Friday, August 3, 2012

Insomnia & ADD Meds

What a wonderful couple... What a lovely dance you do...

The general choice of drug to treat ADD is a stimulant.  Our brain chemistry is different - I've seen a map of my brain and there are distinctions (the specifics of which at 5:30 in the morning I can't recall clearly enough to articulate here) between the brain of an average person and the person with ADD (although these days, ADD is beginning to trend towards the norm, rather than something different).

So when you apply stimulants to folks with ADD, the general result is it calms them down.  It makes it easier, then, to focus. 

But still, it seems, they are stimulants.  And still, it seems, they can affect your sleep patterns. 

It can be a frustrating cycle trying, then, to adjust on the other end with sleep meds - at the moment I am not - and get the balance right. 

Meds help.  There is no quiestion about that.  But they can also create problems as well as solve them.  And even when I have been taking meds more regularly than I am at the moment, I have found that they still are not enough alone to overcome the restraints ADD places on my capabilities. 

And I've tried all sorts of other things.  Believe me. 

Unfortunately, one of the best ways to work on overcoming ADD is with a partner.  And, in case you haven't already figured it out from my earlier posts - or that tag over there on the right - I am single.  And even when I had a partner, it was a huge burden on them to help me with this. 

I don't know the answers.  But I know I'm not the only one asking questions.  My ADD posts - completely without promotion - have become my highest viewed posts.  Which means this one will possibly be seen considerably. 

Please, if you're on this journey, don't just be a bystander, be a contributor.   I can use all of the help I can get.  We all can.

Oh, and I could have used a couple more hours of sleep this night.  If you have those in your back pocket, I'd like them please.  Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Geez. I'm usually awake late for the same reason. I can TOTALLY relate. And even with a partner, he can only help so much. It's pretty impossible for anyone else to understand, unless you're one of us. Thanks for the post. And yes, I'll gladly be a partner for you. P.S. Added you to my favorites over at My Life As Lucille. ;-)