Managing With ADHD

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  1. Take medication as directed. If you are taking medicine for this condition, you need to remember to take it as directed.  It isn’t good to skip and dose, double up on a dose that was missed.  This isn’t good for you and people around you.

Check the side effects of the medicine and make sure you aren’t having negative side effects.

  1. Organize yourself.  Train yourself to be organized.  You make a list everyday of the things you need to do, or things you need to pick up at the store. This can be accomplished by using a day planner, if you have a cell phone with an alarm, you can set the alarm to help you remember appointments or such.  I have learned that is a good way for me to remember relatives birthdays is to set my cell phone award.  Another trick is to put the things you need for the day right in front of the door, so you will see them as you leave for the day.
  2. Control impulsive behavior.  If you have problems with implusive behavior you can count to 10 before reacting, step back count to 10, and breath deeply. I do this with my 20 month old when she is getting into things.  It really works, and makes the impulse diminish and go away.
  3. Minimize distractions.  If you are in a noisy environment, the tv is to loud, or a radio is playing to loudly, people are talking loudly, you can either move to a different place, turn the tv or radio off, ask people to quieten down, or invest in a pair of earplugs.  The earplugs again are a thing I use a lot, works wonders when you are traveling and need quiet in Hotel rooms.
  4. Find constructive outlets for excess energy. People with Adhd seem to have a lot of pent of energy.  You can get a hobby, find a sport you enjoy, or just get out and walk.  We live in the country, and I get out and walk in the yard and breath deeply, listen to birds, and just try to relax.
  5. Ask for Help.  If you still are having problems with disruptive thinking, ask a counselor for help, maybe they can give you techniques to help you out.  It doesn’t hurt to ask for help and there is nothing wrong with asking for help.

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