ADHD Lifestyle Tips for Adults
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Living with ADHD poses many challenges, and medication goes only so far in managing symptoms. Watch this video for ADHD lifestyle tips for adults. You'll learn ways to get organized, set priorities, and manage your everyday responsibilities better.
Transcript: While you're being an employee, partner and parent, you have to take care of YOURSELF, too. Let's talk...
While you're being an employee, partner and parent, you have to take care of YOURSELF, too. Let's talk about ways you can minimize your ADHD while you're taking care of responsibilities. Therapy and medication help IMPROVE symptoms, but you have to adjust your lifestyle, too. Take baby steps to get organized-once you are, it'll help you finish tasks with fewer distractions. Here are some ideas: --Make a REASONABLE, daily to-do list. --Sort out your desk clutter, at home and at work. Arrange your computer files, too. --Keep a day planner filled with color-coded meetings, appointments, and social events --Use your smartphone or a notepad to write down reminders to yourself. --Follow a consistent routine. Prioritize each item on your to-do list-paying the taxes is more important than setting up a new TV. When you're tackling a DAUNTING task, break it into small pieces so you can accomplish it with ease. Your hyperactivity MAY make it difficult to sit still at work, at concerts and at sporting events. Try relieving your restlessness by squeezing a stress ball or allowing yourself to go use the bathroom or take a quick walk periodically. When communicating with others, actively listen to what they have to say, and try not to interrupt with an impulsive thought. Look out for signs of boredom from those around you -it may mean you've become too engrossed in your own topic of conversation and are going on and on. Finally, I recommend that you eat well, and get the same amount of sleep each night, even on weekends. A consistent routine will reduce stress and calm your symptoms. And, regular EXERCISE can help you relieve hyperactivity and expend excess energy. Check out other videos in this series to learn more about ADHD.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-27 | Tags »
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It may seem counterintuitive, but stimulants can help calm the hyperactive symptoms of ADHD. Watch this video to learn how stimulants and ADHD work together to focus a distracted mind.
Transcript: It might sound counterproductive to give STIMULANTS to a hyperactive person, but they're the MOST common...
It might sound counterproductive to give STIMULANTS to a hyperactive person, but they're the MOST common way to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They're effective for children, teens AND adults. These drugs CALM the HYPERACTIVE symptoms of ADHD and treat INATTENTIVENESS by improving focus and attention. They produce this effect by INCREASING the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters located in the brain. People with ADHD take a LOW dose of their prescribed stimulant initially and gradually take HIGHER doses until they experience the beneficial effects of the drug. There are SEVERAL stimulants approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As not ALL are approved for adults or for children of all ages, doctors consider each patient's age and needs when prescribing. Adults are often given medications that are approved for children, but are "off label" for adults. Stimulant medications include amphetamine, dextramphetamine, methylphenidate, dexmethylphenidate and lisdexamfetamine. There are both LONG-acting and SHORT-acting formulations of these drugs. The LONG-acting versions are taken ONCE or twice a day, while the SHORT acting ones require dosages several times a day. Since rebound symptoms can occur when short-acting medications wear off, long-acting stimulants are more popular. One stimulant is available as a PATCH applied to the hip, and the others are oral medications. A few stimulants ARE available as chewables or liquids for children who can't swallow pills. The MOST common side effects of stimulants include DECREASED appetite, nervousness, insomnia, irritability, stomach pain, headache, depression, hair loss and lack of spontaneity. Some people think that stimulants make a person with ADHD TOO mellow and quiet. If these side effects concern you or your child, ask your doctor for alternative medications. Some people shouldn't take stimulants AT ALL. Adults with heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, past drug addiction and those who take MAOI antidepressants are NOT good candidates for stimulants. Non-stimulant treatment medications for ADHD include: atomoxetine and guanfacine extended release. They do have some serious potential side effects, including suicidal thoughts in children and teens and heart attacks in adults. Watch more videos in this series to get additional information about ADHD treatment.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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Why does your doctor want to talk about your childhood if he or she suspects you have ADHD? Because that's when the condition first develops. Watch this video to learn more about diagnosing adult ADHD and recognizing its symptoms.
Transcript: If you are frequently impulsive, distracted, and anxious, you may have adult attention deficit hyperactivity...
If you are frequently impulsive, distracted, and anxious, you may have adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD - a condition that begins in childhood, and for 60 percent of people, persists into adulthood. About eight million adults in the United States have ADHD. The main symptoms of adult ADHD are chronic disorganization and trouble prioritizing tasks, recklessness -- car accidents are common, marital difficulties, distractibility, poor listening skills, and frequent anger and frustration. Socially inappropriate behavior, such as blurting out an inappropriate thought or frequently interrupting conversations, can also signal the condition. One thing that makes adult ADHD difficult to diagnose is that it often coexists with other behavioral and mental problems, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and anxiety. In addition, the discomfort that it causes can lead to self-medication with alcohol and drugs. Many adults don't learn that they have ADHD until they are treated for other such problems. But if these behaviors sound like YOU, you should visit a doctor who specializes in adult ADHD. You -and close family members -- will be asked to evaluate how your symptoms interfere with various parts of your life. And the doctor will look for coexisting conditions that compound your ADHD symptoms. Untreated ADHD can make everyday tasks a MAJOR challenge. Fortunately, it can be effectively controlled with many of the same medications that children use; but psychotherapy may also be required to overcome a lifetime of low-self-esteem and poor social skills. For more information on ADHD, see the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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