Well before 18 days ago, I would have had a different response to this question. Especially since I have gained 24 pounds in the last year, 31 pounds in the past 2 years.
I have always had a strong desire for sugary sweet desserts 24/7. I am 49 years old and have been driven by compulsion/impulsiveness for as long as I can remember.
I was so lucky to have stumbled across an article about Adult ADHD. I was floored to find myself reading about all my craziness. I took a quiz and scored off the charts for ADHD. I am now on Ritalin and my sugar cravings have gone from a 10 to a 3 on a scale from 1-10.
I truly believe there are adults walking around not knowing they have a neurological disorder in their brains leading to chronic overeating.
Well I don't know if everyone diagnosed has it, but I sure as heck wish SOMEONE in the past 49 years of my life diagnosed it. I have been to at least 10 professionals i.e. therapists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, etc. and no one put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I had to do it by stumbling across a quiz for ADHD.
All my life I have been compulsive, impulsive, distracted and edgy. I have been treated for depression and anxiety my entire adult life. And forget about sleeping. Until a few weeks ago when I was started on Ritalin, going to bed was a nightmare. I never knew if I would actually get some sleep even though I have been on melatonin for years.
I am a thorough believer now that there are MANY adults out there with similar symptoms thinking they just have depression and anxiety for whatever reason. I truly believe now that is just a SYMPTOM of the disorder. When you have a constant need to move, how can you ever get true rest? I believe chronic fatigue also plays a big part in this disorder. When you wake up every day tired, have a baseline of fatigue and judge your energy by being more or less tired, you are going to have trouble functioning in life and of course will be edgier and more sensitive to those around you.
The biggest thing for me is the H in ADHD. I call that hyperness or frenetic energy that I have labeled The Hummingbird Effect. It is truly the most maddening feeling I have ever experienced. Now that I am on medication that frenetic feeling is in check. I NEVER want to go back to that especially now that I have peace and calmness to compare it to.
Unless a person has lived in a non stop lifestyle, you just can't know how good it feels to just BE.View Thread