Different Approaches to Treatment for ADHD
Research and clinical experience from ADHD experts (such as Russell Barkley , Stephanie Sarkis, and Ari Tuckman just to name a few) suggest that there are effective, helpful treatments for ADHD adults and their families. If you feel that you or your loved one may have ADHD here are some options.
While medication and exercise are practical ways to adjust brain chemistry, therapy is helpful to understand and direct your newly found focus toward success. Therapy can help teach skills and ways to adjust your environment to your specific needs, identify and replace cognitive thinking errors, and address the anxiety, shame, guilt, and trauma that can sometimes come with ADHD. Perhaps your symptoms are not intense enough to consider medication or medication is not an appropriate treatment for you. Therapy can help you navigate and work through your hurdles in a supportive environment.
Medication for ADHD is considered the most effective way to manage symptoms. Stimulant ADHD medications are the safest type of psychiatric drug. That being said, medication might not be appropriate in your specific situation. It is best to consult a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner to discuss options.
Additionally, research indicates that for those who find medication helpful, it does not eliminate symptoms though it is effective in reducing them.
We know that exercise is good for you, but it may be even more beneficial for those with a neurodivergent brain. The chemical reactions that occur in the brain during and after exercise are the second line of defense for ADHD symptoms. Consistent exercise (preferably outside) is another very valuable treatment to manage and reduce ADHD symptoms.
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