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A blog about the daily struggles with adhd
sammers2121 posted:
Hey everyone! My name is Samantha and my son struggles with ADHD. Because of problems with side effects from the meds, my son had to stop taking them and we had to find natural treatments. We found one that does help some ( just a regular omega supplement), but not as well as the meds. I started a blog about our day to day struggles. I don't know if it will help anyone or not. By reading it, maybe you will see something similar in your children that my son is going through. Maybe, you will have some pointers for me to help my son. I don't really know. I started the blog to keep a diary of the day to day struggles we go through and maybe with (some luck) we'll find something that works and will help others also.
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delsol2 responded:

We have a friend who has a child that went on a strict diet
(gluten free) and has been able to control his
ADD symptoms into adulthood.

I was recently diagnosed with adult ADD and some of my
past behavior is now put into perspective. I take 5mg of
aderall xr 2 times a day. Even at the lowest dose it helps
me focus.

I wish you the very best.
dazenconfuzed responded:
I'm not sure if I can reply to this being that I am an adult struggling with ADHD plus anxiety/panic disorder. I was never treated as a child because I never showed the hyperactive part, which made it way more difficult to deal with now as an adult. I have been on Vyvanse 70mg for 8 months already, which use to last all day, but for only 3 months. Then my Dr. trialed me on Ritalin, Adderal, Strattera, etc.....for the afternoon cause the Vyvanse started wearing off my noon. Right now, I am taking Focalin10mg in afternoon and am still having problems. I have been feeling more confused, lost, less focused and very anxious. Either way, I have tried all typed of natural remedies and I still cant find one that will help me. What type of omega supplement is it that you are giving your son? Also, what helped somewhat, but I dont know if children can take it is Neuro-Ps Phosphatidylserine 200 mg. Hope this helps and please let me know on the natural supplement you are using. I am up to trying anything natural to help me feel somewhat normal.
mattthecat replied to dazenconfuzed's response:
I am an adult with ADD the medicines you listed above wore of two quickly for me two I have found that Ritalin the old stand by seems to last longer and can carry me through the day. i do not know any thing about the supplements though. I don't Know if i was very helpful and I do wish all the luck in the world in your pursuit to chase down a treatment that works. one warning though when you start off roading from mainstream medicine and start seeking alternative medicine cures you should do a lot of research and be-careful because there are just as many scams as there are things that might potentially help you. Good luck.
adultaddandme replied to dazenconfuzed's response:
People tend to use too many variants and too many pills in one day? Ritalin SR is a slow release medication that allows you to focus for a good day's work/activity. There is also Concerta, of which there is a variant that is slow release - I use this and I seem to only slow down at about 4 or 5pm.
woundup3 replied to dazenconfuzed's response:
I am an adult too with ADHD and I was on the 140mg of Vyvanse and it would also wear off so he added 20mg of Adderall in the afternoon cause I have a job where you may work anywhere from 9-13 hours and I needed it to continue working. Something still wasn't right so my doctor added Intuniv with the Vyvanse in the morning and worked me up to the 4mg and it did wonders, and the bonus was that I could actually sleep at night. I had been on that combination for almost 2 years and it seemed to stop working I'm on Daytrana & Intuniv now and I am still struggling. I have a doc appt soon to hopefully figure out something, I don't know if this will help you. I was starting to have the anger/rage more and more so we ended up switching meds starting over again I guess. Good luck
An_247903 responded:
I have was diagnosed with ADHD as a young child (back then it was just ADD), but back the medications were too new and ADD was still a new disability.

However when was in High School my doctor was concerned about the side effects of stimulants and my other medical problems so he decided to administer Nortriptyline, an anti-depressant. Over time the effectiveness wore down so we adjusted to new meds and we adjusted the strength or medications accordingly.

I diary is very helpful. I tried to do one when I first started the medication, but even with the meds I found it too difficult to keep up to date, so my mother did one for what she noticed. It allowed me to see myself the way others see me. This gave me ques to the effectiveness of my medications.

I am now an adult with ADHD and is still medicated, but now with a stimulant since as I matured and grew a lot of the negative side effects were less of an issue.

I just finished an adjustment of my medications and I discussed natural supplements and options with my doctor as a replacement or a suppliment to my meds. She agreed that it could help, but she also said to check with her before starting or stopping the natural options. The reason is some of them act similar to medications and can correct imbalances in the brain that cause ADHD or other issues, but they can create another imbalance. The same goes prescribed medications, but there has been more studies and background on these prescribed medications.

I know the side effects can be hard to adjust to at first. Being a teenager in High School on Anti-Depression meds wasn't fun, but for the first time I was able to sit in a chair and prove to my school faculty that I am a good student, not a clown, and I am here to learn.

Good Luck!

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