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Old 04-01-19, 12:14 PM
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Hi I am Kat. I always thought Attention Deficit was all about hyperactivity so for years I knew something was wrong and just thought I was lazy and a mess. It was not till after my going back to school two years ago to become a child counselor that I realized I had ADD and suddenly everything made sense! I was researching like crazy about ADHD for a parent seminar and I ran into a different form ADHD in attentive type that the light bulb went off in my head! I found myself. The biggest evidence is my tons and tons of empty coke bottles in my car piling up! I always thought I was drinking pop for energy but now I realize it was helping me focus too! My husband has always said that I get into a zone and I forget things around me. I get easily distracted and I never could explain how or why I found myself avoiding tasks but at the same time almost becoming completely obsessive with another one. I now know I was using hyper focus and it has made me be a super researcher. If I get obsessed with a topic I will stay up all night researching and canít pull myself away. I also was making stupid mistakes at work as a teacher with paper work. I can not organize anything, and get overwhelmed staring at undone chores. For years I thought I was losing my mind. I just could not get things together always forgetful, always procrastinating. Then I started the research and bingo there it was in black and white. I have ADD. I also met someone right before that had it too and I saw myself in her. Hereís the thing, I have never been a medication gal. My family had many drug related deaths and I saw first hand people in my life addicted to medication. I have always taken the herbal route. Also I have a gluten allergy so I have had some pretty bad reaction to drugs. Respectfully, I am asking if anyone has any success on any herbal supplements for ADD? There has to be something out there.
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Old 05-27-19, 04:14 PM
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Re: Just self diagnosed after many years

Hey Kat,
Honestly I don't know much about herbs and their effectiveness in treating ADD symptoms. However I did read about this interesting study recently which might interest you. I don't know if you've heard of the gut-brain axis? It's this super interesting biochemical signaling link between the gut and the brain. The gut can influence the brain in many unexpected and unfathomable ways, it can for example influence behavior. The gut microbiome is highly dependent on diet and even though it is not clear yet how exactly all these pathways work, changing diet can have huge effects on behavior. There is a therapy being developed which puts someone on a diet and reintroduces foods one by one to determine their effect on the person. Once the trial period is over a diet can be constructed that excludes foods which trigger ADD symptoms. Personally I think this stuff is super interesting. Maybe it's something to look into. https://www.wur.nl/en/project/Biomar...AIN-study-.htm
If you're reluctant to use medication experimenting with diet with the help of a professional might be able to give you some insight and it may be able to help you.
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Re: Just self diagnosed after many years

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It's best to get a diagnosis from a professional instead of self diagnosing
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Re: Just self diagnosed after many years

I agree with Midsy that getting a proper diagnosis could bring benefits.
Like accomodations in school or at work if you decide to inform of diagnosis.

For non-pharmaceutical treatment, we have a sub forum for discussing that.
I myself found by accident 17 years ago that Omega 3 fish oil supplements help
with a lot of my symptoms. There have been a few studies done that support
this treatment.
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Re: Just self diagnosed after many years

I am not saying you do not know yourself or that you do not have adhd but self diagnosis only goes so far. Getting a doctor to diagnose you is the best bet even if you do not want to try medicine. Some people report that the "natural" way works for them. I can tell you that if your adhd is severe, meds can really turn your life around. The evidence supporting medication is plentiful. I know you say you are not one for medications but may I ask why? At least in this case?
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Re: Just self diagnosed after many years

You said the reason you don't want to try meds is you're concerned with addiction, having a family history of addiction issues. I've read a bit about this myself. You may want to speak to your doctor about it too. From what I've read studies in mice did show addiction to adhd meds, but those studies might have used much, much higher doses than us humans take. And I believe studies have also shown kids who were medicated had lower addiction rates to other types of drugs as adults, so maybe being medicated and functional prevents them from self medicating thus lowering addiction rates. I don't know, but perhaps some deep research into this would benefit you and help you make an informed decision.

My daughter, who is on the more mild side of ADD (outgrew the hyperactivity after puberty), did benefit from fish oil (took the vitamin shoppe brand) but she had to take 4 pills per day and it didn't fully help. She just recently has been trying 10mg Adderal XR which seems to help more and she only takes it as needed to avoid tolerance (per her Child Psychologist suggestion).
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Re: Just self diagnosed after many years

Welcome to the forum, but please seek a profressional diagnosis
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