andrewk

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  • in reply to: Anyone try kava for adhd? #122322

    andrewk
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    Its interesting Kava has helped you with focus. I have read its good for sleep by dropping anxiety. I have a Kava plant growing at the moment which I was planning to try for sleep. I take Quetiapine each night but am wanting to stop using it.

  • in reply to: What are meds supposed to feel like? Also, pms? #75141

    andrewk
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    I am a recently diagnosed 40-year-old male. I too have Ritalin and have been taking it for three months now. I started looking into my learning behaviour as I decided to change career and head to University, I found it really hard to maintain focus and knew something was wrong, I have inattentive ADHD, Ritalin helps keep me focused. I noticed when I first started taking Ritalin I got a great deal of euphoria which made me feel much better about life and I was able to sit for long periods of time and focus on tasks. That wore off after 8 weeks, I also found that after a miserable nights sleep Ritalin really doesn’t do much for me, the more rested I am, the less I need. My sleep quality improved and headaches stopped initially but have gone back to normal now. From the medical advice I was given, there is no problem with me stopping Ritalin, I was told I could take it as I needed it (up to 70mg per day). If you are a poor sleeper it might be worth looking into that, then trying Ritalin after a good nights sleep. I am listening to a webinar at the moment on this site about ADHD and sleeping better.

  • in reply to: Can ADD get this bad? #122323

    andrewk
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    I understand exactly your issues only too well. I started a bachelors degree at 39 years old because I was wanted a change from working in hospitality. My university noticed something wasn’t quite right with my learning, so suggested I investigate further. I found out I had ADD at 40. I finished my degree last week; I turn 43 next month.

    ADD makes us better; we have to work so much harder than neurotypicals, it gives us a stronger character.

    I get what you mean about focus and reading the order dockets. Most days I really find it hard to retain information that I’ve just read. Some days are much better than others. I have found sleep to be a major influence on retention and mood. I have started a gluten elimination diet, which does help with my retention when I stick to it. I’m trying this because my mother is a celiac, and so is my brother, so I thought it worth a try.

    When you say you struggle with basic tasks, and people get frustrated with you, try to tell yourself that there is no correlation between intelligence and ADD. We have to work harder to fit in in a neurotypical world, and we are playing by rules not setup for us. There is a good chance you’re probably not interested in the task they are asking you to do, which will make it almost impossible for inattentive add types. Our brain activity slows down when we try to do tasks that don’t interest us (I’m inattentive), and it’s like a constant battle.

    I’m reading “Change your brain, change your life” at the moment and am finding it very interesting, with lots of suggestions to help us out.

    I hope this helps, but remember your not alone!

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