Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects many children and adults. It is a neurological disorder that causes the sufferer to be inattentive, hyperactive, or both. It is a difficult disorder to diagnose since most people have elements of it in their everyday personality. When it becomes the dominant part of a person’s personality, for example it is a a hindrance to a child’s school work or an adult’s job performance, then it can be diagnosed and treated.
Symptoms of inattentiveness can be inability to focus, inability to follow directions, forgetting things, switching quickly between activities or tasks, not paying attention or listening, excessive day dreaming, and trouble processing information at a normal speed. Symptoms of hyperactivity can be inability to sit still, talking non stop, inability to sit quietly and complete activities, needing to touch everything within reach or sight, being impatient, and inability to restrain emotion. When symptoms from each collide it is difficult for the person with ADD/ADHD to function appropriately or productively.
Through the years there have been many ADHD treatment options available. The most traditional option, and the one used the most with children, is medication. There are stimulant medications such as: Ritalin, Dexedrine, Concerta, Daytrana, Vyvanse, and ADDerall. There is also a non-stimulant medication called Strattera. There has been a lot of success controlling ADHD using medication, but adults and parents seem to be trying to find other ADHD treatment options.
There are many books written on the subject of ADHD and its management. There are also counselors who specialize in the treatment of ADHD. Counseling can make a huge difference in treating ADHD. There are also alternative medicine approaches, bio feedback therapy, and diet control methods to deal with ADHD. As with most things, not every treatment option works for everyone. It may take a person with ADHD or a parent of a child with ADHD a while to find what works best in their specific circumstance.
The best thing to do when exploring the many options for ADD/ADHD treatment is to keep a positive attitude. Keep in perspective that all the symptoms of ADHD may not be controlled or alleviated. Keeping a realistic viewpoint and not searching for a quick fix miracle cure is the best approach. There are some everyday things that you may take for granted that can help when dealing with ADHD. Exercising and eating right can go a long way in helping a person with ADHD. Getting enough sleep is also a way to help with ADHD. Often a person suffering from the hyperactivity aspect of ADHD will find sleeping difficult. Getting enough exercise and cutting back on stimulants in food or drink will help. For the inattentive, sleep may help increase productivity during waking hours.
Finally, there are at-home treatment programs that can be found online. Testing for diagnosis of ADHD has been online for awhile. Cognitive therapy treatments are now available. These consist of mental exercises and tips on how to control ADHD. They can often increase concentration, attention, organization, and self image for the user. These online programs offer fast results and can be done at your own pace. For many, the online option is a great addition to their ADHD treatment plan.
Remember that ADHD does not have to set the tone for your or your child’s life. Get out there and research the ADHD treatment alternatives and options that are available. You may need to pick and choose amongst them to find what is best, but there is an option out there that can help.