Dr Oz: Edward Hallowell + Adult ADHD
Dr. Oz welcomed Doctor Edward Hallowell, Director of Hallowell Center of New York and Boston, to talk about adult ADHD.
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is not just a kids’ problem. Dr. Hallowell explained that having ADHD is like having a Ferrari brain with bicycle brakes. If you suffer from ADHD, you can either have severe struggles and consequences, or great success. So how do you know if you have ADHD?
Dr. Oz: Signs of Adult ADHD
Dr. Oz shared a quiz that every adult should take to determine whether or not they have ADHD.
He said the first question you should ask yourself is: do you have trouble getting things done on time? Adults with ADHD have trouble getting things accomplished, they tend to be late, and they often miss deadlines. Dr. Hallowell explained that with ADHD, there is no sense of progression of time.
The second question you should ask yourself is: are you disorganized? Adults with ADHD have trouble keep track of their checking accounts, can never remember when there put anything, and their desks are constantly a mess. Dr. Hallowell explained that it’s because the part of the brain that helps you get organized is slightly smaller in adults with ADHD and that leads to planning and organizing problems.
The third question you should ask yourself is: do you make impulsive decisions? When you’re out shopping, if you have to have it right then no matter what the cost, or even though you’re watching your weight, you just have to eat that food right then without thinking about the consequences, you may have ADHD. Dr. Hallowell explained that this goes back to the bicycle brakes concept where you make decision too fast and then regret them later. The one good thing he pointed out is that often times impulsivity and creativity go hand-in-hand.
The last question you should ask yourself is: does your mind wander often? If you constantly catch yourself daydreaming and you often seem to not be fully engaged, you may have ADHD. People with ADHD feel like their mind simply has a place of its own.
Dr Oz: No-Pill Treatment Alternatives for ADHD
Dr. Oz and Dr. Hallowell explained that medications are helpful for some people, but there are alternatives to pills.
Dr. Hallowell shared that one alternative to medication is meditation. He said meditation has shown to be just as effective as medication in dealing with ADHD. He said that he suffers from ADHD himself and found that going gluten-free helped him tremendously as well as helped him lose weight. Another thing that really helps with ADHD is physical activity. Dr. Oz suggested that if you find yourself zoning out, do a quick exercise and that will act like a reset button for the brain.
The first step is to find out whether you have ADHD and if you do, talk to your doctor and find the right treatment for you.