I don’t want to bore you to death with my whole life story, but what you really need to know is that I have an extensive background in nutritional science.
This puts me in a good position to take complicated scientific publications and make them easier to understand.
Actually, that’s the most difficult part of writing these articles.
I like to reference clinical research when I put together the posts on this site, and the vocabulary used in these reports is intimidating, to say the least.
So in a way, I see myself as an interpreter, or an ambassador between the scientific community and the public.
That’s the goal, anyway.
So why did I choose to write about nootropics?
Why not supplements in general, or just a blog on managing stress in the modern day world?
Nootropics for Mental Health – The New Frontier
I’ve always been a bit of a health nut, and I try my best to eat well and exercise regularly.
The old adage, “Health is Wealth”, has always been super important to me and my family.
I’m not an elite athlete by any stretch of the imagination, but I am in good health, and that allows me to enjoy some of the best things in life.
However, I just recently discovered that I have ADD, otherwise known as Attention Deficit Disorder.
ADD is a very subtle condition that many people never realize they have unless they go to a health professional and get diagnosed.
In my case, the only reason I found out I have ADD is because my daughter was having trouble focusing in school.
When we got her assessed, the doctor told my wife and I that ADD is usually hereditary.
So naturally we both went through the testing process ourselves, and my results came up positive.
ADD vs ADHD – How are they Related?
Surprisingly, late diagnosis of ADD in adults is pretty common, especially if you have ADD as opposed to ADHD.
What’s the difference? ADHD has an extra letter in it.
(Insert sarcasm here)
The ‘H’ stands for ‘Hyperactivity’, and it’s really easy to spot, especially in children.
I’m very low on the ‘spectrum’ for ADHD, and so is my daughter.
Depending on which health professional you talk to, there can be 3, 4, or more types of ADHD.
Let’s stick to basics here, and just say that there are 3 types for our purposes:
Classic ADHD – Easy to Spot, Hard to Treat
Hyperactive is the classic type we hear about with kids in school constantly fidgeting, and having a lot of trouble focusing.
People with a combination of symptoms tend to be easily distracted, and to be very restless. The Combined type is the most common.
The Inattentive type is harder to diagnose, as I mentioned, because there’s no hyperactivity involved.
People in this part of the spectrum often get missed.
I must admit, my diagnosis seemed like bad news initially, but over time, I’ve come to see it as a blessing.
All my life, I’ve felt as if I were wrestling against an invisible opponent, and I never seemed to be able to get my footing.
I know now that there are several reasons why…
ADD and ADHD Symptoms – What are the Signs?
There are certain behaviors that are common for people with ADD and ADHD that, if left unchecked, can really interfere with your life.
I like lists, so this is a basic rundown of some of the handicaps I’ve been fighting against both personally and professionally;
- Poor Attention to Detail
- Difficulty Listening
- Inconsistent Organization Skills
- Losing Track of Time
- Emotional Outbursts
Anybody want to hire me for a job?
Didn’t think so…
ADD in Adults – The Unseen Enemy
This is really just a sampling, but in practical terms, some common telltale signs someone has ADHD can include:
- Job Hopping
- Low Self Esteem
- Financial Hardship
The tricky part about having ADD is that if you don’t know you have it, and neither does anybody else, people might mistakenly assume you’re just being a jerk.
I’ve had this happen to me a lot over the years.
The misunderstandings that have resulted from my not paying attention to what people were saying, or details in my work, have been embarrassing and frustrating.
It’s so easy for people with ADD to be marginalized, and at the end of the day, it’s very common for people struggling with this sneaky affliction to:
- Suffer from Depression
- Abuse Drugs
- Struggle with Relationships
- Contemplate Suicide
Sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn’t it?
Who can Benefit from Nootropics?
I have personal reasons for focusing on nootropics for ADHD, but I don’t want to limit the scope of this site in any way.
People with ADHD or ADD don’t have a monopoly on the concept of using nootropics to improve their lives.
Far from it!
