Posted by: Ruan | 2011/07/26


Adult ADHD

I was only recently diagnosed with ADHD formally, however I''m not an idiot I never have been and when it came to things that I wanted to learn, well I can spend days doing research and learning without even trying. They call it hyperfocus and its generally what keeps me awake till the sun starts to come up every day. Now, my question is, what can I do to find balance, to not get so involved with something that i forget to sleep, and on the opposite end of the scale concentrate so the wonderful career I have laid out in front of me becomes all that I want it to be. I am already on Ritalin, it does help but then other factors make it non-ideal, e.g I managed to quit smoking and withing 30 mins of taking my little white mind numbing pill I needed a cigarette like I needed oxygen. The reality is I want to go back to a point in my life where I wasn''t smoking I was running 2km every day and doing great exersize without anyones help. Ritalin makes that almost impossible, yet I struggle at work so much without it. So just help me out here, tell me what I can do to make myself feel good about being me, have my career fly high and not have to take the little mind numbing pill, because one of the side effects that I hate the most about that little pill is I have no imagination when I take it, I can barely recite a joke told on the radio never mind, coming up with a hilarious anecdote.


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ADHD Expert

Dear Ruan,

The side effects you have mentioned are quite common. have you spoken to your prescribing Doctor about possibly changing the medication to a non stimulant (Straterra)?

What you were doing before, by exercising every day is possibly the best thing to do. Exercise raises the levels of certain neurotransmitters needed for concentration but only for a short period (2-4 hours). Taking regular breaks and running up and down a flight of stairs a few times may give you the boost needed.

Other than that, following a healthy diet higher in protein than carbs will also help; get plenty of sleep and avoid stimulants such as coffee and cigarettes (they stimulate short term memory but not in a healthy way). Supplementing with omegas is also a good way to increase concentration.

Good luck,

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Posted by: Lola | 2011/09/01

Just cause it''s simple doesn''t mean it''s not super helpufl.

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