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Old 06-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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I'm New and desprate for enlightment

( sorry this is my first time writing in a forum so sorry if its a little out of topic.)
Hello I'm a fashion design student i have been interested in fashion since i as 15 and i have been diagnosed with ADD since I was 8 years old. I have been severely depressed for 3 months now and actually most of my life. but these passed months have been very stressful to the point i want to quit my career in fashion and just go with a normal boring job. I feel lately i have just been losing interest in everything i used to love playing RPG video games and i used to love painting and playing music I used to take classes for all this i took painting for like 3 years and guitar for almost 4 years and i had a fashion and sewing class for almost 4 years too. I have already forgotten my guitar lessons and right now im goin to the art institute studying fashion. I'm actually not doing so well even though i have taken fashion classes and an extra classes that evolve with the classes i'm taking now so that i can prepare myself to do better when i got to the art institute well... ever since i have started it has been a real struggle for my sewing and pattern making. Especially the pattern making. The teacher she would tell me directions in how to make a pattern and i'll have to ask again again or ill ask another student beside me until they do it for me. Pattern making evolves alot of simple math and spatial skills which i do not have. The students in my class look at me like i'm retarded and i just tell them flat out i have ADD. Which is embarrassing. Plus my teacher does not believe in ADD or mental disorders when i gave her my disabilities paper she told me that she doesnt need it and who told me that i was slow? She is very nice and she believe in me but i know for a fact i am slower than the other girls in my class. Also I have been struggling with my English and grammar as it probably already shows as im typing this thing now. My boyfriend says its because my mother is Hispanic and she doesn't speak well English. and that's very frustrating too because i have read lots of books and done lots of reading and grammar tutoring to help fix my grammar but i always forget. I always forget everything even the things i supposedly love i try to enlighten myself with knowledge of fashion or something but i always forget. everyday i admire those people who can sing create clothes and play an instrument and are good in math and english all the same time and i wonder why can i do those things? I have taken lessons in photography,Guitar,singing,piano,sewing, graphic design,and pattern making and i have forgotten all its not fair i know so many people who are good at so many things and i always just sit in the distance admiring them and i know i'm supposed to get up and practice and practice but i'm always so exhausted its like every morning my body just wants shuts down on me. I wish i can get more energy to wake up every morning. I was also diagnose with Chronic depression but i feel this shouldnt stop me i know people that are going to harder times than i am and are being very successful so what is what wrong with me? Perhaps its because i look around me and i see all these talented people around me that know so much and are so smart and then i look at myself and i'm like who am i to go through this? I work so hard and then i forget almost everything i mean i guess its good that i went 1 year in my school so far with not much help from other people so thats good. But then still its not enough.


If you do not want to read my problem and just want to help me find a good medication for me just read here
Anyway i'm looking for a natural medication thats good for concentration and alertness and to help me not day dream or I'm really struggling with lectures i tend to doze off even if i look at the person talking and i'm horrible at reading steps on books i never use my books unless they have pictures. Also if there is any therapy i can go to for my ADD that would be great. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience....

 
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:30 AM   #2
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Re: I'm New and desprate for enlightment

With the loss of interest in activities you love, along with stress, and your feelings of distress, I recommend you go to the Counseling/Medical services of your college to determine if you have depression. They can help you balance what you need to include help for ADD. If your school does not have a Counseling group, go to your guidance counseler. There are people available to help you.

 
Old 06-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #3
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I couldn't agree more with frontier, kutsuu you need to get some counselling to help you through this rough patch. As for natural methods to keep your focus, counselling can help a great deal by teaching you coping skills and organization methods (organization is VERY important for an ADDer). I've never heard of a natural dietary supplement that can help though. Depression is a very real and very dangerous condition to not have treated. ADD causes the depression (and anxiety), and the depression is likely responsible for the remainder of your issues, and it CAN be treated successfully.

Good luck kutsuu and I hope we were able to help guide you to a better place.

 
Old 06-10-2012, 12:26 AM   #4
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Re: I'm New and desprate for enlightment

Your english is more than good enough. Now is the time to take care of your emotional and mental health. Don't get lost in your mind...seek therapy. Then, see if you can get someone to assess your basic math skills. Don't worry about any visual/spatial learning insecurities.

So, take care of the depression and ADD. Then, find a good math tutor.

 
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So my first question for you is what do you think is missing in your life that drives you to keep moving on to new things? It seems like you are trying to fill a hole in your life. My next question is, do you believe that there is a purpose to this life? Do you believe there is a higher being that we will all answer to after this life?

