Why did Community delete my question?
My friend was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid, but her parents disagreed with such a diagnosis on the grounds that she had a high IQ which was discovered when her psychologists and psychiatrists were investigating what mental illnesses she may have had.
After she and her parents gathered a better understanding of mental illnesses partly due to her twin sister's having a mental illness (I didn't ask), my friend sought professional help once again. This was about 8-9 years later.
I have yet to ask the results but in general, how does a near decade of non-treatment affect what a doctor prescribes?
I was told that
"Questions about the behavior of an individual person are off-topic. If you are concerned about a potential medical issue, please seek the advice of a medical professional. For more information, see Why was my self-help question closed as off-topic?." – Arnon Weinberg, MaríaAnt, AliceD, Christian Hummeluhr, Krysta
My title question was: How would a late diagnosis be treated?
My inquiry was not regarding what might or should happen to my friend or her sister or to any ADHD patients. That was merely the context and motivation for my inquiry.
Assuming the question deletion is justified, why should my question have been deleted, and how could I have improved it?
A person I won't name (since I can't prove it and it may be slanderous if I name him/her) answered specific to ADHD. Looking at it again, maybe I should have specified that this was or was not necessarily for ADHD. So my question was wrong due to unspecified scope?
The answer given:
For ADHD? It doesn't, really.
Medication-wise, they may start off with a non-stimulant (Strattera, Wellbutrin). If this medication doesn't seem to help / ease symptoms to the desired extent, they may suggest that you try taking stimulant medication. Among those, Vyvanse, Ritalin, Adderall tend to be the most popular options. Though each medication affects people differently, the general consensus is that Vyvanse is longer-lasting (it can last up to 14 hours, as it is a 'prodrug' that must first remove lysine in order to activate) and less "intense" than Adderall and Ritalin, and one would need a comparatively higher dose of Vyvanse to achieve the same effect as Adderall.
An adult will typically be treated with a combination of medication and an aided development in coping skills. When young children are diagnosed, the psychiatrist typically works with child by means of the parent, i.e. the parent will be expected to see to it that the child takes their medication, does their homework, etc. The child may also be taken in for testing to see if certain testing accommodations could be provided in schools (extended time on academic/in-school tests, for example, as well as standardized tests such as the SAT or AP tests). An adult out of school will typically not need these accommodations, and will meet with the psychiatrist to discuss treatment options.