ADD & ADHD
Christina Yu, Madison Malin, Maria Hodge
No direct causes, but a child is more likely to get ADD/ADHD if:
- A parent has ADD/ADHD
- S/he is born with a low birth weight or born premature
- His/Her mother smoked or drank alcohol during pregnancy
What It Feels Like To Have ADHD
Helpful Health Care Professionals
Child / Adolescent Psychiatrists
- Diagnose ADD / ADHD
- Prescribe medications
- Provide talk therapy
- Help people with ADD / ADHD explore their feelings
Cognitive - Behavioral Therapists
- Establish concrete goals for behavior and achievement
- Set up behavior modification programs at school, work, and home
- Advise families about assistive technology
- Teach techniques for succeeding in school
Advice & Assistance
- Become a clock-watcher - Use a wristwatch or highly visible wall or desk clock to help you keep track of time.
- Use timers - Allot yourself limited amounts of time for each task and use a timer or alarm to alert you when your time is up.
- Decide what’s first - Ask yourself what is the most important task you need to accomplish, and then order your other tasks after that one.
- Stay on task - Avoid getting sidetracked by sticking to your schedule, using a timer to enforce it if necessary
- Sleep - Regular quality sleep can lead to vast improvement in the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
- Good Nutrition - Scheduling regular meals /snacks helps maintain your blood sugar level, minimizing irritability and supporting concentration and focus.
- Medication - Common ADHD medicines include Adderall and Ritalin. However, some side effects include nervousness, headaches, decreased appetite, insomnia, and a dry mouth
- Exercising - This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Unlike ADD/ADHD medication, exercise doesn’t require a prescription and it’s side effect free.