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Re: Support Groups for Young Adults

Good day. I know I have posted here before, but I have still yet to find any support groups for young adults with ADHD. I have a son 22. He is not working and dropped out of college. He works one or two days ever other week, which is not sufficient or acceptable. He has looked for work but really doesn’t have a lot of confidence with interviewing. He’s more hands on with physical work then an office person. He is extremely isolated and has problems keeping any type of relationship. He does not take medication as he had a very bad experience on it so now he refuses to try any other meds. He is however in therapy once a week. I wish he could find some long term group therapy or social group that is structured for young adults with ADHD. My heart breaks that at 22, he is still struggling with relationships and having a hard time finding his place in this world. He is a very passionate young man. Friendly and helpful. I’m not sure what the problem is, but am hoping that it can be worked out in therapy. With that said, if anyone knows of any long term social programs, work training programs, or colleges/work programs that offer really good supportive classes for young adults with ADHD it would be appreciated. Thanks for you help! Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday!

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I understand what you are saying.  Our therapist here found a couple groups but they are over an hour away.  We live in Virginia.  I think we’re going to have to give them a try .... see how he feels about driving at least 2 hours for a one hour group session. Where do you live?  Check out a local ARC (Autism Resource Center) group in your area.  Most of those work with all types of people not just autistic and they may have some resources you are not aware of.  A local college here just had an information fair for families with kids that are ADHD, Austic, Learning Disabled, etc…. Do you have a large university close by——one with a psychology department?  Sometimes they offer special tracks for students that qualify, but they don’t advertise it so much.  Also, look for apprenticeships in your state.  If he has a real knack for something he might be able to get into one of those trades….they pay while you learn.

Good Luck and hang in there!  We’ll make it thru this…I know we all will!

Posted by greyhairedmom on Nov 30, 2013 at 11:13pm

I am in total understanding,My 22 yr old son has yet to hold down a real job for any length of time. He is in the process of loosing his wife and 2 children.He lacks the confedence and motivation it takes to interview and get a job. He is smart with hands on projects yets fails to find work.My poor child cant keep track of anything from his wallet to his keys. cant get from point A to point B and remember why hes there He also had a bad exsperence with medication and refuses to take it. He flys by the seat of his pants most of the time. I would love to go to a support group with him, but cant find one in my area

Posted by BAThomas4ever on Dec 18, 2013 at 7:10am

My impression is that there are very few teen or young adult resources for people with ADHD, which is unfortunate, because as parents we know that’s a key time in our children’s lives to really turn things around. So, I’m sorry to say I don’t know.

On the subject of work, however, I recently came across an apprenticeship program on the website of Employment Security Department, linking people who want training in the skilled trades to apprenticeship opportunities. It looks as though there may be some learning prerequisites to get accepted into that program, but might be worth looking into.

My son is the same way - more hands on, needs to see things demonstrated in order to do them.

Posted by sdsea on Dec 24, 2013 at 11:09pm

thank you for that information I will pass it along to my son. Sence my last post my son feel asleep behind the wheel on a highway going 60 miles an hour. He was alone and completely destroyed his vehical. ,but thank god he walked away un harmed.next time I fear his life will not be spared.He did say this was a wake up call for him.He has moved to were his wife and kids are living and is trying to start over I can only pray he seeks the professional support needed to learn how to be a husband and father regaurdless of having ADHD. as for me I leave it in gods hands and will always have faith in my son.and support him in anyway that will not harm him…

Posted by BAThomas4ever on Jan 01, 2014 at 3:05am

Mine is only 20 but i’m already in the same hell. He dropped out of high school, no job no future, no resources. I joined this group looking for help but it appears hopeless..

Posted by bghale on Jan 04, 2014 at 10:37pm

My son is 21. He has ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. He dropped out of college also. He is very intelligent, like many. He has had a few jobs. He now has a full-time job with benefits at UPS (been there for six months). I had to find the job for him but he does well, has advanced in the job, loves it, and they like him.

My burden today though is, he moved out this weekend. I am completely out of sorts but am proud of him. I can’t seem to shake it because I worry about will he answer his phone, will he get up in time for work, will he take his meds, will he go to the dr., etc. He has come very far.

He has been through it all, even hospitalized after quitting college because he thought he was a failure.

Your young adults will succeed!

Posted by Teen Mom on Jan 14, 2014 at 12:27am

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