How to Manage Attention Deficit Disorder
Have you ever been called a day dreamer or a goof ball by your teacher, just because you could not stay focused or seemed distracted in class? If you got that name because you have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), you are not alone; 11 million Americans share this with you.
ADD is caused due to a biochemical variation in the brain that can be associated with or without hyperactivity. It is often recognized in children, and some of the symptoms are carried on to adulthood. Often, many adults suffer ADD without being clinically diagnosed for it. This is probably because, the awareness and research on ADD has been a recent one.
Life may be difficult with ADD, especially when it is unrecognized. It usually overlaps with other psychiatric or learning issues, states Dr. Thomas E. Brown, in his book Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults. However to solve any problem, we need to recognize it first. So let’s see some of its symptoms.
Symptoms of ADD
- 1. No focus/ over involvement: With ADD, one may have difficulty focusing, but at the same time, if there is something that is interesting, he or she may be spending hours together doing it. E.g. Reading a favorite book or working on the computer.
- 2. Disorganization: Those with ADD, often suffer from poor organizational skills. Their routines are usually highlighted with procrastination, missed appointments, failed deadlines and misplaced belongings.
- 3. Impulsive behavior: These people show poor self-control especially in social situations. They may often interrupt conversations, blurt out impulsively or have trouble sitting through lectures or board meetings.
- 4. Emotional issues: People with ADD, often suffer emotional issues such as low self-esteem, hypersensitivity to criticism, insecurity, irritability and anger outbursts.
- 5. Hyperactivity or restlessness: This is another symptom of ADD, where one may get easily agitated, wanting to do many things at once.
How to help yourself?
- 1. Recognize your strengths and talents, and use them to your advantage. Create a niche for yourself and excel in what you do. Appreciate life in a slower pace!
- 2. Success is a relative term. If you are the type, who is driven by ambition and success, tell yourself that success is not everything; happiness and peace of mind is equally important. Balancing both should be your goal.
- 3. You need a rigid routine – use this as a starter to improvise on it. Like a skier using ski poles to balance in the snow, use a routine to pace yourself.
- 4. Take one step at a time. Use symbols or images (religious or sentimental) to remind yourself - not to interrupt, lose your temper or overdo.
- 5. Take time to plan, and learn to get comfortable designating work to others. Limit your projects to the minimum - if you add a new project, be sure to designate an old one to somebody else.
- 6. Use organizational tools and an external structure to execute your routines. Prioritize your work, and send self-emails or post notes that will not miss your eye. Use highlighters, alerts, alarms and timers to remind you of the deadlines and appointments.
- 7. Reduce sugars in your diet; get plenty of sleep and drink a lot of water to avoid aggression and agitation.
- 8. Essential oils such as Pure Frankincense Oil and Clary Sage Oil are known for creating a focused and a balanced environment. Read label instructions to create combinations. You may dab a few drops on your skin or apply a few drops on a cloth to inhale the scents and this will help you to orient your thoughts and emotions.
Experts say that ADD cannot be cured, but only managed. With determination and better awareness, you will be able to help yourself. Take the first step towards becoming a better you!