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Learn about the challenges of living with ADHD.
Children and adults with ADHD often face additional challenges, including functioning at home, school or work; getting along with others; and coping with feeling "different" or misunderstood. In many cases, challenges can be overcome through support and a better understanding of ADHD.
Develop an ADHD treatment plan.
The first step is often to determine exactly what goals you want to achieve through ADHD treatment. Treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder usually includes education, medication(s), lifestyle changes, behavioral therapy and psychotherapy.
Develop a strategy to establish order and consistency in your life.
Maintaining a daily routine is an important part of coping with ADHD successfully—for children with the disorder, as well as adults. Focusing on one problem at a time, taking frequent breaks during the day, and practicing relaxation techniques may be helpful.
Determine which methods work best for you.
Organization is a common challenge for people with ADHD. To help you get more organized: create a detailed daily schedule, set and write down goals and priorities, use a mobile device/planner, block out distractions as much as possible, and build a reliable, trustworthy support system.
Work on improving your social skills.
Relationships can be especially challenging for people with ADHD and symptoms of the disorder can make social interactions more difficult. Maintaining strong relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, romantic interests and others takes focus, effort, communication and understanding.
Make adjustments to allow participation in activities.
Activities, like sports and clubs, are an important part of life for many. For people with ADHD, participation may actually help improve symptoms of the disorder. When choosing an activity, consider individual interests and abilities, and how ADHD symptoms may affect participation.
Learn how to address and deal with special concerns.
For people with ADHD, certain normal aspects of development can be more complicated. For example, in a young person with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, lying can sometimes be an organizational "record-keeping" issue, rather than a deliberate attempt to be deceitful.
Choose an education or career path that's right for you.
Adolescents and adults with ADHD have the same choices available to them as people without the disorder. Lower the risk of unnecessary difficulties, challenges and frustrations, by planning early, perhaps using an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), and look into other accommodations, if necessary.
Take care of yourself: mind and body.
Healthy lifestyle choices can make a big difference for people with ADHD. Follow your treatment plan, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, manage stress, and make time for things you enjoy. Remember to stay organized—people with ADHD are happiest when they have structure in their lives.