The best diet for someone with ADHD is a lot like the best diet for everyone else. Avoid processed foods and simple carbs and have at least a small amount of protein with every meal. Add in certain supplements, such as Omega-3s, and you’ll find yourself in better shape with regard to your symptoms.
Sleep is key for a person with ADHD, but it can be hard to get. Difficulty slowing and turning your brain off can make sleep elusive, but a solid eight hours will make focusing that much easier the next day.
Giving structure to the day is instrumental to the success of a person with ADHD. Whether they’re writing and consulting lists, setting alerts on their smartphone, or setting up a “launching pad” near the front door , supportive structures are the lifeblood of successful ADDers.
More and more, mindfulness is being found to mitigate many of the symptoms that accompany. Mindfulness, is simply being intentionally aware of the present moment. It requires slowing oneself down and bringing one’s focus to bear. It’s not easy, but when practiced regularly and consistently, it’s worth it.
There’s a great deal of controversy around ADHD medication, particularly as it pertains to children. My take on ADHD medication is this: ADHD meds are a lot like steroids. If you take steroids, you’re not going to magically get better at baseball – unless you practice baseball! If someone with ADHD takes medication, they’re not going to magically get better at school or their job – unless, of course, they’re practicing the structures and habits of mind that are necessary for them to apply at school or their job. If those things aren’t practiced, their focus will improve, sure. But that just means they’ll really remember that episode of Dancing with the Stars.