Let’s start with the myth busters. Even though it can be called adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for the most part, symptoms start in childhood and carry right on into adulthood. In fact, it’s even possible that ADHD can be there and you just don’t recognise or diagnose it until early adulthood when college kicks in.
College ADHD symptoms
Unlike in early childhood where ADHD is characterised by hyperactivity, those diagnosed with ADHD might notice that their hyperactivity may have decreased. However, peeps may still find that they battle with impulsiveness and anxiety. It can be downright difficult to sit still and concentrate in class when the lecturer is talking.
Others may find that they are finding it extremely hard to deal with college. Poor listening skills, reoccurring relationship problems, reckless driving, struggling to fall asleep and finding yourself always active even beyond the sleeping hours – all of these are potential symptoms of ADHD.
Self-help ADHD myths that couldn’t be further from the truth
- Medication is the only resolve to treating ADHD
- ADHD peeps are unintelligent and incapable of completing their studies
- A professional can cure all ADHD problems
- This recognised psychiatric disorder is a life sentence
Tips for dealing with ADHD
There are many beliefs when it comes to managing mental health. One of the hallmarks of ADHD is the inability to concentrate or pay attention, and those who suffer from ADHD often struggle to control clutter and get organised. Without getting lost in big words, here’s what you can do to make it better.
- Schedule time daily for organisation
- Download day planning apps to structure your day
- Make and use colour lists
- Create space
- Minimise your paper trail (go digital where possible)
- Open mail daily (don’t leave it to pile up)
- Create a filing system
- Use timers
- Set a budget
- Create a bill-paying system
- Set up bill-paying reminders and debit orders
- End distractions
- Stretch your attention span
- Take body breaks every now and then
- Print your lecture materials
- Get adequate sleep at night
- Eat healthily
- Exercise mindfulness to reduce stress
- Stay away from caffeine late in the day
- Echo directions from your tutor when in doubt to make sure that you understand what needs to be done
All in all, there is a lot that can be done to cope with ADHD at college. You are never helpless. It also helps to work on your positivity in your mental state as well as your physical health. It all starts with the decision to be kind to yourself and to reach out for help. Embrace yourself. Be good to yourself. You are enough.