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Treatment for ADHD

Research has shown that there are several highly effective treatment options for adult ADHD. These treatments include behavioural therapy/coaching, stimulant and non-stimulant medications, lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier balanced diet, regular exercise and mindfulness meditation. 

If ADHD symptoms are still prominent in adulthood then these treatments are unlikely to cure the condition, but rather they address the current symptoms, reduce their negative impact and can make your life better while living with the condition. The NIMH sponsored a large multi-treatment study of ADHD in the late 1990s, which revealed that a combination treatment that involves medication and behavioural therapy is remarkably more superior to just one of these treatment options by itself. 

At the ADHD Centre we recommend an individual and specific evidence-based combined treatment approach for our clients. This may include medication, behavioural therapy, coaching, mindfulness practices, regular exercise and a healthy balanced diet.

While attempting to choose the best ADHD treatment program for you, we have discovered the importance of differentiating between the primary symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity as well as other associated secondary issues like social difficulties, disruptive behaviour, academic struggles, emotional problems like depressed mood, and low self-esteem.  We work with our clients to identify your requirements and expectations around treatment to help us provide a treatment package that suits your individual needs.

The following are some of the treatments that we use at the ADHD Centre, which have all been proven to help treat ADHD successfully:

ADHD Specific Behavioural Therapy and Coaching

The ADHD Centre has developed a unique coaching programme specifically designed to help people strengthen their executive functioning. The programme uses a combination of ADHD specific Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Strength Based Positive Psychology Coaching to enable clients to discover and work towards specific, measured and time bound goals. 

The programme includes the following:

  • Psycho-education about the ADHD brain.
  • Effective use of rewards and consequences to develop and also maintain internal levels of motivation.
  • Strength-based recovery model using positive psychology for anxiety management as well as the progressive development of authentic self-esteem.
  • Specific, process-based and time-bound goal setting.

You will learn and develop tools and strategies that will improve your focus and your awareness of the passage of time. By cultivating a close and collaborative partnership with your ADHD Coach you will gradually learn how to incorporate more structure, focus and purpose into your life. You can then tap into a greater sense of agency and control for your future. 

Here are some of the key benefits that our clients typically report as a result of ADHD coaching:

  • Greater ability to manage impulsive behaviour patterns
  • Learning to ignore potential distractions
  • Being more able to maintain focus at work
  • Regulating sleep pattern
  • Getting and remaining on top of your paperwork and finances 
  • Enhanced decision-making abilities
  • Developing better relationships in personal and professional life

Depending on your preference and availability, these sessions can be either in person or via Zoom for Healthcare.

ADHD Medications

Around 80% of adults with ADHD will significantly benefit from just taking medication alone. The benefits are usually quick and quite considerable. Some individuals describe medication treatment as the difference between “Night and Day.” 

However, you should understand that medication does not cure ADHD, but rather treats the underlying symptoms in the short term making it easier to focus and get on with tasks or activities that you might have previously struggled with. Medications need to be taken regularly and safely to be effective. Prior to staring ADHD medications an ECG, physical examination and baseline blood tests will usually be carried out. It is important to monitor blood pressure, weight and pulse while taking medications.

There are two main types of ADHD medication; stimulant and non-stimulant medications.



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Wellbeing and Mindfulness


Exercise is one of the best ways to manage ADHD symptoms. Exercise helps to increase the release of dopamine, which is underactive in the ADHD brain. Based on recent studies, it is clear that exercise helps to increase attention span as well as your ability to focus.
Exercise also helps to increase the release of endorphins, which are often referred to as the “feel-good hormone.” This has a positive effect on mood.
Part of engaging in effective exercise is selecting the ideal activity for your physical strengths and capabilities. Creating and engaging in an enjoyable and effective exercise plan will offer you a wide range of benefits for both your ADHD as well as your overall health, energy levels and vitality.

You can aim for a minimum of 30-40 minutes of activity a day for four or five days a week and ensure that the exercise is moderately intense. This implies that during your workout:

  • You should sweat
  • Your heart rate increases
  • Your muscles feel tired
  • You breathe harder and faster

If you are having some issues with attention span, then consider these points to help you stay on course:

  • Make the exercise enjoyable by switching the types of exercise.
  • Get a workout buddy to help you stay on track.
  • Exercise first thing in the morning before taking your medication if it fits your schedule.

Good Diet

Embracing a good ADHD diet program involves consuming foods that will serve as brain food. Certain foods can impact energy and concentration levels and this means that certain choices may also be better for individuals with ADHD. According to some research, following specific diets like elimination diets, the Mediterranean diet and the Few Foods diet could play a significant role in managing ADHD.

Some of the foods that can help to keep your energy as well as blood sugar levels stable and improve concentration include:

  • Foods rich in protein – eggs, fish and shellfish, nuts, meat and poultry products, beans and lentils.
  • Complex Carbohydrates – brown rice, fruits, beans and lentils, vegetables, whole-grain bread and pasta.
  • Vitamins and minerals – There are studies linking ADHD with low levels of some micronutrients such as magnesium, vitamin D, zinc, iron, and vitamin B-6. Here are some of the kinds of foods that you can find these nutrients in:
  • Magnesium – almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and spinach
  • Iron: kidney beans, beef, liver and tofu
  • Vitamin D: Beef liver, fortified foods, fatty fish, and egg yolks
  • Zinc: Shellfish, nuts, meat, and beans
  • Vitamin B-6: Fish, potatoes, peanuts and eggs
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds, fatty fish like tuna and salmon.

Mindfulness Therapy

One of the main reasons why we encourage our service users to embrace Mindfulness Meditation is that it can help to improve self-regulation, which is often difficult for people with ADHD. The regular practice of Mindfulness Meditation has shown to assist adults with ADHD in increasing their ability to be focused on the moment and remarkably slow down the busy brain which is part of ADHD. You can practice it in all of your daily activities. 

When you begin to pay attention and become mindful, you will see things differently. One of the benefits of mindfulness is that it aims to help you build traits that can help you overcome the hurdles of life. Although it is an old practice, it remains very effective and anyone can practice it. You can learn to develop the perspective to see and also balance things with mindfulness and this will, in turn, make everyday living more flexible.

Essential Mindfulness Course

At the ADHD Centre we have an online Essential Mindfulness Course which consists of 6 mindfulness practices to specifically strengthen different areas of executive functioning.

Executive functioning is the part of your brain that acts as the reins to steer action, the cheat sheet to allow a smooth transition from one activity to the next, the pause button to stop and think clearly and calmly before rushing into ‘doing’.By doing this course clients learn how to:

  • Curb Your Impulsivity
  • Practice Emotional Control
  • Be Flexible in Changing Tasks
  • Improve Your Working Memory
  • Plan and Organise Tasks Properly

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We have been diagnosing and treating people with ADHD since 2009.

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