Natural Cure For Adult ADD???
Hi :) I've been teased for a while about having ADD for a while but never seriously considered it. Recently, out of curiosity, I looked up the symptoms and FIT EVERY SINGLE ONE! I HATE taking medicines unless they're from the natural food market. Does anyone know of a cure for Adult ADD?? :)
Interesting that you bring this up, because of the DHA thread that was just started too. DHA supposedly can help with ADD!
postpartum depression, lower IQ, dyslexia, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been linked by many scientific studies to the low DHA intake common in the United States.4
I don't think flax seeds have DHA specifically though; they have other omega 3's but not DHA. You'd want to take a DHA supplement, or it's in microalgae.
ADD isn't really something you "cure", more something you learn to live with. I've been diagnosed with ADHD since I was 11yo. What has helped me more than anything was going vegan, eating whole foods, and sticking to a regular workout routine. Avoiding sugar also helps, but I've never been able to do that for very long :)
If you've made it this far, you should totally avoid medication because you've learned to cope without it. My Dad was diagnosed when he was around 45 years old, and the medication only bothered him. I was medicated until I was in my 20s, and I've spent the last ten years learning to live without meds. I'm still a little flakey sometimes, but I've found keeping a regular schedule and forcing myself to plan ahead has really helped.
Sometimes it can be a relief to find out that what's been hampering our quality of life has a name and a treatment. It's great that you are being an advocate for yourself; it would probably be really helpful to follow up with a therapist (doesn't have to be a psychiatrist) who can tell you more about helping to cope with specific symptoms as they manifest themselves in your life. Since you're not looking for a prescription medication you should be very up front with them about that--a GOOD therapist will NEVER push you into a choice that you aren't looking to make.
There have been many studies that indicate kids with ADD function better when they eat a diet low in or free of processed foods, dyes and additives--at any rate a diet in whole, unprocessed foods won't hurt!. Many people also find that having a "fiddle toy" such as a paper clip or a bouncy ball to hold during a task requiring sustained attention is very helpful, as well as taking frequent movement breaks and using aids such as headphones and dividers to block out noise and visual distractions.
I don't know of a medicine that is organic or herbal based but medicine is not my area of expertise; I will echo another poster's response and just say that even "traditional" ADD medications are not meant to cure the disorder, they are meant to enable people with severe symptoms to have better management of their symptoms. It's unfortunate that medications are often used where behavioral or other treatment would be sufficient and practical. I just say that to let you know that if you decide to talk to a doctor or a therapist, not all of them will be gung ho about handing you a stack of prescriptions.
Whatever you decide to try, make sure you only try one new thing at a time so you know what's helping and what's just excess!
Yea I agree with the poster who said there's no "cure", just learning/deciding to live in a way that works for you. I'm ADD, wasn't diagnosed til 16 and refused medication, which my doctor was fine with because he said I'd lived with it long enough that I had my own strategies in place already without realising it.
I definitely find that eating a good diet (doesn't have to be perfect, but mainly decent) of lots of fresh and whole foods, less processed stuff helps. Avoiding caffeine on the whole helps too, it doesn't do nice things to te ADD body chemistry. The biggest thing for me is exercise, I need a lot of it, and when I'm getting enough my entire state of being is calmer and happier.
I mainly just try a live in a way that keeps me active and interested - I could never do a 9-5 office job, and I recognise that, so I do work with a lot of variety and movement. I know that I can't sit still and quietly to "concentrate" so I study with music and in short intense bursts. I draw pictures when I have to sit and listen because it keeps the spazzy part of my brain busy so I can focus. It really is about what works for you. A few weeks ago I had to sit in one room listening to lecture for 8 hours, and didn't cope with it well at all, it was horrible...but it was great, because it made me realise that I rarely feel like that anymore. Which means I am doing fine just by knowing myself and how I best operate.
I reckon ADD is kinda awesome :) You don't get a chance to be boring, and the itense bursts of creativity and productivity are really fun and satsfying.
In addition to the diet changes exercise is great. Especially yoga which forces you to practice concentration and stillness along working your muscles. Good luck!