I have severe adult ADD, attention deficit disorder. It is actually really diagnosed, and a real mental health disorder. It is often debilitating. Right now since I’m nursing I cannot take my medication and am relying on natural methods to keep my ADD under control and help our family function. This summer has been brutal where we live, and tomorrow we are set to break the record for the hottest summer in history, and the worst drought in 80 years. This has pushed us to live indoors all summer long. The worst part about that is one of the best treatments for ADD is being in nature. I highly suggest for ALL parents reading the book “Last Child in the Woods” It is a fantastic read for all parents, and will explain why ADD is on the rise among both children and adults.
As a result of being unmedicated and not being able to pursue my primary “treatment” of outdoor time our family has lived in some chaos this summer. I loathe chaos. Chaos is the best word to describe my upbringing and is why I’m so intense about pursuing my ADD treatment, even when I cannot take my medication.
However the seasons are changing and this is so good for my unmedicated self, and my poor unmedicated family. First there have been a few days here and there where it isn’t above 100 degrees and I can get outside and experience nature. But secondly and most importantly we have a new routine and strict schedule to follow. School has started and that means we have specific places to be every single day of the week that never change.
Routine can be hard for the ADD mind, but it is vital to us also. As summer ends and the school year begins we have a specific routine. Right now I’m setting alarms for everything from snacks, to getting dressed for school, to actually leaving. Eventually it will become a routine and I won’t have to set the alarms anymore. But it marks the end of chaos for my children, chaos has been the word of the summer. And we all breathed a sigh of relief as our new routine started and we realized that we were indeed going to thrive.