ADD, what can you do yourself ?
I want to thank for all the positive feedback I got for my previous article about ADD. Furthermore, did I receive a couple of questions. I will try to answer the two most common questions here. What to do if you suspect that your child has ADD & and what can individuals themselves do that don’t want to take medicine.
If a child is suspected to have ADD then the child is likely to be in primary school. Since the symptoms are most often visible in the school. It would be a good start to have a chat with the child’s teacher as he spends considerable time with the child in exactly those situations that require a lot of attention & focus.
The school’s staff should know what the next steps are regarding a diagnosis if there is a strong suspicion that the child has symptoms of ADD.
Adults who have been diagnosed with ADD and do not tolerate well the medicine due to the side effects can do many things themselves.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet are some of the things that can affect focus & mental clarity. A regular and good night’s sleep is no less important. This, of course, applies to both children and adults. Sugary foods do not have a good effect on your blood sugar level and your concentration may fluctuate accordingly. Research has supported the importance of breakfast for example, children who eat regular breakfast (diagnosis or non-diagnosis) perform better in school than the group who did not eat breakfast.
Dietary supplement, where to start?
Omega 3 fatty acids from e.g. fish oil or linseed oil have a very positive effect on mental health and the brain in general. My friend had said that her child’s teacher had seen a difference in the child’s concentration after she began giving the child omega 3 for children.
In addition, have I heard very positive things about Happy Calm Focus. You can read reviews here on Amazon:
However, it is not intended for young children.
Finally, I would like to point out that stress never helps. Stress always worsens symptoms, no matter what form these symptoms are. This applies to chronic pain, ADD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety and so on. Try to avoid stress as much as possible because long-term stress alone has a negative effect on short-term memory.
I can’t end this article without mentioning Mindfulness for all ages. Research is showing that Mindfulness can significantly reduce the symptoms of ADD & ADHD. Well, everything above can be applied to ADHD as well.
I hope you can benefit from this article.
Picture by Snæþór Sigurbjörn Halldórsson