Medication vs. Meditation – The Best Way to Cope with ADD

UnknownAttention deficit disorder, or ADD, is a chemical imbalance of the brain in which a person is unable to focus on tasks at hand. Not only are victims of this disorder easily distracted, but they also are disorganized, forgetful, impulsive, and frequently stressed out over responsibilities. Most times ADD is not noticed until adulthood when responsibilities increase. The disorder can seriously affect the lives of those who have it, such as emotional and mental problems. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged for ADD to be treated. Some believe that medication like Ritalin and Adderall are the best solutions, since they stimulate the brain. However, some parents worry that their children will undergo personality changes due to the medicine, such as a decrease in social behavior because of intense focus and increased self-consciousness because of more brain activity. Luckily there are other coping mechanisms for ADD that psychiatrists give as options for people dealing with the disorder.

One way to deal with ADD is through a reward system. For example, a student studying for an exam would find it helpful to reward themselves by eating a piece of candy after finishing a certain number of textbook pages. Parents who are raising kids with the disorder are strongly encouraged to be supportive and praise their children’s accomplishments rather than scold them for not completing a task.

Unknown-1Another method of controlling ADD impulsions is to write things down. People with this disorder find it very beneficial to wrie tasks on sticky notes and post it on their computer screens, on notepads next to them, n a planner, and even on a calendar. It might seem excessive, but since people with ADD tend to be forgetful and miss appointments and deadlines, it is crucial to write things down.

Interactive metronome training is another treatment that psychiatrists ue. Since people with ADD are less skilled at planning, this process aids in improving motor skills, thus improving the ability to plan. Patients must tap their feet to the beat of a rhythm they here. This trains them to focus on the music and improve self-control strains.

Meditation is also said to be beneficial for sufferers of this disorder. Though it is challenging for many patients, forcing themselves to sit and meditate reduces their stress levels, making the brain function more efficiently. Therefore, patients will be able to focus more.

Finally, one of the best coping mechanisms for ADD is creating a good environment for a patient. Getting exercise regularly to release any hyperactivity, sleeping the right amount of hours to maximize the capacity to fcus, and eating healthy to stay stimulated and avoiding sugary food that will increase hyperactivity, are all key components of lessening ADD symptoms.

Coming from someone who has ADD and isn’t on medication, I find these helpful tips to have enhanced not only my academic life, but my social life and emotional well-being as well. According to studies from scientists and these coping mechanisms from psychiatrists, medication such as Adderrall, which is in such high demand, is not completely necessary. However, each patient copes differently and anyone who suffers from the disorder should talk to their doctor and do what is best for them.

1 thought on “Medication vs. Meditation – The Best Way to Cope with ADD

  1. Leah Emily Tancer

    This blog post is really interesting! You hear so many stories about people starting to take medication for ADD and then not being able to concentrate without them in the future. It is interesting to see the alternative methods of dealing with attention issues, especially since they are all healthy ways of managing a problem. I thought the reward system was a really good idea as well.

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