I have to ask these things because I see so many young people these days in your position. My first recommendation would be for you to take a step back and figure out the answers to those questions I asked.

Since most people would find that advice too old fashioned, then consider what your diet is like, how much sleep do you get, and how much exercise do you get each week?

Keeping your diet under control is crucial in keeping ADD symptoms in check. Cut processed foods out completely, if you can, and if you can't, at least minimize them. Add in as many whole grains, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables as possible. Drink a ton of water, and cut out sodas, juices, and pretty much everything that isn't water. Cut out fatty and fried foods. Cut out the white foods (white bread, white rice, potatoes....). Read all of your labels! Avoid artificial dyes like the plague!!

Do your best to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night, but really, 8 is better. Less sleep equals way worse ADD symptoms.

Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise three days a week.... Do more if you can. Exercise doesn't have to be anything complicated, just a brisk walk outside will do. If you can get out in the sunshine, do it (just don't overdo and get sunburned!). Sunshine is great for treating depression and ADD.

Also, it seems like you are still pretty young (19,21-ish?), and hormones can go nuts from about 18-23ish (really, it can happen at any age, but it's fairly common during those years). You might think about having your hormone levels checked. Hormones can seriously affect ADD symptoms and make them worse.

Hope something here could help!

 
Old 06-10-2012, 09:44 PM   #6
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( sorry this is my first time writing in a forum so sorry if its a little out of topic.)
Hello I'm a fashion design student i have been interested in fashion since i as 15 and i have been diagnosed with ADD since I was 8 years old. I have been severely depressed for 3 months now and actually most of my life. but these passed months have been very stressful to the point i want to quit my career in fashion and just go with a normal boring job. I feel lately i have just been losing interest in everything i used to love playing RPG video games and i used to love painting and playing music I used to take classes for all this i took painting for like 3 years and guitar for almost 4 years and i had a fashion and sewing class for almost 4 years too. I have already forgotten my guitar lessons and right now im goin to the art institute studying fashion. I'm actually not doing so well even though i have taken fashion classes and an extra classes that evolve with the classes i'm taking now so that i can prepare myself to do better when i got to the art institute well... ever since i have started it has been a real struggle for my sewing and pattern making. Especially the pattern making. The teacher she would tell me directions in how to make a pattern and i'll have to ask again again or ill ask another student beside me until they do it for me. Pattern making evolves alot of simple math and spatial skills which i do not have. The students in my class look at me like i'm retarded and i just tell them flat out i have ADD. Which is embarrassing. Plus my teacher does not believe in ADD or mental disorders when i gave her my disabilities paper she told me that she doesnt need it and who told me that i was slow? She is very nice and she believe in me but i know for a fact i am slower than the other girls in my class. Also I have been struggling with my English and grammar as it probably already shows as im typing this thing now. My boyfriend says its because my mother is Hispanic and she doesn't speak well English. and that's very frustrating too because i have read lots of books and done lots of reading and grammar tutoring to help fix my grammar but i always forget. I always forget everything even the things i supposedly love i try to enlighten myself with knowledge of fashion or something but i always forget. everyday i admire those people who can sing create clothes and play an instrument and are good in math and english all the same time and i wonder why can i do those things? I have taken lessons in photography,Guitar,singing,piano,sewing, graphic design,and pattern making and i have forgotten all its not fair i know so many people who are good at so many things and i always just sit in the distance admiring them and i know i'm supposed to get up and practice and practice but i'm always so exhausted its like every morning my body just wants shuts down on me. I wish i can get more energy to wake up every morning. I was also diagnose with Chronic depression but i feel this shouldnt stop me i know people that are going to harder times than i am and are being very successful so what is what wrong with me? Perhaps its because i look around me and i see all these talented people around me that know so much and are so smart and then i look at myself and i'm like who am i to go through this? I work so hard and then i forget almost everything i mean i guess its good that i went 1 year in my school so far with not much help from other people so thats good. But then still its not enough.


If you do not want to read my problem and just want to help me find a good medication for me just read here
Anyway i'm looking for a natural medication thats good for concentration and alertness and to help me not day dream or I'm really struggling with lectures i tend to doze off even if i look at the person talking and i'm horrible at reading steps on books i never use my books unless they have pictures. Also if there is any therapy i can go to for my ADD that would be great. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience....

 
Old 06-10-2012, 09:47 PM   #7
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I'm curious kutsuu, who diagnosed your ADD?

 
Old 06-11-2012, 06:45 AM   #8
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How long have you experienced ADD.

 
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