I have constant mind chatter and constant songs repeating in my head over and over. Doctors, psychiatrists and counsellors have stopped helping me because they are frustrated cause I won't take meds and I am frustrated because they don't believe that the medications hurt more than they help. Has anyone dealt with ADHD without meds? How?
I am fortunate that I can handle ritalin and wellbutrin. I had a contraindication with celexa combined with Flexeril (bus accident 3+ yrs ago, bad pain, etc).
The "medical system" diagnosed me with ADDHD when I was 55 yrs old. Before that I exercised a lot, drank lots of coffee and tea, and pissed-off more people and myself (fidgety, under-performer, etc) than I wish to admit (I'm much better now, believe me).
One thought: have you tried marijuana? I used it thirty years ago when I started taking Methotrexate for my arthritis. It allowed my mind to change the pain so it did not hurt as much. It also calmed me (probably because I was in less pain).
My arthritic pain occasionally keeps me up at night. Have you tried reading a book, stretching, taking a nice walk, or look at the stars with a book about stars?
Try to use your imagination. Plus, have you googled on the mindless chatter? Have you joined an ADDHD support group?
If I have asked questions for which you have answers, maybe try again. I'm not trying to be nasty. It is no different that what any investigator does when he hits a blind alley, dead end, etc.
I have finally been lucky with my ADDHD. I hope my thoughts have helped you and others who read comments from this site.
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