ADHD Part V

Based on the strange things my old computer would do when not online, I knew that when I could coax his worthlessness to actually connect to the rest of the world, that he undoubtedly would be seeking out the strange and obscure nether regions of the internet- just to be among his own. Come to find out, strange and obscure is just what comes up when looking for natural ways to treat ADHD. After doing some research with a computer I trust far more than my old R2 unit- I have found more or less the same things. Lots of conspiracy, very little credible science, mixed generously with lots of hearsay, anecdotal evidence, and fantastic claims.

So, although, there may be something real in all of that somewhere, it has yet to present itself in a believable format. For example, bombarding me with the credentials of whatever doctor or scientist behind whatever product is being pushed does not quite do it for me. A little research on many of them will reveal all sorts of interesting facts that should call into question, if not the science itself, the moral fiber of said individuals. Don’t take my word for it- go research it all yourself and see what you come up with. If you do happen to find someone with a credible treatment, lemme know.

Okay, so I think I touched on this briefly in my last post, but I’m not sure the horse is dead yet- so I’m gonna hit it again. I really have nothing against treating ADHD in any way that works for you. It is a deeply personal decision, and one not to be taken lightly. If you find something that you believe may work, give it a shot. As for me- I wanted to know exactly what I was getting myself into, and I really questioned the all of the claims made by “naturalists”. Not because they are “naturalists” but because there is no consistency with any of those claims. And they all seemed so fantastic! I can bore you with examples if you want… just let me know… although; you can find the same info I did with a simple search.

Once I was satisfied, or rather unsatisfied with my searches, I began looking at institutionalized medicine. I’ll be honest; I was a little disappointed to find more information than I could ever digest about all kinds of treatments. I have always been a little skeptical of the medical and pharmaceutical industries, so to find so much information about them- good and bad- was kind of a bummer because I was hoping for some more fantastic claims to dismiss so that I could justify going untreated. However, the drugs used to treat ADHD have been around for a long time, with tons of research having been done on them. I read many of the studies.

Armed with that information, I began my search for a doctor to prescribe me a prescription. I will go into that in the next post, but first let me say that a few months ago I was introduced to “oils”, and… I’m intrigued.

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8 responses to “ADHD Part V

  1. Ah, yes. The oils. I have tried them with my children with ADD with limited results. It seems to help their little minds absorb more information while its flitting about. And my daughter can actually sit and get her homework done as long as its relatively quiet and distractions are kept to a minimum. Homework usually takes HOURS. Those fishy little oils do help, but they don’t solve the problem, and they smell –well– fishy. My husband drinks a lot of caffeine, and says it helps him. I’ll say it does……short term. Just some info for you. Hope it’s helpful.

    • incoherently

      Please excuse my ignorance- I can’t remember if this is a brand name, or type of oil- but I have a friend who introduced me to “essential oils”. I have seen them do some pretty magical stuff- I have just never tried treating ADHD with them- but I want to give it a go. Caffeine works with me too, but I need a lot for it to do anything.

  2. I go back and forth on this one. On one hand I think we over medicate people especially kid. On the other hand, I know that sometimes it is the best option.

    • incoherently

      Me too. They have worked miracles in my life- but it took a long time and lots of research before I really felt comfortable taking one. My kids show some ADHD tendencies and… The jury is still out. I wish I had been diagnosed as a kid ’cause I think school would have been so much more enjoyable had I been able to focus long enough to get my work done during class- I missed so many recesses! I knew I was one of the smartest kids in the class- but I spent most of my time with the “trouble makers” who couldn’t get their work done either.

      Sometimes, it simply comes down to quality of life.

  3. I’ve been reading what Brain Balance – http://brainbalancecenters.com – has to say about ADHD and changing the brain through targeted exercises and practice to improve communication between the two sides of the brain. Their site is worth a read. It’s a brain-based intervention, not drug-based, so I think that counts as a natural alternative. 🙂

  4. Sabina

    Hey Dane,
    Love your blog. Good for you – you are doing it! 🙂 I remember you telling me about toying with the blog idea a couple summers ago. You have a great talent for writing!
    I have had some experience with ADHD and would love to share it w/ you over email (to protect the innocent) if you’d like. Just let me know.
    I hope you guys are doing great! Love you and miss you-
    Bina

    • incoherently

      Thank you!

      I would love to hear your story… One of the fun things about writing about ADHD is hearing about the experiences others have had. Part of my intent has been to create awareness, and people have been coming out of the wood work telling me how much my story sounds like theirs- or someone they love.

      I’ll be in touch- we need to catch up on more than just ADHD!

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