ADHD Awareness Week: Resources to Help
October 16 through October 22 has been designated as ADHD Awareness week. It is a time, not only to spread the word and help other's better understand ADHD, but for you to become more aware of your own symptoms, to focus on how ADHD has stopped you from reaching your goals and how ADHD enhances your life. It is a time to use your new awareness to take steps to improve your life and be more involved in your medical care.
This week, in recognition of ADHD Awareness Week, I have compiled resources to help you begin the next part of your journey.
The ADHD Awareness Expo is a free online resource hosted by ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy and Dr. Rory Stern. According to the website, there will be experts sharing tips and strategies through online videos and you can connect with others in chat rooms and forums. You do need to register for the event, which will be going on throughout the week. Click on the above link to register.
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is offering several free webinars on October 19 beginning at 7:00 P.M. with ADHD 101. Additional webinars include Treatment Options, Practical Strategies and Everything You Wanted to Know About ADHD but Forgot to Ask.
Sharing Basic Information About ADHD:
Do you know someone that wants to know more about ADHD? The following articles explain some basic information. They might be great to share with your child's teachers, your friends, your relatives, to help them better understand what you and/or your child experience each day.
How ADHD Affects the Daily Life of a Child - While most of us know the main symptoms of ADHD - impulsiveness, inattention and hyperactivity - do you know how each of those symptoms really show up? In this article, we explain why children forget to hand in assignments, why raising a child with ADHD can be exhausting and much more.
How ADHD Symptoms Manifest in Adults - Even though children and adults share the same main symptoms, they may appear differently. This article explores some of the common behaviors in adults with ADHD.
10 ADHD Myths - Expert Terry Matlen debunks 10 common myths about ADHD.
Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD:
Hyperactivity - Hyperactivity is considered to be one of the main symptoms of ADHD. Learn about the common characteristics of hyperactivity in children and adults.
Inattention - Learn more about the characteristics of, and treatment for, inattention in both children and adults.
Impulsiveness - Impulsiveness is one of the major symptoms of ADHD. Both children and adults can struggle with controlling impulsive behaviors.
Being Involved in Your Medical Care:
We are partners in our health care. Although our doctors may provide expert advice about ADHD treatments, we need to be involved in every aspect of our care. We need to be knowledgeable about our symptoms and how we react to treatments.
When to See a Doctor About ADHD - Do you need to see a doctor? Because adult ADHD is relatively new, many adults find out about their ADHD when their child is diagnosed and it is hard to know whether you should seek treatment. This article provides some questions to ask yourself when deciding if you should talk with a doctor
Finding a Health Care Professional - All medical professionals were not created equal and when coping with ADHD, it is not always as simple as walking into your doctor's office and accepting whatever is said. You need to find a doctor you can work with comfortably. In this article we explain what you need to know to make sure your doctor involves you in treatment.
The Importance of Self-Awareness in Your Medical Care - Collaboration in your medical care includes understanding symptoms, knowing what you want to get from your treatment and keeping track of your treatment.
Questions to Ask Before Beginning Medication - There are a number of factors to consider when deciding if you should take medication and, if so, which medication would be best for you. In this article, we give you guidelines for talking with your doctor about medications.