Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) requires the cooperative efforts of everyone involved. The individual with ADD or ADHD may have one of many additional co-existing mood or emotional disorders that provide even more challenges.

The effects of ADD and ADHD on school performance, work and relationships may affect people well into their adult years. Getting a clear assessment will help those involved understand the particular type of ADD or ADHD as well as discover any coexisting character traits that may need attention.

For those with ADD or ADHD, it is important to live with structure. Schedules and planning will help, but be sure to give yourself and others free time to unwind. Parenting a child or living with a partner with ADD or ADHD can be draining to your energy level. Self-care becomes extremely important for maintaining a healthy and vital life.

Break down complicated projects into smaller tasks and provide good nutrition. Protein and other healthy diets can help to offset the negative effects of these disorders. Ensure that daily exercise is frequent and things like TVs, computers and video games are kept at a minimum.

Do your own research, seek help and support from friends and family and—perhaps most importantly—be consistent in all you do. The latter is crucial when raising children with ADD or ADHD.

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