disorder Treatment. Psych Central.
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