ADHD Community: Supporting Each Other And Moving Forward

October 31, 2021

I know that we all face challenges and struggles every day. Sometimes, it's hard to do the simplest things like getting out of bed or making a meal for ourselves (trust me I've burnt 🔥 more than one pot of noodles 😭😭). So when you think about those with ADHD having to go through these kinds of struggles, it can be hard to imagine them being able to do anything at all. But you know what? We've found a way to manage our symptoms.

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Tips on how to manage ADHD Symptoms

Here are some things that I do to help me manage my ADHD symptoms:

- Writing down lists of what needs to get done (I'm a huge list maker!)

- Setting alarms for myself so that I remember important appointments or tasks at certain times like when it's time for medication, work deadlines, class presentations , etc...

- Drinking lots of water helps me stay focused and alert (no one wants ADHD brain fog!!!)

- Exercise is another thing that helps with ADHD symptoms because endorphins boost your mood and energy levels

- I also make a point to eat healthy meals and snacks, because ADHD brain fog can be caused by low blood sugar .

In addition to these tips that have personally worked for me, you can find more information about ADHD from sites like WebMD or the world's largest ADHD organization CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD).

So now let's talk about how we as a community of people living with ADHD can help each other out! First off – it is so important for us all to take care of our mental health. So if any one of us needs someone to listen, just know there are lots of resources where you can call in anonymously.

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Best resources for ADHD

Fortunately, ADHD can be addressed through education among other things. Explore everything from in-person meetings to online libraries and books. You may also search for resources that help you learn about the rights your child or your partner have. There are multiple types of resources for ADHD: support groups, websites, books, conferences, and support groups for parents and kids with ADHD.

List of best ADHD support and help websites:

  1. adhddoctor.org - This website contains recent updates on new findings & treatments with plenty of news articles related to ADHD research. They provide services like ADHD Management for parents, couples, and individuals. Aside from that, they also offer seminars and workshops for a bigger audience and organizations.
  2. adhdadulthood.com -  Initiated by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, this website gives adults and caregivers of ADHD kids tips on coping strategies, information about ADHD medications, and more.
  3. drhallowell.com - Lead by Dr. Hallowell, the website contains informative videos about ADHD. The center also specializes in clinical treatments and comprehensive care for people with emotional and cognitive concerns.
  4. additudemag.com - An online magazine that offers tips and resources to help manage ADHD.

Online communities

Facebook

Through modern technology, it is now easier to connect with other people who live with ADHD on different social media platforms. Some Facebook groups may be private, so you may have to request to join. Here is the list of the Facebook groups:

Reddit

There are different forums on reddit where you can join and interact with people who are also sharing your experiences. This link directs you to the Reddit ADHD community where there are lots of topics about ADHD and other cognitive and social concerns. You can learn new things about ADHD here and you can also share your personal tips with the members. https://www.reddit.com/r/ADHD/

Instagram

  • the_mini_adhd_coach - our official Instagram page! We post daily updates here so make sure that you give us a follow.
  • adhd_couple - awareness and support for couples who share the same situation. Personal experiences that will help you have a better relationship with your partner.
  • adhdmemetherapy - funny memes and posts about ADHD. They say that 'laughter is the best medicine' right?
  • adhd_alien - online comics that centers around ADHD topics and discussions.
  • iampayingattention - an Instagram account supporting women with ADHD and Autism concerns.

National Support Organizations

CHADD ( chadd.org ) is the largest national ADHD support system. It provides education, advocacy, and helps children and adults living with ADHD and their families. ADDA (ADDA) provides resources for adults diagnosed with ADHD. Currently, the organization spearheads advocacy efforts such as advocating if ADHD therapy is necessary for correction. The organization maintains a resource directory of professions who specialize in ADHD such as coaches, bookkeeping, and professional organizers. Some even have e-mail and fax support sites. You can talk with others who are experiencing ADHD even if it's located nearby. The group includes a virtual assistance group.

Nonprofit Organizations

The American Academy for Children and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a new guideline on diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides resources on managing ADHD. CDC supplies information on primary causes of an ADHD diagnosis including symptoms. CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention Deficiency/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a leading non-profit organization. You can Find a chapter at. This database includes detailed information about mental disorders such as ADHD statistics Symptoms and diagnosis. CME Faculty is a resources for the public and health professionals who need some information on ADHD among adults and adolescents.

National Resource Center on ADHD

Known as “the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD”, this center provides program for children and adults with ADHD. Link: About NRC - CHADD

National Institute of Mental Health

It is a government agency that is dedicated to provide the public with latest clinical trials and free media resources about ADHD. They also release updates on ADHD statistics and latest information about its symptoms and diagnosis. Link: NIMH » Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (nih.gov)

CDC

They share tips on how can children with ADHD succeed in school and at home. Aside from that, they also publish basic information about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for people with ADHD. Link: Learn About Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) | CDC

ADHD CME Faculty

ADHD CME Faculty provides medical education to doctors and health care professionals on how to effectively diagnose and manage ADHD. In addition to that, this organization also provides public awareness to the community about ADHD through its free trainings. Link: Free ADHD CME - ADHD In Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

What do adhd symptoms look like?

- Fidgety or squirmy when sitting down for long periods of time.

- Difficulty taking turns and sharing materials with other children at school.

- Struggling to follow rules, directions, and routines.

- Unorganized work spaces that are hard to clean up because adhd brain fog makes it difficult to focus on what comes first!

Are adhd medications addictive?

No they are not, but the person who takes them might become addicted if s/he stops using them without consulting a doctor first . Some people can also develop an addiction to Ritalin which is similar in function.

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Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms of ADHD, it’s best to see a professional for a diagnosis.

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