There are many options available for people needing support for adult ADHD, continue reading this article for more information.
Adult ADHD support groups are an excellent way to be able to receive the social support you need. It also allows you to get to know others who understand what you are going through in ways that no one else is able to. You can find out great new ideas to help you manage, alleviate and recover from your symptoms, and have the opportunity to feel safe in regard to talking about concerns or other topics that may not be as easily understood by those who do not have ADHD.
You can find local support groups or online support groups. Make sure that any group that you become involved with has some professional mediation, or follows some set of healthy guidelines. Not all support groups are going to offer the most positive environments. If you notice a lot of arguing or other harmful behaviours, excuse yourself from that group and find another one.
An extension of support groups for parents is the establishment of support groups for adults with ADHD. Contact local therapists or national ADHD support groups for information of meetings and times. Benefits from attending the support group will be to adults with ADHD as great as for parents who attend support groups. If there isn’t one in your community, start one!
An adult with ADHD doesn’t have to stay oblivious to the disorder’s fallout on those closest to them. Since they can’t rely on their own intuition or perception about how they’re performing at work, or how they’re doing in communication and in relationships, or how they’re managing their time and efforts; individuals will need to ask for frequent feedback from someone they’re close to – a confidant, friend, pastor, spouse, parent or sibling, a co-worker or secretary.
Getting someone else’s perspective gives you a realistic view on how you are doing in areas of life you want to improve on. It can help keep you focused on goals, stay accountable and track progress on if you’re managing your time better or if the troublesome behaviours such as; anger or low-frustration, are improving. Positive feedback provides the adult with ADHD needed encouragement to keep trying by encouraging a positive perspective and creating motivation to keep improving.
A whole new profession has arisen for adults with ADHD – life coaches. They help the adult with ADHD better manage their life. They’re like a tutor who helps prepare adults with ADHD to meet the demands of work and life in general. After accessing the characteristics’ impact on the person, family life and career, the ADHD life coach will help the individual effectively use time management, get organized, set priorities and goals, match abilities to tolerant job situations, improve communication skills, stay focused on goals, remind of commitments, and monitor progress. In no way is an ADHD life coach a substitute for psychotherapy.
Your insurance company probably requires this anyway, but it’s always a very good idea to check with a physician if you are concerned about any health problem. The doctor will screen you for other conditions that may look like ADHD.
You can expect to undergo a physical exam as well as lab tests to check your overall state of health and to look for other physical conditions, like hyperthyroidism or substance abuse, that could be causing the symptoms. The physician may also want to talk with those close to you (with your permission) and might also do a simple mental health exam. Ideally, the doctor has known you for some time, but even someone who has just met you may be able to recommend community resources for you and your family and friends. A referral to a mental health provider may be made at this time, too.
Mental health professionals
Psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, and neurologists can diagnose ADHD, but only mental health professionals can provide counseling. Psychologists don’t prescribe medications, but they and other professionals who are allowed to write prescriptions often work as a treatment team.
Family involvement in treatment provides excellent social support for everyone. Support groups provide another opportunity for reassurance and social contact.
Getting the social support, you need is a very important part of recovery. Finding a family-like environment that is supportive, caring and nonjudgmental is a great way to surround yourself with people you can share your struggles with. Of course, reaching out to family and friends to help you deal with triggers, or just be a listening ear is another great idea.
You may be hesitant to reach out for support due to fears of stigma. Letting others know about your ADHD diagnosis, or self-diagnosis is a personal choice. At the same time, telling some people who you trust, and people at work who can help with special accommodations can make life a great deal easier.
Through talk therapy, an expert can help you uncover your internal issues so that you can learn how to deal with the negative emotions that haunt you and prevent you from having an abundant and successful life.
Through marriage counselling, an expert can help you and your spouse in dealing with the problems that arise from your attention deficit disorder. You and your partner will have a venue wherein you can delve into the different problems and difficulties that you experience in your marriage which can include financial problems, irresponsible decision-making, missed commitments, and broken promises among others. A professional consultant can help you and your spouse to find positive ways on how you can deal with your ADHD symptoms so you can restore your marriage and build a loving relationship.
It’s more difficult to seek support in the workplace, but this step is necessary for adults with ADHD because of their great difficulty with job performance and in getting along with coworkers. Talk it over with family and health professionals first, and then follow their recommendations.