Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, is a condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. For many individuals these symptoms interfere with daily functioning, and have been a problem since childhood. Adult ADHD has the same origins and primary symptoms as childhood ADHD; however, for adults, these symptoms pose a different set of challenges, many of which affect the individual within the workplace and personal relationships. There is no quick fix for adult ADHD, however there are some natural methods that are available to decrease the frequency and severity of symptoms.
Exercise helps not only the body but the mind as well. John Ratey, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, explains that daily exercise is crucial to the treatment of ADHD symptoms, helps the brain focus and increases chemicals within the brain that affect mood and pleasure. Physical exercise is free, without side effects, able to done almost anywhere and is good for overall health in addition to the treatment of ADHD.
According to the Mayo Clinic, indications of adult ADHD include forgetfulness, disorganization, restlessness and trouble concentrating. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, behavior modification is the only medically approved and scientifically proven nonmedical treatment for ADD symptoms, and works by creating a plan to help cope with and change difficult and counterproductive ADHD symptoms. Some behavioral management techniques include implementing an organization system, learning how to accomplish long-term projects, establishing a routine and practicing appropriate social skills.
Vitamins and Supplements
For individuals who opt to not use prescription pharmaceuticals for their ADHD, there are supplements and vitamins available to try and naturally combat the disorder. The use of vitamins and supplements to treat ADD symptoms is on the rise, with experts such as Dr. Daniel Amen writing books promoting their effectiveness. Dr. Amen commonly recommends gamma-aminobutyric acid, commonly called GABA, which is an amino acid, and works by stabilizing brain function. Fish oil shows high rates of effectiveness with ADD symptoms, and is an ideal choice as it is without side effects, and can show results within a matter of weeks in some individuals. Dr. Amen recommends that all individuals with ADHD take a daily complete multivitamin to help with vitamin and mineral deficiencies.