Henry J (founder of support group, person with ADD)
As the founder of the support group my expectations have been met because of the hard work of others. The group provides knowledge about ADHD, suggestions on how to manage it, and offers the comfort of others. Above all with this group you will find the much needed encouragement and assistance in your daily struggles with ADHD.
M. Bennett (person with ADD, parent, teacher)
Growing up as a child with ADD, my mother was involved in support groups for information, sharing and understanding. Without the information shared with her by others, I am not sure what the outcome would have been for my education and opportunity. Now as a special education teacher and mother of a young person with ADD, I truly understand the need for the support and information gained from support groups. A support group certainly helps to stay informed of the new information, research and education trends.
Mary B. (parent, grandparent and advocate)
When I learned that my child had ADHD many, many years ago, there was little information out there and google didn’t exist. Through mentors, knowledgeable practitioners and most of all other parents, I learned how to advocate for my child’s needs. Other parents were a great source of information sharing, support and comfort in knowing that I was not in this alone. Many years later as a parent and professional, I see the benefit and need of support groups for parents and adults dealing with ADHD. Even though internet has an unlimited amount of information, the human element of support is missing.
Stephen M. (person with ADHD and parent)
Personally, having struggled with ADHD my entire life, and now, as a parent of an ADD teenager, gathering with others dealing with many of the same issues has been absolutely invaluable! I’ve learned countless tips and tricks to help me deal with the day-to-day challenges of ADHD, but, more importantly, I’ve come to realize that I’m not alone.
Karen C. (mother of a child with ADHD)
Although I had suspected my child had ADHD, when he actually received a diagnosis, I felt lost, adrift, and alone. There is an overwhelming amount of information to sort through, and this information changes from year to year as more is learned about ADHD. The ADHD Support Group provides a way to meet with other people with the same concerns, and learn the latest information, presented by experts.
With the information I have learned from the meetings and the support of the group, I feel much more confident in my parenting and the choices I make for my son and our family. I’ve learned parenting skills that help me to be more patient with my son, and science that helps me to understand what medication can and cannot do. Parenting a child with ADHD can be tough! The ADHD Support Group meetings help me to know when I’m on the right track and when I could change something to make an improvement.
Damian W. (friend of person with ADHD)
I always heard of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In my college years, it was simply referred as ADD and I knew some classmates that had to regularly take medication for it. But it seemed I never had a full understanding of the condition. It was not until I was in a professional work environment where I was interacting with and dependent on the output of a co-worker with ADHD started to really understand. This person was smart, an out of the box thinker and full of energy. However, this person came across as very disorganized, easily distracted, missing important deadlines and not fully communicating with the team. It was at this moment that I saw the need to have a better understanding of ADHD.
This support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Having the opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or offer firsthand information has help me develop a greater understand of ADHD and how to properly interact in certain situations.
If you haven’t yet found a support group, consider giving this one a try. There is no cost, the meeting is about an hour long, there are regular guest speakers, they can be attended in-person or virtually and there is no cost.
Chris D. (parent, author, public speaker and ADHD expert)
It can be so hard for parents and young people with ADHD to think about the future when the day to day can be overwhelming. Each stage in development comes with its own set of challenges especially the transition to becoming a teen and an adult. Support groups such as “Attention Deficit Help” provide a safe and caring group of like-minded individuals to share information and resources as well as to encourage parents and adults about the future.
Kelly L. (mother of a child with ADHD)
Navigating life with a child with ADHD has been a journey. Finding knowledgeable doctors and effective resources and treatments is challenging. The ADHD Support Group has been a wonderful resource for support from other parents, people with ADHD and expert guest speakers. I have learned so much from this group. Hearing life experiences from those in our community is invaluable. I especially appreciate the virtual meeting option for our busy schedule and the ability to replay meeting content if I am unable to attend.
Barb W. (mother & grandmother of children with ADHD)
Having the encouragement of The ADHD Help Support Group saved/saves my sanity! Discovering that I was/am not alone in the world trying to manage and understand my differently wired children really matters. As first, a parent of a child with ADHD, and currently a grandparent of a child with Complex ADHD; sharing the fears, tears, failures and successes with other parents/grandparents “who get it”, positively impacts my ability to face whatever comes. Knowing that, if a concern or situation arises that stumps me, there is a trusted resource available to point me in the right direction. Folks are at different places navigating ADHD in the lives of their children (or their own lives), but gladly share the knowledge they’ve accumulated along the way. Additionally, there are often presentations on the latest research from professionals in the field of ADHD. I am so grateful that I joined an ADHD Support group, I learn all the time and it has equipped me to help and not harm my child, and to do the same for myself. Yes, the ADHD Support Group saved my sanity- join! There is no need to do all this alone!
Mark W. (person with ADHD)
I am a Pastor and a Priest who is an adult with ADHD. This condition has only been recognized in my case within the last twenty years, and having this information has enabled me to work with it and live with it. Learning about it has helped me understand my own behaviors and habits in a number of different ways.
There is still a lot of ignorance about ADHD. This leads to problems in kids and adults alike. Learning about this condition allows a person to acquire skills that can enable them to be successful and achievement oriented in whatever path they choose!
Individual counseling can help with ADHD, but not everyone can do that. However, there is a great way to learn about ADHD, learn working skills, and get peer support, all at the same time- the ADHD Support Group! A good ADHD Support Group is led by a knowledgeable professional who helps group members discover the strengths they have with ADHD, and learn the skills that can help them reach their own goals, all while recognizing their own ADHD. Give a group a try… it will really help you!