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Keeping Your Cool When You Have ADHD 23 Jan 2013 18:16 #18

Keeping Your Cool When You Have ADHD
Daily stressors take on new meaning for someone with ADHD. But here are nine ways to cope.
By Jean Rothman
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

Anyone would get upset if the airline lost a piece of luggage, the traffic jam hasn’t moved in an hour, or a big project took a nosedive at work. But for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, stressful situations like these can seem even more disturbing.
What starts out as feeling a little annoyed can rapidly turn into frustration, which can quickly become full-blown anger. Given these intense emotions, it’s easy to see why an adult with ADHD might escalate a given situation by being rude, making a scene, or shouting. A little stress management can go a long way.

ADHD Stress Management: Why Molehills Become Mountains
It all has to do with two of the primary symptoms of ADHD: being impatient and being impulsive. As an adult with ADHD, know that these emotions are not some kind of character defect; they are actual symptoms caused by the disorder’s effect on certain parts of the brain.

ADHD Stress Management: Nine Techniques to Try
There are simple stress management basics to practice so that life doesn’t spiral so quickly and easily out of control.

1. Breathe. Taking 10 slow, deep breaths before or during a stressful situation can go a long way toward maintaining your cool.

2. Move your body. Stretch for a few minutes in the middle of the day or take a quick walk outdoors.

3. Help yourself keep track of time. Adults with ADHD often find it difficult to be on time, finish a task, and stay on track. And the further behind they fall, the more stressed they will be. To avoid this common problem, use a watch, a timer, a cell phone, or a computer calendar that will beep or buzz at regular intervals so you can check whether you’re staying on task, no matter if that task is cleaning the kitchen, returning phone calls, or writing a report.


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