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ADHD in Adults (cont.)

ADHD Prevention

Preventing exposure of people to environmental toxins like cigarette smoke in the womb, mercury, lead and pesticides before or after birth seem to help prevent ADHD. Being breastfed and having adequate intake of nutrients like vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be other protective factors against developing ADHD. Encouraging exercise in young children is believed to have a role in preventing ADHD by promoting neurological development.

Adult ADHD Support Groups and Counseling

Most adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are undiagnosed, untreated, and unaware that help is available. Their symptoms occur in varying type and severity from impairment in interpersonal relations to underemployment to low self-esteem and being insecure.

An ADHD coach is professionally trained to guide and support a person in overcoming the challenges of living with ADHD at work, school, and home. Specifically, ADHD coaches help people with ADHD to do the following:

  • Create tools to stay on track.
  • Improve organizing skills and design organizing systems.
  • Plan projects, clearly identify tasks, and manage time.
  • Increase self-awareness.
  • Set and reach goals.
  • Improve crucial lifestyle habits such as diet, sleep, and exercise.
  • Improve relationship and communication skills.

ADHD coaching can supplement the treatment from a doctor and counselor. Coaches have frequent contact with their clients (in person or over the phone) and can help determine the success of different medications or other treatments, providing observations and advice that can be used to tailor treatment.

ADHD coaching is not psychotherapy; some people work with a coach while also working with a therapist or counselor. Coaching sessions deal with what's happening in the client's life with emphasis on challenges, opportunities, and strategies for success. Coaches can provide support between sessions by email or phone, and some assign homework that helps the client accomplish his or her objectives in living with ADHD.

In addition to coaching, which is not covered by insurance and can be expensive, many support groups are available for adult ADHD. Groups can be found online or through a therapist.


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