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I’ve always been active. As a child I was hyperactive and had trouble sitting still. My parents were concerned about my inattention once I started school.
So, it was no surprise that once I started school that I did have some problems with paying attention. I would play with anything in my desk, erasers, pencils, or even little toys I would bring from home. I felt as if my teacher was always having to take things away from me.
This trend continued as I got older. I would get distracted and fidgety. I would daydream. I did well in school, but it was often a struggle for me. I even struggled in social settings.
Later on, my sister, who was 10 years younger than me, was diagnosed by a healthcare professional with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While she was seeing healthcare professionals regarding her ADHD, I realized that it sounded more and more like what I had been dealing with for years. Shortly after, I sought help and was later diagnosed with ADHD by a healthcare professional as well. Only a trained healthcare professional can diagnose ADHD.
I learned that ADHD is a chronic mental disorder which includes symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
The thing is, my sister and I aren’t alone. It’s estimated that 10.5 million adults and 6.4 million children in the United States are living and dealing with ADHD. It can be frustrating trying to find a way to alleviate the symptoms and make things more manageable.
Although there is no cure for ADHD, there are treatments that can help improve the symptoms. Symptom management may include behavioral intervention, counseling, and/or medication. One of these treatments is Mydayis® (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product). This product was approved for the treatment of ADHD in patients 13 years and older and is an extended-release treatment option. It is important to know that Mydayis is not for children 12 and younger. Talk with your doctor to determine what option is best for you.
Remember, Mydayis and other stimulant medicines have a high chance for abuse and dependence. Your doctor should check you or your child for signs of abuse and dependence before and during treatment with Mydayis. It is important to know that Mydayis is a federally controlled substance because it contains amphetamine. You’ll find more safety info below.
Learn more at mydayis.com
Thankfully for individuals such as my sister and I, there is a better understanding of ADHD these days and there are a variety of management options which can help with symptoms which can appear at home, work, and/or in social settings. Medication may not be appropriate for everyone with ADHD, so people living with this disorder should talk to their doctor to see what’s right for them.