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  • FrankyTank

    I had a consultation with Helen Read from ADHD consultancy in south London. If the link below doesn’t work just use google.


    Can’t recommend her highly enough. She really seems to ‘get it’, especially for adults.

    I have been on something of a journey. Lots of the problems my son was experiencing at school were horribly familiar – made me do a lot of reading and seek out some help for myself. Faced with a 20-month waiting list I decided to go private. I’m still working through all this, but it is sooooo good to start to understand there was a reason for all of my challenges all along.

    Like the book title says – “You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!”

    Do lots of reading, start with anything by Ned Hallowell. Even listen to his podcasts on here.

    You will help yourself by seeking out “Hallowell and Ratney’s Suggested Diagnostic Criteria for Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults”

    You can find this list if you search using google and google books.

    If nothing else there is a list within The New Strong-Willed Child By James C. Dobson which is basically the same but with a bit less detail. You can read that using google books. Look for page 230

    If any/all of that looks uncomfortably familiar go and get a proper diagnosis – it’s important to get a good diagnosis from an expert. It might not be ADHD.

    Good luck!

    in reply to: Urinary Retention (Delayed Urination) #145378

    Just to say that I have experienced the same issue with Elvanse (which is Lisdexamfetamine – the same as Vyvanse). I was looking around to see if this was common. It does seem to happen in some people, but not many.

    I found some information that might be helpful to others finding this thread, which basically backs-up what KLEMON422 has said.

    Although it does only refer to amphetamine, and methylphenidate is not amphetamine and works on a different system. I can’t find any mention of difficulty passing urine with methylphenidate, so I would be interested to know if anyone has experienced the same effects with it.


    Which says:

    “Pharmacologic actions of amphetamines are qualitatively similar to those of ephedrine and include CNS and respiratory stimulation and sympathomimetic activity including pressor response, bronchodilation, and contraction of the urinary bladder sphincter.

    And there is this:

    “Other Smooth Muscles. In general, smooth muscles respond to amphetamine as they do to other sympathomimetic amines. The contractile effect on the sphincter of the urinary bladder is particularly marked, and for this reason amphetamine has been used in treating enuresis and incontinence. Pain and difficulty in micturition occasionally occur.


    Goodman & Gilman’s
    The Pharmacological Basis of THERAPEUTICS
    eleventh edition
    ISBN-10: 9780071422802

    Chapter 10
    Thomas C. Westfall and David P. Westfall
    Pg 257

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