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.

Additional Information:

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.