Living with ADHD

living with adult adhd

 

Although for many it can be a difficult journey towards accessing treatment for Adult ADHD, symptoms can be significantly improved if people receive support and use coping strategies, to help manage and regulate the day-to-day.

 

This part of the website will feature treatments, coping strategies and tips for managing ADHD.  A lot of this information we have gleaned and gathered from the real-world experience of our generous group members, during ADHD Peer Support Group Drop In sessions.   In this way, we have gained a valuable resource of information by taking notes during each Peer Support. Therefore, this part of the website is ever growing and some of the information on this page will develop into dedicated pages, so please check back in the near future for more updates.

 

Exercise.  

In moderation, exercise can be effective in managing the symptoms of ADHD. However, those with ADHD have to be aware of the addictive nature of exercising to excess. Exercise naturally releases endorphins and many people we have met from peer support groups finds regular exercise can really help with their ADHD symptoms.

 

Diet and ADHD

According to the medical research model there are no conclusive trials that show that diet has a direct effect on ADHD symptoms. However, many members of the support group say that diet can have a big impact on overall well being. Moreover, many people with ADHD may have sensory processing difficulties and this can mean that forgetting to eat and drink and suddenly feeling hungry can be very overwhelming and this can exacerbate ADHD symptoms. There has been anecdotal reports that some support group members have found benefit from a gluten free diet. Coeliac disease has a strong genetic link and if you have members of your family effected by gluten then it is well worth speaking to your GP.

 

Mindfulness.

Mindfulness meditation, although this can be very challenging for people with ADHD, it can also be very effective to help with self regulation for Adult ADHD. One of the pioneers of Mindfulness based cognitive therapy is the author John Kabat-Zing who has produced books that include self practice meditation CDs. Another very good resource is the book: ‘The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8‑Step Program’ by Lidia Zylowska.

 

Tai Chi and Yoga.

From our experiences of hearing peer support group members experiences, many have reported that therapeutic activities that focus on breathing and body exercises can have a beneficial effect for ADHD. In addition there has been some small scale studies that have indicated that Tai Chi may be effective to help reduce some ADHD symptoms. These positive effects of Tai Chi could be improved further by practicing Tai Chi with your eyes closed.

 

 

Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Treatment

For information see our page about ADHD CBT.