I teach others how to manage ADHD, otherwise known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As a doctor who treats ADHD, and as the mother of a son with ADHD, I know that there are no magic "fixes” for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
However, there are various methods that can help one manage ADHD, and control the symptoms and challenges of the condition.
The good news is these ADHD management tools are effective, user-friendly, can be used in the comfort of your own home, and are either free or very affordable. Often, ADHD management is most successful when tackled on multiple fronts. This article will examine the best ADHD treatment methods.
The ADHD Breakthrough Program is the single most effective ADHD treatment for ADHD children and their stressed out families.
It teaches parents and caregivers everything about the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, how their children with ADHD view the world, and includes everything parents and caregivers need to know to successfully manage ADHD behaviors.
The How To Conquer ADHD Guide is an adult ADHD treatment program that was written by an adult ADHD sufferer who learned how to overcome the condition.
In this guide, he details what he did to manage ADHD, and teaches readers how to get organized, focused, and tackle all of the areas in which adult ADHD sufferers often face challenges: managing money, managing work, school, and family responsibilities, and more.
The unique benefit of this program is that it is written by a person that understands first-hand the challenges and experiences of those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
1. ADHD Medications. While medications are the most common treatment method to manage ADD, there is an old saying that goes “Pills do not teach skills.” Medications are not a “cure” or “quick fix” but they are a useful tool that can stabilize or help quiet the more problematic symptoms. This enables the user to focus and be productive.
Medications have been proven effective for over 70% of Adult ADD sufferers. Often the focus is finding the correct medication or combination of medications and the optimal dose at the right time of day. As a result, it is essential to work collaboratively with the prescribing physician or psychiatrist in order to find the correct balance.
Meds should be used in conjunction with a treatment plan that includes behavioral therapy and other supports. For an overview of Attention Deficit Disorder medications, click here.
2. ADD Natural Remedies are a great alternative to those who cannot tolerate or fear the adverse side effects of stimulant-based ADHD medications such as Ritalin.
These plant-based, all-natural supplements and medications do not come with side effects or adverse reactions. They include BrightSpark, Focus Formula, and Focus ADDult. They are made from plant and herb extracts that promote attention and balanced mood.
3. ADHD Coaching. For adults, Coaching focuses on practical ways to manage Attention Deficit Disorder in an everyday context. It is a way to learn how to be more effective and focused at work and at home. Coaches work to help those manage ADHD. Coaches work in person and are usually available via phone and internet.
4. Therapy. Different from coaching, a therapist can help unearth and treat any past emotional roadblocks that may be hindering your present functioning. Also, a therapist is required when one has other diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse which are common in those who suffer from ADHD.
5. ADHD Support Groups. It is empowering to meet others who are experiencing similar challenges. Those in in same support group not only “get” it, but they can offer advice and solutions. In turn, you can offer the same. Over time, you will enjoy being with others who consider the condition a gift.
6. Diet. For a list of foods that help treat the symptoms of ADHD, visit the ADHD diet.
7. Exercise. Physical activity boosts the neurotransmitters associated with Adult ADHD (Dopamine, Serotonin, Norepinephrine). Exercise also relieves depression and anxiety.
8. Slow Down. Take regularly scheduled breaks from whatever you are doing.
9. Meditation and Yoga. Sit and relax in silence and let all passing thoughts drift by like floating clouds. Try focusing on your breath as it passes through your nostrils for a few minutes. Over time, you will learn how to quiet your mind from racing thoughts. Try it a few minutes at a time, then build up gradually. Similarly, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong, can help one relax and help one to “be” in the present moment.
10. Tutors. Tutors can help one overcome educational or training challenges.
11. Professional Organizers. Many of the world's most successful people suffer from ADD/ADHD. (See list of Famous People With ADHD). You do not have to be a high-powered business executive to enjoy the benefit of bookkeepers, virtual assistants, etc.
More and more people are utilizing services such as Elance.com's time management experts to help them with everyday tasks. Virtual assistants can do anything from schedule reservations or help compose memos. Hiring someone to do tedious paperwork pays for itself, and can make the difference between success and constant frustration.
12. Neurofeedback for ADHD is a new treatment for ADHD. It trains the brain to maintain focused attention
13. ADHD Behavior Modification can be used to learn healthy coping skills and manage ADHD effectively.
14. Learn how to achieve a successful ADHD marriage.
15. Learn how to improve focus and concentration.
16. Books. A must read is
ADD Quick Tips: Practical Ways to Manage Attention Deficit Disorder Successfully. See this full list of recommended ADHD books.
There are many safe and effective ways to manage ADHD. Learning how to manage ADHD often takes some trial and error in order to determine what works best for each individual.
Once that balance is discovered, however, sufferers of
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are quite capable of leading
happy, healthy, and productive lives.