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What do you do to cope with ADD and ADHD?

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Last Updated: 07/29/2018 at 9:07pm
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Top Rated Answers
Dillion
October 19th, 2016 3:52pm
Seeing a therapist, connecting with fellow ADHDers, Learn new coping techniques, read some articles on how to live with ADD/ADHD, Deep Breathing Exercises (These are excellent in my opinion, and work great to diffuse my anger related with the condition.), a lot of therapist use behavioral training like Cognitive Behavioral Training, DBT, Group Therapy, and some psychiatrists use certain medications that affect brain chemicals known as Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and some medications that affect Seratonin Receptors in your brain. These three chemicals are widely spread and known to be a contributing factor in imbalances that cause a lot of ADHD symptoms, such as Impulsivity, Anger Outbursts, HyperActivity, Insomnia, and not being able to concentrate. Getting an official diagnosis is always the first step on getting better. I'd encourage you to see a mental health professional to discuss every option possible, because with today's technology, the sky is literally the limit.
Rosepetaltea
July 31st, 2017 6:54pm
What has helped me cope with ADHD is looking at the bright side of it. I know it's challenging to do so. I've learned that I can problem solve quickly, therefore, I can be more creative. Auto focusing allows me to retrieve more information for hours. I can have incredible amounts of energy and it can be contagious to the people around me. I often look for stimulation so I'm often looking and exploring to learn more. I have varied interests which have helped me with many situations in my life. And as a result, I have learned to love it.
AndisCupcake32
May 1st, 2018 12:10pm
I personally find others who can accept it and talk to them about it, like a counselor or friends...
Anonymous
July 9th, 2018 4:30pm
You become knowledgeable about the symptoms. You make a plan on how to cope with them. You forgive yourself when you get off track. You set goals that are practical.
Anonymous
July 29th, 2018 9:07pm
Personally, since I don't take the medication(because I feel weird when I do), I find coffee helps. I also tend to set a lot of short term goals and make sure I have someone to hold me accountable. At the moment it's my roommate, who makes sure I'm doing everything I'm supposed to, and if she thinks I'm not, she'll talk to another med student to find out if I skipped anything. If I do skip something, I have to drop a coin in our task jar.this makes the deadline more immediate and tangible, and she can stop me when she sees I'm zoning out. Someone earlier mentioned forgiving yourself, and I think that's also very important. Accept that sometimes you're going to mess up, but you can always bounce back... I often ironically find myself getting distracted from my work by my thoughts about how disappointing I am. having someone to talk to, who will understand is also incredibly useful. Something else that has helped over the years, is to be working on a few things at the same time. So if I get distracted from maths, I'll do a bit of chemistry, then a bit of physics, then come back to maths when I get bored.