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ADHD and Stress

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Suggestions for Dealing With ADHD and Stress continued...

Take control of your life wherever you can

This can be especially helpful to children and teens who often feel lack of control of their ADHD. Older children and teens, for example, should be part of any school planning team that reviews the student's educational needs and plans.  Adults may want to learn how to make ADHD-friendly career choices or ask for help to lessen stressors in the workplace.

Maintain overall health

Staying healthy helps you manage ADHD better and also helps your body respond more readily to any extra stress. Children, teens, and adults with ADHD can all take these steps to maintain health:

  • Avoid any stimulants that may stress the brain, such as caffeine or nicotine.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get enough sleep.

Seek out support

Friends, family, others with ADHD, and mental health professionals who understand ADHD can all help children, teens, and adults deal with stress. Here are some suggestions:

  • Teens and adults can benefit from working with an ADHD coach, a professional organizer, or a job coach.
  • Connect with groups that provide ADHD information and support.

If you're not sure where to go for support, here are some places to start:

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources (http://www.addresources.org)

National Center for Girls and Women with AD/HD (http://www.ncgiadd.org/)

Children and Adults with AD/HD (http://www.chadd.org).

 

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Reviewed by Patricia Quinn, MD on May 04, 2012
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