- Take a 100% multiple vitamin everyday. Studies have reported that they help people with learning and help prevent chronic illness.
- Adults should take about 2,000 - 6,000mg of high quality fish oil a day (1,000 - 2,000mg for children). Research suggests that fish oil higher in the EPA form of omega -3s may be the most helpful.
- Eliminate caffeine and nicotine. Both interfere with sleep and several treatments recommendations.
- Exercise daily for 30-45 minutes. For kids, if you cannot find a safe exercise (no brain injuries please from football, hockey, or soccer headers) take them on long, fast walks. Table tennis is my favorite brain game.
- Limit television, video games and device time to no more than 30 minutes a day. This may be hard for kids and teens, but it can make a huge difference.
- Food is a drug. Most people with ADD do best with a higher protein, lower simple carbohydrate diet.
- In dealing with kids, employees and even spouses – NO YELLING! Many people with ADD have low activity in the front part of their brains, due to lower levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. As a way to feel more alert they often find themselves as conflict or excitement seeking. They can be masterful at making other people mad or angry at them. Do not lose your temper with them, because it often makes things worse. If they get you to explode their unconscious, low energy frontal cortex turns on and unconsciously they come to crave it. Never let you anger be their medication. They can get addicted to it.
- Test ADD kids and adults for learning disabilities. They occur in up to 60% of people with ADD. Local schools are often set up to do this testing for school age children.
- Never give up seeking help.
Living With ADD/ADHD
1 AnswerDaniel G. Amen, MD, Psychiatry, answeredThere are many treatments common to all children and adults with ADD. Here are the most important ones to start with today.
1 AnswerJulie A. Fast, Psychology, answered
I’ll answer this with a personal story- here is some background. I have bipolar disorder and was very ill for ten years. I finally found the right mix of meds and management strategies and amazingly, my depression was reduced 75%.
When my depression got better, I assumed my other symptoms would get better as well. In some cases they have. Amazingly, my intense seasonal affective disorder is gone! I knew it was a part of depression, but I didn't know it was that connected.
Unfortunately, my ADD symptoms are still going strong- in some ways they are worse. Depression motivated me to get out and feel better every day. It drove me to accomplish things. That was the only way I made it through being sick all of the time. I wrote most of my books while depressed- many of them talk about managing ADD, as it is such a part of depression for most people.
But I still have the ADD and it's insidious focus symptoms. It often gets so bad I have trouble doing the most basic of tasks, such as cleaning my room. I'm 48 and I have trouble cleaning my room! Wow!
My biggest issue is the distraction of the Internet when I try to work. It's hard to get away from the Internet these days. There is wireless everywhere. When the ADD is raging, it loves the Internet much more than work. Especially my much loved cycling and soccer blogs. It’s as though the ADD has its own hand that move the mouse! It controls me.
I knew this had to change. I did find a place to work that doesn't have the internet- but guess what; I can connect to the web right through my phone! Bother.
Finally, I had a break through. I remembered that computers have a wireless chip that allows an Internet connection.
I decided to get my old computer and remove the chip. I could then do my writing work on the old computer and save the Internet work for my regular computer. I would only take one computer with me depending on my projects.
What a relief! I have been let out of Internet ADD jail! My work has improved and knowing that the Internet is not an option, my brain is more relaxed.
A question for you: What out of the norm change can you make to reduce ADD? Look at your biggest distraction and think of removing it. It’s worth it for a clear mind!Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
1 AnswerIf you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you can improve your confidence and self-esteem by doing the following:
- Ask “What Went Right?” Many people narrowly and obsessively focus on what is wrong. Many people discount positives. You can turn this around by asking every day "What went right?" You can turn your family dinner conversation around with this question.
- Think of a time when you felt loved. Spend 1 minute every hour "marinating" in that feeling. It’s too easy to doubt yourself. It’s too easy to remember the slights and the hurts. You can choose to receive love and define yourself by those experiences in which you were cared for and appreciated.
- Finding and focusing on gifts you have will create a different future. If what you see isn't where you want to be, if you change the way you see yourself now, you will change the future. Sometimes you have to believe it first to see it in the future.
- Think of 5 past successes. Just thinking of 5 past successes reminds you that you have a track record. Change is hard and goes slowly. Remembering past successes allows you to see how long it can take to make things happen. Also seeing that you have a track record of success allows you to challenge the belief that you just got lucky. You can see you bring a lot to the table and you can bring those same traits and abilities to the table in the current challenge.
- Come up with 5 reasons you can make something work. As an example, many people in middle age who face having to change jobs feel they cannot handle it. Some reasons that being older increases their ability to handle a new job is that 1) they have learned from mistakes 2) they have more credibility 3) family responsibilities have lessened so they have less work-family conflict 4) they have a larger social network and 5) they have testimonials from prior successes.
