The first step in addressing attention deficit disorder is behavioral interventions such as list making and file systems. If that doesn’t work, medication is often needed.
Attention deficit disorder is not just a problem in children. If you were diagnosed with childhood ADD/ADHD, chances are, you’ve carried at least some of the symptoms into adulthood. But even if you were never diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as a child, that doesn’t mean you can’t be affected by it as an adult.
- Be sure of the diagnosis: Make sure you're working with a professional who understands ADHD and has excluded similar conditions like anxiety, agitated depression, hyperthyroidism, manic-depressive illness, or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Educate yourself: The single most powerful treatment for ADHD is understanding it. Read books, talk with professionals and others with ADHD.
- Encouragement: ADHD adults need plenty of encouragement due to many self-doubts that may have accumulated over the years. More than the average person, an ADHD adult withers without encouragement and positively lights up like a Christmas tree when given it.
- Give up: Stop trying to be the person you always thought you should be. Give yourself permission to be yourself.
- Blow out time: Set aside time each week for letting loose and do whatever you like to do – blast loud music, have a feast, or go to the race track.
- Exercise: it's one of the best treatments for ADHD. It works off excess energy and aggression in a positive way. It stimulates the hormonal and neurochemical system, and soothes and calms the body. By making it something fun, you'll stick to it longer.
- Crack a joke: Have a sense of humor about your symptoms. Others around you will forgive you much more.