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Hi Juriaan
I am a 52 year old man who has suffered from depression and ADD (inattentive type) for most of my life. At the moment I'm being treated quite successfully with Wellbutrin (bupropion). -- and have been for 4-5 years.


The doctor told me Wellbutrin might help the ADD, but I am finding it increasingly hard to concentrate at work. It takes me a long time to do basic tasks, I get bored easily and as a result I get depressed, which leads to a downward spiral -- even though I'm doing something I love, which also makes me "my own boss."

I have been reading about things I can do, like exercise and eating well, which I'm trying to do. I'm a little overweight (BMI 29), although I tend to have low blood pressure.

I have been reading about the beneficial effects of:
Taurine
Carnitine
EPA-DHA (Omega 3 and 6)
Magnesium

for both ADD and depression. What are your thoughts on these?
What would be recommended doses to start trying out a regimen that includes these supplements?
Are there be any others I should take?
Should I start taking them all at once?
How long before I start to feel beneficial effects?

(btw I'm also an Allexperts expert in one of my fields of expertise).

Many thanks and kind regards

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Hi Jonathan,

If you are suffering from ADD and depression I suggest that you test yourself with

Testing for Hypoglycemia by Questionnaires
  Nutrition-Behavior Inventory (NBI)
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-nutrition-behaviour-inventory-nbi/

  Hypoglycemic Questionnaire (short test)
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/hypoglycemia-questionnaire/
  
If you score high it may be an indication that you could be  hypoglycemic (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/)  This is a silent disease that is responsible for excess production of stress hormones - like adrenaline and cortisol - and which may trigger depression, anxiety or a low self-esteem. It is also associated with ADHD.

This can be treated by going on a hypoglycemic diet (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/).

Please also read:
ADHD and ADD, the Hyperactive Child by Dr Lendon H Smith ---> page 7
  http://curezone.com/upload/Newsletter/Hypoglycemic_He/HYPONL2002_12.pdf

Please discuss winter doctor or nutritional doctor.

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Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych) Post Grad Dip Clin Nutrition
Editor of the Hypoglycemic Association of Australia
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au
Skype:jurplesman
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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapist

Organizations
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia

Publications
Book: GETTING OFF THE HOOK
My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

Education/Credentials
BA (Psych) Sydney University, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

Past/Present Clients
See My Career as a Nutritional Psychotherapist at: http://psychonutrionaltherapy.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-career-as-nutritional-psychologist.html

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