ADHD, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. It often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. People with ADHD often lack focus, wander off task, talk excessively, fidget, and act impulsively.
- WAYS TO COPE
- INTERVENE EARLY: ADHD often begins in childhood, so it is expedient to watch your child closely for signs of this condition. If your child always looks like they are becoming overstimulated, frustrated, and no more in charge of their self-control, intervene. To calm them down, distract them away from the situation that is triggering these symptoms in them.
- DIET: Food that contains additives or caffeine should not be given to children if possible, making them hyperactive. Therefore, it is crucial to keep an eye on what your child eats, keep a diary of their meal and discuss it with a dietician or specialist.
- PLAN THE DAY: As an adult with ADHD, if you find it challenging to stay organized, you need to start making lists, setting reminders, and keeping diaries. It would help you stay on track through the day and also reduce your frustration rate.
- SUPPORT GROUPS: Quite a several people are also going through this chronic condition, and connecting with them would go a long way. Support groups can be a good source of support, information, and advice.
- EXERCISE REGULARLY: Exercising as consistently as possible helps to let off steam and your sleep quality. It does not have to be tedious or rigorous; exercises like walking, skipping, and playing sport would do the trick.
- CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS: For a child with ADHD, it is necessary to give them clear and specific instructions, not brief instructions. It makes it more transparent what your child needs to do and creates opportunities for a ‘well-done’ when they get it right.