As an adult with ADHD, I feel the need for some type of moral support as I cope with this. Any suggestions?

Answers from Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.

While medication can make a big difference with ADHD, taking other steps can help you understand ADHD and learn to manage it. Resources that may help you include:

  • Support groups. You may want to meet other people with ADHD so you can share experiences, information and coping strategies. In many communities, these groups are available in person and also online.
  • Social support. Consider involving your spouse or partner, close relatives and friends in your ADHD treatment. You may feel reluctant to let people know you have ADHD, but letting others know what's going on may help them understand you better and improve your relationships.
  • Co-workers, supervisors and teachers. ADHD can make work and school a challenge. You may feel embarrassed telling your boss or your professor that you have ADHD, but most likely he or she will be willing to make small accommodations to help you succeed. Ask for what you need to improve your performance at work or school, such as an atmosphere of reduced noise and distractions, more in-depth explanations or more time on certain tasks.
  • ADHD coaches. Coaching is not therapy. An ADHD coach is a paid guide who can give you individual advice and support in facing the challenges of living with this disorder. Your coach may help you by suggesting practical skills and concrete steps you can take to achieve your goals. There is no scientific evidence on ADHD coaching effectiveness, so it's important that you work with someone who is willing to collaborate with your health care team. If you choose this option, ask your health care team for advice on how to interview potential coaches and what training and expertise they should have. For more information on coaching, contact the National Resource Center on ADHD at 800-233-4050.
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