ADHD & Memory

ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a mental condition which affects memory and the ability to concentrate, learn, and study. While it is most commonly diagnosed in male children, adults can be affected as well.

The symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, lack of focus, poor academic performance and susceptibility to distractions. During the recent years, ADHD has become an ever-more popular diagnosis. As a matter of fact, many individuals feel that their doctors over-diagnose this condition — and that a fair amount of hyperactivity, esspecially in young children, is normal.

Currently there is no remedy for ADHD, but several diet and lifestyle improvements are believed by most to help relieve some of the more debilitative and memory-sapping symptoms.

ADHD Affects Memory

ADHD & MemoryFor children and young adults with ADHD, exacerbated distractibility and issues with concentration almost always lead to academic difficulties and problems with school. And it’s not too hard to understand why.

In order for us to learn new things, we must first incorporate and absorb the information given to us through cognitive assimilation — we take it all in. We simply cannot commit to memory anything that hasn’t come into our mind through conscious methods.

A person with ADHD can’t focus on the streams of information and events flowing around them as readily and easily as a person without ADHD. It is therefore somewhat of a struggle when it comes to memorizing and understanding something new.

Natural Treatment for ADHD

And that is exactly why many doctors often prescribe pharmaceutical products and ADHD medications for these people. Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera and Concerta all help them regain focus, pay more attention, and concentrate more diligently. However, these temporary quick-fix medications are not without a consortium of life-changing risks and side effects.

Fortunately, many non-pharmaceutical, natural ADHD treatment alternatives exist which may also help. Any physiological process or activity that naturally improves concentration will also prove to be very effective in curtailing the symptoms of ADHD.

To illustrate an example, embracing an adequate amount of quality restful sleep each and every night will help to clear one’s mind and consolidate newly acquired memories. Regular schedules of exercise, which dilates blood vessels and stimulates the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, will also help.

Playing an assortment of brain games for several minutes every day will help strengthen and reinforce the neural pathways used during bouts of focus and concentration. A healthy diet which includes “brain foods” and fish oil, as well as cognitive vitamin supplements, will help insure your brain has all the nourishing ingredients it needs to function at its optimum potential.

Many of these drug-free natural ADHD treatment methods can be found all throughout this website. But as for the appropriate medical ADHD treatments, be sure to consult with your physician with regards to that.

Lumosity’s ADHD Brain Training Course. Lumosity, the free online brain game service that I use, has just recently added a scientifically designed ADHD brain training course. (Lumosity designs their courses in collaboration with scientists from Stanford University, University of California SF, and various other research institutions.) Here is a visual screenshot of what the course’s start page looks like from my own account:

ADHD Treatment

This brain training course is free for all Lumosity subscribers. According to the scientists at Lumosity, this course:

- Is specifically designed brain training for ADHD
- Naturally develops sustained attention & focus
- Targets the improvement of your working memory
- Is fun and easy: a full workout entails less than 10 minutes per day

If you have any children or relatives diagnosed with ADHD (or suspect that they may have ADHD), or if you are an individual with this condition, you need to give this course a try. Lumosity is very easy on the wallet — it’s only $7 per month. And you get a free 2-week trial before paying them a cent to see if it helps at all with your ADHD.

First and foremost, visit the official Lumosity homepage and check it out for yourself to see what it’s all about. Once you have a baseline knowledge of how it all works, and when you’re ready to signup for their free trial, click the “Create Account” link on the top-right corner of the page to begin.