Bugs Bunny: Would you like to shoot me now or wait ’til you get home?
Daffy Duck: Shoot him now! Shoot him now!
Bugs Bunny: You keep outta this! He doesn’t have to shoot you now!
Daffy Duck: He does SO have to shoot me now!
Daffy Duck: I demand that you shoot me now!
[Elmer raises his gun. As Daffy sticks his tongue out at Bugs, he is shot]
Source: Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck…of course!
Face the facts. With current “technology” there is no cure for A.D.D. [note 1] Medications alter whatever chemical states are in your brain, behavior modification makes aspects of it more tolerable and a healthy dose of humor makes it almost bearable. But there are those moments when all you want to do is scream “Shoot me now.” And no…this is not a death wish and no, it is not suicidal depression. It is a realist’s view of life with A.D.D. It will never go away, it will always be a part of who you are and what you do.
However, there might be mini-cures for A.D.D. Like those cold remedies that provide temporary relief, I’ve found two mini-cures for A.D.D. that provide temporary relief from the symptoms of A.D.D. Both are OTC remedies and readily available. And you don’t need a prescription. And if you order now we’ll throw in the Julienne Slicer…just look at these beautiful french fries. But wait, if you call within the next hour……
Mini-Cure #1: Jogging
After a ten-plus year hiatus from jogging, almost five weeks ago I started doing it again. I find that it makes the day that much more tolerable…especially since my “normal” work day can run into 16 hour marathons (pun sort of intended). It clears my head and makes it possible to focus.
Now an expanding body of research shows that exercise can improve the performance of the brain by boosting memory and cognitive processing speed. Exercise can, in fact, create a stronger, faster brain.
Source: Lobes of Steel
Mini-Cure #2: Music
I’ve always found music to be extraordinarily helpful in getting through tasks. My “theory” is that music satisfies the A.D.D. craving of the brain and makes it possible for you to concentrate on the task at hand. So you are giving in to your A.D.D.ness without it interfering with your work.
There is no cure for A.D.D. But like cold remedies, there are cures that can temporarily relieve the symptoms. Your mission, Mr. Phelps, is to find your mini-cure.
[Updated on September 2, 2007]
The jogging helps reduce the “scrambled eggs for brains” feeling. And while naps accomplish the same thing, the nap clears the slate while the the jogging both clears the slate and helps increase the overall energy level.