Living with ADHD

Living with ADHD

Tips For Managing ADHD in Adults

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that afflicts adults as well as children. While childhood ADHD often gets more media attention, people can be affected by this disorder at any age. If you or someone you love has adult ADHD, the following tips can help improve the quality of your life.

Think Long-term
ADHD is not like having a cold or a simple virus that goes away after a few weeks. Even with treatment, which may include therapy and medication, there is no known cure for this condition. You should not let this fact discourage you. There are, after all, ways to manage the symptoms of ADHD. It’s important, however, to realize that you will have to think in terms of managing it long-term rather than permanently curing it.

Consider Treatment Options
There are several possible treatments for ADHD. Certain medications can be effective at controlling the symptoms. Doctors often prescribe stimulants, such as Ritalin, Adderall and others, which often have the effect of calming down patients with ADHD. Cognitive therapy can be useful for making you more aware of your thoughts and actions. Another option is group therapy, where you can develop social skills and interact with others who have similar challenges.

Consider Positive Lifestyle Changes
While leading a healthy lifestyle cannot cure ADHD, it can make things easier. You may find, for example, that improving your diet helps you maintain a more balanced state of mind. Exercise is another positive habit that can help you burn off excess energy and make you feel more relaxed. Developing hobbies or strong interests can also help you to feel more focused. The other side of the coin is that using junk food, alcohol or recreational drugs as a way to self-manage your ADHD symptoms can make matters worse.

Develop a Support Network
It’s important for adults with ADHD to have a strong support network, which may include friends, family and therapists. It can also be helpful to find a support group in your area where you can meet other people with ADHD. Having people who understand your condition is reassuring and helps you feel less isolated.

Living with ADHD is not easy, but you don’t have to let it prevent you from living a normal and productive life. With the right approach and help from qualified experts, you can manage the symptoms and make sure this challenging condition does not prevent you from reaching your full potential.