5 months ago


Hello! I am a 21 year old woman from Brazil. For the majority of my life I have always felt there was something “wrong” with me, but no one seemed to be able to figure it out. I was a quiet, friendly and helpful kid, a bit shy but never had difficulty making friends. As I got older, I started missing deadlines in school, leaving things to The last minute, procastinating and leading a disorganized life overall. When I was 14 years old, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and was put on a lot of meds; i was often suicidal and was so medicated in my teenage years that I don’t remember most of them. Last year however, when I was 20 years old, I made the decision alongside my doctor to gradually stop taking my meds. The process was one of the the hardest things I ever went through but I knew I had to do it. After a while off my meds, I knew I was no longer the depressed person I considered myself to be during my teenage years, but other things like my anxiety and compulsive thoughts got way worse, besides never being able to keep a routine, feeling like I couldn’t do basic tasks and having the same organization problems as always. This year I finally decided to get to the root of the problem and do a neuropsychological evaluation. The test results were confusing: the doctor said I had all the symptoms of ADHD, besides the hyperactivity, so she diagnosed me with SCT (Sluggish Cognitive Tempo). The studies behind it are controversial and the treatment is also incertain: the standard ADHD meds might work for me since I have most of the traits, but they also might not. I guess yet again I feel a bit lost and hopeless, and alone. I was wondering if anyone else identifies with SCT or has any experience with it and is willing to share!


Hello! I have never heard of SCT, but I googled the symptoms. The symptoms appear to everlap with other disorders linked to ADHD. I also had most of those symptoms before treating it with ADHD meds, and other things like routines, cutting out coffee, eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals I was deficient in and that would prompt my brain to produce deficient chemicals, even doing research on other disorders and learning tips and tricks on how to combat them has helped. Take a look at Dr. Amen’s 7 Types of ADHD. His research isn't recognized, however I have found his breakdowns to be very helpful. With each breakdown he also tells you what chemicals in your brain are being affected. I found this helpful as I then looked up foods that prompted your brain to produce those chemicals. Look up DSDP. Total game changer for my sleep schedule, and energy levels. EAT BREAKFAST! High protein breakfast, low carb lunch. If you're going to skip a meal, make it supper! Another thing that tremendously helped my energy levels was actually cutting out coffee! I know. It sounds so counter productive! But stimulants other than your ADHD meds are actually super unhelpful for people with ADHD. I replaced it with cacao powder. It's not a stimulant. It is rich in minerals, vitamins that ADHDer's are deficient in, and prompts the brain to produce chemicals your brain is deficient in. With all these deficiencies our bodies become exhausted trying to compensate for them. Getting ballenced allows your body to run more efficiently! As for losing train of thought, losing focus on tasks, staring blankly into space, mind being elsewhere, brain fog, trouble staying awake, and alert; these are all symptoms I had prior to diagnosis, and my ADHD meds helped get rid of the symptoms, or make them much easier to manage! Being slower than other people is just something that makes you different from others. If it's to an extreme, hopefully getting your energy levels under control can help with that. Good luck!! I hope some of this helps!

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