How to function with ADD ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 541

Coping and functioning

Isn’t that what we try to do? So if we have ADD ADHD we try to cope with it. We can’t cure it, but we can treat the symptoms, and we can use strategies to cope. And our life can be better.

Is there a treatment?

This is controversial.  The medications-Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, Vyvanse, etc. – help the symptoms for most of us. They make us more able to utilize the strategies to cope and therefore to improve our functioning.

Making things better

Improving our sleep, our diet, and our exercise will help our ADD ADHD. These are keys to health, not treatment.

Recognize and acknowledge

Once we recognize that we have ADD ADHD, we can begin to identify the specific problems it causes us.  We can make strategies to help us cope with those. We can consider treatments for the condition. We can decide to improve our habits, which will help.

Our life can be better.


from Dr. Prevatt  this is like a summary of my tips

Bonus link o the Day:

Myths abut ADD ADHD from Melissa

Bonus comment o the Day

from Bryan Hutchinson on his great web site:

Please remember that when discussing medication and / or supplements each member is responsible for his or her comments. Each person’s experiences may be different and no one should make any changes or try anything new with regard to medication or supplements without talking to his or her doctor first.

Bryan’s site Adderworld

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Some days it’s just too much.



About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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3 Responses to How to function with ADD ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 541

  1. Pingback: FAQ about ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 958 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. Homey – lots of people do get along without medication. Would they do better with it? Who knows, unless they tried it.
    Dr. Goodwin says that the purpose of the medication is to help us focus enough that we can use the strategies.
    Strategies rule!
    I always appreciate your comments.


  3. Agreed. Our life can be better. As you know, I haven’t taken medication, but I have TONS of strategies and they really make a difference.


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