Treatment for adults with ADD/ADHD

Adolf (not his real name) always gets into trouble at school everyday. People who knew him thought it was just a manifestation of hyperactivity or plain mischievousness in a child. He learned about his true condition when he is already in college. Doctors diagnosed him with Adult ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

Adolf tried different ADD Treatment in order to run a normal life. He had been to Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and ADD Coaches to keep him on the right track. He had been prescribed various stimulants that actually worked well. He came to a realization that a lot of people with ADD self-medicate with stimulants, most notably cocaine.

However, the stimulants left him feeling sketchy and weird. There was a time he really lost his appetite so he thought the stimulants are not a good part of a long term strategy.

Adolf looked at ADD diets that are being touted as a great solution. He said the most notable of the bunch is the Feingold Program. The Feingold Program removes the consumption of food dyes and colorings. Synthetic dyes contain harmful contaminants like lead, mercury, arsenic, and benzidine (a carcinogen or any substance that causes cancer).

He also tried the effectiveness of Neurofeedback and other alternative approaches. Neurofeedback is a long term solution that involves learning to work with ADD via feedback, either positive or negative depending on the results. Rewards/Reinforcements can be as simple as a change in pitch of a tone or as complex as a certain type of movement of a character in a video game.

Adolf said some current research has shown that certain strains of marijuana can provide focus to people with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and many people have successfully used marijuana as a replacement to other medications (such as Ritalin or Methylphenidate).

So where does Adolf now in his journey to seek the better ADD/ADHD treatment? He said he is done with meds and doctor types. He is leaning towards more organic approaches like the last two.

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