It is important for patients to receive an accurate diagnosis and medical treatment to manage the symptoms of ADHD. It is equally important for patients, and their families, to have a support system available. The support of a community provides a place to be accepted, to share triumphs and failures, to swap ideas and strategies for coping with ADHD on a daily basis. Through this community, people can take a proactive role in managing symptoms and creating successes in their lives.
Health Central is just such a community. There is a great deal that this site has to offer patients, parents and families living with ADHD every day and I want each member and visitor to be able to make the most of all the information available. I have compiled a list of questions you may have about how this site works. I hope these are helpful.
Where Can I Find Information about ADHD?
On the home page of ADHD at Health Central you will find many links to some of the articles on this site. In addition, by clicking on the links under the “Find” and “Manage” sections, you will find additional information.
In addition to articles, I will be posting additional information about living with ADHD in my Share Posts each week. You can receive an email each time I post something new. Please go to my profile and click on the link: subscribe. (My profile: http://www.healthcentral.com/adhd/c/1443/profiles/)
What are Share Posts?
Share posts are internet blogs. You can post a Share Post to share information, ask a question or just make a comment. You can also comment on other people’s Share Posts. If someone answers a question you have posted or makes a comment based on your Share Post, you will receive an email letting you know. Share Posts take the place of forums and are a place for you to share your story and to read about how others are coping with ADHD in everyday lives.
In addition to reading the Share Posts, you are able to subscribe to individuals and you will be notified each time they post something new. You might want to take some time to read some of the member’s profiles. If you find someone in a similar situation as you, subscribe to their Share Post and post a comment. Let them know that there is someone out there that understands what they are going through.
When will I receive newsletters?
Newsletters will go out each Tuesday and let you know some of the new articles that have been posted on the site. In addition, a newsletter will go out each Friday highlighting some of the Shared Posts.
How else can I communicate with another member?
If you have information you want to share, but would rather do so privately, you can send a message to that member. Under each person’s profile is a link to send a message. No one else will be able to read it except the member you sent it to. You are also able to send a message directly to me by clicking the link under my profile.
What type of members belong to Health Central?
We have members from many different walks of life. Besides myself, our experts include Dr. Ballas, who will also be creating Share Posts on a regular basis. Some members are adults dealing with the symptoms of ADHD in their daily lives. Some are parents looking for information on working with the schools or ways to cope with the symptoms of their child’s ADHD. Some members are coaches, specializing in ADHD as well as living with ADHD. Some members are family members, looking to understand ADHD as well as help their loved one succeed. Members come from many different places and are in many different stages of learning about ADHD. The one thing our members have in common is that they are looking to find support, acceptance and information.
The more each of us participates in the site, the more we will become a community. Please feel free to send me a message. Please take the time to share what you have learned with the community and to comment on struggles others may be going through. Please share your triumphs and successes.
I look forward to getting to know all of you through this site.
Published On: June 20, 2007