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10 Top Tips for Adults Diagnosed with ADHD

 

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a chronic condition that includes but is not limited to attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Some who are diagnosed experience one or the other of these symptoms, while some can experience all three. In some cases, unmanaged ADHD can lead to added stress and anxiety when left unchecked and and unmanaged. To help you understand how to combat a disorder that plagues every aspect of your life, we've selected 10 top tips from Health.com on how not to let ADHD take over your life. Check them out below: 

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1.     Consider Taking Medication
- ADHD medication can be of great benefit to those who feel as if their brain will not let them focus on the task at hand. There are a wide variety of medications used to treat ADHD, such as Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse. These medications aid in making it easier for the user to focus on tasks that normally seem mundane or dive productivity away.

2.     Think About Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a great option for those who do not want to take medication. However, it shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aims to help the patient create useful techniques and habits to combat ADHD.

3.     Get Educated About Your Condition
- The more you know about your condition, the more of an advantage you have against it. Learning about how and when ADHD affects you can greatly reduce it’s affects by foreseeing when and where it will kill your productivity and attention. Websites of national organizations, blogs, your local doctor, and us at Medical Research Group of Central Florida are all great sources of information.

4.     Nurture Relationships and Use People Around You as a Resource
- Friends, family, and coworkers can be used as persons of accountability. Let your coworkers or spouse know that you have trouble staying focused, and ask them to check in on you every other hour, or however often works for you. Knowing you have someone to check in with can be a great motivator to stay focused.

5.     Get Organized
- This can be extremely hard to do, especially for those who feel that their never-ending to-do list exponentially adds to their anxiety and stress. Plan out each day the night before. Make a to do list and select a reasonable amount of tasks you can complete within a specific time period. Reward yourself each time you complete a task, as to make them more enjoyable.

6.     Limit Distractions
- Getting distracted is easier than ever today. Facebook, text messages, television, tablets, computers, and smartphones are just a few of the many distractions thrown our way on almost hourly basis. To stay focus, isolate yourself from anything that can distract you. If you check your phone more often than you’d like, turn it off. Log out of social media to avoid receiving notifications. Unless you have to for work, check your email once in the morning, once at lunchtime and once after work.

7.     Think Before You Act
- A major aspect of ADHD is hyperactivity. Blurting out responses before one finishes speaking, interrupting, and make major decisions without much forethought are aspects of ADHD. Health.com says you should “try to teach yourself to take a minute to stop and think before you overreact emotionally, blurt out something, or act out inappropriately. It might help to write down your first reaction instead of sharing it.”

8.     Plan Ahead
- This coincides with tip #5. Planning ahead, especially for the times you know you will be most distracted, can definitely help prevent major losses of time. Determine the time of day you are most focused, and plan to work on big projects during that time period. During times of the day when you are most distracted, plan to do things that don’t require a lot of brain power.

9.     Get Moving
- Exercise is one of the biggest tools to keep your mind sharp. Whether it is running, lifting weights, yoga or a simple walk along the beach, it can definitely help you keep your mind in shape and your concentration at its highest.

10.  Train Your Brain
- This last tip has the fewest amount of research devoted to it, but some say that brain games such as Lumosity can help strengthen your brain to focus more. While the research is still slowly coming in, doctors advise patients that reading and crossword puzzles can help the mind stay sharp for patients who have memory problems. The same can help someone who has trouble recalling information due to distraction or fluid thoughts.

 

At Medical Research Group of Central Florida, we are currently enrolling for an Adult ADHD study. If you want to learn more about your condition and advance research for those dealing with ADHD, call or click today!

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