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Tudi

57d

So, I've never been diagnosed with ADHD, but my therapist mentioned it. We have to get my Bipolar meds fixed first, but we're pretty certain. How do you cope without medication? My old mechanisms sometimes don't work. Figiting just makes me anxious, as does boredom.

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    • AnimalBoy

      52d

      If fidgeting makes you anxious try a different stim like something for pressure (compression/blankets/massage/a pet) or temperature (any temp bath/shower/ice pack/hand warmers/layers) it's best to keep in mind that stimming isnt only about regulating energy but also emotion, temperature, hearing, sense of taste and smell, ect.

    • AnimalBoy

      52d

      If fidgeting makes you anxious try a different stim like something for pressure (compression/blankets/massage/a pet) or temperature (any temp bath/shower/ice pack/hand warmers/layers) it's best to keep in mind that stimming isnt only about regulating energy but also emotion, temperature, hearing, sense of taste and smell, ect.

    • MysticSpork

      57d

      A few things: 1) Caffeine always helps me. It gives my brain the dopamine and energy I need to overcome executive dysfunction. 2) Having a set routine, and constantly making to-do lists. There are some apps you can get to help with this. This way you always know what you're supposed to do. If you enjoy the chaos of your schedule, then keep doing that, but I need the structure of having a set time to do every single thing in my life otherwise I won't get anything done bahahaha. Ofc it's not that restrictive tee hee. 3) Lots of self compassion and patience. You are neurodivergent. ADHD is a disability. Don't beat yourself up for forgetting something. Your brain is literally built differently. 4) Rewarding yourself. Find little things to reward yourself when you complete a task. Whether it's getting a drink, playing a game, whatevs. Give yourself the dopamine rush.

      • Tudi

        57d

        @MysticSpork I knew I wasn't crazy thinking caffeine helps! I think it's because it's a stimulant. I just feel more normal hyped out on coffee. More productive lol. I can't seem to find the flow of routines yet, but I'm trying! Thank you for your advice. If you need a friend you can always message me 😁

        • MysticSpork

          56d

          @Tudi Caffeine really does help! I am not functional whatsoever without it when I'm not on my stimulant bahahaha. And sounds good. 🥰🩵✨

    • Reaper920

      57d

      I'm going through the same thing. I'm just really trying to find new friends who can relate to me. But it's very hard to find good friends out there

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Some coping mechanisms suggested by individuals with ADHD include sticking to a routine, taking care of oneself through meditation, reading, and self-care, exercising regularly, tracking manic/depressive episodes, starting a healthier diet, using timers with labels for tasks, using clear storage bins and organizers, having a place for everything, using a day planner or bullet journal, using multiple calendars, going to therapy regularly, dividing bigger tasks into smaller ones and rewarding oneself for completed tasks. It's also recommended to make sure your environment is working with your ADHD instead of forcing yourself to work in a not so ADHD friendly environment.

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