The three primary characteristics of ADHD / ADD
- Inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive
- Hyperactive and impulsive, but able to pay attention
- Inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive (the most common form of ADD / ADHD).
ADHD children treatment and help
- The power of exercise in the treatment of ADHD
Exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Activities that require close attention to body movement, such as dance, gymnastics, martial arts, and skateboarding, are particularly good for kids with ADHD. Team sports are also a good choice. The social element keeps them interesting.
- The importance of sleep in ADHD treatment
Regular quality sleep can lead to vast improvement in the symptoms of ADHD. However, many kids with ADHD have problems getting to sleep at night. Sometimes, these sleep difficulties are due to stimulant medications, and decreasing the dose or stopping the medication entirely will solve the problem. If your child is one of them, the following tips can help:
1) Set a regular bedtime (and enforce it).
2) If background noise keeps your child up, try a sound machine or a fan.
3) Turn off all electronics (TV, computer, video games, iPhone) at least an hour before bed.
4) Limit physical activity in the evening.
Other methods of treatment
People with ADHD should eat a healthy balanced diet. Do not cut out foods without medical advice. Some people may notice a link between types of food and worsening ADHD symptoms. For examples, sugar and caffeine are often blamed for aggravating hyperactivity, and some people feel they have intolerances to wheat or dairy products that may add to their symptoms. However, do not change your (or your child’s) diet without medical advice.
Some people consider certain supplements, such as omega 3 fatty acid, to be beneficial in people with ADHD. But remember that supplements should not be taken long-term, as they can build up to dangerous levels in your body.
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