Helping you to overcome attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
To improve your ADHD symptoms, you may do a lot on your own. Simple measures can help you achieve your goals, such as:
- Exercise burns off energy and releases beneficial brain chemicals like serotonin, which can help you concentrate.
- Relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga can help to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD, as well as the anxiety and depression that might accompany it.
- Eating healthy, nutritious food at regular times. Don’t go too long between meals. Don't eat junk food because, according to some experts, food additives, may exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD.
- Take efforts to improve your sleep quality. Maintain a consistent night routine, limit caffeine, switch off technology early, and keep your bedroom dark.
It is important to remember that ADHD does not go away by itself. If your symptoms are severe and your life is being disrupted, it is critical you seek professional help as soon as possible.
What treatments are there for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
ADHD affects people in different ways. Your treatment will be tailored to your symptoms and diagnosis (if appropriate), as well as your unique requirements. What works for one person might not work for another, and what works for one person may change over time. The following are some of the ADHD treatment options:
- Treatment through medication
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Talking therapies
Psychotherapeutic group sessions
Arts and creative therapies
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Medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
There are 5 main types of medication available for easing the symptoms ADHD. Which one will be suitable for you depends on what type of ADHD you have and susceptibility to side effects of the medication.
These medications aren't a cure for ADHD, but they can help people with the disorder focus better, be less impulsive, feel calmer, and acquire and practise new coping skills.
- Methylphenidate is the most often prescribed ADHD medication. It belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants, which function by raising brain activity, particularly in areas involved in attention and behaviour control.
- Lisdexamfetamine is a drug that works by stimulating specific areas of the brain. It helps focus attention, enhances concentration, and lowers impulsive behaviour.
- Dexamfetamine is similar to lisdexamfetamine.
- Atomoxetine differs from other ADHD medications in how it works. It's an SNRI (selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor), which means it raises the amount of noradrenaline in the brain helping with concentration and impulse control.
- Guanfacine improves attention by acting on a portion of the brain, and it also lowers blood pressure.
Cognitive behavioural therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the best treatments of ADHD because it helps you learn new behavioural patterns thereby decreasing any unhelpful behaviours you may be engaging in. Cognitive-behavioural therapy alters your mental processes to assist you improve your behaviour.
Schema therapy focuses on the underlying reasons of problematic behaviour, low self-esteem and anxiety. Schema therapy can assist you in gaining a better understanding of your past experiences so that you can begin to cope in more positive ways.
Psychotherapy help people to recognise their anxiety pattern and combat it by reframing their thoughts and engaging in healthy habits.
Therapy elements include:
- Creating positive and enjoyable activities and experiences
- Changing distorted, predominantly negative or pessimistic thought patterns
- Practicing social skills to improve interpersonal connections (re)establishing social contacts
- (Re)building social contacts
- Developing problem-solving techniques
- Sport therapy and physiotherapeutic measures
- Mindfulness training
Talking therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
This type of traditional therapy can assist you in overcoming the emotional issues that typically comes with ADHD. It can assist you in overcoming feelings of shame, humiliation, and resentment.
Group therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Structured group therapy for adult ADHD is conducive in significantly easing symptoms. In this type of therapy includes behavioural analyses, mindfulness, and emotion regulation which are helpful in treating ADHD.
Art and creative therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Art and creative therapies are treatments that include the use of arts-based activities such as painting, music, or theatre in a therapeutic setting with the assistance of a qualified practitioner.
You don't need any prior experience or expertise to participate in these activities.
Art and creative therapy can help people with ADHD improve their problem-solving skills, focus, communication, and other aspects of their lives, resulting in less impulsivity, distractibility, and anxiety.