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  • #91
    Reminds me to take my ALA and CoQ10!

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    • #92
      I was diagnosed with Adult onset ADD (which the doctor said was likely missed when I was a kid b/c I didn't have problems in school). I took Adderall XR for it for a little over a year. No weight loss. (boo hisssss!) I found that the Adderall actually made my depression worse - I reached a point of being suicidal while taking the Adderall and decided enough was enough. I stopped taking it and the depression improved - despite my psychiatrist saying Adderall doesn't cause depression. Ok, maybe not for the general public it doesn't, but for me it did. ANYHOW, one of the things I've noticed about Primal (when I'm really good about following the rules) my focus is there and distractions are minimal. Stress is lower b/c I'm not as overwhelmed by things... but again, this is when I'm following the rules and being 100% primal.
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      • #93
        Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
        I was diagnosed with Adult onset ADD (which the doctor said was likely missed when I was a kid b/c I didn't have problems in school). I took Adderall XR for it for a little over a year. No weight loss. (boo hisssss!) I found that the Adderall actually made my depression worse - I reached a point of being suicidal while taking the Adderall and decided enough was enough. I stopped taking it and the depression improved - despite my psychiatrist saying Adderall doesn't cause depression. Ok, maybe not for the general public it doesn't, but for me it did. ANYHOW, one of the things I've noticed about Primal (when I'm really good about following the rules) my focus is there and distractions are minimal. Stress is lower b/c I'm not as overwhelmed by things... but again, this is when I'm following the rules and being 100% primal.
        Ha ha. I'll admit, I've been tempted to persuade my doctor to give me a script for Adderall even without a diagnosis because of the supposed weight loss benefits . . . but I don't like taking medicine for anything if I can avoid it, even headaches and my bad hay fever, so I think Adderall would end up being a waste of money.

        But that's good to know about the stress stuff. I'm an anxious person, and I don't like being anxious. Though I've learned to cope with my scattered attention quite well, having less anxiety would definitely be a good thing.

        Originally posted by kalli889 View Post

        ***Now that I've reminded myself -- I think I'll pick up a new copy of ADD Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
        I'm adding it to my list of books to read!

        My dad is a psychologist, and he's the one always saying I've got ADD . . . though I'm not hyperactive, just fidgety (got that RLS thing going) . . . it wasn't until we were talking about organizing behaviors for ADD and autistic kids in a class I took on serving children and families with special needs that I started to agree with my dad. I'd like to get an official diagnosis just so I can request changes in my work environment if needed and not be told "no" . . . thanks, ADA. I do think my ADD contributed to the frustration I felt at the one job I ever left on bad terms.
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        • Hike the Appalachian Trail
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        • #94
          As a psychologist, your dad can diagnose you. I was diagnosed by a psychologist.
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          • #95
            Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
            As a psychologist, your dad can diagnose you. I was diagnosed by a psychologist.
            He can, but he can't. He has the ability to do the testing as a license psychologist, however it would be an ethical violation to practice on family. He can refer me to someone though.

            (If, God forbid, I ever took an employer to court for an ADA violation regarding my ADD the diagnosis would called into question if it was made by my dad, since he may have ulterior motives. He could also lose his license).
            Healthy Bucket List:
            • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
            • Hike the Appalachian Trail
            • Do a real pull-up
            • Run a 5k
            • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



            Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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            • #96
              I see. I knew drs weren't allowed to practice on family, but I thought that was for more serious stuff like surgery, etc. I can see the logic.

              Does he have a "friend" who would issue the diagnosis without making you pay a fee?
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              • #97
                Originally posted by OutdoorAmy View Post
                Ha ha. I'll admit, I've been tempted to persuade my doctor to give me a script for Adderall even without a diagnosis because of the supposed weight loss benefits . . . but I don't like taking medicine for anything if I can avoid it, even headaches and my bad hay fever, so I think Adderall would end up being a waste of money.

                But that's good to know about the stress stuff. I'm an anxious person, and I don't like being anxious. Though I've learned to cope with my scattered attention quite well, having less anxiety would definitely be a good thing.



                I'm adding it to my list of books to read!

                My dad is a psychologist, and he's the one always saying I've got ADD . . . though I'm not hyperactive, just fidgety (got that RLS thing going) . . . it wasn't until we were talking about organizing behaviors for ADD and autistic kids in a class I took on serving children and families with special needs that I started to agree with my dad. I'd like to get an official diagnosis just so I can request changes in my work environment if needed and not be told "no" . . . thanks, ADA. I do think my ADD contributed to the frustration I felt at the one job I ever left on bad terms.
                I've read a lot of things that say that girls express ADD differently than boys. They can go inward and be really quiet, or stare out the window into la la land, and because they're being quiet, they're not causing the classroom disruptions that get the boys noticed and diagnosed. Girls With ADD - Why It Is So Often Missed

                In girls, the disorganization and distraction results in lack of activity--they are just too confused to get things started, and instead are often described as daydreamers.
                In general, girls are much more likely to have ADD without the hyperactive component. This is in contrast to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) that boys tend to have. Because a girl isn't disruptive in the classroom, her problem does not create the same need for an immediate solution. As a result, her inability to focus and complete work is likely to be overlooked as a symptom of a more complex issue - and instead is blamed more on lack of discipline or motivation on her part.

