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What’s Next? Three Tips For Managing ADD or ADHD

What's Next? Three Tips For Managing ADD or ADHD, Frank Coppola, new yorkOnce you have been accurately diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), you can begin to explore ways to alleviate or even overcome your symptoms. This search should start with an experienced professional – most likely your physician. He or she can suggest coping mechanisms and changes that can immediately begin to improve your life.

Many people who suffer from ADD – especially adults who have gone their entire lives without treatment – also suffer from very low self-esteem. Their symptoms have caused them to fail in careers, relationships, financial matters and other areas of their life. A good jumping-off point for treatment is to find something you can be successful at so that you can immediately begin improving your self-confidence.

There are many lifestyle changes that can also help control the symptoms of ADD. For many with this disorder, stress and an overcomplicated life can greatly exacerbate the symptoms of ADD. Avoiding stressful situations and simplifying your schedule can be a great way to see positive results quickly. Also, talk to your doctor about a diet and exercise plan. The healthier your body is, the healthier your mind can be because it does not have to deal with physical ailments.

If lifestyle changes are not making enough of an impact – and for many, they don’t – then speak with your doctor about trying certain medications. There are many effective medications available by prescription and it is likely that you can find one that will alleviate at least some of your symptoms. If you experience side effects, discuss this with your doctor. Often side effects can be avoided by a change in diet, the timing of administering the medication or a change in dosage. You may also need to try a few different medications before you find one that is just right for you.

In the event that you do not want to treat your ADD with medication, there are some alternative treatments. Though many of these alternatives are not officially recognized as treatments for ADD, they have been known to work for some people. Sufficient research has not been performed for them to be approved. These alternatives include visual therapy, nutritional supplements, hypnotherapy, and neuro-biofeedback – a non-invasive way to record normal brain function and then change electrical activity patterns that may be impairing performance.

If medication, support groups, and lifestyle changes are not having the effects you desire, then personal coaching might be a good option for you. An ADD coach doesn’t need to be a therapist or have any special training, but he or she should be well-educated about ADD and have clear plans and coping mechanisms arranged for clients. You can pay a professional coach to help you or even rely on a trusted friend. However, if your ADD makes you irritable or angry, having a friend or family member as your coach can put a lot of strain on the relationship. So think carefully before you ask someone you know to be your coach.

In her book Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, Sari Solden lists three main areas where an ADD coach can be of assistance:

1. Help the client stay on track, priority and meet goals.

2. Give support in order to help you see your successes.

3. Help the client maintain systems and stay with you while you complete necessary tasks that you may find boring and repetitive.

Regardless of your symptoms or the degree to which you suffer from ADD, there are many options available to help you. If you start with a clear diagnosis and create a plan for treatment, you can begin to alleviate your symptoms. For children, this adhd questionnaire for parents can  help. Just keep in mind that each ADD patient is unique and it may take some time to find exactly the right treatment(s) for you.

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Focus and Concentration – Can Vitamins Really Help?

Our bodies are a complex thing. In many cases, we take our bodies for granted. If you have ADD, you probably have a hard time focusing or concentrating on a task for long periods of time. People with ADD get bored quickly, and this can have a detrimental effect on much of our lives, this with many other conditions we can have like vision or hearing problems, although for this last one, there are resources and professionals that can help with this, find more information on LinkedIn!

For anybody, not just people who have ADD, nutrition is very important. Our bodies need Vitamins, minerals and nutrients to function properly, and when we don’t feed our bodies these things, it can have devastating effects on our memories and bodies.

Invest in a Multivitamin

Not a day should go by that you don’t take a multivitamin. Your diet is probably not perfect, and a multivitamin can help make up for any vitamin deficiencies. They’re relatively cheap to buy, easy to find in any drug store or health food store, and they can be the difference between high-energy days and low. The nutrient combination in greens powder is formulated to support your body’s immune system and energy levels while meeting the nutrition requirements for a healthy diet. Let’s take a closer look at matcha green tea powder amazon and why you should buy their matcha powder today.

Sleep Deprivation

Our memories are affected by lack of oxygen, lack of carbon dioxide and how rested we are. If you’re having a hard time concentrating or staying focused on a task, you might want to have a look at your sleeping patterns. Lack of sleep can adversely affect your memory. You should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Anything else is unhealthy.

