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Hello there and welcome to the ADHD Melbourne Facebook page. Our unswerving goal is to support the activities of all supportive ADHD groups, including the Adult ADHD Melbourne support group; to promote a supportive, nurturing, and educational environment for people with ADHD and families and partners with ADHD; and to significantly improve all Australian government's and community's acceptance and support of ADHD.
ADHD Melbourne is a proud partner of Mental Health Foundation of Australia.
Hi. Peter here, administrator of the ADHD Melbourne Facebook page.
My observations from many, many people coming to our monthly support group meetings are as follows:
- Unlike some disorders, there's no such thing as *one* ADHD. It's firstly a spectrum, going from way over here, to way over there.
- Around 7% to 8% of all children throughout the world have ADHD. Half lose it in adolescence. Science still doesn't know why. Around 4% therefore of all adults worldwide have ADHD, of whom very sadly less than 0.1% are actually diagnosed.
In Australia however it's probably closer to 1%. So you're lucky. The rest go through life struggling because they're constantly told they're lazy, or stupid, or don't try hard enough, or don't care. And you know full well that is NOT true.
- No two people have the same brain, and no two people have the same disorder, so sadly everyone is different, and so are the effects on us of the appropriate medications, of which there are eight classifications, only one of which is the Ritalin / Dexamphetamine duo.
- ADHD is all about neurotransmitters and brain connections not all doing exactly what we'd all like them to do. But there's a brilliant YouTube video by Dr Russell Barkly right here that explains it really well.
- Some find Dex makes a huge difference. I found it made no difference at first. In my case, Ritalin made quite a bit of difference for me, but not as much as with others who report a change as big as night becoming day.
- There are eight or so different kinds of meds, and a brilliant guest speaker we had a month ago starts his patients on one med, and if necessary goes through all 8, sequentially, if the first one fails, he moves onto the next etc. And he says no one has ever failed to respond really well to at least one (or a combination) of them.
- Finally, although we've learnt a lot more, the parts of the brain effected by ADHD also effect such things as depression, anxiety etc, so it's very common to have thes