ADHD can’t be cured, but it can be successfully managed. You can take charge of managing your ADHD using this multi-prong process (which sounds more complex than it actually is)! The 4 prongs are:
– Medical treatment
– Natural treatment
– Life Skills
– Psychological well-being
This could mean ADHD meds; if they are something you have chosen to take. It also means treating other conditions that you might have; from thyroid problems, depression to sleeping disorders. Not only does this help you live a long and healthy life, it also helps your ADHD. Even conditions that seem completely unrelated, can negatively affect your ADHD.
Treating your ADHD naturally includes all the Untapped Brilliance steps, such as taking an Omega 3 supplement, eat a healthy ADHD diet, meditation, daily exercise and getting a good night’s sleep. These all help reduce the negative effects of ADHD by increasing dopamine levels in your brain.
You have heard the phrase ‘Pills don’t teach skills’. No matter how successfully you are implementing the first 2 prongs, now it’s time to develop life skills such as time management and organizing skills. When learning these skills, take baby steps; you can’t change a lifetime of habits overnight.
Traditional strategies to these problems don’t always work for ADHDers, so don’t feel bad if advice from well-meaning Non-ADDers don’t work. Instead, notice what works for you and continue to do that.
This is paramount to success. For example, self-esteem is often lower in people with ADHD than their non-ADHD peers, through years of trying to conform to a world whose brains work differently to yours. When you are in a good head space, it’s easier to implement the actions involved in the other prongs. There is no shame in reaching out for help from a good psychologist.
When managing your ADHD using these prongs, you will look and feel better than you have done in years!