Exercise

Believe it or not, exercise can help your memory. Like I mentioned above, a lack of oxygen can affect your memory. Therefore, it only stands to reason that by boosting your oxygen flow, and supporting your nervous system with regular exercise, that your memory will reap the benefits.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies are tricky. They can be expensive, and to date, not a whole lot of research has been done on a lot of herbs. However, in some cases, these herbal remedies may help you improve your memory and focus.

Just a few of them are:

  • Rosemary
  • Ginseng
  • Panax Ginseng
  • Gotu Cola

Before you buy any of these herbs, you should consult a physician, especially if you suffer from a health condition, such as high blood pressure, kidney problems or heart disease.

Regular exercise, a proper diet and a healthy dose of sleep each and every night can dramatically improve your memory and focus. The mind and the body are inextricably linked. One can’t be healthy without the other.

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Isolation Sucks! Are You Feeling Non-Productive?

Isolation Sucks! Are You Feeling Non-Productive? Isolation is but one of the common challenges for people living with ADD/ADHD. This challenge can be set off by any number of situations that may happen in the course of our lives.

Have you ever found yourself feeling so completely set apart and isolated you get stuck? This feeling usually takes on the form of low energy, a lack of enthusiasm and crankiness, which in time expands and becomes negative self-talk.

Isolation is so subtle to me. We are working diligently-so much so that we must be alone in order to get the job done. Perhaps we’ve hit a roadblock on our way to completing a project. For me, it could be holding onto an article for fear that it’s not perfect. When any one of these setbacks occurs, we may find ourselves moving away from interaction with the very people who can actually help us breakthrough where we are “stuck.”

Challenges, setbacks and even accomplishments can throw us off. Stress is a contributing factor. Think back over this past week. Have you ever heard yourself saying, “I need to be alone to think (fill in the blank) this out.” Or perhaps you’re heading for the finish line, after days of hard work, only to have your client tell you they’ve decided to go with another company. Or it can be as simple as going to the supermarket to get your favorite ice cream to find they no longer carry it.

To get very personal, I’ve been working with technical people to improve and update my site. I’ve installed a new email system that is efficient and can handle multiple tasks. It all sounds great, right? On the other hand, as eager as I am to learn the system, I have been stymied by its complexities. I can hardly get anything started, let alone completed. I feel myself on the edge of being overwhelmed. I’m lucky enough to be working with technical people across the country… yet, my hyperactive ADD brain has already worked out all the details! I’m ready to move on to the next thing, but the real-time learning process is taking so much longer. The stress builds as I get deeper and deeper into getting this phase completed. Over time, I realize I’ve cut myself off from those around me. Whammo!

Can you relate?

ISOLATION SUCKS! always gets a rise whether I say it or whenever I make a presentation. The response is usually laughter. We all relate when a comedian says something that is so obvious we have to laugh.

Now we have a dilemma. If you know this happens given certain circumstances, what do you do to anticipate or get out of those situations?

Shifting your mood is the most essential element. Let me offer three steps that you might want to try out for yourself.

Network of Support: Develop a network of support. If you ever find yourself in the “ISOLATION SUCKS mode”, reach out to your friends, relatives, me: people who can be honest and caring with you. I call in my Network of Support-those people who can depend on me and vice versa to remind me I am not alone. You’ll want to avoid those people who unconsciously criticize you. If no one in your network is around, go for a walk just to be around other people. We all need help from time to time. This is normal and necessary. If you don’t have a network of support, you can learn to put one together; I can help you with skill-building techniques. Working through isolation is very important for your success as a person living with ADD.

Trust: Trust is one of the key virtues needed to be understood and experienced to live a full and productive life with or without ADD. For your network to work effectively, it must be made up of people you can trust. Once realized and once coached about trust, we have a foundation for building substantial relationships in our lives, work and family.

Acceptance: Sometimes we all have what I call “take to the sheets days.” It’s allowed. I recommend you accept that you feel cut off from what’s going on around you. Accept that is where you are right now. Breathe it in. It will pass. Remember you are not alone and today is just one of those days for you to replenish yourself. With the help of your network and the skills you are developing around trust and acceptance, you can work through isolation.

