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Natural tips to improve the quality of life of the patients suffering from ADHD

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Children and adults who have trouble paying attention or find it hard to control his or her behavior might be suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD is a common type of mental disorder that affects children and often continues into adulthood. A person suffering from ADHD finds it hard to focus or concentrate, talks without a break and find it hard to stay still. [1]

A child suffering from ADHD shows increased levels of inattention, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity than the other children of the same age. This affects their school performance and behavior at home. Most patients diagnosed with ADHD are treated with Methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant. However, the use of this medication is linked with the risk of addiction or dependence. Hence, it is important to seek natural ways to control the ADHD symptoms in order to avoid the dangerous side effects of Methylphenidate.

Set a routine

IRoutine makes the daily activities comfortable for the ADHD-affected persons. Many patients have no real understanding of a structured life. They cannot set goals, do not know what they will need to do for themselves or others and have no idea of at what time a certain process will take place. They cannot organize much. Everything is chaos for them. But, a realistic and reliable routine can do them well. [2]

Begin with small, easy goals. Keep modifying their existing routine in a small way. When one such step is accepted, go for the next. Let the person know the detailed schedule and how much time each task will need so that they can decide their own pace to achieve their target.

Use visual cues

Keep using the visual cues because ADHD patients respond to them well. They will like and understand it better if the school time, playing hours, work period, and commuting time are shown in different colors. Cultivate in them the habit of using a checklist all the time. 

Use a schedule planner

Many devices are now available to plan your day. These include a voice recorder, paper planner, talking watch or computer reminders. Use the method that the ADHD person is most comfortable with. But, never overdo the routine exercise. The affected person often does not like curtailment of their sense of freedom. The routine should be used as a support, not as a restraining framework.

Avoid stress and the urge to hurry up

ADHD affected patients should try not to hasten while performing any task. They should slow themselves down. They should stop work at the scheduled hour because they need more frequent breaks than the others.

They should allow some time for an unstructured entertainment and recouping after every focused effort over a pre-determined period. They should be able to relax after their strenuous effort to concentrate. Let them cultivate the habit of meditating regularly.

Improving competency

Medication therapy, guidance from experts, meditation, relaxation techniques, a job that you will be interested in, a job that does not demand too much from you physically and mentally, flexible working hours, quiet working conditions and helpful colleagues: all of these would make up a perfect combination that can make it possible for the adults with ADHD to reach the competency levels acceptable to their employer.

Time management

Time management does not come easily to the persons affected by ADHD. They have to be put through regular practice sessions to be able to estimate broadly the time needed for a small number of elementary tasks like drawing a simple sketch, writing a few paragraphs, finishing lunch or walking from the classroom to the workshop.

They should be persuaded to use a clock as often as they can. They should be given a few minutes to perform an activity and the alarm should be set for that time so that they get an idea of how time flows.

Behavioral therapies

Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to change the thinking and the subsequent actions. Training in social skills puts the child in various roles. The role-play helps them to understand how to behave with others and how their ways affect the others around them. Counselors can also be involved in the individual, small group or large group guidance sessions. They can guide the parents as well as the teachers. [3]

A drug-free Davis approach 

The Davis approach works to control the ADHD symptoms by managing the root causes of the behavioral and other symptoms of this disease. This approach uses the thinking pattern of the patients as an advantage to overcome the symptoms. It identities the following factors that can be modified: 

  • Thinking in images rather than words
  • Experiencing the passage of time inconsistently
  • A highly imaginative mind
  • Lack of scope of time, order, sequence, effect, cause, or consequence
  • The lack of concept of self in relation to others

This approach can offer improvements in terms of better self-esteem, ability to control their energy levels, and an increased ability for focus and self-management in social situations.

These simple techniques can go a long way in controlling the impulsiveness and restlessness in the patients suffering from ADHD. These methods can improve the quality of life of these patients and help them to lead an independent life.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024867/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3724232/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2909688/

Topics: ADHD

Dr. Jyothi Shenoy

Written by Dr. Jyothi Shenoy

Dr. Jyothi Shenoy is a doctor having a clinical experience of more than 15 years. She has an expertise in treating acute and chronic diseases like obesity, IBS, asthma, arthritis, Autism, ADHD, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, allergies, cancer, infections, and skin diseases. She believes in treating the patients in a holistic manner. She aims at educating the patients about the illness and providing tips related to their lifestyle and diet to ensure a long-term relief from the disease and preventing its recurrence.