By Kerch McConlogue, Guest Contributor
Certain types of anxiety are more common in people with ADHD and PTSD may be among them (Adler, Kunz Chua, Rotrosen, and Resnick, 2004)1. It is possible, therefore, that at some point in your career you will have a client who suffers from this disorder. If and when that happens, you will want to have read this article on Prazosin, an old blood pressure medication that turns out to be useful for calming the dreams of people with PTSD.
According to the article, the Veterans Administration in Seattle, Washington, has been using Prazosin since the 1990s. But no one will fund a study because the drug is already in generic form. This means there is no money to be made, and therefore no business reason for spending the millions required for FDA approval. Any information about using Prazosin to treat PTSD therefore depends on doctors talking to doctors about this off-label use. So tuck this tidbit away and maybe one day you will find a use for it.
Kerch McConlogue, PCC is a founding board member of the ACO. Although she still occasionally coaches, her primary business is now building and managing websites for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. You can reach her via her website wfbws.com or by phone at 410-929-3274.
1) Adler LA, Kunz M, Chua HC, Rotrosen J, Resnick SG. (2004). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adult patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): is ADHD a vulnerability factor? Journal of Attention Disorders. Aug;8(1):11-6. (To access studies online, which is an ACO member benefit, you must first log into your ACO member account, then log into the JAD and/or the ADHD Report.)