ADHD

ADHD is more common than you think. According to the Australian Government Health Direct website, around 1 in every 20 Australians has ADHD. 

While more boys are diagnosed with ADHD than girls — it is expected that there are many more girls and women in Australia who remain undiagnosed. Many children diagnosed with ADHD also have symptoms as an adult

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the brain’s executive functioning; and affects a person’s ability to self-regulate and control thoughts, words, actions and emotions.

What are the signs of ADHD?

ADHD symptoms include the inability to concentrate, can’t sit still or have trouble paying attention. Those who suffer from ADHD often have trouble focusing on and organising tasks; and often fail to complete school work, chores at home or workplace activities. 

If untreated, ADHD can have a significant impact on an individual’s academic, social, and professional life.

What are the traditional treatments for ADHD?

Whilst at the time of writing there is no cure for ADHD, there are several treatment options available to manage the symptoms of ADHD, including prescription medication and behavioral therapy.

The most common treatment for ADHD in Australia is prescription medication that can often have unwanted side effects such as: headaches, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping.

Are there alternative treatments for ADHD?

If you are experiencing symptoms of ADHD and have tried other medications that haven’t worked for you, we encourage you to seek medical advice and speak with one of our experienced practitioners. After assessing your medical history and specific needs, our practitioners will determine if alternative treatments are suitable for you

FAQ

To be eligible for a plant based medication prescription, the TGA states that a patient must: 

  1. Have a chronic condition lasting three months or more
  2. Have tried other treatments to manage the symptoms of this condition
  3. Have found those treatments to be unsuccessful in treating the condition or it has produced unwanted side effects
  4. Not be pregnant 
  5. Not have had issues with plant based medications in the past 

To make an appointment with one of our practitioners, click here to book online or call our friendly patient care team on 1300 508 888, who will work with you to find a suitable time for an appointment. 

We are authentic, affordable and have a highly trained team of doctors and nurse practitioners who put the patients needs first. Several cannabis clinics have their own range of medication that they also prescribe and sell to patients. We believe that prescribers should have zero ties to any medication producer and therefore have no alignment to any manufacturer. 

Our practitioners only prescribe products that are best for their patients.

Like any prescription medication, plant based medication comes with an element of risk, and can cause unwanted side effects in some patients. Individual responses to treatment will vary, however, some patients may experience things like fatigue, dry mouth, increased heart rate, cognitive impairment or nausea when starting plant based treatments. 

It is essential for patients to speak to an experienced healthcare professional before considering plant based treatments. By being informed and aware of potential side effects, individuals can make educated decisions and take necessary precautions to manage their symptoms effectively. As always, consulting with a healthcare professional is vital to ensure personalised guidance and optimise the use of medicinal cannabis.

The average cost of plant based medication is between $2.5 and $12 a day.

REFERENCES
  1. Australian Government Health Direct – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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Our Women's Health Medical Expert

Kathleen Kuntz, MSN/NP

University of Pennsylvania BSN/MSN Nursing 2002 
Australia – AHPRA Registered Nurse with Nurse Practitioner
Specialisation in Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Sexual Health

Kathleen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a proven track record of assisting clients in finding relief through alternative plant based medications.

With over 25 years experience in women’s health, Kathleen has extensive experience in looking after female veterans who experience chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD and related insomnia (at unacceptably high rates); women experiencing chronic pain associated with endometriosis or other chronic pelvic pain syndromes; sexual health, vulvovaginal pain, pain with intercourse, and pain related to menopause.

After experiencing the positive effects plant based medicine had on patients in the USA, Kathleen undertook the training/education to become a certified cannabis prescriber. After moving to Canberra from the USA, Kathleen became an authorised prescriber in Australia. 

Kathleen is driven by her passion to help patients on their healthcare journey through alternative medication.