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Loving Someone with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is quite common. While it most commonly affects children, it can affect adults as well. Caring for a person suffering from ADHD requires a lot of patience and understanding. Caregivers can become just as frustrated when caring for an individual with ADHD as the person suffering from it. Here are some tips on how to care for a person affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD
Being aware of some of the symptoms of this disorder can be useful in helping one deal with it. A person suffering from ADHD often exhibits symptoms of impulsiveness and acting out, have an inability to focus on any one thing and have a very short attention span. Hyperactivity can also be found in some individuals as well. A person with ADHD is extremely sensitive to his/her surroundings.

The Environment
Since those with ADHD should not be overstimulated, keeping the home free of clutter can help. Change should also be avoided, as well as surprises. The best way to make a person with ADHD feel safe and calm is through routine, structure and consistency. Creating rules, giving instructions in a short and concise manner and always having meals at certain times can provide the structure that is needed. It is also important to keep in mind that television, video games and very bright lights can also create over stimulation in a person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Stress for the individual can be avoided by reducing some of this visual stimulation.

Encouragement and Support
When things get tough and frustrating, everyone can use a little love and support. Encouraging a person with ADHD to do something that he/she is already good at is a great way to build up his/her self-esteem. Positive reinforcement and providing rewards for appropriate behavior is also important. If all else fails, providing a “time-out” place for the individual with ADHD should be used in order for him/her to regain control of behavior.

Treatment and Therapies
Medication, in conjunction with other techniques, is the most common approach to treating a person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Applying behavioral therapy, where rewards are used to reinforce desired behavior, and social skills training on how to interact with others, are important parts of treating this disorder. Most recently, studies are being done to test the effectiveness of neurofeedback, also known as brain wave biofeedback. This process aims to teach the brain how to remain calm and focused. Patients are connected to a laptop via electrodes placed on the scalp. Looking at the laptop screen, they will see positive images when their brain wave patterns are desirable. As these patterns change, the image the patient sees will also change in either a positive or negative way. It is believed that over time the brain can be conditioned to associate certain brain wave patterns with pleasant images, serving as positive reinforcement. This technique is not yet scientifically proven but certainly promising.

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