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newly diagnoticed with add


my sons been diagnotced with add ,its been a very trying time for us as a family my stress level is out the wazoo i dont know where to start!! we have a therapist we just begone it though .my kid is very chaddy forgets things his attention is crazy .im sad and hope we can find away thru this

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Dear Funny Girl,

ADD run in families, and it’s common to come with GAD, generalized anxiety disorder, that is my case, I will suggest you to seek an evaluation for yourself, if it’s confirmed that you have it as well, then you should have therapy, and maybe medication, or alternative supplements, then you and your children can benefit from the possitive side of ADD, which is being smart, think out of the box, creative, charismatic, risk taker, and compassionate, etc.

Posted by Zatara on Jan 26, 2014 at 1:33am

At first it is completely overwhelming - especially if there is no one in your immediate network who can empathize with you.  Realize that it is good that you found out what it is that makes him different and where to start in helping your son to succeed in his problem areas - there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Posted by xelpmoc2 on Feb 18, 2014 at 8:57pm

My son was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety just before he turned 12, he is now 14. For us it was more a relief as we, and he himself, now understood some of the strange behaviour we saw in past years. He was now able to verbalise his fears and understand why he reacted in certain ways. My husband and I can now find better ways of coping with his behaviours instead of constantly punishing and yelling at him for being “naughty”. This is not to say that life at home is all calm and roses, far from it. But you soon learn to take that step back, choose your fights, lighten up on him a little and try to put yourself in your son’s shoes. My son has ADHD and with that comes a lot of negatives that he and the whole family have to work through, but he is also very funny, smart, extremely loving and makes you look at life in a very different way. Embrace it, don’t fight it. Our son went to counselling for a year ( for his anxiety). We tried meds for a year but he chose to go off them in high school as they made him feel “like he had no emotions”. We have hit the teenage years and so are having to find new ways of dealing with school work and study. For you I would suggest that you read up as much as you can about adhd, go to lectures/courses on it as I found this helped immensely. Find a support group, or even one other parent with an adhd child, as talking to someone who understands is a great help. Hang in there and good luck.

Posted by Leanne7 on Feb 22, 2014 at 10:53am

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