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Motherhood, in itself, is one of the hardest jobs you can do. Multiply that by 10 for a mom with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Simple everyday tasks seem like climbing Mount Everest and getting through the day can feel like you are on a merry-go-round. With an estimated 10.5 million adults in the U.S. living with ADHD, think of the possible percentage of that number that are Moms! Wow! It is also estimated that 6.4 million children in the U.S. are currently living with ADHD, so chances are you know someone who is affected by ADHD.
ADHD is a chronic condition which includes symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. Only a trained healthcare professional can diagnose ADHD, by a complete history and evaluation of the patient. People with ADHD experience symptoms in various settings including home, work, school and/or social settings.
I have a good friend who has struggled with ADHD since she was a child. She is now a mom of two. “Sue” tries so hard but still struggles daily to do things that many others find so easy. Keeping up with her checkbook is difficult for her, or remembering where she put her keys! She frequently misses turns while driving somewhere, even to places she has been before, as she becomes easily distracted in her thoughts. She lives her life running late from one appointment to the next and barely gets her kids where they need to be. Her impulsivity has cost her more than she cares to share. ADHD, as you can imagine, creates lots of challenges for Sue.
As a Mom, I know it’s not easy, especially when you throw ADHD in the mix! Luckily today there is a more advanced awareness and understanding of ADHD and the management options. Although there is no cure for ADHD, there are many ways to manage your ADHD symptoms, including behavioral interventions, counseling, and/or medication. It is important to talk with your doctor to determine what management option(s) may be most appropriate for you.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved medications for the treatment of ADHD. One medication, MYDAYIS® (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product) is an extended-release FDA approved treatment option for those with ADHD ages 13 years and older. It is important to know that Mydayis is not for children 12 and younger. Talk to a doctor about Mydayis if you or someone you know is diagnosed with ADHD to see if it may be a good treatment option. Medication is not right for everyone with ADHD.
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 important safety info below. Be Well Mom and take care of you!
To learn more about Mydayis, visit mydayis.com