ADHD / Adderall as a Powerful Treatment

Adderall is a powerful stimulant that was created to treat the sometimes disastrous symptoms associated with ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Adderall in the contemporary benchmark by which all other ADD/ADHD medications should be judged. Not only is Adderall effective for children with the disorder it works amazingly well in adults with the same dysfunction. Adderall (generically known as mixed amphetamine salts) is a psycho stimulant comprised of four different amphetamine mixtures. It is well known that Adderall can increase alertness, reduce fatigue, help with libido, and improve a users overall concentration and comprehension of tasks and subject matter. Adderall is most commonly known on college campuses as a study drug allowing students to stay awake for hours on end to cram for large exams, surprisingly enough not only are the students able to cram all the information into their brain and regurgitate it back onto a test paper their level of retention of information is amazingly high too.

Taken on a regular basis for those that suffer from ADD/ ADHD are reported to begin feeling normal again like they never have in their whole lives until initially getting prescribed the stimulant. Most users suggest that they feel that their brain is working the way it should have been the whole time and they often wonder how they did without it for so long. For someone with this disorder Adderall is truly a miracle drug. There are many other ADD/ADHD treatments readily available such as psychotherapy or other medications such as dopamine and serotonin reuptake inhibiting anti-depressants as well as other amphetamine style stimulants such as Ritalin, but none seem to hail in comparison to the mighty Adderall. Adderall comes in two different distinct forms of action. Adderall IR is an instant release tablet and Adderall XR is an extended release capsule, both come in different milligram dosages depending on the circumstances and the need of the user in question. Both of these two medications come in the same available dosages, they begin at 5mg and work there way up to 30mg in increments of five.

It is recommended to never exceed a 60mg dosage of either one on any particular day, but it has been widely acknowledged that many physicians are prescribing higher than recommended doses depending on the severity of the case at hand. One draw back of taking amphetamines such as Adderall is the possible mental and physical dependence as well as a tolerance can over time be built up to it’s effects. Many people who initially begin taking the drug experience extreme euphoria and an overall general sense of well being for the first one to two weeks after they start taking it. This side effect will go away overtime and the person is left with an increase in energy and an intent ability to focus on even the most benign tasks.

Adderall is used to treat other illnesses and known defects in the human mind as well. It is a widely recommended for the treatment of narcolepsy (a disorder where a person can fall asleep at unusual times during the day with absolutely no control over the condition) and it has many off label usages that it has been reported to be extremely effective in the treatments of other illnesses such as: ICNSH (idiopathic central nervous system hypersomnia), drug induced brain dysfunction, epilepsy, senile apathetic behavior (which is a condition where the elderly and sometimes people just even in their early fifties have given up on life and no longer care for themselves, it’s a form of chronic depression. Adderall allows them to have the get up and go to regain control of their life), general and chronic medication resistant depression, and obesity.

Adderall works by increasing levels of dopamine and nor epinephrine in the brain.
Dopamine which is a neurotransmitter for our brains is very crucial in key functions. Neurotransmitters are essentially carriers that relay information to and from nerve cells. Dopamine plays a key role in the functioning of the cortex; not having enough of it is thought to have a strong impact on cognitive processes such as attention and focusing, the very same problem people with ADD/ ADHD have.

On a personal note I have used Adderall on and off for years depending on the level of attention I desired for that particular point in my life and Adderall XR is a God send. Looking back on the times when I either didn’t have insurance (because it does get expensive, most likely because the performance is so good) or I thought I would try and go without it, I don’t know how I made it. Recently after losing my job I fell into a slump of drug resistant depression, I tried many different anti-depressants and I was at my wits end. I could barely get out of bed I was so depressed after losing my business, my tools and equipment, my pride, and my Viper Ram truck. I didn’t know what to do, I wasn’t on Adderall at the time and I was reading about it, because I always felt good when I took it and I noticed an off label usage for depression. So, I made an appointment and got back on it and immediately my mood began to get better, I stopped trying to sleep all day and retired from my pessimistic perspective. I got up and was able to do things again and have a more positive outlook on life. So for someone who has ADD/ADHD and they’ve fallen into a dark pool of depression which goes hand in hand with the disorder, get on Adderall and it may just pull you out of that black hole.

I do not recommend Adderall as a choice for ADHD, especially when there are other nootropic stacks out there that can do the same job with less side effects.

