Welcome to my blog! I'm going to assume that you found your way here because you or a loved one has ADHD or ADHD tendencies, and you are curious about non-medicinal options.
Do any of the following statements apply to you?
I just don't tolerate medicine well.
Is there something that I can do to help improve my...focus, memory, organization, sleep?!
Why am I so sensitive?
I've been busy all day, why do I feel like I got nothing done?
This is all new to me, I hate to jump straight to medication without first trying other options.
Where'd I put my keys?!
I wish I could take medication but unfortunately I can't, now what?
I am excited to tell you about what I have planned for the next year! Each day I will be sharing a non-medicinal alternative treatment, tool, strategy or product that may be helpful in lessening the symptoms of ADHD. I say "may be helpful" because I'll take a look at both complementary treatments, as well as controversial treatments and let you know what my personal experience is. I will share the details of where to find it, how to use it, what it helps with and how it rates next to other similar items. These daily posts will be short, sweet and to the point.
Why am I doing this?
Let me share a teeny bit of my story. When I was 39, my son was diagnosed with ADHD. As we were going through the process of figuring out his diagnosis, I realized that I had many of the same traits. How in the world had I made it this far without realizing I had ADHD? THAT is a whole other post, but I will say this much, part of it is that I had "accidentally" stumbled upon some things that really worked well with my brain type. Even now as an adult, I've noticed that I tend to be a "craver". I crave chai tea...daily. I crave the scent a certain type of candle. A new song will come out that makes me feel a certain way and I will play it on loop, until I'm sick of it. What is important about knowing that I'm a craver is to pay attention to when and what I'm craving. It usually points me in the right direction and highlights an area that I need additional support. Most of what began as a craving has been turned into a strategy that supports my ADHD baseline.
What's an ADHD baseline? I'm glad you asked!
For the purposes of this project, we are going to use the following definition from Google:
noun: baseline; plural noun: baselines
1. a minimum or starting point used for comparisons
ADHD affects people differently. In order for a diagnosis to be made, there must be specific symptoms or traits present for a certain length of time. With that being said, the degree to which individuals are affected can vary greatly, and can even change over time for the individual. Because of this I started looking at my own ADHD and wondering, "what's my best baseline"? I mean, what types of things truly affect how I feel and function from day to day? To start with, nutrition, exercise, scents, pets, music, sleep...they all affect me. I'm committed to paying more attention to these things and sharing with you what I discover.
*I want to add in a small disclaimer here: I am not a physician. This website and blog are intended to provide general information and my personal experience with alternative therapies and healing practices. Any specific advice should be obtained from a medical practitioner or health care provider. These web pages are intended for general educational purposes only. They are not at all intended to provide medical advice.