Top positive review
Real solutions to tough problems like amnesia, panic attacks and schoolwork.
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017
This is one of THE most helpful books on ADHD I've ever read.
Most books on ADHD focus on parents of children with ADHD. I'm an adult and capable of taking charge of my life including using supplements fully aware of the danger and utility. This book hits the spot if you're an adult with the condition or the parent of a child who wants to DO something.
The description of the symptoms was priceless for me. Oppositional defiance - you mean that's a symptom and not just me being bitchy? Groggy in the morning sometimes for hours, starts fights to get enough stimulation to wake up. That's a symptom and not just me being obnoxious????? I've been dealing with moral judgements from everyone (including myself) and all I have to do is move the medication from the kitchen to the nightstand, play some music as my alarm instead of beeping and the problem goes away? Yup, it was that simple.
Daniel Amens is a pioneer in SPECT imaging and it shows. His book is filled with a plethora of advice about medications, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the impact on the brain. He gets extremely specific about exact areas of the brain affected too.
I found his advice on adaptogens (ginseng, rhodiola, ashwagandha, holy basil or tulsi and Relora) invaluable and effective. I've never really found another source that explains why these might be helpful. My psychiatrist was impressed as well. You see, I have panic attacks - I've used inositol, magnesium glycinate, Hardy's Essential Nutrients to combat the panic attacks successfully. But I still had tiny attacks and could not ditch them. I *think* the adaptogens did the trick. I started with adaptogens in the morning only. When I added them during dinner and before bed - my stress eating went away AND I started sleeping more eastly. It's the first time in years that I've had that Ahhhhh! feeling from a night of restful sleep. About then I noticed the panic attacks, even the tiny ones were entirely gone.
What else? Well, thanks to a serious collapse, my ADHD was so bad, I have short episodes of amnesia. I also supplement with phosphatidylserine(PS) and phosphatidylcholine(PC). I've found PS improves memory and recall and PC improves alertness and concentration. Using lecithin for my PC - I found it was short-lived (about 6-8) hours so I added alpha GPC choline which forms a reserve. I also use acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) which helps protect the mitochondria in brain and boosts cognitive endurance. I would like to use N-acetyl-L-tyrosine (NALT) - which is the version of tyrosine (an amino acid) that can cross the blood-brain barrier but *it does the exact same thing* as Adderall/Vyvanse. Taken together, I managed to burn myself out. But, unlike the Vyvanse, it doesn't give me panic attacks. My psychiatrist is stepping down the Vyvanse so I can switch to the NALT. Do not combine NALT with Adderall/Vyvanse. It's way too much.
The combined impact of these supplements is impressive. I've gone from forgetting everything because my short term memory was close to useless to able to remember 16 digits in my head and add'em all up. I've NEVER been able to do this. At my best in elementary school, I could remember 5 digits and complete the addition with effort. Most of the time, I just gave up, used pencil and paper and then my fingers. Needless to say, math was never my best subject.
5 stars for both the first and second editions of this book - I borrowed the first edition from the library. It has useful information that isn't available in the second edition.