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Old 06-23-2009, 05:00 PM
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Dealing with ADHD

Let me start out by saying that I am not self diagnosed, I have been formally diagnosed with ADHD (about 10 years ago).

How do those of you that have this deal with it? I am finding it harder to deal with. It feels as if I can never shut my mind off, it is always racing & feels "cluttered". I have a terrible time concentrating on anything. I find myself getting irritated/annoyed over trivial things.

My racing mind also makes it difficult for me to sleep. I've seen a Dr regarding this & the only thing he did for me was prescribe sleeping pills (Ambien).

I feel like I'm about to lose it. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:06 PM
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have you considered yoga. and by yoga, i dont only mean stretching on $300 mats, i mean meditation and learning to clear your mind
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:09 PM
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for example, one yoga exercise is to stare at a candle flame for a length of time. during that time, you would concentrate on nothing else but the flame, and no other thoughts or images are to enter your mind. it's incredibly hard to do, but it can be achieved with practice.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:43 PM
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Let me start out by saying that I am not self diagnosed, I have been formally diagnosed with ADHD (about 10 years ago).

How do those of you that have this deal with it? I am finding it harder to deal with. It feels as if I can never shut my mind off, it is always racing & feels "cluttered". I have a terrible time concentrating on anything. I find myself getting irritated/annoyed over trivial things.

My racing mind also makes it difficult for me to sleep. I've seen a Dr regarding this & the only thing he did for me was prescribe sleeping pills (Ambien).

I feel like I'm about to lose it. Any suggestions?

Have you tried swimming if you can in the evening, my son has ADHD he was diagnosed about three years ago, his doctor suggested anything to do with water swimming warm bath before bed, he could not fall asleep as well once his medication would wear off around 6:00pm he would get all wired again, his neurologist prescribed a medication called Clonidine it is normally given to heart patients, he takes it around 7:00 pm and falls asleep about an hour to an hour and a half later and wakes with no lingering side effects. Hope this helps
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:38 AM
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Diet low in sugar and refined carbs, regular high-intensity exercise (like, 5x/week), omega-3's, cognitive behavioral strategies.
Those are the 'natural' things that help.
Adderall obviously helps quite a bit as well.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:47 PM
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At a recent Brain and Learning conference I attended, the neuro-scientist that spoke stated that everyone's brain, but especially the brain of those with ADHD, needs exercise, especially cardio. We all benefit from a healthy diet, exercise and a bedtime routine that calms...try to eliminate caffeine as well.
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:05 PM
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^Damn...I need my pre-workout caffeine! Recent studies have confirmed what I've known for a couple years...it reduces the "burn" you feel and helps endurance as well.

Anyway...lately I've been wondering if I haven't inherited my mom's (formally diagnosed at age 50) ADD. I just got involved with a genetics study U of M is doing that's trying to see who all has the gene for it...I wouldn't be surprised if I do.
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:08 PM
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Was diagnosed when I was in second grade. I was on a steady supply of Ritalin and Metadate until high school, when I weaned myself off of them. I know it's not what you want to hear, but I sort of just "deal," if you know what I mean. My mind is ALWAYS racing and at times it's very hard to stay focused, even when someone like my boss is talking directly to me. So long as I'm conscious of it and remind myself to pay attention, I seem to be able to stay focused.

If you're having trouble sleeping, my suggestion is to put on some relaxing, quiet music when you go to bed (for me, I queue up a single 20 min TV episode on my pc). It'll allow you focus on just one stimuli as you fall asleep.
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