Originally Posted by wolfgang
Neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman talks about the fraud of ADHD and the poisoning of U.S. children
See if you can eat better first.
Take up something like learning to sing or play an intrument, or group dancing or tai chi/yoga. Something that would require you to focus and the group will carry the focus some too.
Or go to a classical concert and really listen to the whole piece of music, as much as you can. When you listen see if you can hear the sound of the music in your head - follow the sound as it were.
Or just find a live band in a local club and bust a move to a couple songs. That would traing you to stay focused for the length of one song, of you grove out to it the whole way through and sometimes the loudness of a rock band is something that will demand your attention so you won't be able to wander.
You should definitely try changing your diet first! Even if you still do need meds, there's a chance you can do with a lower dosage. I tried it, but no effect. Then again, I do have 'real' ADHD, as opposed to many people who are just allergic to certain chemicals or were just poorly raised (every kid will get unruly if you let it get away with everything). ADHD should not be diagnosed by just a doctor: you should be tested by more than one psychiatrist and a neurologist.
I hate it when people are diagnosed with AHDH so easily: it will make those of us who actually suffer from it be taken less seriously. If you truly have AHDH, miracle diets will not cure you. Some may help a bit, but they don't make it go away. ADHD is a nightmare, and without ritalin, I would have killed myself long ago, because I could never be myself and live up to my full potential. An uncle of mine actually took his own life because of this: after a life of struggle, he was finally diagnosed with AHDH at age 50 (it's genetic) and treated with ritalin. Once he found out what he had been missing all his life, especially his childhood, the sense of loss was too much for him to bear.
It is no surprise to me that 1 out of 4 alcoholists have ADHD and are not being treated for it. They just try to find peace and relief in their heads in other ways. I can't say I blame them.
Not saying that ritalin and other drugs will work for everyone, but I do encourage those with ADHD to give it a try. You can always quit as they are not addictive, unless you start taking it in ridiculous ammounts.