8 Steps to Cope with and Cure Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention deficit disorder is a serious disorder and it will not go away. It causes depression, inattention, relationship and behavioral problems, deviant behavior (crime), can lead to drug abuse, alcoholism, and even suicide. To better understand this disorder and correct it, there are 8 steps that we must follow:
1. Education. ADD can manifest itself in several different ways, all depending on the areas of the brain affected. Basically, ADD is caused by abnormalities in the cortex region of the brain. These abnormalities are mostly genetic, but can also be the result of head trauma. The affected area is underdeveloped, not enough to cause autism or retardation. This underdeveloped area in the cortex directly affects attention span, energy (lethargy), and even quality of life.
This is a real confirmable medical condition.
2. Get medical help. Dont wait. ADD can rob the victim of quality of life. Go to a doctor who specializes in conditions like ADD. Upon confirming the diagnosis of ADD, among other things, you will be referred to support groups. This is important as ADD can be very difficult for a family. They will also determine if medications such as Ridalin and Adderall are necessary.
3. Nutrition. Eat a well balanced diet. Take multivitamins and drink plenty of water. Multivitamins are a must as many of our foods lack nutritional value. Recent research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in salmon) not only promote a healthy heart, but also increase brain function and health. Many people in Okinawa on a diet that included mainly rice and fish lived to be over 100 years old and maintained complete mental acuity. They were found to have a much lower incidence of mental illnesses and conditions, including ADD. Take a multivitamin, eat well-balanced meals, and take omega-3 supplements.
4. Hydration. The brain is 85% water and when water intake is insufficient, the brain will become dehydrated and sluggish. During dehydration, neurons and synapses in the brain are unable to transfer chemicals and impulses important for memory, thinking, and cognition. Proper hydration is even more important in ADD sufferers, as they have underdeveloped lobes of the cortex that are more sensitized to the effects of dehydration. It is generally accepted that 8-10 glasses of water per day is warranted for proper mental functioning and will help ADD sufferers as ADD symptoms will worsen due to dehydration.
5. Map. Plan your day. ADD sufferers tend to be the most procrastinators. They can’t concentrate as well and tend to procrastinate. Use a planner and make lists, checking off tasks as they are completed. This will help relieve some of the stress and anxiety that surrounds ADD.
6. Realize. Realize that ADD is not delay. ADD does not mean someone is slow or ignorant. On the contrary, some of the most intelligent geniuses in history have had ADD. ADD makes it 10 times more difficult to concentrate on mental tasks than normal people, but when treated properly and taught how to cope with their condition, it has been shown in numerous tests that ADD patients can compete equally with those who do not suffer from it and, in some cases, well above performing. There was one documented case of an individual who, due to his undiagnosed ADD, never paid attention in elementary, middle, or high school. This individual ended up dropping out of high school and was seen as a deviant. Then this individual through proper diagnosis learned that he had ADD, learned how to deal with it. They then took it upon themselves to learn what they did not know in the public school system. Within two weeks they were able to get a real diploma, not a GED, and go to college. What’s even more amazing is that this dropout eventually ended up attending an Ivy League college! Like underdeveloped muscles, the brain can be taught through much effort to overcompensate for underdeveloped areas.
7. Learn. Learn the art of memorizing and studying. For ADD sufferers, studying and mental tasks are 10 times harder to concentrate. Learning rote techniques like associations, links, lists, etc… and learning to be proficient with them will make ADD easier. A great book to read is Memory Book by Harry Lorayne. It should be required learning for everyone in high school. If the learning process can be turned into a game, understanding, comprehension and attention will increase.
8. Meditation, controlled discipline and prayer. Stress and anxiety have been shown to play a role in ADD patients. Both meditation and prayer have been shown to be highly beneficial as they increase attention span and have a dramatic calming and calming effect on the sufferer. Discipline is very important with the ADD victim. Hidy Ochai, an internationally renowned karate master states in his books that proper discipline in children with ADD is essential for the proper development of adults. Karate is a very effective tool for the ADD victim. As it provides exercise, discipline, goal development and achievement, focus, and self-respect. ADD patients will do well to learn what meditation, controlled discipline, and prayer can offer them.
These eight steps are essential to achieving an adequate quality of life for those with ADD. ADD can be treated and treated.