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Focusing Tips For Adult ADHD Sufferers

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD or you simply struggle to focus, these focusing tips for adult ADHD sufferers are a gainful read.  I have excerpted part of an interview, conducted by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D for The Huffington Post who is interviewing psychologist, Dr Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA. He specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of children, teens, and adults with ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

Focusing Tips For Adult ADHD Sufferers

In your book More Attention, Less Deficit, your chapter on nonmedical treatment includes the phrase “pills don’t teach skills.” Could you explain what that means?

Medication is often an effective treatment for ADHD, but suddenly being better able to focus your attention doesn’t mean that you know how to prioritize your to-do list or organize your desk. The medication can set a good foundation wherein the person can do a better job of learning and applying these good habits. It’s similar to how wearing glasses doesn’t give you better driving skills, but it does enable you to use those skills more effectively.

I really liked the title of one of the subsections in Chapter 8: “I’m Only Getting Treatment to Shut You People Up”. Could you give some suggestions as to how a family member could address the possibility of ADHD with someone they love?

Speak from the perspective of what you see and how you feel that it is making the person’s life harder. Focus on the things that are important to this person (such as, “you lost your brand new cell phone”) rather than what is important to you and that you feel should be important to them (such as, getting better grades in college). It may also help to let your actions speak louder than your words, by not covering up for the person’s ADHD moments. Let them feel the pain more because that is what will give them the incentive to work on it.

What are three tips that an adult with ADHD could implement today?

  1. Get rid of some stuff that you don’t need (which is a lot more than we think). The less stuff you have, the easier it is to find what you need when you need it.
  2. Start setting alarms to remind you of important times or appointments.
  3. Get more sleep. Being tired will only make your ADHD worse.

I think anyone can make use of these focusing tips for adult ADHD sufferers. It’s interesting how medication is not necessarily regarded as the best solution for ADHD.   Medication may provide a temporary solution but never addresses the route cause.  And who wants to take medication for the rest of their lives? Surely that can’t be good for anyone.

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