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 How can I cure my hiccups?
I've had incredibly painful hiccups all day. They've been very uncomfortable, even stopping me from doing my homework, although I doubt my teachers will believe me when I say that I couldn&#...

 Do you think he has a disorder/ problem?
I really think this person I know (we'll call him A) has two sides to his personality.
One side of him likes to interfere a lot with other people's affairs. He is blunt honest and ...

 Can sinusitis go away on its own? Or, once I have it will I always have it?
The doctor told me I have sinusitis. She told me to take the prescribed medication to get rid of it. My friend has been dealing with sinusitis on and off for 10 years. My friend told me that once I ...

 I have had very massive headaches what could be causing this ?
they come with new stuff forgetfulness lights & noise bother me and the pain is unbairable and very confused and disorented ..I went to the er & they did mri and blood work & test ...

 what could be wrong?
i have a sore throat and swollen glands. Do u think its something serious? i never get sick....

 What happens if your friend has H.I.V. and you used that persons lip gloss? PLLLZZZZZZZ HELP!!?
Ok look my friend has H.I.V. i didnt know she had H.I.V. until today. i always shared lip gloss with her because she was my best friend since i was three so am i going to get H.I.V?? ALSO WILL I GET ...

 If I kiss my boyfriend, will he get sick too?
The 24 hour virus has been going around and i started throwing up yesterday. i only threw up like 4 times yesterday and not at all today.
i was wondering-
Would it be ok to kiss my ...

 What would you call this condition, its really serious. need the name for it please?
electrical impulses from the brain that can cause paralyzation on part of your body for a few hours. can be triggerd by emotional stress of trauma. the doctor cant really figure out whats goin on wit ...

 Is there something wrong with me? Im different and Im concerned?
Im 16. My mother was an alcoholic when she was pregnant with me, because this,
I was low birth weight.
I was the smallest in my class all through school, and still am.
I have a small ...

 blood test shows im low in iron?
im only 17 and my blood test shows im very low in iron. i've been given tablets for this. But is it bad to have this at such a young age? also what foods could i eat that i high in iron?...

 I have bloody stools SOMETIMES and they go all squidgy and ploppy and bad abdominal pain... What do I do?

 would you donate one of you kidneys to someone?

 do you know someone who stutters/stammers and do you think it's funny??

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thanx people who is positive this shows me not everyone laughs and this will really help me through school.....

 No bowel movement in 4 days. Worried?
It's Wednesday and the last time I had a bm was Saturday night, and it was diarrhea (3 times in a row to be exact). Also, almost everything I eat lately has been making me bloated, even when I ...

 I have chronic diarreha. Is there anything I can take to stop it? Inmodium isn't working.?

 Could I be an alcoholic?
I drink alcohol every evening, usually to get a little tipsy but not always. The alcohol varies from wine coolers, to beer, to wine (white or red)--but nothing "hard" like vodka, tequila, ...

 what is the name of the disease that makes you can't remember what you just did?
example: I placed a book on the shelf and no matter how many times I look the book I don't remember seeing it ...

 What are the first signs of being anaemic ?
Thanks for your answers :)...

 Have you ever heard of this?
I was just diagnosed with Sever Anemia... Can anyone explain to me what that is??
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And to "fleetofworlds" it just so shows how ignorant you are.. If you don�...

 Whats wrong with my eyes?
Last night I waking up and I couldn't open eyes. It felt like they were stuck together. I know it's gross but there was a bunch of eye googies around my eyes and on my eyelashes. Not to ...

I'm sixteen and was just diagnosed ADD, should I take ritalin?
After answering a bunch of behavioral questions with a psychologist, he informed me that since I have so many symptoms, I am ADD. My dad also has ADD, and it is genetic. I have done research on ritalin and am willing to take it despite the possible side effects if it means focusing better in school and following/ participating in conversations.

Don't do that. First of all ADD is NOT genetic. You should not take ritalin. Too many young people in america are on dangerous meds. You need to try and focus and concentrate on your own. Discipline yourself.

