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Office supplies, exercise could help calm ADHD symptoms

Posted December 6, 2016

ADHD, which stands for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, starts early in childhood, but not all children with the condition will have it into adulthood.

​Experts with WEB-MD say that although ADHD in childhood does not mean you'll have it as an adult, all grownups with ADHD had it when they were kids.

ADHD in children is often dismissed as acting up or being hyper. But when it continues into adulthood, there could be a risk for more serious car accidents. WEB-MD experts say men with ADHD are more at risk than women.

According to one study, medication can help cut the number of accidents in half. Some of the medications boost brain chemicals that help patients feel more focused, and they are the same for children and adults—the only difference is in the doses and how often the drugs are taken.

For some people with ADHD, though, medication isn't the only option: Some patients respond well to office supplies.

Notepads for doodling, a calendar or appointment book for scheduled, and sticky notes for reminders can help when memory fails or people feel distracted.

Exercise can help work off excess energy, too. But while office supplies and movement can have a positive effect, changing your diet doesn't provide similar results.

You should watch what you eat for your overall health, but even people without ADHD get distracted and jumpy when they skip meals or binge on sugar or caffeine.

There's no single test for ADHD. Your doctor may use a physical exam to assess your physical and mental health. Your past grades and conduct in school may provide more insight into your childhood.

Doctors look for a pattern of signs and symptoms. It's where finding answers for overcoming ADHD challenges begins.

Scientists have found several genetic links to ADHD that suggest the condition may run in families. The studies show 60 percent of adults with ADHD will pass it on to their children.

Knowing the possibility of passing on ADHD may help you seek early evaluation for your child when the first signs of the condition appear.

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