As yet there is no definitive answer as to what causes ADHD and what exactly is going on in ADHD brains. It appears to be an accumulation of quite a few things and through brain imaging and genetic testing, scientists are learning more all the time. However, one thing that is widely accepted is that dopamine (or lack of) plays a big role.
So what can we do to boost our dopamine levels? This page is a compilation of some of the best advice we have found. We will continue our search for the most up-to-date information and if you have any dopamine boosting ideas of your own or think there is something else that we should include here, please get in touch.
FRESH AIR & VITAMIN D
I have a Spotify playlist of songs from the 90s that are full of happy memories for me that I play whilst exercising. It gives me a double boost of dopamine and helps me get through the exercise. I also count down the time in songs rather than minutes. For example, 15 minutes on the cross-trainer is only 4 or 5 songs. When seen like that, it feels much more manageable.
If I'm really struggling to do something and feeling like I'm trapped in ADHD stuck mode, playing loud music can give me enough of a dopamine boost to get me moving.