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Are Drugs The Right Answer For ADHD?

If someone close to you has been diagnosed with ADHD, it’s more than likely that they’ll have been prescribed stimulants to help them to focus. Have you ever asked yourself the question: Are drugs the right answer for ADHD? Here, Laura Flores Shaw talks about alternative methods to train attention.

Adderall does help him to focus on boring tasks, he says, but he doesn’t think it increases his overall effectiveness. In fact, he thinks Ritalin or Adderall would help anyone focus.

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I think it’s quite scary how many doctors are just too quick to prescribe drugs to treat various conditions, rather than taking a step back to try to understand the root cause. Could it be that they’re not in the right environment perhaps? If you have 17 minutes to spare, I thought I’d include this fantastic insight into education by Sir Ken Robinson from the UK. It’s controversial, but so very true.


Breathing Techniques Can Help Your Child To Focus

When I look back at my school days, I remember having the concentration span of a goldfish. One of my school reports actually said that my concentration span was gone after 5 minutes when I was seen to be looking out of the window. Another teacher decided to tell my parents that I was too laid back, sometimes so laid back I was almost horizontal. Whilst I found that highly amusing, my parents didn’t. Is your child struggling to focus in school like I did? This insightful article, written by Suzy DeYoung of The Oxford Patch explains how breathing techniques can help your child to focus.

Madison, age 10: “It has taught me how to focus more on the task. It also helped me control my anger when I get mad in school. I like it because it calms you and soothes your mind.”

These breathing techniques can help your child to focus at school and at home. In fact, I’m going to try them myself. Thank you Suzy DeYoung.

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15 ADHD-Friendly Ways To Focus

If your struggle to focus is down to ADHD, there are methods to combat it. Here, Maragarita Tartakovsky of Psych Central, lists 15 ways to focus which may just help you in the right direction. Even if you don’t suffer from ADHD, this is an interesting quick read.

An inability to focus is a prominent symptom of ADHD. While you can’t fully control your capability to pay attention, you can find strategies that help you sustain it. Here are 15 tips to try. 1. Focus your energy on problem solving.

The very first point about being self-critical was an interesting one – instead of being judgemental on yourself, one of the best ways to focus, is to apply your attention to the areas that you know you’re good at.

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