ADHD Support Groups: Why Joining One Can Help You

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that can have a significant impact on your quality of life when you don’t get the proper care and support. Whether you have ADHD or whether a family member or friend has been diagnosed with it, joining an ADHD support group can help you deal better with the disorder.

ADHD support groups enable ADHD adults or parents of ADHD children to talk with people who are going through a similar situation. They also provide information and guidance to help you understand and deal with this disorder. You will be able to discuss coping strategies as a sufferer or as a parent to an ADHD child.

Local ADHD support groups meet regularly, at least once a month. These groups may meet at a local church, school or hospital. They offer the opportunity to meet with other people in your area. Look for support groups that cater to your special needs. For example, parents who have children with ADHD may choose to join an ADHD parent support group. Likewise, there are support groups for ADHD adult. Other support groups may cater to teens, teachers or family members.

Support groups often give out literature containing useful information about ADHD. They also provide local resources that you can use to help with dealing with ADHD. These resources can be invaluable. The meetings often feature guest speakers who are professionally trained in dealing with ADHD patients and their families.

Online groups are also a popular way to get support when dealing with ADHD. These groups can be found through ADHD websites. Online groups offer many of the same support systems as local groups and may be more convenient for you. Some have meetings online as webinars where you can participate in real-time. Others have message boards and forums where you can participate by giving comments and asking questions.

It can be a real challenge caring for an ADHD child. The unpredictable behaviors of the child can be overwhelming and stressful for the family members to handle. There are often many issues that can occur which you may not fully understand. Other people who have been through similar situations can give you advice on how to handle things. Meeting these people through ADHD support groups can make you feel that you are not alone and you don’t have to go through it on your own.

If there are no support groups locally, you may want to consider starting your own ADHD support group. Gather literature and talk to others who may have an interest in joining this group. Find a local place to meet such as a library, at a church or community center. Advertise your group to attract interested members. You can invite local professionals to speak at your meetings. The meetings should allow some time to network with other members. Include an open forum setting where people can discuss problems or questions that they may have.