Our bodies change as we age, as do our needs for health and overall well-being. Research has shown that with time, the symptoms of Adult ADHD may become more severe, which can ultimately become harder to treat. However, there are many safe and effective ways one can combat this phenomenon of “age-related cognitive decline”. Starting with strict and regular monitoring of medication and treatment.
If one’s medication is not safely controlled and examined on a regular basis, one can run the risk of experiencing the negative and dangerous side effects of ADHD medications. Some of these may include; insomnia, elevated blood pressure, elevated heart rate, anxiety, depression, etc. One must check-in with their physician regularly in order to control the risk of these side effects, as these medications may be needed to control the disorder effectively. Likewise, changes in our body as we age can change our medicinal needs; either increasing or decreasing the dosage may become necessary to more effectively control the disorder. Overall, treatment will be safe and effective, if monitored regularly and observed diligently.
Furthermore, one can improve their circumstances by keeping themselves physically and mentally healthy, independently. In other words, one must remember to exercise habitually, as this will benefit both the heart and the brain. Regular exercise is said to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as ADD or ADHD. Additionally, exercise can increase focus and attention span, as the brain works to improve dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Also, one can practice cognitive stimulation, which can improve the brain’s ability to focus and problem-solve more efficiently. Examples of cognitive stimulation would include; crossword puzzles, chess, brain-strengthening games/activities, etc. These ADHD treatment options are tremendously beneficial for a healthy lifestyle, which will ultimately improve one’s ADHD and make it easier for the individual to gain control over tiresome and negative symptoms.
Lastly, it is important to remember not to let ADD or ADHD hinder your ability to live a healthy and positive lifestyle. One should continue to take part in social activities and immerse themselves in positive interpersonal relationships. Hobbies and interests should be prioritized alongside financial stability and professional/career goals. With the right treatment plan, and a monitored and healthy life-style, ADHD does not have to get in the way of your life, no matter how fast time flies. Live every day to the fullest, and remember to keep yourself healthy, focused and motivated!
At Trifecta Health Medical Center, we can offer you the support and treatment you are looking for! Dr. Edward Fruitman, M.D. is a top specialist in Adult ADHD and is available for consultations at our downtown office, (212) 233-2830, or at our midtown office, (212) 302-1848. Also visit our website at www.trifectahealthnyc.com!