What does it mean to live a pragmatic lifestyle, and why is this so important for managing ADHD effectively?
Firstly, lets look at what the word pragmatic means. The venerable Oxford Dictionary says this, “Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.”
Managing ADHD effectively is essentially a practical endeavour, it’s something you do every day, all day.
There is some theory involved, but that is primarily in the form of principles, for instance, reducing the distractions that surround you.
You will find that reducing the distractions completely is impossible, the real world we live in doesn’t allow for that.
So you need to make some “pragmatic decisions” as to which ones you eliminate and which ones you manage as best you can.
Many parents - and adults - make decisions about managing their ADHD in an idealistic way. They will use words such as “like” and “idea” in their decision making. “I don’t like the idea of medication” is a good example.
Whether the idea is practical, or even desirable,is not even considered.
It’s difficult enough living with ADHD every day without complicating life with arbitrary and idealistic decisions.
A pragmatic lifestyle is also a "happy" one.
One of the areas that is most often forced on ADDers is in diet. This has come about due partly to the fad that diet can “cure” all number of diseases and ailments.
The creators of ALL diets impose severe restrictions on what you can and MUST NOT eat! Some foods have been demonized quite erroneously over the years.
ADDers have an additional complicating factor when it comes to food. We are often labelled as “fussy eaters,” yet it is not the taste that is the problem. It is the texture of the food, which can make us gag.
As an example, the diet Nazis will seize triumphantly on the fact that the ADDer will ladle on the tomato sauce, but refuse to eat fresh wholesome organic tomatoes.
In the ADHD world, that is a real problem. You see, fresh tomatoes have pips and are slimy, and can make one vomit up the rest of the food.
A pragmatic dietary lifestyle for ADHD is one that ensures the right amount of food is consumed to keep a person healthy, and importantly, without unnecessary trauma.
This principle applies to every aspect of managing ADHD.
Do what the dictionary says, lead a practical and sensible life.
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Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms
Some of the common ADHD acronyms
ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - new name for ADD
ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
CD - Conduct Disorder
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
ACT - Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®