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Any Cyclists Out there with ADD/ADHD?

Old 04-12-10, 12:45 AM
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Any Cyclists Out there with ADD/ADHD?

I should say, medically diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. I am wondering how any of you out there like me have found cycling to be a great help for symptoms and ultimately lead a better life. I generally ride 3-5 times a week for about and hour each ride. Since I started cycling about three years ago, I have gotten in incredible shape and started performing much better in school/work.

I am 23 and in college, any students out there like me? If so, have you found that multivitamins/fish oil/less sugar has helped your symptoms?
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I have adhd and was treated with adderall until I changed jobs and lost insurance for a couple years the same year I got into cycling. I now since have insurance and really could get back on the meds but the cycling has seemed to make it managable The more I ride the calmer my mind and body is. Couple weeks off the bike symptoms start comming back. The meds I took that worked were stimulants I think cycling or similar like physical activity pumps you up like a stimulant just naturally. Yes it changed my life and glad to hear it's having positive effects for you also. There may be a day I might have to get back on the meds but I am ok, most of the time.
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Old 04-12-10, 04:10 AM
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Mqybe it has to do with the fact that cycling - safely anyway - forces you to focus.
We are in a world full of distractions and interruptions, but on the bike it's pretty much just "go faster, don't fall"

My father, who is notoriously overworked and over multi tasked, told me that cycling has become a great way for him to relaxl
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ADD here, have only known this for a year or so.

Cycling helps me relax and clear my head.
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
*snip*

My father, who is notoriously overworked and over multi tasked, told me that cycling has become a great way for him to relaxl
I can relate to that.

Originally Posted by shelleyspins View Post
Engaging in an activity that requires enough focus that I cannot worry about the million little things that normally stress me out.
Engaging in an activity that doesn't require so much focus that I forget to enjoy myself.
(from the "What do you like most about cycling?" thread)

This maybe one of the wisest things posted on the board.

I'm glad you guys find comfort and healing in cycling. I don't have ADD (and I don't even know what ADHD is) but I know cycling has got me through a lot.

Cycle hard, Cycle safe.
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I don't have it....but FYI there was an article in "Bicycling" (gag) magazine last year about a young man who was able to lessen/control his ADD in part through bicycle riding, you may wish to read it.
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I don't have ADD but I have social anxiety and any kind of intense exercise helps relieve it. I think exercise can be good for the mind in addition to the body.
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took me a long time to get out the door Saturday. I kept forgetting stuff from my room; the car and my basement etc. when I was a kid there was no such thing as ADD, etc. now I don't know if its that or early onset Alzheimer's! +1 for exercise being good for what ailes you.
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I am 23 also and go to school and have ADHD which as a child was a huge learning disability for me. I am sorry to say i don't have any multivitamins or anything over the counter that i know of, but I do agree that cycling does help calm me down and keeps me focused. I definitely saw an improvement with my schooling and learning after i started riding.
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It's impossible for anyone to have ADD; the disorder no longer exists. I really don't have anything else to add, though.
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ADD and ADHD are make believe "disorders" invented by shrinks and drug companies for the sole purpose of making money.

So to answer your question there are no cyclists or anyone with such a thing.
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Old 04-12-10, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by kini62 View Post
ADD and ADHD are make believe "disorders" invented by shrinks and drug companies for the sole purpose of making money.

So to answer your question there are no cyclists or anyone with such a thing.
It must be fun to live in such a world of absolutes.

What's your planet called?

We call this one "Earth".
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Originally Posted by kini62 View Post
ADD and ADHD are make believe "disorders" invented by shrinks and drug companies for the sole purpose of making money.

So to answer your question there are no cyclists or anyone with such a thing.
Um, no. But thanks (you much less complex version of), Szasz.
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Originally Posted by kini62 View Post
ADD and ADHD are make believe "disorders" invented by shrinks and drug companies for the sole purpose of making money.

So to answer your question there are no cyclists or anyone with such a thing.


What's up with the mister-know-it-all FYIs? Persons who may have issues that are seen as symptoms of those "make believe disorders", may very well experience a positive therapeutic effect through cycling. Isn't that the positive aspect of what this thread is about?
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Old 04-12-10, 10:48 AM
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I would answer this thread but I cant pay attention to the original question??
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I have a hard time believing insurance companies would cover a disorder that doctors and drug companies made up as stingy they are with thier money.
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Originally Posted by kini62 View Post
ADD and ADHD are make believe "disorders" invented by shrinks and drug companies for the sole purpose of making money.