1 AnswerAttitude is important in coping with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you have ADHD, you can change your thoughts around it -- every day, every hour and every minute. Having a positive attitude about ADHD will increase your confidence and self-esteem.
1 AnswerIf you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you can put your strengths and talents to good use by doing the following:
- Know exactly what you want. Create a turbo targeted laser-precise vision of what you want. For example, create an app to help people reduce alcohol use.
- Generate ideas that would be shocking and totally unexpected to friends and family. For example, go to graduate school.
- Say no to what you don’t want.
- Create an action plan. For example, re-train for work as a physical therapist so you can move all day and not sit in an office.
- Identify obstacles, such as money and time to re-train, go to graduate school, and so on.
- Problem solve around obstacles. Research weekend or evening programs.
- Take massive action. Send out 25 applications for jobs not in offices.
1 AnswerMany people become shocked by hearing that attention-deficit is actually a gift. It is true that while some people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have lives that work well, others don’t. What makes the difference?
- Massive action. Believing that you can change your world and brain with hard work creates success. The discovery of neuroplasticity tells us that we can change our brain the harder we try.
- Define yourself by your gifts rather than your weaknesses.
- You need to find a job that builds on your strengths rather than patching up weaknesses. You don't have to be good at everything; you have to be really good at something.
1 AnswerMany people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) know what they are good at and yet choose to try to make a living doing something that comes harder to them. What are the reasons people do what they don’t love?
- People do things they don’t love, or choose to spend their life with people they don’t love because they are trying to make other people happy – many times their parents.
- They think the rewards are worth it - money, prestige, or fame – take your pick.
- They never took the time to think about what they love to do or are good at.
- Someone told them that life is SUPPOSED TO BE HARD.
- They were afraid to risk themselves in what they really wanted. It makes us more vulnerable to put our real selves in our work. It hurts a lot more if we fail than if we are just punching a time card.
- They don’t know how to do what they love.
- They have limiting beliefs about what is possible or acceptable.
1 AnswerPeople of all ages who have the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can reliably be observed to share a set of positive traits, including creativity, exuberance, emotional expressiveness, interpersonal intuition, ecological consciousness and leadership.
The description of "ADHD" without the "gift" added to it contributes to people believing they have a disorder that is negative and confusing, leaving them feeling that they are not in control of their behavior, their thoughts or how their lives will turn out. This negative and demeaning mindset can become a self-fulfilling prophesy or even an excuse for not showing motivation to excel.
Imagine kids' self-talk after a diagnosis of ADHD being, "I have a gift to use" vs. "I have a disorder." The way to resolve the confusion is to recognize that ADHD is truly a gift that can be used in so many positive ways by children, teachers and parents. The intervention by professionals is to help people see it and treat it as a "gift."
1 AnswerIntermountain Healthcare answeredPeople with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may need counseling to improve their self-esteem and help them express their feelings better. And because ADHD affects the whole family, parents, siblings, and spouses may also benefit from counseling. Counseling can help undo some of the frustration and anger that often come from living with a person with untreated ADHD.
Children with ADHD are much more likely to experience minor trauma, such as fractures and cuts, than are other children. Adults and teenagers are also more likely to become involved in car accidents and have other injuries. Individuals with ADHD may also be more likely to have trouble with following the law and commit crimes.
As many as one in three children with ADHD also have other psychological or developmental conditions.
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD): Generally defined as a pattern of negative, defiant and hostile behavior toward authority figures, ODD tends to occur more frequently in children who are impulsive and hyperactive and is especially common in boys.
Conduct disorder: A more serious condition than ODD, conduct disorder is marked by distinctly antisocial behavior such as stealing, fighting, destroying property, harming people and animals, and committing crimes. Children with conduct disorder need immediate help.
Depression: Depression may occur in both children and adults with ADHD. It's more likely to appear when there is a family history of depression.
Anxiety disorders: Anxiety disorders tend to occur fairly often in children with ADHD and may cause overwhelming worry and nervousness as well as physical signs and symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat, sweating and dizziness. Although anxiety disorders can cause severe symptoms, most people can be helped with therapy or medication. Once anxiety is under control, children are better able to deal with the problems arising from ADHD.
Learning disabilities: Children with both ADHD and learning disabilities are the children most in need of special education services.
Tourette's syndrome: Many children with ADHD are at increased risk of Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by compulsive muscular or vocal tics.
Alcohol and drug abuse: Individuals with ADHD may be more likely to develop addiction problems with alcohol or drugs, due to factors including altered brain function and the continued use of stimulants.
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