ADHD Symptoms and Coping Strategies!

ADHD Symptoms and Coping Strategies!

Do you have or know someone who’s been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD?

ADHD symptoms start before age 12, and in some children, they’re noticeable as early as 3 years of age. ADHD symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe, and they may continue into adulthood” according to the Mayo Clinic.

The CDC says that when a child has ADHD they may “daydream a lot, forget or lose things, squirm or fidget, talk too much, make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks, have a hard time resisting temptation, have trouble taking turns, and have difficulty getting along with others”.

The National Institute of Mental Health describes ADHD as a “a developmental disorder associated with an ongoing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. The symptoms of ADHD can interfere significantly with an individual’s daily activities and relationships. ADHD begins in childhood and can continue into the teen years and adulthood”.

ADHD is not selective to specific environments and manifests throughout the day across various settings, be it at work, at home, or in social situations. It stays with you everywhere, not just a specific place like work or home.

ADD.org says that there are actually three main types of ADHD:

1. Hyperactive and impulsive type ADHD: This type of ADHD predominantly presents with symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
2. Inattentive type ADHD: This ADHD type mainly presents with symptoms of inattention and distractibility. Inattentive type ADHD is what is often referred to as ADD.
3. Combined type ADHD: This is the most prevalent type of ADHD and is characterized by symptoms of inattention and distractibility in addition to hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Recognizing the symptoms and understanding how to cope with ADHD is important.

While the exact cause of ADHD is not clear, research efforts continue. Factors that may be involved in the development of ADHD include genetics, the environment or problems with the central nervous system at key moments in development” according to the Mayo Clinic.



ADHD in Adulthood!

By adulthood, symptoms may still be present but they may be more internalized and less obvious.

Here are symptoms of ADHD in adulthood:
💛 Difficulty paying attention or following through on tasks
⭐ Acting without thinking
💛 Restlessness / Hyperactivity / Difficult sitting still
⭐ Disorganization / Forgetfulness
💛 Hyper focusing on tasks for an extended period of time
⭐ Poor planning
💛 Low frustration tolerance
⭐ Easily distracted
💛 Eye contact avoidance
⭐ Difficulty following directions
💛 Regularly losing things
⭐ Lack of information retention, even when told something directly
💛 Excessive talking
⭐ Interrupting others
💛 Difficulty relaxing or engaging in leisure activities

These symptoms may vary and could have a significant impact on relationships.

If you think you may have ADHD, it’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.


Get Diagnosed!

Have you been Diagnosed with ADHD?CHADD.com says “There are several types of professionals who typically diagnose ADHD. These include: physicians, (especially psychiatrists, pediatricians, neurologists), psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and other licensed counselors or therapists”.

In order to detect whether you have ADHD, your health care provider may ask you to complete a comprehensive evaluation that has you list your current symptoms, existing conditions, and medical history.

Once diagnosed, your provider will likely supply you with an appropriate treatment plan for your ADHD type.

This may include behavioral therapy, supplementation, or drug therapy. It may also include dietary changes.

ADD.org says “Because there is no definitive ADHD diet, adopting healthy eating habits is the best way to elevate your mental and physical wellness”. They say that it’s best to “Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins while limiting sugar, refined carbs, and saturated fats”.


Coping Strategy Ideas!

Other research says there are coping strategies you could try, and I’ll share a few ideas that may help:

👉🏽 Create daily routines to help manage time more effectively and reduce impulsivity.
👉 Break down tasks into smaller steps to make them less overwhelming and improve productivity.
👉🏽 Use only one calendar for all appointments, as well as one to-do list.
👉 Meditate at the same time daily, for at least 10 minutes, and do deep breathing exercises to help improve attention.
👉🏽 Build a support system of friends, family, and healthcare professionals who will provide encouragement.
👉 Exercise daily to help reduce hyperactivity and improve concentration.
👉🏽 Set alarms and use reminders to help with starting and stopping tasks.
👉 Simplify your space, and create a successful environment by eliminating unnecessary items or clutter.
👉🏽 Set up automatic bill payments.
👉 Journal to provide an outlet for processing thoughts and emotions, in order to help prioritize goals.
👉🏽 Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
👉 Avoid caffeine after noon.
👉🏽 Skip naps during the day, even if you feel tired, as they may keep you up at night.
👉 Separate work from home life.
👉🏽 Take breaks.
👉 Practice mindfulness to strengthen attention, memory, motivation, and learning, and to promote problem-solving and decision-making.

Incorporating these coping strategies can not only help ADHD, but increase productivity!


ADHD Strengths!

What Strengths do People with ADHD Possess?If you’ve diagnosed with ADHD, you may possess certain strengths, and discover that there are benefits to living with this condition.

Some ADHD strengths and benefits include being:

➢ Innovative, creative, imaginative, and can think outside the box.
✒ Hyper-focused allowing them to go deeper than the average person.
➢ More capable of being spontaneous.
✒ Energetic with outgoing, passionate personalities.

The best way to optimize these strengths is by creating a successful environment where these skills can be applied.

With the right coping strategies, people with ADHD can navigate challenges and thrive in various aspects of life.

ADHD is a complex disorder that impacts various aspects of people’s daily lives.

From children struggling to focus in school to adults navigating challenges in the workplace and relationships, ADHD requires understanding and support.

By raising awareness, we can empower individuals with ADHD to thrive.


Helpful Books!

Helpful Books for People with ADHD!There’s a book written by Joel T. Nigg Ph.D., called “Getting Ahead of ADHD: What Next-Generation Science Says about Treatments That Work – And How You Can Make Them Work for Your Child”.

The description says “Dr. Nigg describes specific lifestyle changes that have been proven to support the developing brain. Vivid stories illustrate ways to maximize the positive effects of healthy nutrition, exercise, and sleep, and minimize the damage from stress and other known risk factors. The book will help you figure out which options hold the most promise for improving your child’s symptoms and overall well-being – and gives you step-by-step suggestions for integrating them into daily life”.

There’s another book written by by Russell A. Barkley Ph.D., called “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD: Proven Strategies to Succeed at Work, at Home, and in Relationships”.

The description says “Dr. Barkley takes you through the process of seeking professional help, addresses frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments, and offers a wealth of advice and tips–all science-based. Featuring the latest resources and medication facts, the revised and updated second edition includes new or expanded discussions of mindfulness, emotional self-control, time management, building a successful career, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and more”.

Check out this online test to see if you may have ADHD.

ADHD poses unique challenges for individuals of all ages, so let’s celebrate strengths, and create a supportive environment for everyone affected by ADHD.

ADHD isn’t a bad thing, it’s a different way of thinking“. – David Neeleman

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