Re: Coping methods no meds?
personally, seems you have reached the end of your "unmedicated" coping methods. I myself have been medicated since i was 5 and have only, in recent years, seen how much an affect it has had. The one thing is, I have learned unmedicated coping methods.
weird one might say, but the fact of the matter is you cant be medicated 24 hrs a day. And, when used properly, medications can be used more then just a "quick fix". What the meds can allow you to do is finally experience what a "normal brain" without ADD behaves like. And you can use this "normal brain" state to do one of two things.
1). Train your brain to adopt helpful habits when you are unmedicated.
2). Use your "normal brain" to function as a "normal person" might do.
that isnt to say that using medication doesnt have side-effects, and with all the different kinds out there having varying effects and degrees usefulness. Utimately, it is all about what you want the meds to do.
If you are finding you just want to develop better life-style habits, vyvanse or dexidrine might be helpful for a short period of time, because (for me atleast) they had the most effect of controlling my "mind & thoughts".
If you want to mitigate your condition and ADD tendencies, then adderral, srattera, or any of the others might be more helpful. The problem some people have with meds is that you become DEPENDANT on them to function cofrectly, without developing good off-med habits. And you hae meds to counteract side effects.
Also, if you find sleeping difficult, clonidine (although originally for blood pressure) I found can actually calm those "racing thought" late at nite, when used in small doses... But, I suggest only relying on it whe yo have something important in the morning that yl need to ENSURE a restful sleep, to avoid dependance or addiction.