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Have ADHD? Tips to Improve Concentration

Sunday, September 30, 2012


There are two sides to every coin and the same is true with ADHD. At times ADHD can produce pure brilliance and creativity, but at other times it can be a downfall. One challenge that is common with ADHD is difficulty with concentration and focus. 

 

For a individual with ADHD to improve the quality and quantity of focus and concentration, we must go back to the mind and body connection. The mind and body are in constant communication with one another. John Ratey, M.D., and author of the book, Spark, speaks about this connection and the impact it has on ADHD. Physical activity has been proven to increase dopamine and norepinephrine which are neurotransmitters in the brain. These brain chemicals have been shown to improve focus and attention. So, get moving!

 

Another tip to improve concentration is multitasking. Sydney Zentall, Ph.D., of Purdue University recommends doing one mindless activity while performing a more important task. An example would be to listen to music while reading. These intentional movements encourage the brain to focus on the most important task. Every person with ADHD is different, so this tip may not necessarily work for everyone. 

 

For more information on these concentration tips, visit ADDitude.com - When ADHD Kids Fidget: Better Focus Through Multitasking




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