Empowering ADHD management: A holistic approach

Written by: Dr Mohan Gondhalekar
Edited by: Kate Forristal

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that impacts millions of people globally. While medication is often a primary treatment method, an effective management strategy for ADHD extends beyond pharmaceutical interventions. Dr Mohan Gondhalekar, an expert in ADHD management, emphasises the significance of a comprehensive approach that integrates lifestyle modifications, medication, and psychological interventions.

ADHD & lifestyle:

Managing ADHD involves adopting structured routines, maintaining a nutritious diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and ensuring adequate sleep. These lifestyle modifications are fundamental elements that can significantly alleviate ADHD symptoms. Structured routines provide a sense of predictability and stability, which can help individuals with ADHD stay organised and focused. A nutritious diet, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, supports optimal brain function and cognitive performance. Regular physical activity not only improves overall health but also helps regulate neurotransmitter levels in the brain, reducing impulsivity and hyperactivity. Moreover, adequate sleep is crucial for cognitive function, mood regulation, and attention span. Including stress-reduction methods like mindfulness meditation and yoga can also offer benefits to individuals with ADHD. These practices promote relaxation, enhance self-awareness, and improve emotional regulation, thereby mitigating ADHD symptoms.


ADHD in focus: Medication

Medication plays a pivotal role in managing ADHD symptoms by modulating brain neurotransmitters to enhance focus, impulse control, and reduce hyperactivity. The selection of stimulant or non-stimulant medication depends on the individual's specific symptoms and potential side effects. Tailoring medication regimens requires the expertise of professionals like Dr Mohan Gondhalekar, who possesses extensive experience in ADHD management. Through careful assessment and monitoring, Dr Gondhalekar ensures that patients receive personalised treatment plans that optimise therapeutic outcomes while minimising adverse effects.


ADHD & psychology:

From a psychological perspective, understanding and managing ADHD involve cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and other psychological interventions. These therapeutic approaches aim to help individuals develop coping strategies, improve executive functioning, and modify negative thought patterns associated with ADHD.


A holistic approach to managing ADHD integrates lifestyle modifications, medication, and psychological interventions. By addressing the multifaceted nature of ADHD, individuals can enhance their quality of life, improve academic and occupational performance, and cultivate long-term well-being. With the expertise of professionals like Dr Mohan Gondhalekar, individuals with ADHD can receive comprehensive care that addresses their unique needs and empowers them to thrive.


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By Dr Mohan Gondhalekar

Dr Mohan Gondhalekar is a highly accomplished and dedicated consultant old age and general adult psychiatrist based in London. Dr Gondhalekar specialises in a wide range of areas including adult ADHD, anxiety, adjustment disorder, PTSD, OCD, panic attacks, personality disorders, memory disorders, psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, and depression.
Dr Gondhalekar undertook his medical studies at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 2011, following his Intercalated Degree in Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BMedSci, History of Medicine) which he received from the same institution in 2009. He later became a member of the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 2016.
Dr Gondhalekar underwent postgraduate core psychiatry and dual higher specialist training at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, as well as the Essex University Partnership NHS Trust. He currently holds the position of consultant psychiatrist at the North-East London Foundation NHS Trust within Community Old Age Psychiatry, where his expertise has positively impacted countless patients.
Beyond clinical practice, Dr Gondhalekar actively contributes to the field by teaching, working to shape the minds of future psychiatrists. He served as an academic tutor at the University of Birmingham, School of Medicine, and was involved in supervising medical students in their 3rd, 4th, and 5th years. His dedication to mental health extends to positions in public organisations, where he currently serves as an external clinical advisor for mental health at the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsmen and as a member of the National ECT Accreditation Committee.

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