                A girl with ADD has fewer learning problems in early grades than her male counterparts. Boys often get diagnosed through evaluation of learning problems. Girls with ADD, especially those with high intelligence, may actually be good students and/or well-behaved - and as a result raise absolutely no alarms that anything may be amiss.

                When girls with ADD do not conform to social roles, it is often described in gender-specific terms, rather than as a medical problem. They are labeled tomboys or flighty as girls, and boy-crazy or party girls as teens. Again, girls are more likely to meet social pressure to conform, rather than recognition and treatment of a disease.

                Often girls with ADD are misdiagnosed with depression. The symptoms of ADD and depression overlap: low energy levels, disorganization, social withdrawal, and trouble concentrating. Even more confusing, the unrecognized ADD can lead to major coping problems, which in turn lead to actual depression on top of the ADD.

                Typical signs of ADD in girls include:

                Difficulty maintaining focus
                Easily distracted
                Disorganized and “messy”
                Forgetful
                Difficulty completing tasks
                Daydreaming
                Slow to process information and directions (It may even appear that they aren’t hearing you)
                Careless
                Often late (poor time management)
                OMG...SO me.
                Last edited by kalli889; 05-29-2012, 09:20 AM.
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                • #98
                  Omega-3 supplements rapidly eliminate ADD, ADHD and bipolar disorder in children
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                  • #99
                    Sounds like me too. I am late for everything! I hear but don't process directions (especially directions to a place), I'm messy as hell! You should see my house! All of those pertain except maybe the daydreaming part.
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                    • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                      Sounds like me too. I am late for everything! I hear but don't process directions (especially directions to a place), I'm messy as hell! You should see my house! All of those pertain except maybe the daydreaming part.
                      Difficulty maintaining focus
                      Easily distracted
                      Disorganized and “messy”
                      Forgetful
                      Difficulty completing tasks
                      Daydreaming
                      Slow to process information and directions (It may even appear that they aren’t hearing you)
                      Careless
                      Often late (poor time management)
                      So out of these, I am/have:

                      Difficulty maintaining focus
                      Easily distracted
                      Disorganized
                      Forgetful
                      Difficulty completing tasks
                      Daydreaming
                      Slow to process information and directions (It may even appear that they aren’t hearing you)
                      Careless

                      I think my mom probably has ADD, too, now that I think of it. She used to forget to pick me up from swim practice or soccer games. I used to be really offended, but since I'm learning about how my own brain is out of whack, I'm learning to be a lot more compassionate and forgiving. Especially since I am no longer dependent upon her for transportation.

                      I used to be a lot messier and late to things, but I use routines from Flylady.net to work on that. I used to be late all the time to everything, and then I was blessed with a few friends who were AN HOUR LATE TO EVERYTHING. We'd go out to dinner? We'd wait for them for an hour. We'd make plans to go to a party? We'd wait for an hour. We'd plan on a movie? We'd miss the first showing and have to go to the next one. I got so annoyed and starting telling them to be everywhere an hour before they were supposed to be somewhere. And I started using a planner myself and just blocking out travel and prep time to get to places on time. It is also TOTALLY TABOO to be late in the film industry. TOTALLY. They will fire you in a minute. And Flylady has given me routines and little slogans like "Do it now!) to cut down on clutter and general messiness. Some of my friends think I'm kind of a neat freak now, which is funny.
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                      • OMG - I used to be able to eat a box of gluten-free cookies. Hooray for no sugar!

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                        • Other positive benefits of PB/LR:

                          *Better sleep, even if I get less of it.
                          *No more pitting edema in my legs. (I used to have 2-3 Diet Cokes with Lime flavoring a day -- and my legs would swell to an immense size. No bueno.)
                          *Even moods.
                          *When I get hungry, I don't feel angry or crazy, and I don't feel like I MUST EAT NOW.
                          *I'm warmer. Although now it's 90 degrees outside, all the time, so until I buy an air conditioner, I won't be cold unless I'm at work. And one of the women I work with complains of being freezing all the time, while I'm fairly toasty. :-)
                          *Better skin. My skin is glowing. When/if I cheat, I see it immediately.
                          *Better sense of smell.
                          *Fewer allergic reactions to dander, metals, pollen, etc.
                          *Freedom (for the most part) from cravings.

                          I have to remind myself of what it used to be like for me, how I'd be STARVING every 3-4 hours. I could become highly emotional if my blood sugar got low. I'd get weepy and/or angry if something prevented me from eating. (Boss asked me to stay late? Hysterical meltdown. Held quietly, in the bathroom.) My weight kept spiraling upwards. I'd be too tired to exercise, and I watched my once slender and muscular arms balloon up and become soft and mottled with cellulite. (UGH.) I'd be slightly angry/resentful all day for no reason.

                          This is all so much better.
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                          • Chronic Cardio.

