A diagnosis of ADHD can be confusing. Although many people feel relief after receiving a diagnosis of ADHD, there can also be many questions. Individuals may not know where to turn or what to do once they are diagnosed. Below are ten tips for people recently diagnosed with ADHD:
1) Learn all you can about ADHD. Chances are the symptoms of ADHD have interfered with your life in the past, maybe when you were in school or in your daily life as an adult, either at work in your relationship. Most people do not seek medical advice if they are not experiencing any problems. Chances are you have developed a number of coping mechanisms in your life to overcome some of the symptoms of ADHD. Now is the time to learn more about ADHD, as a medical diagnosis, rather than an impediment in your life. Read books or online articles to help you understand exactly what ADHD is and how it can impact your life.
2) Find a medical practitioner that specializes in ADHD. You may have one doctor, such as your primary doctor or a psychiatrist, who prescribes medication and one that helps in coping and developing strategies for success, such as a behavioral therapist or counselor. It is important that your medical providers understand adult ADHD. Ask questions to determine how often they have treated someone with adult ADHD. If necessary, interview a number of medical professionals on the phone to find someone that will suit your individual needs.
3) Work with your medical professional to set up a treatment plan. ADHD can be different in each person. It is important to base your unique treatment plan on your individual needs, rather than following a generic treatment plan for adults with ADHD. This is where it becomes extremely important that your medical provider understands adult ADHD.
4) Learn about the medications used to treat ADHD. While many people choose to use medications to help in managing symptoms of ADHD, medication is not the right choice for many other people. This is a personal decision and should be made with the help of your doctor and therapist. Understanding the different medications available and what they can do for you can help you make the right decision.