Strategies for Keeping Your ADD Brain Happy and Healthy

People with ADHD spend too much time “accentuating the negative,” says one ADD expert. Here are strategies to weed out the bad thoughts to make room for the positive ones.

Negative Thinking, Negative Outcome

Everyone has negative thoughts from time to time, but most ADD children, teens, and adults have more of them more of the time. These thoughts come from other people’s mistaken judgments (“Why are you so lazy?”) and from themselves (“I can’t do anything right!”). Many ADD children carry these negative thought patterns into adulthood, which can lead to problems with mood, behavior, anxiety, or depression. 
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