                            I have run one, single marathon in my entire life. I had started dating someone who LOVED to take me out to fancy restaurants, and I was WORRIED about my waistline. I signed up for a marathon. I ran four days a week, and my longest training run was 20 miles. My blood sugar was so low after my longest run that I couldn't hold a conversation with my boyfriend. We got pizza, and after the first slice I perked up like a flower given water.

                            I was 166 lbs when I started. At the end I weighed 162. Whaaaa? FOUR pounds? After MONTHS of training? Granted, because I was running so much, I gave myself license to eat whatever I wanted. Pizza, pasta, whatever. You had to carbo load, right?

                            After the marathon, my legs were swollen up like balloons, soft and stretched with edema. I wanted to run one again. I had ITB, and could barely walk.

                            I signed up for a sprint triathlon. I was hungry every three hours. My brain could go dead mid-conversation, and I could be revived with sandwiches. I carried food with me all the time everywhere. I biked to work in the hot sun, and I swam and ran when I wasn't biking. I started having panic attacks.

                            The only time chronic cardio ever helped me lose weight was when it was simply walking for an hour in the morning on the treadmill in my dorm, so, by Mark's definition, that's Long Slow Distances, and NOT chronic cardio. I think I might start doing that at work. It's too hot outside.
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                            • I love the FlyLady! I need to start implementing her plans again. I do it for a while, then get lazy and put it off, then the place gets out of control again, and I have to start all over with being overwhelmed and out of control. I definitely suffer from CHAOS at home. But my deck looks nice!
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                              • You know how they say a vice becomes an addiction when it begins to have negative effects on your life? Helloooo coffee. I was up til 1 am last night. I woke up this morning when I was supposed to ARRIVE at work. I went to bed at 9pm and stared at the ceiling for an hour. Then I hung out with my roommate. Then I watched some Arrested Development, Twilight Zones, and X-Files episodes. It doesn't help that the super-genius who painted our apartment before we moved in painted over the outlets by my window, so I couldn't use the extra A/C that my roommate has. I took a cold bath (yay, cold thermogenesis!) and was comfortable for about 15 minutes. My brain hurts in the heat. I hate it. I hate the heat. Hate hate hate hate. Someone asked me how I liked New York. I love New York, but it has taught me to hate winter and summer. And spring lasted about a month this year. Argh.

                                End Rant.

                                So I'm puffy again from no sleep. The sleep lines on my face lasted all the way to work. I was worried last night that I would have effed up dreams from watching The X-Files before bed, but instead I dreamed of a charmingly dysfunctional newly broke family. Ha ha.

                                Mark and Robb Wolff both say weight loss won't happen if you a) don't get sleep, and b) have a lot of stress. My lack of sleep adds to my stress. Oy vey. But at least, in general, the sleep I do get is very restful. Even though I didn't get to sleep until 1 am, I actually feel quite good right now, instead of a total space cadet. (It's noon now.)

                                I always feel better when I get to work WHICH IS A GREAT AND MAGICAL THING, DON'T YOU THINK! Considering how many people hate being at work? I mean, the bonuses in favor of being at work are: a) air conditioning, b) bright lighting, c) proximity to windows, and d) free coffee and espresso. Wait. D) got me into this mess.

                                I found some black photography backdrops for $50, with about $10 for clamps that I can use instead of blackout curtains. I can double them up and clamp them on top of my curtains. I think I'll have to invest in some DreamWater for the days I have class and the day after. Goo. I'll have to get an A/C and an extension cord tomorrow.

                                One incredible thing that is happening is that I'm only eating 2 meals now! Sometimes I only pick at my lunch, or have a snack. Eating breakfast and lunch and no dinner really helps with the quality of my sleep. (When I don't over-caffeinate myself!) It also helps with the food bill! Yesterday I did menus for the entire month of June, so I'm all planned out. I think I'm going to spring for some J. Robb egg protein powder, Green Vibrance, and MCT Oil for my BAB so I can be quick in the AM! This way I might actually be able to do my morning pages again. (Oh, morning pages, how I miss you.) I have variety for my lunches, but also stability -- I know what to buy, and in what amount. I've got bacon wrapped chicken, and tacos with guacamole in lettuce wraps, and salmon over watercress. VERY excited.

                                I'm learning that I like greens about once or twice a week, and no more. This weekend I had brussels sprouts with bacon ends, and they were so good! I actually had one of those feelings like I was hungry for a very specific something, so they were quite satisfying. It was quite a new feeling after getting the heebie jeebies just by looking at green vegetables for a while. I'll be getting greens in my shakes via Green Vibrance next month, and I've scheduled two servings of greens a week. If I need to go more or less, I'll adjust. That way I won't have bags of kale rotting in my fridge. (Sad!)

                                So, what will make me a better, happier, healthier person?

                                *Blackout curtains (better sleep, which means less stress)
                                *An air conditioner (better sleep, which means less stress)
                                *Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3s (less crazy, ease depression and ADD)
                                *Climbing (stronger, happier, ease depression, social time)
                                *Not having to think about meals (Lessen decision fatigue, always fed nutritious primal food)
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