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Natural remedies for ADD/ ADHD?

By December 5, 2008 - 10:56am
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I have attention deficit disorder (ADD), and while I was just diagnosed a few years ago (as an adult), I can look back at my childhood, school years and early work years and see its patterns throughout my life.

I was surprised to learn I had ADD. I had the wrong idea of what it was. I have always been a bookworm and I can focus intently on things I'm interested in, so I would never have thought I was a candidate. But I've learned that one of the hallmarks of ADD is just that -- the ability to focus when we are interested, and an almost mammoth-like inability to focus when we are not.

I take Adderall, and it makes a huge difference. Solutions come more easily to me, I am not as distractible (though it's still a factor), and I can buckle down and finish more tasks. When I go without Adderall for a day or two (maybe a weekend), I almost feel fuzzy and Twilight-Zone-ish. So I know the drug has a powerful effect. I hate to think that I will need to take it all my life.

My question is, what can I try in terms of natural remedies to help my ADD? Are there vitamins and supplements that will "turn on" my brain chemicals more naturally than prescription medicine? I have read about some diets and some supplements, but it's very hard to know where to start.

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Thank you Diane for sharing your story and thanks to Susan for the information.

My neighbor has ADHD and has been pretty bad lately with his disease. His wife told me that he runs around the house making so much noise and banging on things. He got worse since the weather has changed. He does not take any medication for his disorder and may be open to the idea of a more natural approach.

I am going to share this information with her in hopes that it will help with her husband. Thanks for the information.

December 7, 2008 - 3:24pm
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