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What Helps Pauline, 63, With ADHD

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Editor's Note

Any medical information included is based on a personal experience. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.

With our ongoing “What Helps Me” series, The Mighty is leaning into what sets us apart from other health sites: We aim to provide real health advice from real people who live it.

In this spirit, we asked our community for the best insights and tips they’ve developed for managing their conditions. As always, they responded with their unique health stories and we are happy to pass along their well-tested resources to you.

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Responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Today, we meet Mighty member Pauline. She is 63 years old and lives with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Pauline, what helps you?

A white woman with short brown hair and glasses wearing a purple and white shirt smiles.

THE MIGHTY: What helps you most when your condition affects your physical health?

PAULINE: My relationship with God helps me the most. Reading my Bible and studying and researching it helps me focus. It’s what I love to do. Prayer helps calm me, so I can deal with what the day brings me.

What helps you most when your condition affects your mental health?

Distraction helps me when ADHD affects me mentally. I read, watch videos, or go for a walk — anything that will keep me busy.

How do you cope when your normal self-care isn’t working?

I tend to ruminate and worry when my normal routine isn’t helping, but I talk to someone about it. That often helps.

Thank you to Pauline for her contributions to our community. Did you find this helpful? Add your gratitude in the comments.

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Originally published: April 25, 2022
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