I was recently diagnosed with ADHD (hyperactive brain in an adult). My doctor suggested a new medicine, and I tried it. I was amazed at how much better I could focus on everything! It has changed my life, I think. But...
I hate being on medicine. It feels like cheating or something. Is there some other way to make my brain work better? Or am I being too worried about needing the medicine?
Any input would be appreciated.
Blessings and Love, Jaianniah
asked 28 Jun '11, 11:16
Have goals. Break those goals into tasks, and then break those tasks down into smaller pieces, until you can focus on only one piece at a time. This technique works well for most ADHD'ers. It's how my parents were able to get me to finish my homework. If they put one piece in front of me at a time, I could finish all of my homework in about half the time as anyone else, but looking at the whole pile at once was overwhelming.
Procrastination can be a real problem for ADHD'ers. Push yourself to start your tasks right away. Reward yourself (in a healthy way) when you succeed in completing your tasks.
Keep an eye on the medicine. In my experience, it's only a temporary solution, because your body will adapt to it. But if it continues to work long term, good for you.
answered 28 Jun '11, 14:07
Be informed that I have successfully used this, and the method from the other question on myself. I nearly completed this set of exercises, and removed my 7-8 character vices with the second method. This exercise is designed specifically to sharpen your concentration powers.
Here is the source:
answered 28 Jun '11, 11:29
Single Handed or One Hand Tapping from Karen Nauman. Using your thumb, tap or press each fingernail bed of the same hand. You can do this in public without attracting a bunch of attention. Try it any time you feel distracted, anxious, fearful or afraid, stress, emotional distress, obsessive thoughts, while watching or listening to or reading something disturbing or that upsets you. I have taught it to some kids and at least one of them loves it and teaches it to family, friends and her doctor loved it too! (That's exciting to me!)
Two years ago I was diagnosed with ADHD. I tried Vyvanse and had amazing results in focus and follow-through. But it did not seem to last. Over time it seemed that the results were less effective. I am very careful with drugs, having had an addictive type personality in the past and most ADHD drugs fall in the amphetamine category.
I am still experimenting (under the care of a psychiatrist) with other ADHD drugs. Right now, I am taking Adderol. My wife likes Stratterra.
One of my personal criteria is that if I find myself voraciously "looking for the prescription bottle" I either stop taking it or go for a reduced amount. I stress that my decisions are based on and in conjunction with, advice from a medical professional. I usually research and find the top people in whatever area I am exploring. I do not change anything unless I have their advice and consultation beforehand.
That being said, here are a few things I do,
Coffee may help adults. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/caffeine-for-adhd/
Personally I have had good results from this brain entrainment for ADHD and relaxation, self-programming, better focus and achieving very deep states of relaxation. I use NeuroProgrammer 3 software from Transparent Corporation. The forum has a lot of therapists and medical professionals posting.
Take a look around the Community Forum for some very effective ways of using brain entrainment. I find NP3 particularly effective in using binaural beats with Abraham's Vortex Meditations. I can use it to take me to Theta levels where self-programming is most effective.
I was concerned that I might be having memory lapses and took a battery of tests. We found that my memory is quite good. The question was more in "registration." Since this involves being in the now, I feel it is quite appropriate to this discussion.
"Registration" is when I am thinking about something else and not paying attention to the NOW. For instance I may put my car keys down, not thinking about where I am putting them, and then hunt all over the house trying to find them!
It is not a memory problem. It is a problem of not being in the now!
As far as ADHD and focus, to me, I just need to change a few habitual ways of doing things. For instance I may go out into our warehouse looking for a dog leash. On the way out I see some trash that needs dumping, so I take it to the dumpster. As I am doing that, I notice the yard needs trimming, so I go to the lawn mower, but it is low on gasoline, so I get the gas can and put it in the van. I notice the front tire on the van is low and get the air pump. On the way to get the air pump, I notice some tools that need to be put away, Etc, etc, etc ad nauseum!
In some idiotic way, my mind seems to think it is efficient to do these other tasks, but even there I may not finish the distraction and that leads to another (unfinished) distraction.
An hour later my wife may find me repainting the front door! "Where is the dog leash," She asks?
So I have adopted a behavior pattern that when I am going to get the dog leash, I go get the damn leash! I may make notes of other things that need doing, later, but I stay in the NOW of getting the dog leash!
For me, staying in the now is the answer. I have find motivation coupled with habit changing to be the most effective path for me. The brain entrainment seems to help greatly with programming my subconscious and being in the now makes it all work out.
answered 26 May '12, 07:04
Yes, ADHD is curable without the use of medication, through a purely mental approach, as was proven by the authors of the following book, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley:
"Through decades of work treating patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), Schwartz made an extraordinary finding: while following the therapy he developed, his patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural pathways. It was a scientific first: by actively focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward more positive ones, Schwartz's patients were using their minds to reshape their brains–and discovering a thrilling new dimension to the concept of neuroplasticity."
I have read the book, and think you will find it of great value. It also has a lot of overlap with the exercises and concepts we discuss on Inward Quest, so I think it will be very easy for you to digest and assimilate.
answered 17 Sep '12, 12:54
Hi Jai, Yes you can improve without medication. There are many diets out there for people with ADHD for a lot of them have common food intolorances. Find out what it is you are intolerent to and avoid it. It could be simpe things like bread or milk or sometimes it can even be enviromental.
There are a few good books out there for ADHD and I think Dr. Frank Lawlis who appeared many times on the Dr. Phill show wrote one as well. Do a bit of reaserch and you will be amazed how much information there is about ADHD.
Make sure your daily nutrition intake is good and if you need take supplements. I would strongly suggest a good Vitamin B complax as well as Omega 3 faty acids. Just those two should make a difference but it takes a while.
Dont forget exercise is also important so walk or dance or go to gym.
answered 24 May '12, 11:58
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