You can develop an additional network of support by reaching out to those people who genuinely are concerned for you and care for you. Isolation lessens when you are supported by a community of like-minded people living with ADD. I firmly believe that the more awareness we all have about ADD, the more we grow.

You are better today knowing you have ADD.

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Positive Effects of ADD

Positive Effects of ADDI see the gift of ADD/ADHD all around us. It shows up in so many ways. We are always surprised to find out that extremely successful people in all walks of life we suspect have ADD/ADHD or have stated that they do. We learn a great deal from this group but all we need do is to look inside to our own character.

ADD/ADHD people can teach others about ethics and humility. Many of them know what it is like to be teased, and they know how much it hurts. This makes them display a much stronger moral character.

ADD/ADHD persons are the ones that you want to have involved in sports, choir, and band. It is because they are energetic, smart, resourceful, charismatic, creative and also resilient! These are the very same qualities that it takes in life to be a successful professional in any field.

Some Positive Attributes ADD/ADHD People

  • Creative Extremely Intelligent Adaptable
  • Resourceful High Energy Level Visionaries
  • Humble Enthusiastic Humorous
  • Insightful Visual Trusting
  • Open-minded Compassionate Artistic
  • Passionate Sensitive Verbally Advanced
  • Mechanically Inclined Hardworking Athletic
  • Imaginative Charismatic Fun-loving
  • Optimistic Outgoing Personable
  • Athletic Resourceful Smart

Some Famous (Suspected) ADD/ADHD People

  • Thomas Edison
  • Albert Einstein
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Leonardo DaVinci
  • Mozart Socrates
  • Beethoven
  • Wright Brothers
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Salvador Dali
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Bill Cosby
  • Michael Jordan
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Prince Charles

Open your mind and open your eyes to the beauty of the ADD/ADHD person.

Who else do you suspect might have ADD/ADHD?

I want to make a special Acknowledgement to David Giwerc, Founder – http://www.ADDCA.com for their help.

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An Incredible Time to Have ADD – The Decade of Distraction

An Incredible Time to Have ADD – The Decade of Distraction

An Incredible Time to Have ADD - The Decade of DistractionWe are living in the “Decade of Distraction.” For people living with ADD/ADHD, this is an opportunity to use ADD/ADHD to its fullest advantage. Information is heaped upon us in massive amounts from multiple sources. Technology changes at a rapid pace. 10 years ago, the internet was primarily a governmental and educational resource. Today, it is a global phenomenon. We see it in business. We can send a request for medical data to India sitting in the doctor’s office and receive an evaluation within hours. Wish to develop a website? A friend is working with a website developer in Brazil!

Throughout this as people who lean toward creativity and stimulation, learning in our own special way becomes meaningful. I’ve just begun learning how to build websites using Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks with an incredible web designer/developer and instructor, Richard Wood. Why? I wish to be connected in a way that developing and understanding websites from the inside out is essential to me.

For me and many others with ADD/ADHD, we have the ability to assimilate all this information easier than others, I believe, because of our attraction to stimulation. For many people living with ADD/ADHD, multitasking can be seamless. In these situations, can you see how YOUR ADD/ADHD can be an advantage? It has been noted that in the next 15 years, to succeed, one needs to be able to think like a person living with ADD/ADHD.

Where we may thrive in multiple areas of interests and stimulation, people without ADD/ADHD can experience frustration and confusion. They may experience a cacophony of noise. This is a perfect example of how you might take advantage of ADD/ADHD and WIN with ADD/ADHD.

So I leave you with this thought and challenge. Take note of what makes you different and unique. These differences may be your greatest attribute as the Decade of Distraction is upon us.

Learn to appreciate your specific brain wiring. ADD/ADHD can be a gift that requires development of a new skill set that will enhance your abilities. This is worth paying attention to!

I’m a firm believer, the more awareness we all have about ADD/ADHD the more we grow. You are better today by knowing you have ADD/ADHD. As you read my articles I hope you walk away with a new perspective on Adult ADD/ADHD and perhaps a new perspective on yourself.

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