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Few things in life require more attention than safely operating a motor vehicle. Those suffering with ADHD more frequently run out of gas, and also are four times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. It’s also not surprising that an ADHD driver has a higher incidence of speeding tickets than the general population. Here are 7 tips every ADHD driver should think about before they get behind the wheel:

  1. Medication Dosage Form and Consumption Time – Generally a long acting medication is preferred because it doesn’t have the “peaks and valleys” in blood levels that the short acting medications do. Long acting medications also offer the convenience of once daily dosing so there is less opportunities to miss a dose. If an ADHD person does plenty of extensive driving at night, the challenge with the long acting medications is to take them at a “strategic time “ to have adequate blood levels during peak driving times, but lower levels at bedtime to prevent insomnia. Patience is a virtue here. It may take several adjustments in consumption times to find the “sweet spot “ for consumption. Being a pharmacist, I would suggest adjusting consumption times not sooner then every 5 days to allow your body to properly adjust.
  2. Carpooling – Not advisable if several children are in the car. All adults in the car is much safer for the ADHD driver because you presume there will be fewer distractions while on the road.
  3. Radio Listening – Pull off to side of road for all station changes and CD exchanges. If backseat drivers are present and listening to audio or video broadcasts, make sure the volume is low enough that it doesn’t distract you.
  4. Frequent toll road drivers – Signup for Express Pass to avoid the “wild goose chase“ of searching for change at the toll booth.
  5. Use GPS – A GPS navigation system that gives auditory commands will help minimize time spent looking at the map and distracted driving.
  6. Pull over – When eating or drinking, pull off the side of the road. The food and beverage will be more enjoyable and you won’t have to concentrate on driving.
  7. Cell phone usage – Currently a “hot topic” for everyone and is magnified in the ADHD population. Pull off to the side of the road to handle all calls and texts. There is no call or text worth risking someone else’s life, or your own.

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Want to hear a surprising and alarming statistic? 75 PERCENT – THAT’S RIGHT SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT or 3 out of 4 American people are not drinking enough water. You may be saying to yourself, “I don’t have anything to worry about – I drink plenty of water.” But how can you confirm that you are drinking enough?

Here is the handy mathematical formula to use: Body Weight (lbs) x 0.667 = # of ounces of water to be consumed per day – let’s apply this formula to the infamous 150 lb. man.

150 lbs. X 0.667 = 100 OUNCES OF Water to be consumed daily. Question: How much water is 100 ounces you may ask? – Answer: Five(5) Bottles of Dasani Water.

How can I notice that not enough water is being taken in?

The Classic Signs of Dehydration

  • Dark urine
  • Dry mouth, throat, and lips
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

What strategies can I use to prevent dehydration?

1. Keep a large container of water at a convenient location that you pass by every day.

2. Drink a bottle of water while driving to work and home, while running errands and other trips.

3. Starting out, set a weekly goal for how many days you want to reach your water drinking goal (5 days).

4. Reward yourself for reaching your weekly goal (a good book, movie, round of golf, etc.)

5. Use a water drinking journal when you first start as a way to self-monitor your intake.

6. 8 to 10 ounces of water twenty minutes before EACH meal may also aid in weight management.

7. During authorized breaks at work, make drinking water a high priority.

8. To add variety to your water drinking routine, rotate between plain water and water with slices of citrus fruits (add lemon, lime, orange). When one flavor becomes “routine and boring” move on to another flavor.

Drinking water is NOT A CURE FOR ADHD SYMPTOMS. But drinking adequate amounts can be of great assistance in maintaining focus and concentration. SUMMER IS COMING – LET’S DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

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  1. Blinded by the Fog – Relax, take a deep breath, and get yourself in balanced. Ask yourself, “What is my main goal to accomplish here?” Getting caught up in the details can cause a form of “Mental Paralysis” which prevents you from moving forward.
  2. Looking at the Finish Line too quickly – Anticipation of the final result (whether positive or negative) may stop you in your tracks and prevent completion of a project or task.
  3. Not seeing the bigger picture – A task can be very boring, but its end result is very important to your employer. For example, preparing for your department’s audit can be very tedious, but if your company obtains outstanding results, the work can be very satisfying. Learn to look at the “big picture” to stay focused and motivated.
  4. Indecision – When multiple solutions are available, first consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of each, then attempt to discover which one works the best. Once again a “big picture” outlook can fuel your forward momentum.
  5. Lack of Confidence – This can feed procrastination when you expect perfect results from yourself. Ask yourself what is causing the lack of confidence. Is this a complete lack of skill or something that can be learned by additional training or observation? You can then observe a skilled coworker and next time you will know how to do it yourself. This will improve your self-confidence and satisfaction.
  6. The 8 by 8 rule – Short bursts of energy can be very productive. Either work on a task for 8 minutes or file 8 items from the pile that you must organize or put away (e.g. invoices, inventory, or sales documents).
  7. Distraction – Sometimes we use distractions in our lives as a mechanism to not work on what we should be doing. Try going without answering your email, phone, or office door for one to two hours to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
  8. Not allowing enough time – When your “gut feeling” tells you how long it will take to complete a project, TRIPLE IT. This is an effective tool in taking pressure off of yourself and stopping negative energy from preventing you from reaching your goals.

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