Posted on June 21, 2012
I’ve noticed that my newsletters/blogs lately have been chock- full of personal stories of my daily life, and how living with ADHD, can throw me one heck of a curve ball at times. I hope that by sharing some personal moments, you too can see that with the right mental framework, resources, good friends and family, we all have a better shot at recovering from our ADD “moments.”
But today I’d like to offer up something a bit more practical. I was recently interviewed by PsychCentral.com for an article on coping with ADHD. Some of my colleagues are quoted as well and I think you’ll find their tips helpful. So with no further ado, I offer you:
12 Best Tips for Coping with ADHD
By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms can easily disrupt your daily life. Fortunately, there are many ways you can successfully manage your symptoms.
Below, experts — some of whom have ADHD — share their best strategies.
- Accept your diagnosis. ADHD is not a death sentence, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “It is simply a way the brain is wired.”
Accepting your diagnosis is key because it paves the way to positive action, such as learning about ADHD and finding strategies that work for you. As he said, “Acceptance does not mean that you love every aspect of something. It means that you recognize that it is what it is.”
- Practice good self-care. “People with ADHD tend to become hyper-focused on tasks they really enjoy, and can forget to eat, rest and even go to the bathroom, according to Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and author of 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD.
Read more HERE.