Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Like many other illnesses, ADHD probably results from a combination of factors. In addition to genetics, researchers are looking at possible environmental factors, and are studying how brain injuries, nutrition, and the social environment might contribute to ADHD.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms can easily disrupt your daily life.
By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms can easily disrupt your daily life. Fortunately, there are many ways you can successfully manage your symptoms.
Below, experts — some of whom have ADHD — share their best strategies.
1. Accept your diagnosis. ADHD is not a death sentence, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “It is simply a way the brain is wired.”
Accepting your diagnosis is key because it paves the way to positive action, such as learning about ADHD and finding strategies that work for you. As he said, “Acceptance does not mean that you love every aspect of something. It means that you recognize that it is what it is.”
Kids report ADHD meds are helping them, not changing themNewsworks.orgTreating kids who have ADHD with stimulant drugs such as Ritalin often stirs up heated debates, but how do kids themselves feel about taking these medications?
Good to hear the other side of this topic. My son feels BETTER with his medication & tells me when he needs his meds. The benefits should ALWAYS outweigh negatives when using RX as part of a treatment program. I always tell people that don't know any better, that if there's a change for "worse" with stimulant medications something needs to be adjusted-dosage, different type of rx, or a possible misdiagnosis.
We break down the treatment of adult ADHD into five basic areas:
Structure, support, and coaching
Various forms of psychotherapy
In this pamphlet we will outline some general principles that apply both to children and adults concerning the non-medication aspects of the treatment of ADHD. One way to organize the non-medication treatment of ADHD is through practical suggestions or "tips" on management. Fifty such tips are presented below:
Insight and Education Be sure of the diagnosis. Make sure you're working with a professional who really understands ADHD and has excluded related or similar conditions such as anxiety states, agitated depression, hyperthyroidism, manic-depressive illness, or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Educate yourself. Perhaps the single most powerful treatment for ADHD is understanding ADHD in the first place. Read books. Talk with professionals. Talk with other adults who have ADHD. You'll be able to design your own treatment to fit your own version of ADHD.
Coaching. It is useful for you to have a coach, for some person near you to keep after you, but always with humor. Your coach can help you get organized, stay on task, give you encouragement or remind you to get back to work. Friend, colleague, or therapist (it is possible, but risky for your coach to be your spouse), a coach is someone to stay on you to get things done, exhort you as coaches do, keep tabs on you, and in general be in your corner. A coach can be tremendously helpful in treating ADHD.
Encouragement. ADHD adults need lots of encouragement. This is in part due to their having many self-doubts that have accumulated over the years. But it goes beyond that. More than the average person, the ADHD adult withers without encouragement and positively lights up like a Christmas tree when given it. They will often work for another person in a way they won't work for themselves. This is not "bad", it just is. It should be recognized and taken advantage of.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was once thought to affect only children, but, as we now know, the primary characteristics of inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity also afflicts adults.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was once thought to affect only children, but, as we now know, the primary characteristics of inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity also afflicts adults. Although some of the symptoms seen in children, such as hyperactivity, become more subtle with age, certain areas like self-control, self-motivation, and attention pose bigger challenges for adults with ADHD. Many adults who struggle with this condition learn to compensate for their weaknesses, but still experience problems with their career and relationships. ADHD affects many adults, and it’s something that no one truly outgrows, but help is available for those who want to know more about ADHD and start addressing their problems. Here are eight major symptoms of ADHD in adults: http://www.onlinepsychologydegree.net/2012/11/28/8-major-symptoms-of-adhd-in-adults/
Knowing what works for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is just as important as knowing what doesn’t.
By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S.
Knowing what works for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is just as important as knowing whatdoesn’t. In fact, some of the tactics you’re using might even exacerbate your symptoms.
Whether it’s techniques that you’ve tried yourself or others have employed, below are seven surefire ways to unsuccessfully cope with ADHD. Plus, at the bottom you’ll find techniques that actually do work.
For children with attention deficit, not all sports are created equal. Here, find ideas for the best sports and activities for ADHD children and learn how to determine if a team or individual sport is best for your kid.
And the Winning Sports Are
The following common childhood sports are based on opportunities for distraction, level of physical contact, frustration factor, complexity of rules/strategies, and use of gross motor skills.
Gold Medal -- Swimming/Diving -- Martial Arts -- Tennis -- Gymnastics -- Wrestling
Silver Medal -- Soccer (Goalie position not recommended) -- Fencing -- Horseback Riding -- Track Events
Bronze Medal (recommended only with substantial modification) -- Baseball