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What help is available for me?

I am the parent of a son with ADHD, and we are able to get him various therapies - speech, OT, etc. I see how much they help him, but is any of this available or helpful for adults.  I also have ADD, and I share many of the same issues as my son.

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The first thing that you will need to do is to get an “official” diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.  Work with your psychiatrist and a counselor to determine what you need to do to make things better for you.  You are already doing what you can do for your son. 

ADD/ADHD is hereditary, but that does not mean that it is affecting both of you the same way.  By now, you have found ways to help yourself in most areas, but some might be improved upon, or exchanged for more effective methods or tools.

If you have not done so already, pick up some books written on ADD/ADHD and see how others have found their way through to living more effective and happier lives.

Ask your family doctor for a referral for ADD/ADHD evaluation.  You can do that with either a psychiatrist or psychologist.  In addition to medication, enter a counseling period with someone who had deal with adult ADD/ADHD. 

The medications do help!  They just do not do everything for an adult because we have lived for so long without medications to help and have usually developed our own ways of coping with life.  if those ways are no effective or there are still major problems, then look for help.

I hope that some of that is helpful for you or gives you some ideas on where to go from here.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Nov 04, 2013 at 12:03am

?? Try an ADHD coach-

Posted by Udderlycrazy on Nov 04, 2013 at 7:13am

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