Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are two similar impulse and diminished agency conditions that affect many children and adults worldwide. ADHD is nearly twice as likely to affect boys than it is to affect girls, and it is associated with symptoms like difficulty paying attention, getting hyper-focused on a thought for a short amount of time before moving on, impulse control issues, sleep disruption, and even insomnia.
While there is much to learn about the exact source, finding treatment for ADD shouldn’t be difficult at all. It is a widely known condition with a broad range of medicine and behavioral therapy that can be very effective. For children and adults with ADD, one of these solutions could very well make your condition more manageable.
1- Prescription Medication
Adderall or Ritalin, or more accurately, Amphetamines or Methylphenidate? Both are considered the go-to treatment for ADHD. But wait, why? Both of these compounds are stimulants, so wouldn’t they exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD? No. Children and adults with ADHD have a constant need to keep themselves stimulated. An added stimulation removes the desire to create additional stimulation, allowing them to focus. These child and adult ADD treatments are by far and away the most effective at accomplishing that goal. Note that both of these medicines can become quite addictive over time.
Is exercise actually an effective treatment for ADD? Not exactly, but the endorphin release can be stimulating enough in short bursts, and the overall tiredness might show positive behavioral effects, but it doesn’t fully treat the symptoms for any length of time. That said, exercise is good for everyone regardless of cognitive disorders, so lace up those running shoes and hit the road.
3- Embrace it
This is not going to work as a treatment, but many successful public figures have sworn off treatment in favor of the unique perspective their condition gives them on life. Individuals with ADHD are even six times as likely to start their own business.
These are three different approaches to living life with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder. One is incredibly effective at treating the condition, but has a number of undesirable side effects. Another will keep you healthy in many ways, but is only effective for a brief window of time. The last is effective in an entirely different way; it uses the ‘disorder’ as an advantage in life. Whichever treatment for ADD sounds right for you, talk to your doctor to get a more comprehensive understanding first.