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10 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve ADHD Symptoms

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
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10 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve ADHD SymptomsAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can feel overwhelming sometimes. Most people with ADHD have a hard time staying on task, managing their time, remembering where they put important things (like their keys and wallet) and organizing their schedule. Fortunately, you can manage and ease your symptoms by taking small and relatively simple steps every day.

The key is to pay attention to how ADHD interferes with your daily life and develop strategies that work for you, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Here are several strategies for improving common symptoms, which you can start today.

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10 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve ADHD Symptoms

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  1. Does a smartphone really help? I have avoided one because I suspected that I would get lost in creating perfect schedules,and perfect calendars, and also be too tempted to roam (websurfing is a real problem)… It seems to offer a whole lot of distraction, not simplification. I have re-introduced myself to the pocket and wall calendar…

  2. I agree with oldblackdog about smartphones. I got one this time last year & it not only gets me distracted, but it doesn’t really help me get organized cuz I don’t wanna go thru the complications of figuring out how to input stuff. I know it’s not really THAT hard, but I’ll stick to wall & pocket paper calendars, thanks :) Just simply writing things down or typing them in my computer is usually enough for me to remember things.

  3. I really like the idea of writing notes on the bathroom mirror & microwave door with dry erase markers. I’ve never thought of that before; seems like it would be more noticeable than a sticky note even. Not sure I’d really want to write anything on my car’s windshield, though.
    I’ve found that I don’t enjoy using the web on my smartphone very much because the screen is so much smaller, and you don’t really get the same experience of a website with the mobile version. It is nice to get notifications from facebook, when I have new e-mail, etc. though, especially when I’m away from a computer for days at a time.

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