If you are an adult who has
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you
will most likely see an improvement in your symptoms when you take medicine for
the condition. Behavioral interventions are not meant to treat inattention,
overactivity, or impulsivity. But they can help you be more organized and have
healthy interpersonal relationships. The following are some suggestions:
Get organized. Most likely
you have difficulty with organizational skills. Find a daily organizer or
planner that fits your needs. Write notes in your organizer about your
appointments and other things you need to remember.
Decrease distractions. The environment can be an important
part of being organized. Set up your work environment so that there are fewer
distractions. You may find using headphones or a "white noise" machine helpful.
College students can arrange a quiet living situation, such as a single
Stop and think. If you are
impulsive, train yourself to stop and think before you act. If you are prone to
blurting out statements that you later regret, train yourself to write down the
statement and think about whether it should be said out loud. If you have a
problem with your temper, use the "stop and think" method. If this does not
work, talk with a health professional.
Work on relationships. Social skills training can help an adult who has ADHD relate
to family, friends, and coworkers. Also, marital counseling or family
therapy can significantly improve relationships and overall family function.
Find substitute behaviors for hyperactivity. Anticipate situations where you think you may feel
restless, and plan ways to keep yourself moving without affecting others. For
example, take notes during meetings instead of fidgeting.
Seek help. Learn as much as you can about ADHD and how its
symptoms affect your life. Explore the Internet to find websites of national organizations for helpful information about the condition. Ask a doctor about local
resources or books that may be helpful.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.