top hat, magic wand

He had it up his sleeve …

That’s a kind of dream shattering statement, isn’t it.

I write another blog on a daily basis called “Today I Love …” and it’s actually all about me finding the magic in my day.

So please, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying there’s no magic to be found, but I am saying …

Spit it out!

I’m saying there is no magic cure for ADHD.

True, there are pills, stimulants specifically, that mediate some of the symptoms of ADHD while those medications are in your system.

Not a cure?

Forgive me, but isn’t a cure something that makes you not have the disorder?

So no, not a cure. And for me, not a help much so far, since I reacted badly to two of these stimulants, one sent my BP through the roof and the other began to make me experience anxiety after several years of use.

But what about …?

Yeah, I know, brain training and “all natural supplements” and stuff like that. Yeah …. no.

The brain that has ADHD has an issue where parts of it did not develop fully during that wonderful time of life when it was supposed to develop.

So there is no supplement that has caused that development to suddenly occur in an adult whose brain development has reached stasis.

But … but …

You know I hate the word “testimonials!” Don’t even whisper it. But, yes, okay, there are those testimonials. And they sound good.

Something I’ve discovered about my brain is if I believe in it, I can get it to do some amazing things. I can’t get it to not have ADHD yet, but I can get it to cope with symptoms sometimes in a very effective way.

And that relates to testimonials how?

If you take a supplement, or engage in a program that is reputed to have advantageous effects, you’re going to hope for those effects. You’re going to watch for them, expect them. You’re going to work on having those positive effects.

So whether the supplement or program is doing anything at all for you or not, it is making you work for those positive changes in your life.

And that works?

Oh yeah. There are even studies, ones that I can’t be bothered to look up, that show that even if the test group knows that the “pill” they are taking is a placebo, they will have some success in whatever they are taking the pill for.

This tells me that mindfulness is a very powerful tool.

Still no cure

So yes, we can’t cure the ADHD brain with prosthetic stimulation of undeveloped areas any more than we can cure the hand of a severed finger with a prosthetic glove.

The finger is still severed, the brain still underdeveloped.

So, what can we do?

We can’t cure ADHD.

But we can cope. We can take a vitamin supplement, or a legal stimulant like coffee, or even a prescription one. And we can remind ourselves when we take it that it is to help our brain.

And we can make our own magic. Just don’t let anyone tell you they have the cure for this.