| | Re: Guinea Pig
I feel your pain, I too have been a guinea pig, tried endless amounts of drugs to no avail. I'm only 24 yrs old, and my life has spiraled out of control in many ways, but the journey back to health and balance begun a long time ago, once I realized it's a personal journey for everyone, but the key to healing from this is recognizing you are not your condition nor are you the label the medical community or people at large give you. Once you begin to see your ADHD symptoms as perfectly normal your attitude will slowly change, and you will accept that with this kind of brain chemistry comes immense gifts along with the struggles. - that's the attitude that will catapult you down the journey onto the next healing step
treatment- from a purely scientific standpoint- ADHD symptoms such as being easily distracted, erratic sleeping patterns, unpredictable mood among many others are nothing more than imbalances within your mind/body as a whole.
Every thing needs to be addressed , because all it takes is one imbalance within your system to throw everything out of whack because everything else has to overcompensate. I emphasize "everything" because it's too easy to just pop Ridalin, or some potent sedating drug. It's the quick and easy treatment, but it never can get to the root cause of your problems, all it can do is take the edge off, help regulate mood to a certain extent- but with this you also have to deal with many undesirable side effects, and this begs the question- how healthy are these pharmaceutical drugs if my body is reacting in this way? I am in no way shape or form trying to be a doctor, and I'm not anti-pharmaceutical, that being said I have personally seen, felt and experienced how much they can mess up one's life, and create the illusion that all is well, while the root cause of what were dealing with is being ignored..
I highly recommend the book, "driven to distraction" is goes into depth about how ADHD can mirror countless other conditions, and create alot of headaches in life, and goes on to show how you can treat it- although I don't agree with all of it, it has some very meaningful points in there.
I also know a few people who have benefitted immensely from cutting out stimulants like caffeine( bad news for those of us with ADHD), sugar, gluten, too much alcohol etc..) and have begun taking probiotics which help regulate the digestive tract and in the process help regulate mood/ thoughts and emotions- the reason behind this is not supernatural, science has now proven that an enormous amount of our mood directly stems from our digestive tracts which can be responsible for up to 90% of serotonin in our brains! It sounds bizarre but it is very true. This is why people who exercise and eat healthy are generally happier people
- educate yourself on ADHD and it's masks- take everything with a grain of salt, and realize most people including pharmaceutical companies have a motive- $, sometimes you have to think outside of the box and become your own doctor to fully regulate your life again.
- exercise!- Any chance you get exercise- this releases mass amounts of endorphins/dopamine etc..- feel good chemicals in the brain that help regulate thinking, create a more calm/peaceful approach to life- I could go on forever here of the benefits.. the key is those of us with ADHD have mass amounts of energy( though this can fluctuate) we need an outlet for this - exercise is paramount
clean up your diet- sugar/caffeine/ unnatural artificial stimulatants wreck havoc on our brains- create tensions, jitters, insomnia, digestive issues and many more- I know this one is challenging, but trust me if you were to really cut out these offenders, and transition to a more natural organic diet- you will be shocked out how everything else seems to fall in place..
I hope I helped, keep strong