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Besides the traditional, conventional medication for this challenge, there are some alternative medicines that some researchers believe are beneficial to assisting in managing ADD/ADHD symptoms, such as, but not limited to Fish Oil with Omega 3-6-9. One of the complaints, however, related to the Fish Oil is burping up taste of the capsule. This can be eliminated either by purchasing burpless brand or keeping the Fish Oil in the freezer, elminating the burping of fish oil taste without loosing efficacy. Another alternatve substance being looked at for ADHD is Grape Seed Extract. However, before trying any of these alternatives, speak to your healthcare provider, as even though these are considered alternative treatments, they definitely interact with conventional prescriptive medications. Hope this helps, clm
I have ADHD as well, and wasn't diagnosed until a few years ago as an adult. It was a really shocking diagnosis, because I had been treated for depression/anxiety since I was 17. Now on Adderall, things have improved a lot for me. However, until I was correctly diagnosed and got the dosing of my prescription tweaked, I had to figure out other ways to get myself to do the things that "normal" people do: sit still, pay attention, remember things... lol
I became a Post-It note junkie - had a pad of them with me everywhere! Any time I thought of something that I needed to remember, I quickly jotted it on a Post-It and stuck it up on the wall, on my dashboard, on my computer, the refrigerator, EVERYWHERE! While it looked kinda silly, it did help me to remember things a lot better.
I also bought a micro-cassette recorder (they make digital ones now!) and had that with me in my bag everywhere I went. At night, when my mind seemed to be the most active sometimes, I'd have it by my bed so I could grab it quickly and record a quick reminder without having to turn on lights and wake myself up even more than I already was.
I talked to people I knew and trusted about being ADHD. I asked them to help me with the social symptoms I had - talking excessively and way too fast, interrupting, spacing out when someone else was talking, etc. I told them that if they saw me zoning out, they were to say my name to get me back in the conversation. If I was talking too much, I asked them to politely touch my arm or knee to give me the hint to slow down and let someone else speak.
I took up jogging. I never was a runner in high school, or when I first started college. But I figured, with all the extra energy I had, I may as well do something. Incidentally, I got a golden retreiver puppy a week or two before my diagnosis, and she loves running in the woods! So I'd take her out to some trails nearby and we'd run them together. I found that while I ran, my mind could clear somewhat and I could focus more afterwards. I'm up to five or six miles a time, in great shape, and have bonded really well with an awesome running partner! =)
Perhaps the biggest help was learning that it's a medical disorder that MANY people have, and a lot of these people are successful, intelligent, and unashamed. Just like any other 'illness', it can be lived with when you figure out what works for you.
Good luck, and remember - You're not alone!!
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