A friend sent me the following quiz by a noted ADD expert recently to see if I had Attention Deficit Disorder, and although I have suspected for the past year or two that I might have it, I was shocked by how many of the questions were 'me', and how many personality quirks of mine are actually related to ADD. I scored way high on the test, and have been trying to figure out ever since what to do about it. I don't have many of the really serious manifestations of ADD in my life, but there are some aspects that have gotten a lot worse lately, and I would dearly like to change. For instance, it seems lately that I spend at least 20 percent of my day looking for stuff I have lost, I forget absolutely everything, cannot focus, and have trouble sleeping because my mind is all over the place. So in true ADD style, I bought 3 books on the subject, and am reading all 3 at once, none of them from start to finish. I have looked at dozens of websites. What I know so far is that I do not want to take drugs.
I did find one fascinating alternative called neurofeedback (similar to biofeedback). The patient basically plays computer games with probes on their bodies, measuring different things such as skin moisture, brainwave frequencies etc. The computer games change based on the readings, so that when the patient is drifting off into space, the game starts degrading, bringing the patient's attention back to the game. There are many other ways these games work, by making you more aware of your body, and training your brain to regulate itself. Over the course of a few months, the brain apparently trains itself to behave differently, and the results are permanent, whereas often drug therapy results are temporary. There is more about neurofeedback at http://www.eeginfo.com, including where to find practitioners. There are some interesting case studies at http://www.eegspectrum.com/faq.
Another direction is neurofeedback at home. There is a new genre of computer games for the consumer that are called 'wellness' games, that teach you how to relax and regulate your body. I already talked about Heartmath Institute's Freeze Framer a few weeks ago. Another one, endorsed by Deepak Chopra, is the Journey of the Wild Divine. What a great alternative to the sea of violent computer games out there.