First Time User? Enroll now.
As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, our visitor policy is evolving as well. Get full details.
For the most current information, please visit our Coronavirus resource pages.
Home > Health Library > ADHD in Adults: Behavioral Strategies
Behavioral strategies are not meant to treat the symptoms of ADHD, such as inattention, overactivity, or impulsivity. But they can help you be more organized and have healthy interpersonal relationships. Here are some ideas you can try.
Find a daily organizer or planner that fits your needs. Write notes in your organizer about your appointments and other things you need to remember.
Your surroundings can be an important part of being organized. Set up your work area so that there are fewer distractions. You may find using headphones or a "white noise" machine helpful. If you're a college student, try to arrange a quiet living situation, such as a single dormitory room.
If you are impulsive, train yourself to stop and think before you act. If you tend to blurt out statements that you later regret, train yourself to write down the statement and think about whether it should be said out loud. If you have a problem with your temper, use this same "stop and think" method. If this does not work, talk with a health professional.
Social skills training can help you relate to family, friends, and coworkers. Also, marital counseling or family therapy can greatly improve your family relationships and overall family function.
Think ahead about situations where you think you may feel restless, and plan ways to keep yourself moving without affecting others. For example, take notes during meetings instead of fidgeting.
Learn as much as you can about ADHD and how its symptoms affect your life. Explore the internet to find organizations for helpful information about the condition. Ask a doctor about local resources or books that may be helpful.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineLouis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2022 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.