I know that we all face challenges and struggles every day. Sometimes, it's hard to do the simplest things like getting out of bed or making a meal for ourselves (trust me I've burnt 🔥 more than one pot of noodles 😭😭). So when you think about those with ADHD having to go through these kinds of struggles, it can be hard to imagine them being able to do anything at all. But you know what? We've found a way to manage our symptoms.
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Here are some things that I do to help me manage my ADHD symptoms:
- Writing down lists of what needs to get done (I'm a huge list maker!)
- Setting alarms for myself so that I remember important appointments or tasks at certain times like when it's time for medication, work deadlines, class presentations , etc...
- Drinking lots of water helps me stay focused and alert (no one wants ADHD brain fog!!!)
- Exercise is another thing that helps with ADHD symptoms because endorphins boost your mood and energy levels
- I also make a point to eat healthy meals and snacks, because ADHD brain fog can be caused by low blood sugar .
In addition to these tips that have personally worked for me, you can find more information about ADHD from sites like WebMD or the world's largest ADHD organization CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD).
So now let's talk about how we as a community of people living with ADHD can help each other out! First off – it is so important for us all to take care of our mental health. So if any one of us needs someone to listen, just know there are lots of resources where you can call in anonymously.
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Fortunately, ADHD can be addressed through education among other things. Explore everything from in-person meetings to online libraries and books. You may also search for resources that help you learn about the rights your child or your partner have. There are multiple types of resources for ADHD: support groups, websites, books, conferences, and support groups for parents and kids with ADHD.
Through modern technology, it is now easier to connect with other people who live with ADHD on different social media platforms. Some Facebook groups may be private, so you may have to request to join. Here is the list of the Facebook groups:
There are different forums on reddit where you can join and interact with people who are also sharing your experiences. This link directs you to the Reddit ADHD community where there are lots of topics about ADHD and other cognitive and social concerns. You can learn new things about ADHD here and you can also share your personal tips with the members. https://www.reddit.com/r/ADHD/
CHADD ( chadd.org ) is the largest national ADHD support system. It provides education, advocacy, and helps children and adults living with ADHD and their families. ADDA (ADDA) provides resources for adults diagnosed with ADHD. Currently, the organization spearheads advocacy efforts such as advocating if ADHD therapy is necessary for correction. The organization maintains a resource directory of professions who specialize in ADHD such as coaches, bookkeeping, and professional organizers. Some even have e-mail and fax support sites. You can talk with others who are experiencing ADHD even if it's located nearby. The group includes a virtual assistance group.
The American Academy for Children and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a new guideline on diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides resources on managing ADHD. CDC supplies information on primary causes of an ADHD diagnosis including symptoms. CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention Deficiency/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a leading non-profit organization. You can Find a chapter at. This database includes detailed information about mental disorders such as ADHD statistics Symptoms and diagnosis. CME Faculty is a resources for the public and health professionals who need some information on ADHD among adults and adolescents.
Known as “the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD”, this center provides program for children and adults with ADHD. Link: About NRC - CHADD
It is a government agency that is dedicated to provide the public with latest clinical trials and free media resources about ADHD. They also release updates on ADHD statistics and latest information about its symptoms and diagnosis. Link: NIMH » Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (nih.gov)
They share tips on how can children with ADHD succeed in school and at home. Aside from that, they also publish basic information about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for people with ADHD. Link: Learn About Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) | CDC
ADHD CME Faculty provides medical education to doctors and health care professionals on how to effectively diagnose and manage ADHD. In addition to that, this organization also provides public awareness to the community about ADHD through its free trainings. Link: Free ADHD CME - ADHD In Adults
- Fidgety or squirmy when sitting down for long periods of time.
- Difficulty taking turns and sharing materials with other children at school.
- Struggling to follow rules, directions, and routines.
- Unorganized work spaces that are hard to clean up because adhd brain fog makes it difficult to focus on what comes first!
No they are not, but the person who takes them might become addicted if s/he stops using them without consulting a doctor first . Some people can also develop an addiction to Ritalin which is similar in function.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms of ADHD, it’s best to see a professional for a diagnosis.