When I was around 20 years old (I'm in my 40s now) it was suggested to me by a medical professional that I had ADHD. I'd heard the word before and had vaguely considered it, but at this point, it all suddenly became clear.
I first developed coping strategies in grade school, when I adapted to the behaviour of the people around me. I also developed studying strategies. Although I wasn’t the best student overall, I did ace some tests based on those strategies, and in grade 7 I got the best grade in the class on an assignment that I enjoyed a lot. This was when my teacher suggested that I consider a career in writing.
After my ADHD came to light, my aunt subsequently advised me to read the book The A.D.D. Nutrition Solution: A Drug-Free 30 Day Plan by Marcia Zimmerman.
(NB: The term A.D.D. no longer exists medically. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). “ADHD” is the official term, whether hyperactivity is present or not. I use both terms on this website for search engine optimization.)
I remember a moment after I'd been following the advice of the book for a month or two: I was in a job interview and held eye contact with the interviewer. This was a significant achievement for me. My life changed when I started on a regiment of essential fatty acids and started eating more fish (among other recommendations).
Along with ADD, I experience bouts of depression. My brain health is a constant challenge, and I need to stay on top of it.
My ADD and depression are worse when I'm not consuming enough fat. These days I eat based on what I call a modified ketogenic diet. I say “modified” because I focus on the principles without counting macronutrients and allow myself the occasional piece of cake or challah. I say “ketogenic” because it's part of the common lexicon at this point in time. I tell people that I've been “keto-ish” for years and that “I was eating keto before I knew what it was.” I mean, technically, there's no such thing as “eating keto”. You eat a certain way, and your body goes into a state of ketosis. However, that whole explanation is for another time.
I've seen people make amazing improvements after changing their diet and lifestyle.
In 2017 I created the six-pillar PRIMED system for ADD management while working in a 9-5 day job that I felt miserable at from week 1. The PRIMED system helps identify imbalances to bring them into balance. I realized that when these six things are being taken care of, I feel more whole, more with it, more productive, and happier. These six pillars aren’t exhaustive, but six is a manageable number, and it creates a concise acronym.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be entirely “healed” but I have been without symptoms for a long time, and I’m aware when they return. I hope to help you too, using a combination of tools I’ve developed for myself and those I’ve learned.
It seems that every coach & nutritionist has a “How I healed myself” story. “Healed”? I’m a work in progress.