Support for ADD?
Q I’ve recently been diagnosed with ADD (attention deficit disorder). I’m 32 years old, but suspect I’ve been dealing with it since childhood. Following, I was placed on amphetamines and have seen a major improvement in focus and concentration. However, the down side is that the meds have pushed my anxiety levels through the roof. I’m wondering if there is a product you can recommend that can help?
AMY, Schenectady, NY
A The legendary pharmacologist Carl Curt Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. (1908–1988) was a physician and biochemist who researched schizophrenia, allergies and other diseases, including attention deficit problems long before the advent of ADD (now known as ADHD, for attention-deficit hyperactiveity disorder). He considered himself a founder of what he called orthomolecular psychiatry and was also the inventor/discoveror of deanol (dimethylaminoethanol), which was sold as a prescription under the trade name Deaner by Riker Laboratories in the U.S. But no more. In extensive clinical trials, Deaner “proved to be of value in that large contingent of patients with vague, undefined symptoms, who feel under par and lack energy, or are mildly depressed.” (From an advertisement found at http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/medshow/kidlecture.html).
In reports from an investigation: “In medical volunteers, Deaner produced increased daytime energy and attentiveness at lectures (with a reduction in the hours of sleep needed), better ability to concentrate on both studying and writing, decreased apprehensiveness prior to and during examinations, a more affable mood and outspoken personality.” Fortunately, 2-dimethylaminoethanol is still available as the supplement DMAE.
- Murphree HB, Jenney EH, and Pfeiffer CC. 2-Dimethylaminoethanol as a central nervous system stimulant; one aspect of the pharmacology of reserpine. Res Publ Assoc Res Nerv Ment Dis 1959;37:204-17.