5 Ways to Cope with ADHD in School

Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is a common problem in today’s society.  While it can be difficult learning how to cope with and combat symptoms of ADHD, it’s not a death sentence.  People who suffer from ADHD have brains that are wired a little differently.  Brain development is the same in people with or without ADHD, but researchers have found those with ADHD present may have different neural pathways which affect a person’s attention span, impulsivity, inhibition, and motor activity.  Differences in brain activity cause a person to be predisposed to addiction.  
Going to school with ADHD can be a source of great frustration.  If you can learn to accept your disorder and work with, instead of against it, you will see progress.  One of the most important things someone with ADHD should be concentrating on is getting enough sleep.  Sleep deprivation intensifies ADHD symptoms.  Your impulsive behavior may make it impossible to concentrate and lack of sleep can affect your memory and problem solving skills.  Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep per night can increase production and decrease frustration.
Staying organized is key when dealing with ADHD.  People who suffer from ADHD have brains that move a thousand miles per minute.  They are extremely smart, yet can lack the ability to remember ideas.  Keeping a list to write down all important thoughts can help tremendously.  A planner is also a great asset to have.  Keeping written track of when assignments are due helps take the pressure off trying to remember.  When all of your thoughts and appointments are written down, life feels more organized and clutter free.  
ADHD, especially those with a dual diagnosis of addiction, are people pleasers.  They want to be able to say yes to everything and everybody.  It is important to realize pleasing everyone is impossible.  You need to take care of yourself and your priorities first before you can help others, otherwise your sanity will suffer.
Individuals with ADHD have brains that need quality stimulation.  Sometimes sitting in a classroom can be excruciating for a person with ADHD.  Feeding your ADHD with healthy stimulation is a great practice.  Studies have shown exercise is great for the hyperactive mind.  Mental exercise, such as puzzles, can be equally beneficial.  Exercise helps the brain excrete overstimulation and achieve a balance conducive for concentration.
An important thing for you to remember if you suffer from ADHD is there are many resources for you.  If you find sleep, organization, and exercise are not enough to combat your ADHD symptoms and your grades are dropping, hire a tutor.  Being in a classroom with many other students and distractions can be difficult for anyone.  A one-on-one tutor may be the solution you need to understand the challenging new information coming your way.
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