Many adults suffer from unbearably short attention spans. The epidemic of children with ADHD and ADD and treatment options for those through the teenage years has been much in the news. However, treating adults for these challenging conditions is an under-addressed area of medical focus.
Children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder have been treated with Ritalin for years, with many unfortunate side effects. Historically, adults who were bright but couldn’t focus in the same way most adults focused and interacted were labeled “eccentric” and “difficult to work with.” However, they were not diagnosed and they weren’t given Ritalin.
Such adults are usually very good at some things, but other people often can’t figure out what they’re doing. It’s often a relief for such people who “just never fit in” to finally come to understand that they have ADHD or ADD.
What are the signs of Adult ADD? For one thing, the person may rarely remember obligations and appointments. Sitting down for a long time may be exceedingly difficult for them and they may squirm and fidget. Sometimes they can’t stop tapping their feet and hands. They may feel compelled to do things and be overly active.
Additionally, they may delay or avoid starting a task that requires a great deal of thought. They often have trouble finishing the last few details of projects, doing the initial difficult parts of the project just fine, but leave it hanging at the end. They have difficulty with tasks that need organizational skills.
Interestingly enough, nobody knows what Ritalin and similar drugs actually do to the human brain over time. However, multinational drug syndicates work hard at convincing doctors that they’re the magic bullet; hoping doctors will prescribe them for children. Now adults are starting to request them of doctors. Studies have shown that Ritalin, either injected or inhaled, is more addictive than cocaine. It is widely prescribed for children because there seems to be no alternative for some children struggling in school.
The drug industry now sees that they have missed a huge segment of the population to market these drugs to. There are lots more profits to be had if doctors diagnose adults with ADD and ADHD. They see the huge opportunity in focusing advertising dollars on adults who’ve had trouble concentrating all their lives. It’s the lure of a cure.
How does Ritalin really work? No one really knows for sure. It is known that the brain is permanently altered by this powerful drug.
Although there is currently no known cause for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there are many who claim that symptoms can be triggered by diet. Many professionals recommend restricting the diet of a child or even an adult who suffers from ADHD. This is done in hopes of finding a trigger factor, which can make many of the symptoms of ADHD worse. Examples of this involve eliminating or limiting a child’s consumption of sugar, chocolate, dairy products, and juices. If you notice a decrease in ADHD related symptoms when one specific item has been eliminated from the diet, such as chocolate, continuing limiting exposure.
There are some interesting alternatives to prescription drugs becoming available. One is an “integrated nutritional approach” with a suggested food protocol for nutritional supplementation by Dr. Nigel Plummer who has written an informative monograph called “Intestinal Effects on Autism and ADHD for a Novel Probiotic Approach.”
Another is the DORE method which uses “special eye, balance and sensory activities customized for each individual.” It teaches individually prescribed exercises that can be done at home in 5-10 minutes. These exercises “stimulate the brain, building connections that allow children and adults to process information more efficiently.”
For a simple alternative, L-Theanine (an amino acid) seems to help focus the mind on one thing at one time, greatly helping with concentration. L-Theanine is available at most health food stores as well as any of the major vitamin websites. It comes in both capsules and powder form. Dosage is 100 to 300 mg. as needed for an 8 hour period.
It takes some investigation, but there are some alternatives to suffering from adult ADD and ADHD. This is hopeful news for those who have always felt “different” and who have struggled with being able to hold jobs all their adult lives.
When following these treatments to control ADHD, be sure to adhere strictly to the
guidelines prescribed by your doctor for each one.