I’m not sure if this is sufficiently medical (so I understand if it’s removed, but I’ve put a few peer reviewed references below), but this has helped me so much, I wanted to try sharing this tip. I think it’s unfortunate that more research hasn’t been done on this topic.
I have a lot of trouble with sensory overload, and I find floating in a sensory deprivation tank to be the most helpful treatment I’ve found. It’s not cheap, but it might be possible to get a prescription for this. Sometimes I meditate in the tank, and sometimes (usually, to be honest) I just let my mind pinball around, but the calming effect on the nervous system (the silence!!) is really helpful, regardless. It may be counterproductive for some people with ADHD (I don’t have the hyperactivity component, and that may be a contraindication), but if you think it might be helpful for you, I suggest trying it a few times: the first time can be a bit weird as you’re getting used to it, but by the second or third float, the benefits will probably be setting in if it’s going to help you. Warning: some people find it unnerving. It’s also really boring, although your pinball-like brain may well keep you entertained. I’ve come up with a lot of creative ideas in the tank
Here are some resources that aren’t peer reviewed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsxaP9eSE4w.
(I don’t work for any of these people; my enthusiasm for floating is as a consumer/patient, not someone who will ever benefit from it financially.)
And here the only peer reviewed references:
Edebol, Hanna, Anette Kjellgren, Sven-Åke Bood, and Torsten Norlander. “Enhanced independence and quality of life through treatment with flotation-Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique of a patient with both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Aspergers Syndrome: a case report.” Cases Journal. http://www.casesjournal.com/content/2/1/6979#B3, 2009.
Kjellgren, Anette, Hanna Edebol, Tommy Nordén, Torsten Norlander. “Quality of life with flotation therapy for a person diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, atypical autism, PTSD, anxiety and depression.” Open Journal of Medical Psychology. http://file.scirp.org/Html/8-2250044_34022.htm, 2013.
Starobrat-Hermelin, B., T. Kozielec.“The effects of magnesium physiological supplementation on hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Positive response to magnesium oral loading test.” Magnesium Research. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9368236., June 1997.
Has anyone else had success with sensory deprivation tanks? Tips for use?