My brother was incorrectly diagnosed ADHD without any childhood symptoms, because of current severe anxiety. He was prescribed Concerta and has been taking it for about two years. I only recently found out, and there is truly no way that he has ADHD. Some other disorders, yes, not ADHD. I am concerned because he was medicated for this, and I believe that it is exacerbating other issues, such as anxiety and depression. Most of his anxiety and depression have legitimate sources from a series of traumatic events. I believe that the Concerta may be making it worse.
What effect will Concerta have on a person who has been prescribed this for an incorrect diagnosis?
- 12 Mar 2015 by TLS082663
- 12 March 2015
- concerta, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), generalized anxiety disorder, prescription, symptom, diagnosis
Added 12 Mar 2015:
This is not the psychiatrist who evaluated him two years ago, and it is his third in two years. The Dr. is just going off of what was reported at the hospital by my brother who was in crisis at the time, and barely able to communicate. He lives in a very small midwestern community and is now on aid because of his condition, so he doesn't have access to a lot of options when it comes to doctors. He was in such crisis that he doesn't remember even telling the Dr. about the three events that happened simultaneously that caused the anxiety attack and depression. Because of the suicidal ideation, the Dr. just started throwing meds at him trying to make it stop. And never considered the anxiety as a factor even though it is visible. My brother never, in his entire childhood, demonstrated any ADHD symptoms. He was a calm, well behaved, child who did not have any abnormal or even inconvenient hyperactive tendencies. He never did. He has, however, always been easily unnerved, getting sick and having digestive issues before tests, or things that most kids would be anxious about. . .he internalizes. He got panic attacks from time to time, but not often. He had depressive episodes for things like break ups, or financial distress, but the depression followed anxiety attacks. He is on so many medications currently that it is difficult to assess which medicines are helping and which are hurting. He is not medicated for the anxiety at all, and is over medicated for depression. . .and well, the Concerta seems like it may be part of the problem if he doesn't have ADHD (which I am certain that he does not). I read in the DSM that ADHD is difficult to diagnose in adults because they often cannot accurately report their childhood. I believe that he may have been asked questions initially that were unintentionally leading and that it contributed to the false diagnosis.
Who diagnosed him? It can make him more anxious If he feels its not right he needs to tell his dr. Does he see a therapist for talking about those past events. Treating any illness that is not really there usually is bad only because it delays treatment for what is. Its not going to give him those effects and he has them forever.
- Concerta Information for Consumers
- Concerta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Concerta (detailed)
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