ADHD is a disorder of cyclical stress. We learn to cope, fall into a routine of doing that, and then feel like we’ve cured the part that we’re coping for.
Next thing you know we’re not bothering to cope any more because, hey, we’ve fixed it.
The deal is that ADHD cannot be repaired, can’t be remediated, can not be cured.
Because the issues with attention, executive function, time management, our need for instant gratification, and all the other things that are the signatures of ADHD are due to a different development of our brains, there is no activity that will make that part of our brain work the way it does in others.
And there is no medication that will fix this problem either.
Of course we know that some stimulants help our brains mimic the activities of other brains, but hear me on this, it is not a cure. It works while it works and once the influence wears off we are back to normal.
I’m mentioning this not to try to divert people from using prescribed medication. If it helps, then you’d be a fool not to take advantage of it.
But the thing is, there is a great deal of research involved in determining the efficacy of these medications. They work, for many, and we know how and why, because “science.”
And if they don’t work for you, then you have my condolences. They worked for me, but I was one of the rare few who experienced side effects that eventually kept me from using them.
So this is new?
Nope, none of this is new. What is always new though is that there will be a dozen new “cures” available online next year, just like there were a dozen new ones available this year.
There will be attempts to resurrect brain training as a cure under some new and clever name. There will be herbal “cures” that come with testimonials and flying the “all natural” flag to attract your attention.
But you should know
I just want to remind you that no brain training regimen or exercise routine has been shown to “cure” ADHD. Exercise helps us focus by triggering natural brain chemistry, but it does not cure.
And there are no herbals that can make your brain regrow in a more conventional way, or make it regrow at all for that matter.
Eat dirt … well, maybe don’t do that
And as to “all natural” … arsenic, digitalis and dirt are all naturally occurring substances, that doesn’t mean their good for you to consume. Feces, compost, shale, earth worms … none of these will fix your ADHD, and some of them might kill you.
There is no cure for ADHD as yet, and if it ever comes, I suspect it will be pretty invasive. There may, at some point, be a chemical therapy that is administered during the years of development of the brain, but even that might be decades off, if not centuries.
But there is, and will continue to be the activity of coping, combined with acceptance and stress reduction. And yes, you’ll probably spend some time relearning your own coping methods. But the more often you learn them, the more you will use them, and the more your life will be improved.
Of course, if you really want to eat dirt, I can’t stop you …