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Treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in Adults

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) begins in childhood. It may continue throughout your life. When it does, it may affect your job and even your relationships. Fortunately, with help, you can manage ADD.

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Therapy

Your therapist can help you learn healthy ways to cope with ADD. Sometimes, your partner or family may attend your sessions with you. This helps them understand more about your disorder.

Coaching

An ADD coach works with you to achieve your goals. You’ll learn the best ways to manage your time. You’ll also learn to avoid clutter and noise that may distract you. In time, your life will have more order and structure. And your coach will provide support and feedback on your progress.

Work

Look for jobs where you can be free and creative. Avoid those that are dull or centered on details. You may still need to make a special effort. The following tips may help:

  • Try to work at home, at least part-time.

  • Ask for a private office.

  • Use headphones to muffle noise.

  • Work on more than one project at the same time. When you get bored with one, switch to the other.

  • Work on boring tasks when you feel most alert.

  • Have a schedule for each day.

  • Ask your office assistant or secretary to help with details.

  • Use a day planner and to-do lists. Write yourself notes.

  • Reward yourself when you finish a task.

Medications

In some cases, medications can help control symptoms of ADD. Your health care provider may prescribe a stimulant to help you stay focused. Or you may take a type of antidepressant. It may take some time to find what works best for you. Keep in mind that medications don’t cure ADD. And they may cause side effects such as headaches, trouble sleeping, or stomach problems. If you’re bothered by side effects, be sure to tell your health care provider. Changing the dose or type of medicine may help. Most often, you’ll use medication along with therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes.

 

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