Before we get started on it, it is important to recognize at what stage do you stand. So, we have split it in some stages so you target the right treatment. Ask yourself the correct questions, from the list given below, and see for answers accordingly.
- What is ADHD and how do I know I have ADHD?
- What is the best time/age to start treatment? Is my age right to start it or am I getting too late for it?
- What is the treatment? Which medication is the best?
- Is there any treatment, besides the medication? How do I do that?
- Can I treat it on my own, and have a best lifestyle?
- Ways to optimize your life, with ADHD
These are the key points where most people get stuck. We recommend you walk yourself through these steps, one by one, and reach the goal of optimizing your health and life, in general. As a bonus, we will also be sharing some of the best success stories of some of our clients for you to see how easy it is to recover. Let’s get started without wasting anytime.
WHAT IS ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder, or ADHD, is basically a medical condition in which your brain activity is affected. You most likely visited this page, as you might have some really impulsive behavior and that got related to ADHD. So, you want to know more. To simplify it, ADHD means that your behavior is really impulsive or uncontrollable: in a sense, that you are always full of activity.
The clients that come to us always complain about not being able to pay attention while doing something really important. They even tell us that there is plethora of things that goes in their mind, but they can not focus on one thing alone.
So, does it make you among the “unfortunate” ones?
Obviously not! In fact, with the proper treatment and by following our guidelines, our patients recover rather faster than expected. The proper treatment will be discussed in the upcoming articles. Here we want you to understand that ADHD does not make you any lesser than others in your life. In fact, you can always turn it up to your benefit. Make your flaws your strength and you are good to go.
How do I know I have ADHD?
The answer to this overcomplicated question is rather easy. You need to check your daily behavior. Have a check on yourself. Below are a few points. Note them down somewhere and notice your yourself on daily basis. Then, compare yourself with these points to see where do you stand. If you are checking the symptoms in your child, then keep noticing in his/her every activity almost.
You can go from searching for 9 to 12 to 15 symptoms of ADHD maybe, but the truth is all other symptoms are related to only 3 basic symptoms, which are as follows:
- Inattentive: Check if you can not focus on one thing for more than a few minutes, for example, let’s say 5 minutes? See what’s the longest that you can be attentive. Do you have attention issues? Most patients we deal with can pay attention to one thing for more than even 2-3 minutes. Though, this might not be the big issue, as attention span can be increased. But still this factor can not be ruled out.
So, check: HOW MUCH ATTENTIVE YOU ARE TO YOUR DAILY LIFE ACTIVITIES?
- Hyperactive: This is the one thing which is seen in most of the patients. Like, the overactivity of the patient is pretty obvious. If you feel a lot of energy in you making you more active than the usual people, and still you cannot focus on one thing, then you have ADHD.
If you are a parent, then observe your child. How much active he is in all that he does. Can he not sit down properly for activities like eating or reading a book? Is he always throwing toys here and there? Do they make a lot of noise, or talk more?
Simply put, your body needs a certain amount of rest after a lot of activity. If a continuous activity of hours is still not making you tired, then you have ADHD, because it’s the hypersensitivity, mainly the name this condition derives from.
Check: HOW ACTIVE YOU/YOUR CHILD IS IN EVERY ACTIVITY OF THE DAY?
- Impulsive: To be hyperactive or inattentive is a separate thing and to be impulsive is a whole new thing. You/your child may only have ADHD-Impulsive type. Now, to be honest, there are no tests for checking it out on the go. Impulsive behavior only shows up in daily activities. So what you need to check here is, how spontaneous are you, while talking, eating, standing in a queue, etc. Your level of impromptu behavior will determine if you have this type of ADHD. Do you tend to cut the conversations and start saying something else? Are you always hasty or in a hurry while doing things?
Check: How sudden and unpredictable you are or your child is in whatever you do?
Start taking a check of yourself, or ask someone else to monitor you for a couple of days and then, once you are sure you have ADHD, jump to the next section which is What is the best time/age to start treatment? Is my age right to start it or am I getting too late for it?
But be very smart while judging yourself. These above written symptoms can be happening due to other reasons also. Rule out all the other factors before jumping to the conclusion that you have ADHD. First try to rule out other things that can cause hyperactivity, or impulsivity. It could be stress or emotional issues. The behavior might simply be appropriate for your child’s age. Sometimes vision problems or learning disabilities can make it hard for a child to sit still.