I think I found a way to control my ADD.
It's all about relaxing the eyes.
It's kind of hard to explain, but when I'm in a class I just can't pay attention even though I try HARD. Well that was my problem, trying to hard to concentrate. My doctor told me ADD is actually over-focusing, which means I was doing the exact opposite when trying to concentrate. I was always too focused, always forcing my sight...so what I simply do is relax my eyes until I have more or so a "genral view" of things. This way I don't analyze things so much and I'm 10 times more aware. I've found improvements in my classes, conversations, video games, whatver... Just try to unfocus, do the exact opposite of what you actually think is concentrating. Have you ever noticed that when you don't think about something you're actually better at it?
Look at a picture or some object like you usually would, then try to focus on the WHOLE room...meaning, try to have a general view of things. If you practice this, your whole life perspective will change and things will get simplier. ADDers complicate things by being TOO SPECIFIC, we analyze too much, we wonder too much, we TRY TOO HARD. Try it, you'll have a general perspective of things and your natural instincts will do the rest. I hope you actually understand what I'm saying because it's doing wonders for me. It might feel weird at first, but try to unfocus and relax your eyes...see the results.
Note - I've been suffering with ADD for 19 years and I never took any meds. I struggled with my grades at school and I can't concentrate for ****, I've always knew something was wrong...I'm always thinking too much. It's all about the eyes and perspective. Try relaxing your eyes and have this "general view" until you get used to it. In some way, relay on your other senses other than your vision.
I'd get into its philosophy:
We are sensitive because we understand things, and we are socially more vulnerable. We analyze and force our brain which makes us less aware of our environment. There is a tendency to generalize ADDers as above intelligent or smart, yet I think "wise" is the word. Our world perspective of judging and analyzing things is so big, that it enriches us with different perspectives. So yes, I think ADD has a positive side, we tend to live in our own little world so it gives us dedication to play with our creativity.
So to make it short, UNFOCUS. Relax your eyes, have a general vision, don't force your sight. Do the object example...look at it, then look at it again but this time look at the whole room AND the object.
Second note- there are different types of ADD, so if you believe me...try it first and see the results. You can over-focus all you want, but it is definitely not healthy being like that 24/7. Try to practice different perspectives uitable for your situation.
Last edited by drfeloni; 09-07-2004 at 06:25 PM.