I just picked up the August issue of O Magazine at my local free book stop. Inside I found an article about adults who think they have ADHD. I found it very curious that the article had such great, down-to-earth solutions which I rarely see in articles about children who may have ADHD.
Right in the first paragraph there is a medical professional quoted as saying, " What they (adults) need is a better routine." Hmmm, I bet that's the same for most children labeled as ADHD.
The "lifestyle tweaks" recommended in the article include:
Swap caffeine for cardio exercise- good advice for everyone.
Drink more water- apparently slight dehydration has been proven to decrease our ability to focus.
Get enough delta sleep- recommends 7-9 hours sleep for adults; children need more.
Wiggle your toes - as a trick to stay focused.
I have seen some well taken care of children who are intensely ADHD and need medication to get through the day. But I wonder how many doctors prescribing meds to kids ask first how much water they drink each day, and how much heart pumping exercise? Or sends patients to a sleep specialist as the O article recommends?
So if you know someone who thinks they or their child may have ADHD, tell them to look up Oprah's advice first before visiting the doctor.
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