Black Man ADDing: 9 tips to navigate ADD as an adult without medicine
By Lance K. Bennett
Having ADD is extremely difficult. There are times when one’s focus and attention is riveted on matters that aren’t the utmost priority. Do I believe that one can train his or her mind to overcome ADD? On the one hand, the mental disability will always be with the individual. However, I am a big advocate for training one’s mind in order to overcome any mental roadblock. I take this perspective not to desensitize myself to the troubles of mental disabilities and disorders. Rather, this stance allows those suffering to develop habits that can help one maintain focus despite being diagnosed with ADD. As someone who was diagnosed with ADD in 9th grade, I took medication until I started my master’s degree. This medication only worked for a couple of years. For years, I felt that I HAD to take medicine solely because I was diagnosed. Once the medicine ended, I decided to come up with strategies that aid in maintaining focus, all of which are indicated below:
1. Write down your weekly task on Sunday.
2. Have a morning and nightly routine – micromanage your first and last hour of the day. There’s a saying, if you win the first hour of the day, you win the day.
3. Listen to an audiobook for 15-20 minutes in the morning.
4. When completing tasks, do the things you don’t want to do first!
5. Get as much sleep as possible every night.
6. Eat the proper foods.
7. Think more about the process, than the reward – which is difficult, especially for someone with ADD.
8. Do try to knock out all components of your tasks in one bite.
9. Get a support system of people who are doing similar tasks and hold each other accountable.
Lance K. Bennett is a PhD student who studies the communication of emotion in interpersonal interactions. Using quantitative methods (e.g., social network analysis and experimental designs), his research seeks to clarify how strangers and relational partners (e.g., couples, parents and children, etc.) transfer their emotions to others through a process called emotional contagion. Presently, he is working on testing a model of communicative emotional contagion which addresses the role of verbal communication.
Lance has presented research papers at state, regional, national, and international conferences.