Nootropics can help all kinds of people, including:
- Working Professionals
- Tired Moms
- People with a Family History of Alzheimer’s, etc.
- Individuals with Disorders like ADHD, Depression, or Social Anxiety
Regardless of your situation, if you can benefit from having your brain operating at full capacity, this website is for you.
Nootropics for Neurological Disorders – Facing your Demons!
While these kinds of problems can sometimes seem insurmountable, I wanted to give something to my readers, whether they have ADHD or not.
Something that always has infinite value.
You might be dealing with clinical depression, social anxiety, or some other poorly understood social disorder.
It’s hard to talk to people about these kinds of issues. They all have a stigma attached to them, but trust me, you have to face your demons!
Finding out I had ADD actually allowed me to put together all the pieces of the puzzle, and to start dealing with my symptoms directly.
And nootropics, of all things, was the missing link that has allowed me to get back on track.
Shortly after being diagnosed with ADD, I tried prescription drugs to help manage my condition.
The doctor prescribed dextroseamphetamine for me, better known by it’s commercial name, Adderall.
Nootropics vs Adderall – A Better Path?
Adderall is a very powerful stimulant. It’s basically a form of amphetamine that gets released into your system gradually.
When I was taking Adderall, my executive functions got better, especially my ability to plan ahead and pay attention.
However, once the effects wore off, I crashed pretty hard.
I was always grumpy with my family when I got home from work at the end of the day, and I didn’t feel like myself.
Long story short, I had a friend tell me he was taking nootropics to perform better at work, and he recommended I try them as an alternative.
I took his suggestion, and found that nootropics were a better solution to managing my ADD.
True, I can’t claim the cost of them on my health plan, but they’re easier on my body than Adderall.
I’ve found nootropics to be just as effective, and much better for my long term brain health; especially the pre-made supplements with more natural ingredients.
Nootropics don’t just stimulate you the way pharmaceuticals do, they nourish your nervous system.
It’s a very different approach to performance enhancement.
The Purpose of The Nootropics Coach Website
Nootropics were a complete game changer for for me and my family.
If they can do the same thing for other people, I want to help new neuro-hackers use them safely and effectively.
I want to open that ‘Gateway’ to a whole new world. (Sorry for the ‘Gateway’ reference! I just couldn’t resist!)
Especially if someone is dealing with ADD; nootropics can be a much better option for them than prescription psychostimulants.
People with a more severe medical condition might have to continue taking their prescription meds, but they can still stack nootropics on top of them to promote better brain health.
I’ve tried several different nootropics to see what works best for me, and found it to be an expensive and time consuming process.
I’ve also noticed that there are a lot of products coming to market that really don’t deserve anybody’s hard earned dollars.
The Nootropics Market – Don’t get Lost!
There are new supplements coming out all the time, and in many different forms.
But at the end of the day, I would say there are 3 types of nootropics;
The herbals are my favorite because I prefer using supplements made from Nature.
Natural nootropics need to be explained a little bit.
These are substances that are naturally occurring in the foods we eat, and in our brains, that can help us perform better if we take them as supplements.
A good example would be PS, or phosphatidylserine. PS is a building block nutrient used to grow new brain cells, and the connections between them.
PS can be extracted from foods, like soy lecithin, or created artificially in a lab. So the ‘Natural’ nootropics really are something between an herbal and synthetic.
Synthetics may or may not provide nourishment to our brains. They typically just rev up our nervous system.
The Nootropics Coach – How to Use this Site
I’ve organized The Nootropics Coach so that the articles are grouped into 5 distinct categories:
- General Interest
- Herbal Nootropics
- Natural Nootropics
- Synthetic Nootropics
- Product Reviews
Hopefully this will make navigating the site easier for you, and help you find the information you need right away.
Finally, please post any questions or comments you have below. I’ll be happy to help you out.
I know people say stuff like that all the time, but I really mean it. If you have any questions at all, just give me a holler!
I usually get back to people within 24 hours.
In my next post, I’ll explain what nootropics are, and give you a bit of history on them.
Until next time,