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July 14, 2019 at 3:59 pm in reply to: Dementia or ADD (An "older fella's question as I'm 68) #122347
The three things overlapping: ADHD, specific math LD, and normal increase in memory problems with aging. In my experience ADHD acts like an amplifier. ADHD amplifies symptoms of other problems like anxiety or memory problems.
The medication for ADHD is an important part of an effective intervention plan. It sounds like you were not taking the medication regularly.July 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm in reply to: Dementia or ADD (An "older fella's question as I'm 68) #122346
Hello Kangkun. Yes memory issues do increase commonly as people age. Most often this is not dementia but normal increase in memory problems. It’s really a question of severity. Have the memory problems and distract ability gotten so much worse that they are getting in the way to f accomplishing everyday tasks of daily living. Are they interfering with your functioning. If they are you should probably see a specialist who has experience with ADHD and aging (including dementia). It might be tricky finding such a specialist.
I couldn’t help but wonder about your history of math problems? Do these struggles with math go back into the elementary and high school grades. Possibly you have an underlying specific learning disability as well. If so then you’ve got three things going on that are overlapping.
Dr Michael Lyons started the Center for Integrative Medicine in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Dr Michael Lyons MD wrote a book called healing the hyperactive brain. In that book he talks a lot about the use of natural supplements to treat ADHD. He recommended the use of ginkgo biloba, Canadian ginseng and essential fatty acids. He recommended dosages in the book – I can’t recall and I lost my copy of the book. He didn’t recommend a product that combined all three. He spoke of buying all three seperately . They seem to be products that are commonly carried in better health food stores. He had used the combination with patients and found it to be helpful. Some people were able to come off the stimulant medication totally and others reduced the medication.