The Road Leading to the Fountain of Youth: Just Follow the “4 Ws”

There are skin creams, particularly for women, and testosterone gel for men, liposuction, and of course, plastic surgery. Each is designed to make you look younger. But these cosmetic and unnatural routes not only come with a price tag, there are potential risks, especially with plastic surgery and liposuction. And chances are, after the liposuction, you might revert to those dietary habits that fattened you in the first place.

There’s an easier, natural, safe and inexpensive method that not only benefits your health and boosts your immune system, but can also slow the aging process during your quest for the Fountain of Youth.

What does this simple formula comprise? Water, Walking, Weight Training, Wholesome Foods/Beverages – otherwise known as the “4 Ws to Wellness.” While sufficient sleep, a happy disposition, good genes, low stress and frequently washing hands are other factors for optimal health, the 4 Ws will no doubt improve your figure or physique, but also promote wellness. Just follow these “4 Ws” and you very well could arrive at the Fountain of Youth!

#1 – Water

Among the many ways water enhances health: It keeps you hydrated; energizes you; aids circulation and excretion; alleviates cold/flu symptoms by thinning mucus in the sinuses and chest; and benefits your skin. Your muscles are mostly water, so consuming adequate amounts daily will keep your biceps looking full, especially after working out. So, grab that water bottle or stop at the water fountain regularly – especially before, during and after exercise or sports to prevent dehydration. (Urine color is a reliable gauge if you’re well hydrated. Clear or light yellow urine indicates adequate hydration; dark yellow urine means you need to drink more water). Also, drinking more water between or with meals can prevent overeating as well as reduce body fat.

#2 – Walking

A regular walking program is a non-strenuous weight-bearing activity that strengthens bones (can help ward off osteoporosis), is soft on the joints, aids the heart and lungs, reduces body fat, and relieves stress. In sum, a daily brisk walk or long stroll around the block or high school track is both physically and mentally rewarding. Simple steps to incorporate walking into your day: Take a lunch hour walk instead of sitting at your desk; park your car farther away from work or the mall; and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

#3 – Weight Training

The third “W” – weight training or resistance exercise is perhaps the best route towards feeling and looking younger by strengthening muscles, bones and tendons. Weight training also is a natural way to increase testosterone levels for males, which stimulates greater muscle development and sex drive.

Whether barbells, dumbbells, machines, medicine balls, rubber tubing, bricks, telephone books or soup cans provide the resistance, strengthening and building muscles and building bone density is a priority at almost any age for both males and females for maintaining wellness. Weight training reduces body fat while building lean muscle tissue; enhances your physique or figure (better muscle definition and a sexier appearance); and makes you less susceptible to injury by strengthening muscles, bones and tendons, and, as with walking, will deter osteoporosis. If you’re new to weight training, first get your physician’s OK, then get a book on weight training at the library or bookstore and start lifting! A certified fitness instructor can also help you with proper lifting technique.

#4 – Wholesome Foods/Beverages

Consuming nourishing foods and beverages and following a balanced diet is the fourth path to wellness. Wholesome foods include abundant vitamin and mineral-rich, and high-fiber plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and excellent protein foods such as eggs, fish, meat, cheese and yogurt.

There has been much publicity about the medicinal value of fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds, and how their phytochemical and antioxidant compounds fight and inhibit cancer and other diseases, as well as reverse aging. Wholesome beverages include water, as earlier discussed, which is probably the number one health beverage, and other nutritious beverages such as milk (packed with protein, calcium, and vitamins A and D) and plant-based black and green tea (which contain phytochemicals that may prevent heart disease, strokes, and cancer).

Alcoholic plant-based beverages such as red wine and beer also have healthful qualities, but only when accompanied with food and, most importantly, ingested only in moderation (drinking excessive amounts of any alcoholic beverage erases any health benefits). An excessive intake might also lead to alcoholism and deprivation from life’s true happiness. There’s an in-depth understanding of this case, which most of the best rehabs & treatment centers for addiction in the country try to resolve and put on case studies. It’s curable yes, depending on the weight of the case. Well, precaution is always better than cure – always remember that.

Research also shows that tea, red wine and beer also boost bone health, while tea also prevents tooth decay and gum disease. So skip the fast foods, various dietary and performance-enhancing supplements (sports bars, pills, etc.) and vending machine fare if you want to reach the Fountain of Youth. There is no replacement for wholesome foods and beverages.

Well, now that you’ve read this article, you may want to dump the testosterone gel, forget the skin creams and postpone cosmetic surgery. Just make an effort to drink more water, walk more often, lift some weights, and consume more wholesome foods and beverages and you’ll arrive at the Fountain of Youth in glowing health.