Your ADHD brain is plastic, and by means of neuro-plasticity, it can be trained to improve.
We live in a world where you are constantly bombarded with distractions and notifications, therefore our brains will reorganise themselves in response to daily experiences, which in most cases, is being easily distracted by external forces. It’s no wonder that ADHD cases in adults have doubled in the past decade.
The dopamine therapy bases its hypothesis upon dopaminergic dysregulation in areas of thee brain that should work in synchrony to aid focus and attention. Smartphones siphon our dopamine system and could therefore be contributing to our inability to concentrate.
More Hobbies – Less Scrolling
Learning something new will force the brain to concentrate thus, reinforcing the focus pattern. Scrolling through Instagram is a major attention grabber, you know that feeling of wanting to reach for your phone when you’re in the middle of something? Limit your social media time to rewire that automatic process.
Focusing on one object for 1 minute without blinking for as long as possible has been shown to improve focus.
Meditation trains the default-mode network to become more synchronised and thus reduce mind wandering.
Omega-2 Fatty Acids
EPA of 100mg per day
Sleep is essential in modulating attention even without having ADHD.
Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods
Studies show that eating processes foods and refined sugars increases symptoms of ADHD by means of neurodegeneration.
Caffeine + L-Theanine
Caffeine in conjunction with L-Theanine seems to improve sustained attention and overall cognitive performance.
Zinc Sulphate & Magnesium Bisglycinate
ADHD is a major complex topic and there are many factors and layers to improving symptoms, these are just a few that I have highlighted. But the take-home message is that just because you have an ADHD brain, it doesn’t mean that you need to succumb to its attributes forever. We have seen in studies that we can rewire the ADHD brain to improve. Your brain can change, at any age, due to daily experience.
References : Del-Ponte Et Al., 2019; Dolp et al., 2020; Lai & Chang, 2020; Ahn Et Al., 2016 & Jazayeri et al., 2008.
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Better read this quick so not to get too much screen time.
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Hahah Yes Gary
Thank you. My 24yo son has adhd and I wonder if I do too. So whenever i can read up without losing focus is great.
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Absolutely. Because of distractibility issues with ADHD, helping children practice reading in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming is key to reducing frustration. Reading or having your kids read in a space that limits distractions. This may help them to stay focused and better absorb reading material.
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