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Fighting ADHD

For many years medication has been the primary approach to coping with ADHD symptoms. Fortunately, now there are many alternatives and additional measures.

Having been diagnosed with ADHD is not a sign that you should give up on your future plans. This is the time to be patient and get ready to fight. Remember that you are not alone and there are millions of people around the world who are going through the same battle as you.

Your healthcare provider will work out the strategy that is most suited for your situation. It is important to learn more about what this strategy might include.

  • Medication
  • Psychological counseling
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Community support
Medication

Remember that when deciding to take medications, it is important to discuss and assess all the risks of this approach with your doctor. Medication may include both stimulants and/ or other medications, such as antidepressants. Non-stimulant medications may be used for people who cannot take stimulants due to certain health issues or stimulant side effects. Their overall goal is to stabilize the areas of the brain that are affected by ADHD the most, attention and behavior centers.

The most common stimulants that are prescribed for ADHD include methylphenidate or amphetamine while other medications may be the non-stimulant drug, atomoxetine or antidepressants such as bupropion.

  • Keep a close eye on any changes you experience while on medication
  • Only a medical professional can decide to switch, stop or increase the dosage of any medication
  • Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects
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Benefits of this approach:
  • Allows medical professionals to trace your improvement as well as timely address possible issues and complications
  • Medication is used to balance out the levels of neurotransmitters
  • Relatively fast results
Psychological counseling

The most common types of psychological counseling are Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and marital counseling and family therapy. While the first one focuses on skills to manage a person’s behavior and change their destructive thinking patterns, the second one helps family members cope with the everyday stress of living with a person with ADHD.

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Benefits of this approach:
  • Improves communication and problem-solving skills
  • Teaches ways to address the issue as a collective one
Lifestyle changes and interventions

While every individual case of ADHD is unique, there are certain guidelines that might help everyone whose lives have been affected by the diagnosis.

This approach includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Creating a list of tasks with deadlines
  • Breaking tasks into smaller, easier manageable ones
  • Creating routines
  • Setting up a system of reminders, and etc.
Benefits of this approach:
  • Builds your self-esteem through hard work and sense of accomplishment after every little victory
  • Helps create the strategy of coping with ADHD symptoms on a daily basis
  • Let’s you achieve your goals through a mindful approach
Community support

It is important to share your fears and questions with a group of people who are going through the same. Getting support and hearing other people’s stories is a good way of dealing with anxiety and building your own psychological defense mechanisms.

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Benefits of this approach:
  • Helps you find a safe place to openly discuss your fight with ADHD
  • Allows you to share experiences with others and gain a new perspective
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