When deciding you’ve had enough, quitting Adderall or its equivalent will involve you and everyone around you to show and establish the most helpful thing, a support system, to begin with, is to educate my family and me on withdrawal, Adderall’s chemical compounds, and what this stimulant medication does to my brain and body.
The first thing I learned was my brain has to learn how to produce dopamine and serotonin on its own, and during this process, I will behave upset, on edge, and anxious. I also knew that I had likely destroyed my output for my adrenals, which contributes to sleep/wake processes, so fatigue in the beginning and bouts of insomnia about six days into drying out would be expected.
Last but not least, I had a fear that my metabolism may slow down without Adderall speeding things up, so I wanted to make sure I was on top of my weight management. When I read further into it, Adderall contributes to slower metabolism if used as an adult, long term.
Here are a few of my quick tips and tricks that helped with treatment for SAD disorders or diseases of the mind, such as, inability to create our own happiness. (serotonin, adrenal, and dopamine)
The first few days are easy, for those with no obligations- you will be sleeping excessively. Get the sleep aid (melatonin) because day 5-7 are bits of extreme anxiety and nervousness, followed by, a clear mind.
Sentiments of Anxiety + Depression are going to happen. You need to remember that these feelings are TEMPORARY. You will not be “high” anymore but you will not be that sad, all the time. If you can go 11 days clean you’ve beat the physical addiction, and mental addiction is based on your strength in restraining. Quitting Adderall shouldn’t mean upping your doses of other medicine such as benzos. It means you commit yourself to not dying a painful, young, untiming death.
Are there any drugs on the market to replace Adderall?
No. There are supplements you can take depending on your mood. You should see how you feel around day 11 before considering supplenting primarily Non-FDA approved medications.
If you are most of the way through withdrawal and extra hydration, meditation,cleaning, exercise, and rest didn’t help. It’s possible you may need a little extra help fixing the engines on your serotonin or/and dopamine machines.
“Dopamine is associated with pleasurable sensations, along with learning, memory, motor system function, and more. Serotonin. This hormone (and neurotransmitter) helps regulate your mood as well as your sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory. “Sep 30, 2019
Some studies have found that supplementing with Ginkgo biloba in the long term increased dopamine levels in rats, which helped improve cognitive function, memory and motivation (healthline)
Ginkgo biloba extract appeared to boost dopamine secretion by decreasing oxidative stress.
Curcumin is the active element of turmeric. Curcumin comes in capsule, tea, extract, and powdered forms.
Oregano oil supplements increase levels of dopamine and produce antidepressant effects in mice. Human-based studies is lacking research.
Magnesium and its antidepressant qualities provided that magnesium deficiency contributes to decreased dopamine levels and increased risk of depression.
Vitamin D has numerous functions in your body, involving the regulation of specific neurotransmitters like dopamine.
Green Tea has long been touted for its antioxidant properties and nutrient contents also contain the amino acid L-theanine, which directly affects your brain.has many roles in your body, including the regulation of certain neurotransmitters like dopamin
L-theanine increases dopamine production, similar to antidepressants, and L-Theanine has an enhancing cognitive boost in it.
Fish Oil helps with dopamine regulation when taken daily.
Caffeine (for some)increases brain function by boosting dopamine receptor levels in the brain.
Ginseng root can be eaten raw or steamed, but it’s also available in other forms, such as tea, capsules or pills. It enhances brain function, mood, behavior and enhances memory.
Berberine increases dopamine levels and helps to fight depression and anxiety disorder.
Dopamine is essential for brain health, and the health of your body and mind. Dopamine affects many brain-related processes, such as attitude, vitality, and memory.
Normally, the body regulates dopamine levels on its own, but medical conditions, diet,and lifestyle choices can increase or decreass your dopamine levels.
Along with eating a balanced diet, many possible supplements may help encourage the release of dopamine, including probiotics, fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium, ginkgo and ginseng.
This, in turn, will enhance the brain process and mental vigor.
All of the supplements have a sound safety profile when used correctly. However, some supplements may interfere with specific prescription or over-the-counter medications. Be sure to check for interactions with meds.
Proven Therapies: Self-Hypnosis, Therapy, Psychotherapt, DBT, CBT, meditation
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