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ADHD- Top Factors That Can Wreak Havoc on Your Concentration

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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is amongst the most common neurobiological condition diagnosed in children. As adults, they have difficulty controlling their emotions. They face trouble with being focussed, organised, or well-managed.


Doctors ask the ADHD patients to observe and separate their triggers, i.e. risk factors that may worsen the condition. However, there are some basic ones that you must be wary of in regular life.

In adults, stress often aggravates ADHD symptoms, which in turn causes a state of perpetual tension. Anxiety, nagging thoughts, and a sense of boredom can cloud the ability to focus on any task, leading to procrastination, and thus, more stress.

If left unmanaged, the cycle can become vicious.

General remedies include meditation and stress relieving exercises. You may also deal with it by offering yourself regular breaks during work, short walks, coffee/tea, or other appealing incentives.

Nagging thoughts also bring on added stress. Listening to the radio, podcasts, or songs while working may keep them at bay (as long as they don’t affect your work adversely.)

Constant beeps of your phone, be it social media notifications, e-mails, messages, or calls, break the momentum of any task at hand.

Flashing screen, bright lights, and the concentration break they induce is enough to snatch away the focus of an ADHD patient.

Talking on the phone, finishing a piece of work at the same time, while stealing glances at news playing on the TV may sound like multitasking. However, your brain has to switch between all three tasks, making it a more tedious job to establish focus.

Observe your usage of technology. Quit multitasking if the task at hand requires creative work. Limit and segregate your hours for work, and social networking.

Skipping meals should be a big no for anybody with ADHD. However, you must pay close attention to what you are eating.

Certain food items may act as triggers for ADHD. Proteins, magnesium, vitamin B, fatty acids, etc. are good from a nutritional point of view. Complex carbs, whole grain, for example, is also an excellent choice.

However, too much sugar or fat, preservatives like sodium benzoate, and certain dyes may escalate ADHD symptoms.

A good sleep stretches from seven to eight hours. Inadequate sleep can result in sluggish and drowsy senses. It will further deteriorate your concentration, comprehension, and performance.

Getting enough sleep may keep you from getting hyperactive. It also helps in controlling ADHD symptoms for a day.

Adolescents that grow up with ADHD have ten times higher chances of becoming depressed.

Depression adds hopelessness, restlessness, frustration, and a lack of interest in everything to the ADHD symptom gallery. Some depression medications may also end up aggravating the symptoms of ADHD.

Every ADHD patient has days when nothing works. The idea of getting up and out of bed, the sounds and sights around, the people, the crowd- everything appears to be overwhelming.

Log off from the world on such days. Find a private space, demand it. Stay away from everything that feels like a ticking time bomb.

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