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How To Manage ADD

By Dr. Emily Kensington

I make my living teaching others how to manage ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). While there are no magic “cures” for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, there are various methods that can help one manage the symptoms and challenges.

Most Recommended Treatment Options

I will highlight what are in my opinion the most effective treatment programs available today that help both children and adults manage ADD. The good news is that they are user-friendly, can be used in the comfort of your own home, and are affordable to everyone.

Overcoming ADHD: A Guide For Parents is a comprehensive guide that teaches parents how to manage ADHD behaviors. It is priced at only $27 and includes over $80 worth of free bonus materials.

Next is the gold standard of ADHD treatment programs. In my clinical opinion as a doctor, and as someone who has used this program with my son who suffers from ADHD, the Total Focus Program is the single most effective ADHD treatment for ADHD children and their stressed out families.

Priced at around $300, it includes everything parents and caregivers need to know to successfully manage ADD and difficult behaviors.

Keep in mind that it is quite a bargain compared to expensive ongoing behavioral therapy sessions, which can cost as much as $200 each! Read my review here.

The Total Focus Program even includes 24 hour phone support for parents. In addition, it offers a 30-day free trial and money back guarantee if not fully satisfied. You can even pay it off in three monthly payments.

For adults, the Control Your ADHD, Control Your Life! Program is a moving and inspirational program developed by a man who overcame his ADD/ADHD and became very successful. As the father of 2 children with ADHD, he also documents what he did to help both of his children overcome and manage ADD.

Other Treatment Options

1. ADHD Coaching. For adults, Coaching focuses on practical ways to manage Attention Deficit Disorder in an everyday context. It is a way to learn how to be more effective and focused at work and at home. Coaches work to help those manage ADD. Coaches work in person and are usually available via phone and Internet.

2. ADHD Medication. While medications are the most common treatment method to manage ADD, there is an old saying that goes “Pills do not teach skills.” Medications are not a “cure” or “quick fix” but they are a useful tool that can stabilize or help quiet the more problematic symptoms. This enables the user to focus and be productive.

Medications have been proven effective for over 70% of Adult ADD sufferers. Often the focus is finding the correct medication or combination of medications and the optimal dose at the right time of day. As a result, it is essential to work collaboratively with the prescribing physician or psychiatrist in order to find the correct balance.

Meds should be used in conjunction with a treatment plan that includes behavioral therapy and other supports. For an overview of Attention Deficit Disorder medications, click here.

3. Behavioral Therapy. Different from coaching, a behavioral therapist can help unearth and treat any past emotional roadblocks that may be hindering your present functioning. Also, a therapist is required when one has other diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse which are common in those who suffer from ADD/ADHD.

4. ADHD Support Groups. It is empowering to meet others who are experiencing similar challenges. Those in in same support group not only “get” it, but they can offer advice and solutions. In turn, you can offer the same. Over time, you will enjoy being with others who consider the condition a gift.

5. Diet. For a list of foods that help treat the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, visit the ADHD diet.

6. Exercise. Physical activity boosts the neurotransmitters associated with Adult ADHD (Dopamine, Serotonin, Norepinephrine). Exercise also relieves depression and anxiety.

7. Slow Down. Take regularly scheduled breaks from whatever you are doing.

8. Meditation and Yoga. Sit and relax in silence and let all passing thoughts drift by like floating clouds. Try focusing on your breath as it passes through your nostrils for a few minutes. Over time, you will learn how to quiet your mind from racing thoughts. Try it a few minutes at a time, then build up gradually.

Similarly, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong, can help one relax and help one to “be” in the present moment.

9. Tutors. Tutors can help one overcome educational or training challenges.

10. Professional Organizers. Many of the world's most successful people suffer from ADD/ADHD. (See list of Famous People With ADHD). You do not have to be a high-powered business executive to enjoy the benefit of bookkeepers, virtual assistants, etc.

More and more people are utilizing services such as Elance.com's time management experts to help them with everyday tasks. Virtual assistants can do anything from schedule reservations or help compose memos. Hiring someone to do tedious paperwork pays for itself, and can make the difference between success and constant frustration.

11. Books. ADD Quick Tips (Practical Ways to Manage Attention Deficit Disorder Successfully). See the full list of Best ADHD books.


There are many effective ADHD treatment options. As a result, sufferers of ADD/ADHD are quite capable of leading happy, healthy, and productive lives.

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