Parenting a Child With ADHD (cont.)

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What can parents of children with ADHD do to help themselves?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), whether it affects an adult or a child brings many challenges. People with ADHD can learn, achieve, succeed, and create a happy life for themselves with effort. But making changes is not always easy. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to.

This is the purpose of support groups. Support groups consist of people in the same situation. They come together to help each other and to help themselves. Support groups provide reassurance, motivation, and inspiration. They help individuals see that their situation is not unique and not hopeless, and that gives them power. They also provide practical tips on coping with ADHD and navigating the medical, educational, and social systems that people will rely on for help for themselves or their child. Being in an ADHD support group is strongly recommended by most mental-health professionals.

Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. To find a support group that works for you, contact the following organizations. They also serve as an excellent source of accurate information about ADHD. You can also ask your health-care professional, behavioral therapist, education specialist, or look on the Internet.

REFERENCES:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, 4th Ed (DSM IV). Washington (DC): American Psychiatric Association, 1994.

Wilms Floet, Anna Maria, Cathy Scheiner, and Linda Grossman. "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder." Pediatrics in Review 31.2 Feb. 2010: 56-68.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2013

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