What is adhd?
ADHD is a brain disorder that affects the way people think and act. It occurs most often in children, but can also affect adults. It causes problems with attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It can cause mood swings, low self-esteem, eating disorders and trouble in relationships.
What is the difference between adhd and regular childhood behavior?
Most healthy children are inattentive at some times and hyperactive at others, depending on the age and activity level. But some kids have symptoms that are so severe and noticeable they need help with their daily activities.
If you or a loved one is showing these symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor right away. They’ll perform a complete physical and do a mental health check to rule out other conditions.
What is the best treatment for ADHD?
Most people with ADHD get help from a combination of medication, behavioral therapy and education. Your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that works for you.
Medication helps you focus, manage stress, reduce feelings of frustration and increase your energy level. It may also prevent symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Cognitive therapy can also help you learn new skills and strategies to improve your ability to pay attention and control your behavior. Psychotherapy can help you explore negative thoughts and behaviors that might be causing your ADHD.
Managing your ADHD with diet and exercise
Eating well can help you feel more focused, calmer and less distracted by things that aren’t related to your work or school. Limiting high-calorie foods, caffeine and sugar can also help.
Keeping a schedule and routine can also help you stay organized. Set regular bedtimes and wake-up times, and make sure everyone in the family sticks to them. Putting homework, projects and other assignments in a folder is another helpful way to keep track of them.
Making time for a workout and meditation can also help you keep your mind focused on your tasks. It’s important to set aside time for both, and to get enough sleep at night to keep your energy levels up.
Medication and behavior therapy are usually the first steps in a treatment plan. You’ll work with your doctor to find the right combination of medications, exercises and other therapies that are effective for you.
How to manage ADHD at home
Many children with adhd struggle with a lack of organizational skills and organization in general. They lose things or forget things easily and are not able to keep track of their homework, books and other supplies.
They may be unable to organize their schedules and can’t make time for social activities. They also have a hard time sitting still long enough to complete their schoolwork.
Parents with children with adhd can learn to manage their own stress, avoid distractions and create a supportive environment. It’s also helpful to join a support group for people with ADHD to share experiences and find strategies to cope.