Coping with Adult ADHD
After being diagnosed with inattentive ADHD as a child and then again as an adult, I have found many different things to be helpful when trying to control this mental condition. Those who have not previously been diagnosed with inattentive ADHD as child but are struggling with keeping focus as an adult should talk to their doctor. Many think that if it was not recognized in your youth that you can’t talk to your doctor about possible options now, but if it is interfering with your job or pursuing your degree then it is worth the trip to your doctor.
If you are being diagnosed as an adult without previously being diagnosed as a child, here are some things I found useful from my experience with inattentive ADHD.
Stimulant based medication
The effects of stimulant based medications for me was a night and day difference, it drastically improved my focus, motivation, and mood. With that being said I found that a tolerance to these types of medications builds up very fast and require larger doses that are accompanied with side-effects. If you and your doctor decide this is your best option for treating your inattentive ADHD, I would recommend that you only take stimulant based medications when you absolutely need it. By only taking it on an as needed basis you will reduce side effects and any tolerance you would develop from daily use. If you absolutely need to take the medication every day, taking short breaks on the weekends can also be beneficial to reducing the chance of developing a tolerance.
Writing out your schedule
I found that it was extremely beneficial for me write out my schedule and break down any large assignments or tasks into small pieces that can be done in a reasonable amount of time. By breaking these assignments down and allotting myself time to do this I avoided trying to tackle it all at once and procrastinating until the last minute to do it.
Get into a daily routine
I also found it useful to follow a predetermined routine. It was initially hard to force myself to sit down and do the things that I would rather put off and wake up at the same time every day, but it definitely helps. Once I got use to the schedule, I found myself doing my work without even thinking about it or considering putting it off. This can be difficult to start especially with this condition, but if you follow through with it, it will be very beneficial to coping with inattentive ADHD.