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Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

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Listed below are some helpful tips to help you deal much better with your attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.  Perhaps not all these tips are applicable to you so select those that relate to you and practice them on a regular basis. You will discover that the more you apply any one of these tips, the easier will you be able to deal with your disorder.

Coping Tips for ADHD

  • Get enough sleep, eat a healthy and well-balanced diet and exercise regularly
  • Follow a healthy routine – Prepare yourself for work or school at the same time, in the same manner everyday.
  • Organize yourself – Sort, arrange and store your things in an organized manner. Some examples of this can include keeping your video game consoles in one place, and CDs or DVDs or CDs in another. Keep your bills in one place and your personal mails in another.
  • Keep yourself abreast of matters by posting notes to remind yourself of things you need to do – You can paste or tape these notes in the dashboard of your car, in your school locker, on the refrigerator or on the bathroom mirror to help you remind you of things.
  • List down things you need to be reminded of in a notebook with dividers – You can list down diverse kinds of information like phone numbers, appointments and assignments, each in different sections of the notebook.  If possible, always bring the book with you all the time.
  • Praise or reward yourself for accomplishments whether big or small. Give yourself short breaks. Accomplish one task at a time. Work in a quiet area. You can, for example, take a 5 minute break after reading one chapter of a book.
  • Create a list of things you need to do each and every day – You can start by planning the best way to do a task. Then you can create a schedule for doing the task. Utilize a daily planner or a calendar to make sure you are always on track.
  • Divide large tasks, jobs or assignments into simple and small tasks. Give yourself a reasonable deadline for each work. After accomplishing a task, reward yourself for it.
  • Make sure you fully understand the instructions of your boss or teacher. Have them repeat the instructions if need be. This is much better than have you guessing what to do. Don’t hesitate to list down the instructions while your boss or teacher is telling them.
  • You need to know that dealing with ADHD is something you need to do each and every day of your life.  Patience is needed to learn new behaviors and skills; the good news is that with daily practice and application of these behaviors and skills, they will become a regular and normal part of your life. Do not forget taking the medications and treatments prescribed and recommended by your doctor.


Linda Lesperance is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine in Boca Raton, FL.


Written by Valerie

December 15th, 2013 at 7:14 am