I think it's also worth mentioning that L-Tyrosine will not take effect immediately, the way the ADD meds do. You have to take it for a couple weeks before the level can build to a therapeutic dose. Correct me if I'm wrong.View Thread
I found this video (really just audio) online, and many others like it. I decided to try it and I was shocked at the results, I felt like it worked! Is anyone familiar with this type of therapy, basically using soundwaves to treat the left, or right hemisphere in the brain? I think in the case of ADD it's the right hemisphere that needs a little love. Anyway, just curious if anyone else has experiences with it.
First, I am really sorry to hear you're in such despair. Second, I think I can provide reason for optimism. "Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out" — John Wooden Reason #1 for Optimism - ADD is very treatable with medication! That's not to say you'll be cured because you won't, but the symptoms can be minimized if not removed while the medication is in effect. The meds aren't perfect and may require trying a couple different ones until you get the one that's best for you but, take it from someone who's been dealing with this for over 10 years, the meds have the potential to turn your life around, often the first day you start taking them. So, look into medications. Reason #2 for Optimism — there are a ton of resources online and offline for people with ADD. Go to Additudemag.org and get started. Make sure not to forget the "mag" part of the web address, because with that you end up at a porn site. I discovered this the first time I went there and my kids were in the room, fortunately they were on the other side of the laptop screen! (My one criticism of this site, it looks like it was created by someone with ADD! There's stuff everywhere! Doesn't help a person with ADD) Reason #3 for Optimism — you can really help to treat the ADD symptoms by placing emphasis on sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Think about that for a minute, and think about the overall health benefits you can see as a result of discovering you have ADD. Reason #4 for Optimism — you've accomplished far more than many other people, and you've done it while dealing with a "disability""026and now you have a way to minimize or eliminate that disability. Imagine what you can accomplish if you get your ADD under control?! Take care of yourself, give yourself a free-pass for a day, and try to make one small improvement today. Start using your phone to set reminders for yourself. You've been tracking all your "negative behaviors", are you also tracking all the positive things you do? If not, do it! Start a balance sheet, if it's negatively out of balance today then congratulations, you're human! You've got a scientific problem to solve and it's called you! I hypothesize that if you can ease up on yourself a bit, get on some meds and emphasize sleep, nutrition, and exercise, that you're going to be an entirely different person. Anyway, if you were perfect then people would be annoyed by you, and you'd be annoyed by the rest of the imperfect world. Welcome aboard, and enjoy the ride.View Thread
Well, if it helps at all you perfectly described me before I started treatment, except I'm 38, and male. I'm on Vyvanse now but, when I was on Concerta I had to take 72mg to see a difference in symptoms, maybe you can add 18mg? Stress definitely makes symptoms worse, so that separation didn't help, and having young kids of course is stressful...we have 5 year old twins and a 3 1/2 yr old. I know the symptoms are beyond frustrating, and can get depressing, but you've gotta keep searching for answers. Either more Concerta, or a different med.
There's a lot of evidence that says ADD is extremely treatable with meds. I think behavior modification is the "x factor" when it comes to really overcoming ADD. The most recent tool that's helped me is to use the alarm on my phone to remind me of things to do. I use to write a note, stick it in my pocket or leave it somewhere and forget it, but I always have the phone with me and I hear the alarm. I use it constantly and it helps. Setting aside 15 minutes a day to plan or organize the day really helps too. If you're really all over the place, like me, set aside 15 mins in the morning and at night. You can use your phone to remind yourself it's planning time too I haven't had a chance to look yet, but there's a website called additudemag.com that is supposed to be really good.
Diet might help too, Omega-3's seem to be a common suggestion. I see a therapist and they said some Dr's think providing your body with OMega-3's and protein may extend the effectiveness of your meds as well.
Good luck and keep working on it, hope you start feeling better soon. There's also plenty of resources available, ask someone on here for resources in your area and they will get you started. They did it for me!View Thread
I'm hoping to get Gina's opinion, and I'd value the input of anyone else as well. Is it ok to take 500 mg of L-Tyrosine in addition to Vyvanse? And will it have the efficacy I'm looking for? Here's my situatuion. I'm a 38 year old male and I've been on 50mg of Vyvanse for about a month and so far so good, though sometimes I feel like it's fading too soon. I work from 7am - 530 pm, then I go home and do the real work, taking care of 5 year old twin boys and a 3 year old girl. They are up until about 8 - 9pm. I don't like it when my meds wear off and they are still up because I do sometimes get irritable / tired, and I want to be on top of my game when I am with them. I started taking my meds a little later in the morning so they'd last, but of course that is at the expense of my first few hours at work. I've seen a lot of people praising L-Tyrosine, and in some cases they indicated that they added it because they were on a lower dose of Vyvanse than they felt they needed. I came to the (amateur) conclusion that I may be able to get an extra boost from the L-Tyrosine. So, am I on the right path, and are there any concerns I should watch out for? I've only been on the L-Tyrosine for about a week, so I am not really expecting any impact yet.View Thread
What about taking Tyrosine in addition to the ADD meds (Vyvanse 50mg) I am on? Based on the Tyrosine reviews I read, I think I might be "bouncing off the walls" if I took both. Look forward to your reply!View Thread