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September 27, 2018 at 12:35 am in reply to: How do you "direct" your focus to the "right" target? #100210
Just willpower. Stimulants make me find myself paying excessive amounts of attention to anything on digital screens. Also, with stimulants, everything outside in the environment is suddenly amusing to me and super interesting like the squirrel on the tree branches or the random car/person walking by I honestly have given up trying to find an ADHD remedy and that has made me incredibly happy. Giving up was the answer for me 🙂September 27, 2018 at 12:33 am in reply to: Why does Hydrocodone Help my ADHD, and Adderall XR does not? #100209
Endorphins help a lot of people focus. Pain meds boost endorphins. Question solved! Have a great day! 🙂
Oh god, I have some horrific memories with Luvox. I do agree with you though but I’ve actually tried every SSRI that is available in the United States. Zoloft is definitely the only SSRI I honestly like.
Hey thanks for the reply, caitlin. I appreciate your words and ability to relate to me with respect to your son! It is very hard and never is something that I’ve been able to manage 100%. It is definitely a chronic medical condition and is only manageable for most people versus cureable however some have made claims they’ve cured theirs. I don’t believe it ever is cured, but simply is just a spectrum of severity from very bad to very mild.
You chose the right guy to come and see your post! My dad and I talk to ourselves all the time and my mom and brother used to think we were crazy. The “head talk” is often just the non-verbal way of kind of hiding the self-talk to avoid embarrassment. It is more common than you might think.
For example, do you talk to yourself when you’re pooping/peeing/brushing your teeth/taking a shower/walking alone by yourself/when playing video games, etc.? Those are times I often self-talk. It might even be as subtle as a whisper, or even no noise at all. How about when you exercise (if you do) and any other times you may be alone?
You’re NOT CRAZY and it is just the impulsive side of your brain trying to keep you amused when you have less stimulation to keep your brain up to speed.
It is very similar to why people are hyperactive when they feel more tired or less mentally “aroused” because the electrical speed of the brain waves slow down and the natural tendency is to want to bring those “back to normal,” or whatever normal is for us ADHD folks.
ADHD brains tend to run slower in neuronal conduction speed, so it is beneficial to keep your brain stimulated even during times of great boredom or while doing activities that are not interesting/exciting. Talking to people is even a way to get some stimulation going because you get a response from others, (or maybe not), but still hearing yourself talk is like talking to someone which is stimulating and thus part of ADHD 🙂
I also use daydreaming as a means of relaxation. I was told to do that years ago by a man in a hospital whom I was with (without going into further detail of why I was there), but he mentioned to fixate on a spot in the room you’re in, and hyperfocus/hyperfixate your mental energy on that spot until you feel your mind wandering away, but to continually resist any and all temptations to move your attention away from the spot in the room for at least 10-15 minutes. I find myself naturally doing this, and I have not really had to “force” myself to do this for some time because I innately find myself doing sort of a similar thing already, but I’ve always found that technique to be useful for me (especially at bedtime).
Most certainly that plays a role in being depressed for me. I think you are absolutely correct on that.
I could not agree more. I do find sleeping extremely boring. I’m drawn to excitement, stimulation, rushes, thrills, adventure, etc. I relate to your post on so many levels. I would absolutely love to talk to you more if you’d like to PM me. I ask all those I believe I relate to well to PM me so we can chat more and share experiences/thoughts/ideas/etc. I’d truly love to speak to you further. Thanks so much for your reply and time! – JAKE
I am positively overwhelmed by all the kind + considerate replies I’ve gotten. Never before have I seen such a supportive ADHD community that actively cares and takes the time to write personalized responses to such great depths. I truly appreciate all of you and your advice/tips/comments/ideas/suggestions/etc. no matter how big or small they may be. I am extremely grateful for you all.
I’ve heard of the blue light screens thing. I totally suck at avoiding devices. I look at them until the second I go to bed. It’s so habitual, that I constantly have to tell myself to put the device(s) down, but I always seem to fall victim to using the device, but with the brightness as low as I can have it so that I can still see and use the device.
Wow! Please PM me. I have had so many similar experiences to what you’ve described. I’d love to talk to you more! Your past history sounds like a mirror image of mine!
25-75 mg of Dextroamphetamine (generic Dex) you mean? Dang, that’s a lot of stimulant man to get my doctor to agree with. That may be helpful for me, but I am almost certain there’s no way I would ever sleep on 100 mg or more, but I’m sure it would be helpful if I needed a lot of prolonged focus and attention on certain days. Are there doctors that have really prescribed 100-200 mg of Dextroamphetamine/Dexedrine (generic or brand name)? Dang!
Cool, we’ve both been on a lot of similar medicines. However, I’ve been on 31 which I doubt many people have tried even close to that many 🙂 I have issues sleeping with Zoloft, too. It’s a more “potent” SSRI, but I like it because it does have some slight dopamine agonist properties, which is why I feel many ADHD’ers tend to gravitate towards Zoloft.
I struggle to keep consistent exercise routines/regimens because of exercise-induced asthma. It’s always been a nagging issue for me.
I’m glad to hear Adderall helps your son. I tried the tablets. Is your son on the capsules, if I may ask? I tried the tablets and I felt unbearably nervous and anxious/tremulous/etc.