• Liliana Turecki

Neuroplasticity and ADHD: Taking Control of Your Day

If you’re someone living with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), you might have a persistent question lingering in the back of your mind - “how can I have an improved and productive life despite my condition?” The answer to this conundrum could be the incredible concept of neuroplasticity.


Neuroplasticity is the brain’s capacity to grow or reorganize its neural networks in response to (new) surrounding stimuli. It can help rewire your brain to enhance its executive and cognitive functions and harness the power of narrow focus. Read along to learn more about ADHD and discover how neuroplasticity can help turn your condition into your strength.


The Pursuit of Activity

There is a big difference between being glued to your screen all day and getting a taste of the outdoors. The difference largely relates to how your brain reacts to these activities. Pursuing stimulating ADHD self-care activities like exercise, a change in scenery, or other hands-on experiences can help your brain draw the nourishment it might lack.


Seeking Neurofeedback

Simply put, neurofeedback attempts to adjust your brain’s waves - beta and theta - to help elevate your attention and achieve a narrow focus. Beta waves deal with the swiftness of action and problem-solving abilities. Theta waves are largely associated with drowsiness. This technique helps pump up the beta waves and reduce the theta waves to combat attention deficit and develop laser-like focus.


Positive Engagement

Whether you’re creating a piece of art or simply cherishing your time with your furry friend - fostering positive connections activates your brain towards a growth mindset. With practice, these engagements give your mind the ability to pause and connect with internal resources, boosting the motivation to achieve – anything is possible.


Other Tools and Techniques

Several intelligent apps like Interactive Metronome, Cogmed, and LearningRx can help you manage the symptoms you experience and boost your focus. ADHD self-care tools are ways that you can improve the executive functions of your brain. These functions live in the space between stimulus and response – the goal is to stop long enough to create the PAUSE and let those functions do their job. Using meditation is one way to nurture the pause within your mind, and can be done virtually anywhere.


Finding A Coach

Attention deficit can be overwhelming. However, walking down a liberating path created by someone who believes in you can make all the difference. This is where the role of a coach matters. Alongside creating a thriving environment, a coach offers a step-by-step approach for achieving your goals of improvement.


ADHD stops being a roadblock in your life the moment you learn to separate who you are from the symptoms of ADHD in your life.


Understanding how you can train your brain through neuroplasticity can help you overcome the negative impact of your symptoms. To learn more about ADHD and take the first step towards an empowered tomorrow, schedule your free 60-minute consultation with me today!

Blog Resources:

1. https://neldc.org/neuroplasticity.html

2. https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2017-12-27/yes-the-adhd-brain-can-be-trained-to-improve#:~:text=Every%20Brain%2C%20Not%20Just%20the%20ADHD%20Brain&text=%E2%80%9CBecause%20of%20its%20neuroplasticity%2C%20the,to%20new%20activities%20and%20situations.

3. https://edgefoundation.org/adhd-and-the-neuroplastic-brain/

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