We Know ADHD
You should, too.
For over 20 years, Shire has been committed to research to help meet the needs of patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Shire regularly works with healthcare providers, patients, caregivers and policymakers in order to raise awareness and broaden understanding of this condition. Want to know more about ADHD? Read on.
Know the Symptoms
The following are symptoms of ADHD:
- Careless mistakes and lack of attention to detail
- Trouble focusing and following through on tasks
- Difficulty listening, even when spoken to directly
- Fails to follow through on instructions and becomes easily sidetracked
- Difficulty organizing tasks, poor time management
- Avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort
- Regularly loses things needed for tasks, like keys and phone
- Easily distracted
- Forgetful in daily activities and responsibilities
- Fidgets or squirms
- Leaves seat when expected to sit
- Feels restless
- Difficulty with quiet activities
- “On the go” and others find him/her difficult to keep up with
- Talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before a question has been completed, completes other people's sentences
- Has trouble waiting for turn
- Interrupts or intrudes on others
This is not a complete list of the criteria for ADHD, and having some of these symptoms of ADHD does not necessarily mean you have ADHD. If some of the symptoms above sound familiar, consider talking to your healthcare provider.
Know the Tips
In addition to choosing a long-acting treatment like Mydayis, there are a few steps you can take to plan your day.
- Plan your day from the start
Knowing exactly what you want to accomplish during the day saves time and may help you from trying to take on too much.
Figure out what needs to get done and what would be nice to get done; then focus on one thing at a time. That’ll help prevent important stuff from getting accidentally pushed off or falling through the cracks.
- Plan for tomorrow
Take a little time to look ahead and set expectations for the next day so you can better manage your priorities.
- Create a routine
Doing the same thing at the same time each day might help reduce chaos and make it easier to get things done.
- Make “me time”
Feeling good doesn’t have to involve throwing away sticky notes and crossing off to-do lists. (Though it is nice, isn’t it?) Carve out a special time each evening for guitar practice, cooking experiments, a nice cup of tea and reality TV, or whatever it is that makes you happy in your down time.