While there is no known cure for ADHD, there are a number of treatment methods that can help manage ADHD symptoms. It may take some trial and error to find the right treatment method for each individual, and many times a combination of methods will ultimately be most effective.
- Medication: Psychostimulants have an extremely successful rate among both ADHD children and adults. These medications help balance the chemicals in the brain to promote impulse control and attention. While side effects (e.g. loss of appetite, irritability, anxiety) are possible, they tend to be mild and disappear over time. Once the correct medication and dosage is determined (this may take some time), this course of treatment can continue to be effective for many years with little intervention.
- Neurofeedback: This therapy may help your child learn how to regulate their brain activity, which will help them concentrate better at school or work.
- Mindfulness: This is mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
- ADHD Coaching: Medication helps with up to 50% of the challenges of ADHD; the other 50% needs to be overcome through Executive Function skills training. Problem solving, time management and communication are some of the skills that may be impaired due to ADHD, and ADHD coaching will give both children and adults the tools they are missing due to their ADHD impairments. Make sure to choose a coach who has had specialist training in understanding ADHD.
- Professional Organising: Those with ADHD may struggle with organisation. Hiring a Professional Organiser to teach you hands-on de-cluttering and organising skills will be very beneficial in managing your ADHD. Click on the icon on the right and find out about our sister company, Organise Pro.
- Diet: There’s no clear scientific evidence that ADHD is caused by diet or nutritional problems. But certain foods may play at least some role in affecting symptoms in a small group of people, research suggests.
- Exercise plays a vital role in ADHD management. Health experts recommend 5 sessions of 30 minutes exercise per week, all together 150 minutes of exercise per week, to assist in managing ADHD symptoms. As long as you are sweating and your heart is pumping, you should see positive effects on your ADHD symptoms.
Though ADHD comes along with many challenges, people who have ADHD possess great strengths. ADHD coaching will help you understand how your ADHD weaknesses are really your biggest strengths how they can help you lead a successful, productive life.
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