ADHD Lifestyle Tips for Kids
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How can you help your child manage her ADHD symptoms so that she can focus in school, complete homework, and do chores at home? Watch this video to learn more about ADHD lifestyle tips for kids.
Transcript: Stimulants and psychotherapy IMPROVE symptoms of ADHD tremendously, but making LIFESTYLE changes will...
Stimulants and psychotherapy IMPROVE symptoms of ADHD tremendously, but making LIFESTYLE changes will minimize the negative effect symptoms can have in school and at home. Your FIRST step should be to establish STRUCTURE in your child's life, and ask his or her teacher to do the SAME. Here's how: --Establish rigid schedules when it comes to playtime, mealtime, bedtime and homework. -- Teach your child how to use a day planner and to-do lists. --Post a daily schedule on your child's bedroom wall, and ask your teacher to do the same on the blackboard. Knowing what to expect may help your child feel calmer. Next, try improving her FOCUS and productivity. When your kid is doing homework, put her in a room with as few distractions as possible - no pets, no windows, and definitely no TV. Children with ADHD have a difficult time following GUIDELINES. You and your teacher should use simple words and phrases to instruct your child so that there's a better chance of him retaining instructions. Then, give your child SPECIFIC constructive feedback when he acts out or makes mistakes, and DETAILED praise when he does well or completes an assignment. Children with ADHD also have a better chance of completing assignments and homework if they have a piece of paper with important to be used as a point of reference. It may help bring them back from distractions and daydreams. Children need plenty of exercise to ease hyperactivity. In the classroom, the teacher can assign your child with ADHD chores that get him out of his seat for a moment. Your child may also like to squeeze a stress ball during lessons. Your child with ADHD may also have trouble controlling her impulse to talk. You and your child's teacher can teach her not to interrupt by subtly indicating when she is, and praising her when she's NOT. Finally - a tip for PARENTS. DON'T let your life revolve around your child's difficulties. Pick up hobbies, visit friends, and take time to exercise and stay active. Watch more videos in this series to learn about managing ADHD.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-30 | Tags »
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There are three distinct types of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Watch this video to learn about the symptoms for each type of ADHD.
Transcript: According to the STEREOTYPE, people with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are ALWAYS...
According to the STEREOTYPE, people with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are ALWAYS antsy, bored and absentminded all at once. In reality, there are 3 distinct types of ADHD each with its own symptoms. There's ADHD that's predominately characterized by hyperactivity; one that's predominately characterized by inattentiveness; and one that is a combination of both inattention and hyperactivity. ADD -that's attention deficit disorder --and ADHD used to be separate disorders. But In 1994, the American Psychiatric Association folded ADD into ADHD and gave ADHD those 3 sub-types. Most CHILDREN with ADHD have the combined hyperactive-inattentive type. People with this kind of ADHD exhibit at least 6 hyperactive symptoms AND at least 6 inattentive symptoms. Signs of HYPERACTIVITY and impulsivity range from TALKING excessively and BLURTING out thoughts to being CONSTANTLY in motion and fidgeting. INATTENTIVE symptoms include being EASILY distracted, being UNABLE to focus on one thing, having TROUBLE keeping track of homework or other assignments, and becoming BORED easily. Other people with ADHD have either predominantly HYPERACTIVE symptoms or predominantly INATTENTIVE symptoms. They display a MAJORITY of one sort of symptom and only a FEW of the other. When children with ADHD grow into adults, their symptoms of hyperactivity often fade. Instead of chatting incessantly and bouncing out of their seat, they may instead experience mental and physical restlessness, impatience, frequent emotional outbursts, insomnia and difficulty relaxing. To get more details on ADHD, check out additional videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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Sometimes traditional ADHD medications alone don't work. A patient may need something more, like an anti-depressant, added to their treatment plan. Learn more about antidepressants and ADHD by watching this video.
Transcript: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is caused, in part, by an imbalance of dopamine and norepinephrine...
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is caused, in part, by an imbalance of dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitters in the brain. Some antidepressants can help increase levels of these ADHD-related brain chemicals. That REDUCES HYPERACTIVITY and INCREASES focus and attention. Although the Food and Drug Administration HASN'T specifically approved antidepressants for the treatment of ADHD, they're sometimes prescribed off-label INSTEAD OF or ALONG WITH stimulants -- the FIRST line medications for ADHD. Candidates for antidepressants include: children and adults who aren't responding to stimulants; those with health conditions--such as heart disease--that make stimulants unsafe; and those who have depression as well as ADHD. When a doctor prescribes an antidepressant for ADHD, it's usually one of two medications - bupropion or venlafaxine. Like all other medications, they can cause side effects, especially in children. So watch out for headaches, nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, and anxiety. Some antidepressants may, RARELY, cause suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents. If your child is taking an antidepressant, monitor them closely for this and other side effects. To learn more about ADHD, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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