Ya i think you should take it. My brother has took that, now he takes Adderal. You might wanna ask about that too.

Metal Princess
I think that you should opt for Adderal. Ritalin seriously, can make you have loose bowels, and you can have the possibility of crapping your pant.s

Kristen, see what your dr. prescribes. If you take it you could get the heebie-jeebies and start foaming at the mouth. JUST KIDDING!!! Check with your doc.

So basically everyone these days has ADD or some form of it. All My dad also had ADD and so does my brother and sister but I dont. From the knowledge of them I would NOT take ritilin. Psychologists actually rarely even prescribe it. In very RARE conditions they will but they have newer more innovative drugs that help all ages with ADD and ADHD. Try checking into Concerta my brother and sister both take it. And unlike Ritilin is less harmful and does not turn you into a zombie.

That's up to your doctor to decide.

Take it.

Brandy S
It sounds like you want to so why not?

no name now.
well i have ADD and i didnt take anything. and i did very good in school.

the thing you should look at is just how bad you got it.

if its bad enough to take it...test urself.

examine how you are BEFORE it and examine self AFTER it....(u have to use it about a few weeks before it really shows anything different)

either take it or increase your exercise. Ritalin should help you and you will get over the side effects very fast. If you get any of them.

DUDE i am ADHD which is ADD but like some other stuff
and there are a lot of medicines to treat ADD there isnt just ritalin
so try ritalin and if that doesnt work just go to the doctor and ask him to try a different kind of medicine he can give you like a free trial thingy
and you just go to your pharmacy and they will get it for you
i've tryed a lot of medicines and they are all different so you just have
to try to find the one that fits u best
hope this helps
best of luck

Laura J
There may be a lot of postives, but my friend took it for a while. He said he didn't feel like himself at all and everything felt weird.

I would suggest trying it and seeing if it works for you, because you can always stop taking it. Its worth a shot right?!

Good luck! =]

my son took it for a while n really did not like it
try some alternative therapy as well
acupuncture, bio feedback or meditation

Are you really ADD or are you just bored? Are you into arts at all? Is there anything that you really can focus on? You should look into that. Doctors are usually quick to dope you up because they don't have to deal with the real issue that way. If it really is a chemical imbalance, fine. However, if you find yourself ADD "only sometimes", something else is going on. You should really look into yourself. You'll already know the answer probably.


Joshua C
If your ADHD is affecting your life negatively, exploring medication that could correct that would be valuable. Many people feel that ADHD meds change their lives.

Those of you who are suggesting she follow the advice of her doctor are not actually correct. She should follow the advice of her psychiatrist, or her family physician who is working with another mental health professional. Doctors alone, should not diagnose or manage psychological disorders. Many do, but they should not, unless they have additional training in a specific disorder.

every teen in america has add
dont bother with pills

I would strongly advice you not to take ritalin. there are many risks involving ritalin and many controversies relating to ADD/ADHD. Better research more on ADHD too. I don't know but i heard there are many risk involving ritalin because it is just like cocaine and very addictive.
There are other ways of coping with ADD other than drugs. So think more before taking ritalin. Don't fully believe on your the psychologist.

In my opinion, if ADD is a mental disorder then shyness should also be a mental disorder and there should be some drugs for curing shyness.
It would be wrong to prescribe ritalin for curing ADHD

On something like this, follow the advice of your Doctor. They really are the best one to help you make this decision. Call them up to discuss your concerns. Even though you're only 16, they should talk to you and answer all of your questions.

I just want to add something. Yes, Pediatricians can diagnose and treat ADD or ADHD. I worked in Peds for years, and it is something that is commonly treated in my office. If it is an extreme case, the patient is referred to a psychiatrist. A primary care physician or a pediatrician is fully qualified to treat this. Remember, peds doctors also studied adolescent medicine, which this is part of.

Try it for a few weeks if your psychologist suggests it, but take it exactly as prescribed.

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