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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine in her 40s shared with me that she had recently been diagnosed with ADHD. She said that receiving the diagnosis had “transformed” her life – in a good way – because it had allowed her to get the support that she needs to manage it.

This was heartwarming to hear, as I was in the middle of working on a series of stories related to ADHD, two of which are specifically focused on the condition in adults. These stories were inspired in part by a reader comment, urging us to publish some pieces focused on the treatments available for adults who are grappling with ADHD. Since that time, we’ve received numerous other notes from readers lamenting how disruptive the condition can be to daily life and asking for help in the form of evidence-based information.

In the second of our pieces on adult ADHD, Rob Rosenthal, a psychologist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, writes about the practical strategies that adults can use to manage ADHD. These tools are also useful for people who may struggle with organization and attention – even if they don’t have a diagnosis, notes Rosenthal, who leads a therapy group aimed at helping adults acquire ADHD management skills.

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These strategies and life hacks can help anyone with ADHD, as well as those who struggle with attention problems but don’t have a diagnosis

Rob Rosenthal, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Althought medication and therapy can be effective treatments for ADHD, they’re not the only way to manage the disorder or its symptoms. Creating a daily routine is critical too.

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