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How can I help my child with ADHD reduce stress?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can easily become overloaded by stress. You can help reduce their stress by teaching stress management skills, such as eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly, and learning relaxation techniques.

Help your child cope with stressful tasks that seem overwhelming by breaking them down into small, manageable steps. Practicing in advance can help your child manage better in stressful situations such as making an oral presentation in class. If you feel your child is being overly stressed, have her take a break and do something enjoyable, such as listening to music.

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