ADHD: Coping

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If you or your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, it is important to follow your treatment regimen as directed. There are also a number of self-directed therapies that help you to cope with ADHD, including:

  • Create stable routines around the home
  • Avoid difficult situations such as having to wait for long periods
  • Keep your child's life calm, predictable, and organized
  • Offer rewards for a child's good behavior

In addition, healthy sleep is essential to coping with ADHD. Here are some tips for sleeping well:

  • Maintaining a regular relaxing sleep and wake schedule
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine
  • Create a healthy sleep environment
  • Exercise daily

Coping with a child's ADHD can be difficult and parents of children with ADHD have higher rates of marital problems and divorce. Some social and mental health services offer advice and techniques to parents on how to cope with a child with ADHD.

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