Today we’ll be talking about memory issues …
What? Oh, you remembered that? Yes, I did say on Wednesday that I’d discuss ADHD therapies today.
Oh, and the first one that comes to mind is coping mechanisms. Like making yourself accountable so that you’re obligated, in a tolerable way, to follow through with things.
Because there’s no cure for ADHD, therapies need to address symptoms and compensate for or negate them. Making yourself accountable, like I did for myself on Wednesday, helps deal with the symptom of procrastination.
It also has a marginally positive affect on distraction and forgetfulness, giving you a small beacon in your mind-scape to maybe help remind you.
Coping mechanisms can be viewed as being more occurrence specific, rather than just being symptom oriented. The promise to discuss therapies was specific to this blog post.
Another example of this is my laundry skills which are famous. Well, they are to me.
The laundry room is off the front hall, and I won’t pass through that room randomly through the day if I don’t remember to go do the laundry. So when I put a load of laundry in to wash, I put the basket out in the hall. That way, whenever I go through the hall I’m reminded that there’s laundry on the go.
Take your pills!
Another form of therapy is medication. There are stimulant medications that do wonders for some people with ADHD. And if you have ADHD and haven’t tried them (under doctor supervision, obviously) then you may be robbing yourself of a therapy that could change your life in a very positive way.
There are also orally taken supplements that may help, though their effects might be entirely placeboic, do not discount their advantages. Studies have shown that, even when the subject was aware that the substance they were taking was a placebo, they still experienced a positive effect.
It is known that stimulants have a positive effect on the ADHD mind, and there are some stimulants that can be found in the grocery store. So why wouldn’t you avail yourself of these in a therapeutic way?
Consider the once maligned substance sugar. Long thought to be the cause of ADHD outbursts, it has been less of a target lately. And in retrospect, it seems that the effects of sugar wearing off are more likely what caused outbursts in the first place.
Imagine how disheartening it is to see clearly for a brief few moments of time and then endure a sugar crash at the same time that that clear mindedness is dissipating. So skip the simpler sugars that are found as additives and find the complex ones that have a longer and subtler effect. Consider fresh fruits like oranges when you need a boost in your symptom fighting arsenal.
And never least …
Talk therapy, formal, informal, or casual, is always a good idea. Consider engaging in a relationship with a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a life coach with ADHD coaching experience. If these options are unavailable to you, find a confidante that will let you bounce your thoughts off of them, and listen to the echos.
Talking has two brilliant advantages over keeping your own counsel, firstly, the conversation normalizes your situation, takes the drama out of it, reduces it to the simple situation that it is, and that’s worth a lot when you have ADHD.
And secondly, talking something through always encourages your exploring mind to consider the topic from every angle. It increases your awareness of your disorder and its subtleties, and gives you options to consider using in your fight with your symptoms.
So, therapy up, and let’s get on with living this life in the best possible way we can, yeah?