So to answer your question there are no cyclists or anyone with such a thing.
I just smile when I hear people say things like this. I wish that this were true and for a long time I tried to trick myself into believing it by just repeating to myself in class: "I can listen, I am focused, there is nothing different about me than that student sitting next to me". Although I agree that doctors have a tendency to over-diagnose this condition, it does not mean that ADHD does not exist.

My ADHD got to the point before cycling that I literally couldn't comprehend/understand what my professors were talking about, it starts to make one frustrated and not concentrate well, thus a whole day at school would yield perhaps 10% of the information presented that I would retain.

I live in the Santa Cruz mountains and let me tell you, after 45 minutes of non-stop ass-kicking hill-climbing in the morning before school allows me to feel like I remember every word that comes out of my professors mouth. When I come home I finish my homework fast and efficient and I am happier now more than ever! (I don't do this 7 days a week, perhaps 2-5 depending on the weather)

Medication in my opinion should be a last resort. I know exercise dials me in, and since my diet is pretty good (3-5 servings of veggies a day, plenty of water, not much saturated fat/sugar, no fast food), I believe this is a tremendous help as well. I started taking a multivitamin and about 1000mg of EPA (Omega-3 fish oil) every day for about a month, which I think has helped some, but not as much as it has helped my finger nails and hair haha!!
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Originally Posted by kini62 View Post
ADD and ADHD are make believe "disorders" invented by shrinks and drug companies for the sole purpose of making money.

So to answer your question there are no cyclists or anyone with such a thing.
Wow. It good to know that the condition I've suffered with for nearly 40 years wasn't real. Your post has suddenly given me laserlike focus and concentration. Thank you for opening my eyes to the reality of it all.
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By the way, thank you all for your input! If anyone has any other suggestions for controlling ADHD symptoms keep em' coming! I have heard that massage is a good way to center the mind, any truth to this that you all have experienced?
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Hi, CRSturdivant. That's a great question. My PhD is in educational psychology (not a therapist) and my dissertation was a study using martial arts for symptoms associated with ADHD. The results were promising. Similar studies have been done with many other types of exercise and most of them show positive application. There are a bunch of theories as to the cause of ADHD (and other disorders and/or symptoms sometimes mistaken for ADHD), but exercise in and of itself is good. Additionally, behavioral modification, such as martial arts, can have additional good effects.

These two comments: "ADD and ADHD are make believe 'disorders' invented by shrinks and drug companies for the sole purpose of making money. So to answer your question there are no cyclists or anyone with such a thing" and "It's impossible for anyone to have ADD; the disorder no longer exists. I really don't have anything else to add, though" are akin to a person with no cycling experience coming on the board and acting like a pro cyclist. Don't listen to them.

Keep up the cycling, and, as you get older, you'll probably continue to build appropriate coping mechanisms. Take care!
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i obviously can't speak to whether disorders are "real" or not, but i can say from experience that they can be self-taught.
lately i've noticed that my attention is so divided that i can't concentrate on a single article for more than a few paragraphs, i tend to skim, get the gist, and move on to the next. Google Reader has done this to me. I am working to correct it.
To relate it more to biking, i do find that my mind is focused and calmer when i'm biking.

yesterday i rode my fixed gear all the way down the east side of manhattan; despite the many, many threats to my safety, i was actually very calm. it was great.
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It has helped mine alot. I've been unmedicated since 5th grade and just used alot of coping methods but I've noticed it being alot easier to focus since I started riding regularly.
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
My father, who is notoriously overworked and over multi tasked, told me that cycling has become a great way for him to relaxl
QFT

I've never been diagnosed, but all anxiety disappears when I'm on the bike. There's a calm while riding that I'd kill to have in some other aspects of my life.
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My daughter's teachers early on in elementary school wanted us to carry her to the docs & have her diagnosed as such. Instead, I fed her 6 large capsules of Fish/Flaxseed Oils (Omegas 3, 6 & 9) a day for a few months. (Based on a British study). Her maintenance dose is now one capsule a day [and probably misses many days]. I'm sure exercise helps as well. She was a JV/Varsity athlete in HS, and continues to work out. She's doing A/B work in college now.
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