Adults—and some parents of children with the problem—sometimes choose not to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms because they are wary of taking the stimulants methylphenidate (Ritalin) and dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall), the best-established treatment. Some 30 percent of patients develop side effects of ADHD medication.
These recommendations are based on clinical experience, not research. But, as the symptoms of ADHD can build up, it may be worth it to you to try them.
If you do have ADHD and get relief, you might see shifts in your work, relationships, and self-esteem as your symptoms become less dramatic.
ADHD typically starts in children but can last into adulthood. Adults with ADHD may tend to get hyper-focused on certain tasks and lose track of the time and people around them. On other jobs, they rush through, muddling the details and skipping steps. Their calendars tend to get hectic—in part because they’re often restless and crave excitement, and because they’re scrambling to compensate for mistakes and oversights.
If this sounds like you or someone you love, doesn’t eating more fish and leafy greens and taking supplements seem more than worthwhile? And if they don’t help, maybe a prescription is worth a try, too? Oh, and guess what, there’s some evidence that riding a bike every day helps improve focus. That certainly won’t hurt you.
A version of this story appears on Your Care Everywhere.