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Cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy can help peo­ple with ADHD put pro­ce­dures in place that are tai­lored to their day-to-day lives. One in­di­vid­ual might need strate­gies to limit im­pulse buy­ing, while a dif­fer­ent per­son could re­quire help to keep track of her keys.

Drugs such as Dexedrine and Ri­talin can set­tle rac­ing thoughts by stim­u­lat­ing the ac­tiv­ity of chem­i­cals called dopamine and no­ra­drenaline in the pre-frontal cor­tex, an area of the brain that plays a part in con­trol­ling at­ten­tion, de­ci­sion­mak­ing and im­pulse con­trol. A calmer state often makes it eas­ier to learn how to man­age the con­di­tion.

Cop­ing strate­gies such as med­i­ta­tion, reg­u­lar breaks and plan­ning around ob­sta­cles in ad­vance can also help, while sup­port groups can be in­valu­able.

For more sup­port, con­tact these groups in your own coun­try: Aus­tralia: ADHD Aus­tralia (ad­hdaus­; New Zealand: ADHD As­so­ci­a­tion (; Sin­ga­pore: SingHealth ( ycve2umg).

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