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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Stress can make symptoms of ADHD worse. ADHD can also make people more sensitive to these stressors than most. Finding ways to reduce day to day stressors can play an important role in the treatment plan.
The following steps may help decrease stress and distractions. This will in turn improve the ability to focus.
General Guidelines for Managing ADHD
At School or Place of Employment
Habits like fidgeting, pencil tapping, and constant movement may help children with ADHD stay alert and on task. Some teachers and schools may allow children to move and fidget in a quiet manner. An example is to squeeze a ball or stand at the back of the room with work.
When to Contact Your Doctor
Talk to your family doctor if symptoms worsen. Discuss any challenges you have in making these lifestyle changes.
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Last reviewed March 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 3/29/2018
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