WellSpan Home

ADHD in Adults: Behavioral Strategies

Topic Overview

If you are an adult who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you will most likely see an improvement in your symptoms when you take medicine for the condition. Behavioral interventions are not meant to treat inattention, overactivity, or impulsivity. But they can help you be more organized and have healthy interpersonal relationships. The following are some suggestions:

  • Get organized. Most likely you have difficulty with organizational skills. Find a daily organizer or planner that fits your needs. Write notes in your organizer about your appointments and other things you need to remember.
  • Decrease distractions. The environment can be an important part of being organized. Set up your work environment so that there are fewer distractions. You may find using headphones or a "white noise" machine helpful. College students can arrange a quiet living situation, such as a single dormitory room.
  • Stop and think. If you are impulsive, train yourself to stop and think before you act. If you are prone to blurting out statements that you later regret, train yourself to write down the statement and think about whether it should be said out loud. If you have a problem with your temper, use the "stop and think" method. If this does not work, talk with a health professional.
  • Work on relationships. Social skills training can help an adult who has ADHD relate to family, friends, and coworkers. Also, marital counseling or family therapy can significantly improve relationships and overall family function.
  • Find substitute behaviors for hyperactivity. Anticipate situations where you think you may feel restless, and plan ways to keep yourself moving without affecting others. For example, take notes during meetings instead of fidgeting.
  • Seek help. Learn as much as you can about ADHD and how its symptoms affect your life. Explore the Internet to find websites of national organizations for helpful information about the condition. Ask a doctor about local resources or books that may be helpful.

Credits

Current as ofSeptember 11, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics


Are you sure you would like to cancel?

All information will be lost.

Yes No ×

About the provider search

This search will provide you with WellSpan Medical Group and Northern Lancaster County (Ephrata) Medical Group primary care physicians and specialists. If we don’t have a WellSpan Medical Group physician to meet your criteria, the search will expand to include community physicians who partner with WellSpan Medical Group physicians through the WellSpan Provider Network or provide care to patients on the Medical Staffs of WellSpan’s Hospitals.

×

Schedule Your Next Appointment Online with MyWellSpan

Use your MyWellSpan patient portal any time to view available appointments, and pick the date and time that best suits your schedule.

Go to MyWellSpan

New to this practice?

If you don't have a WellSpan primary care provider and would like to schedule a new patient appointment with a provider who is accepting patients, just log into your MyWellSpan account, and go to the Appointment Center section. As you progress through the scheduling process, you will be able to see the offices that are accepting new patients in relation to your zip code. If you are not enrolled in MyWellSpan, go to https://my.wellspan.org, call 1-866-638-1842 or speak with a member of the staff at a participating facility to sign up. New patient scheduling not available at all practices/programs.

Already a patient at this practice?

If you already have a relationship with a WellSpan practice, simply log into your account, and go to the Appointment Center section. As you progress through the scheduling process, you will be able to schedule an appointment with any provider or practice that already counts you as a patient. Online scheduling varies by practice/program.

×