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Old 06-24-2019, 04:05 PM   #1
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Hi. I have been diagnosed with ADHD-PI. I hadn't even considered the possibility to have it, since I believed I was just a distracted person. Since I was a child adults often accused me of daydreaming or not listening when they were talking directly to me. I never had patience and couldn't concentrate for long periods of time on things (except for the ones I particularly enjoy, like reading). Furthermore I always got excited of new activities, only to lose my interest shortly after and dropping them. I thought that everyone suffering from ADHD had also hyperactivity, but I found out it's not like that.

I have abused drugs in the past and anyway stimulants would give me anxiety so I'm not gonna take meds. Do you have any advice on coping with it without meds? For example I find excercize and meditation helpful.

Now I am in university and can't do hard exams very well (until high school I had good results studying less than 1 hour during the day. Things were easy to remember for me so my lack of concentration wasn't a problem).

In your opinion does ADHD influence also a person's experience of emotions? In which way?


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I know you say you abused drugs in the past but I just wanted to let you know that medication treatment for adhd lowers the risk for substance abuse issues. People that are treated with meds are less likely to have issues with addiction. You say that stimulants would give you anxiety. Is that from personal experience or just your assumption?
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I know you say you abused drugs in the past but I just wanted to let you know that medication treatment for adhd lowers the risk for substance abuse issues. People that are treated with meds are less likely to have issues with addiction. You say that stimulants would give you anxiety. Is that from personal experience or just your assumption?
It is from experience, because dopaminergic drugs give me anxiety, even coffee does, and they make my thought process more scattered because I am not used to the feeling. Furthermore I personally believe that amphetamines are dangerous even when taken as meds, because of their high toxicity.
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This is going to sound weird, but high quality omega 3 fish oil and nicotine in the form of a patch or gum has been shown to help. ( Not smoking cigarettes !!)
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There's people that have been on methylphenidate for 30-40 years. Some people that have been on amphetamines for 20-30 years. Their cognition is still functional as normal. The toxicity of stimulants are so low that certain diet can cause worse damage and depends on peoples genes. I know the brain starts to degrade at age 20.

I take one Vyvanse every morning and I've abused drugs in the past because I was curious. I take the odd shroom every now and then but I haven't been high in a long time. I need the vyvanse for focus but I also have severe chronic fatigue syndrome and stimulants seem to be the only things that help.

Some things other than medications that can help would be of course exercise and meditation but also training the mind to do whatever you want it to do. Something that inspires you or something that you actually want to do which will allow the brain to mold. The brain is very adaptive and if you just sit and watch tv all day or something like that, that's what the brain is good at. There's neuroplasticity and neurogenesis involved so the brain builds new connections and neurons to the things that you push yourself to do and it only gets easier. Change is good but also hard.

Make a schedule and try to stick to something enjoyable instead of doing 50 different things at once.

Supplements like fish oil or nootropics can help.

You also need to have a spiritual mindset to find the things that motivate you. There's a way for everything, you just need to find it.
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