Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that impacts an individual’s everyday life. If diagnosed in a child, the condition impacts his/her performance at school and makes him/her incapable of paying attention, or following instructions. The condition in adults can make him/her hyperactive, impulsive, irritated and anxious.
Although the condition affects a large number of people, fewer than one in three children with ADHD received both medication treatment and behavioral therapy, the preferred treatment approach for children aged six and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Medication is considered to be the best treatment available for the condition; there are certain non-medicinal steps a person can take in an attempt to improve the condition.
As a continuing part of our series “All about ADHD,” this article shares a few simple steps to be taken without resorting to medication:
1. Avoid artificial colors and processed sugars
A nutritious diet is always recommended as it not only helps to keep one healthy, but also benefits in numerous other ways. Altering one’s diet can help in cubing the hyperactive behavior of the person affected with ADHD. One should opt to eliminate artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
A person should also avoid including processed sugars and carbohydrates in his/her diet as these can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, which may lead to an adrenaline rush, making the person more active. However, the fall in blood sugar levels can cause a crash in activity and mood.
2. Consume more protein and vitamins
Proteins in the diet produce the amino acid tyrosine, which triggers the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, the two major neurotransmitters in the body. These two neurotransmitters in the brain control memory, motor functioning and emotional regulation and their imbalance causes the symptoms of ADHD. Eating a protein-rich diet can help in enhancing these neurotransmitters and keeping ADHD symptoms at bay.
Eating vitamins that also work as antioxidants (such as vitamins A, C and E) reduce inflammation, protect fatty cell membranes and support many cellular metabolic processes in the brain, helping improve the behavior symptoms in ADHD.
3. Get organized
Keeping oneself organized is a great tactic to curb issues that might arise due to ADHD. If a person feels he is disorganized and forgetful, it’s advisable to keep a list of tasks to do to keep things organized. Specifying a place to keep certain things is important as this can help a person save time and boost confidence.
4. Limit distractions
One should not try to accomplish things in an environment that is distracting. Keeping oneself focused is important as this will reduce the symptoms of ADHD as well as help improve performance. Children should make sure that any games that interest them should be kept in a different area.
Exercising is a smart strategy to fight off many problems. It is a great way to improve one’s mood, regulate sleep, and increase energy as well as improve a host of attention, memory and behavior-related issues. Strengthening an individual’s specific brain parts, such as the hippocampus (associated with memory and learning), it is the simplest way to make one look and feel good.
Fighting ADHD symptoms
Support groups are an effective way to understand the condition as well as fight against it. If you or someone you love is living with ADHD or any other mental health disorder, the Sovereign Mental Health Services can assist you in finding the best mental health facilities in California. You may contact us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with our representatives to learn about our mental health rehabilitation centers in California and other states in the U.S.
Read the previous article of the series “Understanding ADHD”: